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Uncontrolled wildfire forces local state of emergency near Squamish, B.C.

A local state of emergency was declared near Squamish when a wildfire has charred more than one square kilometre of bush and trees in the Upper Squamish Valley.

Saskatchewan fire department launches fun community initiative during COVID-19 pandemic

Members of Canora and District Fire Rescue are known for their abilities in fire fighting and rescuing people from serious accidents, but now they have come up with a way to put smiles on the faces of Canora and area residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arizona researchers study health risk in firefighter foam and protective gear

Researchers from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health received a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to lead a study of occupational exposures to “PFAS chemicals” among firefighters.
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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...

Fire causes $100,000 in damage at Hamilton, Ont., bank

A fire that started just after 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon in a pedestrian walkway adjacent to Gore Park has caused $100,000 damage to a downtown branch of the HSBC Bank. Windows and doors were damaged at the street level of the bank and multiple floors overhead received smoke damage as well. » Learn more

Regina firefighters battle fire at waste disposal facility

Regina, Sask., firefighters battled a blaze at LORAAS Disposal in the city’s northeast on Sunday afternoon. » Learn more

Major fire tears through industrial building in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.

A fire raged Sunday morning in an industrial building in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, in the Monteregie region, raising concerns about possible toxic fumes. » 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

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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Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia Conference – cancelled

May 2 – May 3, 2020
Location: Truro, Nova Scotia
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