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Arbitration board grants Owen Sound, Ont., minimum staffing level change

An arbitration board has granted the City of Owen Sound’s staffing proposal to lower the minimum level of on-duty firefighters from five to four in its collective agreement with the Owen Sound Professional Firefighters Association.

Alberta firefighters’ union raises concerns over building code change

A change to the Alberta Building Code will bring the limit to new wood-framed building from six to 12 storeys — a change one firefighter group is concerned about.

Cornwall, Ont., fire department divided over new fire hall

The push for a brand-new fire hall is moving ahead after city councillors were finally presented with the facility’s business plan on Monday. But the fire department itself appears to be badly divided about the project, with management for the new facility and the firefighters union against it.
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Ladder dating

Back to Basics: Ladder dating

We have begun a new year, and along with this we are going to begin a new series with the Back to Basics column called Ladder Dating. Ladder Dating will be an in-depth look at ground ladder operations for the firefighter. By Mark van der Feyst » Read more...
Across borders

Bringing expertise across borders

On Nov. 21, 2019, five Fire Rescue International Training Association (FRITA) members arrived in Peru to deliver fire service training programs in the town of Pisac. FRITA is a volunteer-based organization created in 2012 by a small group of firefighters from the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. With the goal of sending Canadian firefighters to instruct in developing fire departments in Latin America, FRITA matches the training needs of a host department with an instructor’s skills and knowledge. By Norm MacLeod » Read more...

Fire rips through paintball facility near Canning, N.S.

A fire on Saturday morning ripped through an indoor paintball facility near Canning, gutting the 60-metre-long building. Fire departments from Kings, Hants and Lunenburg counties were on the scene of the blaze, which was reported at 7:40 a.m. at Storm Warning Paintball. » Learn more

Two firefighters sustain minor injuries battling London, Ont., house fire

Firefighters were able to save one cat from a fire at a townhouse in London, Ont., on Thursday morning, however a second cat did not make it. The fire was contained to one section of the townhouse and the family living there was able to escape safely. Two firefighters were taken to hospital to be assessed for “minor strain injuries,” according to the London Fire Department. » Learn more

More than 100 firefighters battle Montreal condo blaze

More than 100 firefighters on Tuesday evening battled a blaze in Pointe-aux-Trembles in Montreal, Que. The fire started around 8:15 p.m. in the basement of a seven-unit condo complex at the eastern tip of Montreal, according to Fire Section Chief Karine Huard. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

A changing fire service

Join us for a conversation with Judy Unsworth, the deputy fire chief of operations for the town of Strathmore, Alta. Unsworth is the 2019 Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Volunteer Chief of the Year. She speaks candidly with Hope, B.C., Chief Tom DeSorcy about her experiences, including building a fire department from scratch. Unsworth also shares her thoughts on diversity and changing demographics in the fire service alongside what’s happening with the mental health conversation in Alberta. Tune in for a great perspective on the evolving nature of the fire service from an award winning chief. » Listen now

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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B.C. Fire Expo and FCABC Education Summit

June 7 – June 11, 2020
Location: Vernon, B.C.
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