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CAFC: Fire departments in the age of COVID-19 and other pandemics

In the age of COVID-19 and building on our experiences from SARS and H1N1, it becomes particularly important to remind our policy leaders what we in the fire sector take for granted – that is in some respects, the name “fire” department may be a misnomer. Fire departments are all hazard responders. This includes emergency medical calls.

COVID-19 prompts New Brunswick departments to change response to medical calls

COVID-19 is prompting firefighters in New Brunswick to change when they respond to medical calls. The Fredericton Fire Department is using the same protocol it had in place during H1N1 and SARS outbreaks. It is not automatically responding.

INTERSCHUTZ postponed to June 2021

INTERSCHUTZ, originally scheduled for June 2020, will be postponed by one year. The reason is the coronavirus, which directly affects both exhibitors and visitors of INTERSCHUTZ and requires them to be available for duty at other locations.
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Cancer in firefighters: Part 3

Just like firefighters working on the fireground, a doctor must frequently operate under the urgent pressure of workload levered against time. The concept of ‘situational awareness’ applies just as much to the work of a doctor as it does to the work of a firefighter. By Dr. Kenneth Kunz » Read more...
Mutual aid

Mutual aid in action

Australia has been ravaged by one of the worst wildfire seasons seen in decades. To date, millions of hectares have burned and about 2,500 homes have been destroyed. A reported 34 people and an estimated billion native animals have died. The current economic cost of the fire has been estimated at AUS $4.4 billion and counting. In early December, an official request for assistance reached the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC), and a cohort of 21 highly trained staff from a variety of provinces were sent for a 38-day deployment to New South Wales. Since then, 239 Canadians aided in three different Australian states. By Brieanna Charlebois » Read more...

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Providing capability, ruggedness, and reliability at an affordable price, the FLIR K2 saves much more than lives. With easy-to-use buttons and operability in temperatures up to 500°F, the K2 is a small investment that can save lives, protect property, and ensure firefighter safety.

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Two people seriously injured in Etobicoke, Ont., warehouse fire

Two men were rushed to hospital on Monday evening with serious injuries due to a fire on the roof of an industrial warehouse in Etobicoke. » Learn more

Weekend house fire near Gull Lake, Sask., leaves two people dead

Two people are dead after a rural home burned down near Gull Lake, Sask. on Sunday. According to Swift Current RCMP, a farm house was full engulfed in flames and begun to collapse when fire and EMS arrived from Gull Lake. » Learn more

Three garages damaged in Edmonton weekend blaze

Officials are investigating after fire broke out at three garages early Sunday morning. Firefighters were called to 159 Street and 100 Avenue around 12:15 a.m. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

Into the wild

Mark Healey, planning chief for the BC Wildfire Service, talks to Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy about changes in wildfire management, including the rise of wildland urban interface and building successful partnerships. Healey recently came back from assisting with the bushfire crisis in Australia and he shares what he learned from the Australian operation and novel fire behaviour. » Listen now