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5 mental health tips for first responders during COVID-19

Coping with the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is essential. Nick Halmasy, a registered psychotherapist, former firefighter and founder of, offers these five actions front line workers should do to care for their mental wellness during this crisis.

Fire Chief Matthew Pegg is leading Toronto’s emergency response to COVOD-19. It’s like no fire he’s ever fought

We don’t shake hands. The health of the man in charge of the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is paramount, and besides, shaking hands would violate the rules set by Toronto Public Health, requiring people to remain two metres apart to avoid transmitting the virus that as of Sunday had killed more than 33,000 people worldwide.

Free webinar on emergency management

There is a free webinar, "Emergency Management: Managing the new normal", happening Monday, April 6 at 3:00 ET. This webinar is hosted by Canadian Security magazine and sponsored by Calian. To register,
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How FPOs Are Fixing Their Fire Inspection Backlog

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Mental health literacy

To help address mental health concerns, the fire service needs to move past awareness and reach educated fluency. By Nick Halmasy, Amanda Brazil, Robin Campbell » Read more...
Trainer’s Corner

Trainer’s Corner: Working together for a common goal

Imaginative drills are a great way to engage your firefighters and help them become better communicators and problem solvers. In the latest Trainer’s Corner feature, columnist Ed Brouwer reviews donning and doffing of PPE and SCBA, team building, problem solving, communication. By Ed Brouwer. » Read more...
MSA Safety

Fire Doesn’t Care What Your Helmet Looks Like

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Overnight fires in Nova Scotia leave one person dead, 50 displaced

Two overnight fires in Cape Breton have left one person dead and more than 50 people displaced, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality said on Sunday. » Learn more

Vancouver crews battle parkade fire at UBC

An early morning fire in UBC’s Westbrook Village Sunday had crews close off a stretch of Binning Rd. while they tackle the fire in the parkade of a construction site. Assistant Fire Chief Dan Stroup says crews were called to the scene around 2:00 a.m. and arrived to hear an explosion amid heavy smoke and flames. » Learn more

Fires, accidents down in Courtenay, B.C., during coronavirus pandemic

The Courtenay Fire Department has dealt with fewer fires and fewer car accidents since the outbreak of the coronavirus. The approach has also changed for crews in the event of a fire or accident, Courtenay Chief Don Bardonnex said. If there’s smoke in a building, firefighters ask occupants to stand back. At an accident, they need to first question people about their health before dealing with the scene in order to determine the level of equipment. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

President of the CAFC on the COVID-19 pandemic

What is happening nationwide for the fire service during COVID-19? John McKearney, president of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) and the fire chief in Whistler, B.C., shares his observations on fire department response during COVID-19 and how the CAFC is supporting the fire service. Tune in for this important COVID-19 update from a national perspective. » Listen now

FDIC International – postponed

April 20 – April 25, 2020
Location: Indianapolis, Ind.
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OAFC 2020 – cancelled

April 30 – May 2, 2020
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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VCOS Symposium in the Spring – cancelled

April 30 - May 2, 2020
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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