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MNRF operations manager recalls past five weeks in Australia planning attack on wildfires

Jamie Gaunt is looking forward to getting home to his family in Cochrane, Ont. The fire operations tech with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry has spent the past five weeks helping battle wildfires in Australia.

Thunder Bay, Ont., emergency services proposing to increase WSIB budgets by $1 million

Emergency services in Thunder Bay, Ont., are looking to put more money aside for Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) claims, particularly related to mental wellness. The WSIB allocations for the Thunder Bay Police Service, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue and Superior North EMS combine for a $1-million increase in the proposed 2020 city budget. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue will be allocated $350,000, an increase of $100,000.

Gatineau fire service falling behind in inspection of long-term care homes

The Gatineau, Que., fire service has failed to meet its own inspection standards for publicly run residential and long-term care centres, according to documents obtained by Radio-Canada under access to information.
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Improving efficiency with data

Improving efficiency with data

A case study on how Burlington Fire Department in Ontario uses data analytics and GIS spatial analysis to drive performance. By Jin Y Xie » 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 » Read more...
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Fire at Edmonton prison was deliberately set

Police have confirmed that a fire that broke out at the women’s prison in west Edmonton overnight was deliberately set. » Learn more

Vancouver crews battled stubborn blaze for nearly 40 hours

Crews from Vancouver Fire Rescue Service have finally extinguished stubborn fire in a grain elevator at the Port of Vancouver that burned for around 40 hours. » Learn more

Police lay arson charges in relation to fire at southeast London, Ont., townhouse

London Police have laid arson charges in relation to a fire Tuesday night at a townhouse in the Glen Cairn neighbourhood. » 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

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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OAFC 2020

April 30 – May 2, 2020
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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