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December 31, 2019

PTSD program for B.C. first responders faces budget crunch

It launched in 2017 and has helped dozens of firefighters struggling with job-related trauma and stress. The B.C. First Responder Resiliency Program is a one-of-a kind initiative, unlike any other in Canada. It’s also in dire need of more funding.

Yukon firefighters call for expanded cancer compensation

Yukon firefighters want the territorial government to expand the number of cancers they can claim compensation for. Yukon has fallen behind most Canadian jurisdictions said Alex Forrest, a Canadian trustee for the International Association of Fire Fighters with observer status for the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Calgary chief unlikely to hire despite money for new recruits

It’s unlikely the Calgary Fire Department will add to its ranks this year, despite the fact it has money for 20 new recruits in its 2020 budget. Chief Steve Dongworth says after facing big cuts in 2019, the department will have to be very careful about bringing in new bodies.
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Cancer in firefighters

This three-part series is a call to action and retrospective on firefighters and cancer through the eyes of an oncologist. Part 1 in our series looks at the modern statistical picture before delving into the history of firefighters and the dangers they faced. In Part 2, we’ll be looking at medicine and disease in ancient firefighters. Part 3 will take us back to the present and look ahead to what needs to be done to change the increased risk of cancer that firefighters face. By Dr. Kenneth Kunz » Read more...
Trainers corner

Trainer’s Corner: Honing your conflict resolution skills

During my 30 years of being a training officer in a volunteer department, I have witnessed a lot of changes. Our bunker gear is lighter and safer, our SCBA is much more efficient and with the introduction of computers (yes, I remember when we didn’t have one in the hall) our communications, pre-plans, record keeping, training and resources are state-of-the-art. By Ed Brouwer » Read more...

Fatal Saint John blaze deemed accidental

One person has died and another was sent to hospital after a fire in a west Saint John home. City fire and police crews, as well as paramedics, arrived to find “smoke rolling out” of the Loyalist Lane residence, according to Jim Hennessy, communications manager for the Saint John Police Force. The Saint John Fire Department believes the fatal fire was accidental. » Learn more

North Bay crews battle major commercial fire

Firefighters in North Bay, Ont., battled a fire that has destroyed at least three buildings. It’s believed the fire started in an abandoned building where Sushi Island was once located and quickly spread to Hair Bizzare, which has also been closed for several years, Literacy Nipissing and the North Bay Nurse Practitioner Clinic. » Learn more

Woman’s body found after fire north of Fredericton

A 58-year-old woman was found dead after a house fire in McGivney, a settlement 50 kilometres north of Fredericton. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

Cancer in firefighters: What needs to be done?

Firefighters face an increased risk of cancer. Practices to reduce this risk, such as gross decon and the use of wipes are becoming more widespread alongside technologies like cleaner cab. Presumptive cancer legislation is also expanding in various parts of Canada. What needs to be done next and what do firefighters need to know about caring for their health? Dr. Kenneth Kunz, a medical oncologist and passionate advocate for firefighter cancer care, joins Tom DeSorcy, the fire chief in Hope, B.C., for a conversation that imparts an important message for the fire service on how to protect the health of those who protect the public. » Listen now

Lambton County Firefighters’ Fire Trade Show

Jan. 25, 2020
Location: Point Edward, Ont.
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Hicks Morley Labour Relations Seminar

Jan. 29-30, 2020
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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Firehouse World 2020

Feb. 24-27. 2020
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
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