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Emergency responders’ jobs changing in the face of coronavirus pandemic

Vancouver’s fire department is preparing to stop responding to the site of non-critical medical calls to preserve its ability to respond to major fires and other emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fire Chief Darrell Reid told a news conference this week the department is looking at changing its service model, in a move representing one of many ways emergency response across the country is evolving as the novel coronavirus spreads.

Stewiacke, N.S., volunteer firefighters will deliver supplies during COVID-19 isolation

Volunteer firefighters in Stewiacke, N.S., will be visiting local homes this week not to put out fires, but to deliver supplies to residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toronto firefighter injured battling two-alarm blaze

A firefighter was injured during the course of battling a two-alarm blaze at a home in the city’s west end late Saturday night.
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Ladder dating

Back to Basics: Ladder Dating – Climbing Angles

We introduced our topic of ladder dating — coined such because you need to know your ladder intimately and would do well to date it first — in the February edition of Fire Fighting in Canada, and we’re going to dive right in here by detailing climbing angles. There are a few opinions on what the proper angle is for setting up a ladder so it’s safe to climb. Some of the arguments are valid and others are not. By Mark van der Feyst » Read more...

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...
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Fire marshal’s office probing fatal Owen Sound, Ont., blaze

The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office is investigating after a woman was pronounced dead following a house fire in Owen Sound, Ont., on Saturday evening. » Learn more

Suspicious fire damages Canadian Tire store in Saskatoon

Saskatoon fire investigators say a fire inside the Confederation Mall Canadian Tire store on Monday is suspicious. » Learn more

Suspicious blaze at Salvation Army in London, Ont., sends one person to hospital

A staff member at the Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope in London, Ont., was taken to hospital following a suspicious fire that forced the evacuation of the downtown shelter early Thursday, fire officials say. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

COVID-19: Unique challenges for fire departments

Dan Derby is the president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of British Columbia and the Regional Fire Chief for Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue. He joins Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy in a discussion of the unprecedented pandemic crisis and its unique facets in emergency management. Derby and DeSorcy discuss staffing, firehall closures, PPE supplies, the role of associations in the crisis, self-care and mental health, working with the leadership of health authorities, and some of the lessons that will come of the crisis, such as critical conversations around supply chain management and dispatch protocols. » Listen now