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British Columbia revises COVID-19 directive that prevented firefighters from attending most overdose calls

British Columbia has revised a recent directive by the provincial health officer that prevented firefighters from attending most overdose calls during the COVID-19 pandemic. The amendment, effective immediately, takes place after B.C. mayors and fire departments pushed back on the March 31 order by Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry, which significantly limited the number of medical calls that firefighters could attend, saying it would put citizens at serious risk.

Fighting fires and COVID-19: Big changes for Saskatchewan crews this wildfire season

Global pandemic or not, nothing is going to stop wildfire season. Saskatchewan’s wildfire crews have been busy preparing for the fiery months, but with a different approach than usual because of COVID-19.

Manitoba firefighters send hugs to Canadians going through tough times

Firefighters and emergency responders in the R.M. of Headingley, Man., gave a unique show of support. The local fire department organized a parade through the community to spread some positivity Sunday afternoon. The parade was called ‘Hugs from Headingley’.
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New frontiers in emergency management

The COVID-19 health crisis will affect all aspects of daily life and capabilities of Canada’s fire service; some will be diminished as our personnel become affected by the virus and spend time recovering at home. Canada’s fire service plays a vital role on so many fronts. Emergency management is so important, but realistically it is done from the corner of the fire chief’s desk in smaller communities. Let make emergency planning a positive outcome from this event into the future. By Vince Mackenzie. » Read more...

Back to Basics: Ladder tip positioning

We have been instructed to position the ladder tip at different places depending upon what task is being accomplished — ventilating a window, applying water in a window from a hose line, rescuing an occupant from a window, and gaining access in through the window (both single and double wide windows). All of these different tasks require the ladder tip to be placed at a different position on the building in relation to the window. These are the basic ladder tip positions that we teach our new recruits based upon the textbook, which is a good foundation to build on. By Mark van der Feyst. » Read more...

New Partnership: Dependable Emergency Vehicles and ABC Fire & Safety

Dependable Emergency Vehicles is excited to announce a new partnership with ABC Fire & Safety, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ABC Fire & Safety has expanded their product offerings to now include emergency vehicles in collaboration with Dependable Emergency Vehicles, in Brampton, Ontario.

This partnership will allow both companies to offer the best of apparatus, vehicles, and service to customers in western Canada. >> Learn more

Dartmouth, N.S., crematorium damaged in weekend fire

A crematorium on Victoria Road in Dartmouth caught fire Sunday night, burning a hole through the roof of the building, said Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency. » Learn more

Three people dead after house fire in Ottawa

Three adults have died after they were pulled from a burning home in Ottawa’s Britannia neighbourhood early Monday morning. » Learn more

Fire destroys Vernon, B.C., homeless camp

A fire destroyed a homeless camp north of Vernon Thursday morning. At 5:40 a.m. fire crews were alerted to the blaze at 6800 block of Highway 97 near Swan Lake. » 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 – rescheduled

Dates to be announced
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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Aerial Firefighting Conference – rescheduled

October 20, 2020
Location: Abbotsford, BC
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Interschutz – rescheduled

June 14-19, 2021
Location: Hannover, Germany
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