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P.E.I. volunteer departments see increase in medical calls

Some P.E.I. fire departments had record years in 2019 — and they’re increasingly responding to medical calls in addition to fire calls.

Bowen Island, B.C., announces fire chief’s retirement

Three months after Bowen Island’s fire chief took a leave of absence amid a revolt by the volunteer fire department, the municipality has announced he’s retiring.

House fire underlines lack of services in Mattis Point, N.L.

A Boxing Day fire that razed a house in Mattis Point, N.L., has starkly underlined a lack of fire services in the community on Newfoundland’s west coast. About an hour before midnight on Dec. 26, the fire took everything that Tyler Bennett owned.
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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. Part 2 will focus on 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...
Forging new beliefs

Forging new beliefs

There is a saying that we see the past through rose-coloured glasses. What if we saw the present in a similar way? What if what you saw was less important than how you viewed it? If this was so, wouldn’t we be that much more successful at protecting ourselves against psychological distress and harm?
Fortunately, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that this is true. By Nick Halmasy
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Man dies, woman injured in Oakville, Ont., house fire

One man has died and a woman is seriously injured after a house fire in Oakville Sunday night, police say. » Learn more

Furnace oil stolen from Smiths Cove, N.S., fire department

After a lucky break in November, the Smiths Cove fire department is now facing another financial hardship. The volunteer department, which won $5,000 in a photo contest, has had $2,000 worth of furnace oil stolen over the last few weeks. » Learn more

Woman critically injured in early morning high-rise blaze in Scarborough, Ont.

A female resident is in life-threatening condition in hospital after a fire broke out on 18th floor of a high-rise apartment tower in Scarborough, Ont., on Monday morning. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

Defining stress and states of mental health

Mental wellness is closely related to preventative care. For the fire service, this means reaching out for help before one's sense of self seriously deteriorates. Nick Halmasy, a former firefighter, registered psychotherapist and founder of After the Call, joins host Tom DeSorcy, the fire chief in Hope, B.C., for a conversation about his experience with stressful calls alongside determining what is or isn't within the range of a biologically normal stress response. He emphasizes there are a multitude of roles stress plays in a person's life. A state of mental distress does not always indicate PTSD, but needs appropriate help nonetheless. » 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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