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Planning for B.C. wildfire season continues amidst coronavirus outbreak

The BC Wildfire Service is preparing for the upcoming wildfire season, wildfires that will happen and require resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

B.C. doctor warns of deadly ‘double whammy’ if coronavirus persists into wildfire season

The head of respiratory medicine at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital says B.C. could face a deadly “double whammy” if the novel coronavirus pandemic drags into a smoky wildfire season.

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 health crisis, NFPA and State Farm provide guidance about Wildfire Community Preparedness Day to participants

The annual Wildfire Community Preparedness Day campaign, hosted and organized by the NFPA and State Farm, was created as a way to rally people around the cause of wildfire safety and to turn ideas into action that can make a difference. This year (because Canadians are isolating due to COVID-19), in place of in-person events, organizers are suggesting activities that can be done from home while still helping to raise awareness of wildfire.
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Wildfire Week features 
Mutual aid

Mutual aid in action

Australia was ravaged by one of the worst wildfire seasons seen in decades. 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. A total of about 300 experts and firefighters from across the country were deployed the next following months. Fire Fighting in Canada covered the Canadian effort in Australia for the March issue. By Brieanna Charlebois » Read more...

From the Archives: A new norm

Firefighters should brace for more forest and wildland blazes across Canada in future years because it will be the new norm as climate change takes hold. Wildland fire experts and ecologists warn that wildfires will likely become more widespread and destruction will become more severe during the summer months in Canada. Fire Fighting in Canada Podcast, April 1, 2019 » Read more...
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La Tuque, Que., deploys firefighters, first responders to staff security checkpoints

Municipal authorities in La Tuque, in Quebec’s Mauricie region, have sent firefighters and first responders to staff checkpoints set up to protect the regional population from the COVID-19 pandemic. » Learn more

Oshawa, Ont., Fire enhances safety protocols during coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many operations locally and nationally to enhance safety procedures and Oshawa Fire Services is one of them. But while steps have been taken, some firefighters still feel more needs to be done. » Learn more

B.C. firefighters ordered to respond to immediately life-threatening medical calls only

B.C. firefighters have been ordered to stop responding to all but the most dire medical emergency calls during the COVID-19 pandemic, a directive that means they will no longer attend most overdoses. » 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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