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Forests in northern Ontario could be growing less resilient to fire

“Short-interval fires” have scientists with Natural Resources Canada concerned. A new study has shown that the increase in forest fire activity means that forests are becoming less resilient to fire.

More Canadian fire specialists land in Australia to fight wildfire

Canadian fire specialists were greeted with applause when they landed in Melbourne on Saturday to join an international team fighting the devastating Australian wildfires.

Toronto firefighter charged after fire truck hits 11-year-old girl

A Toronto firefighter has been charged with careless driving after the fire truck he was driving struck an 11-year-old girl in mid-December, police say.
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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...

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...

Calgary house fire leaves man in life-threatening condition

A man is in life-threatening condition after a house fire in Calgary. Calgary fire, EMS and police responded to reports of a fire around 10:20 a.m. Sunday. A large volume of smoke and flames were visible at the rear of the residence when firefighters arrived. » Learn more

One person dead after Thunder Bay, Ont., house fire

One person is dead after a weekend house fire, Thunder Bay firefighters said. Firefighters were called to a home at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday morning with reports of a structural fire. Initial 911 calls indicated people may still be inside the home. » Learn more

Hamilton, Ont., firefighters battle rural barn blaze

A large number of Hamilton Fire Department resources were deployed to a Hannon address for a rural barn fire where boats were reportedly stored on Sunday afternoon. » 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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