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Stratford, Ont., firefighters begin offering community support online

Without being able to make their regular rounds in local schools or attend events in the community due to the pandemic, Stratford firefighters are taking their public education and fire prevention programs online.

Toronto firefighters’ union douses idea of receiving pandemic pay boost

The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association — representing the 3,000 front-line firefighters — says it’s not asking that its members be included in the group of front-line workers who are eligible for a $4-per-hour pandemic pay premium that the province has offered.

Saskatoon seeing increase in number of suspicious blazes

The Saskatoon Fire Department has been keeping busy, responding to an increase in suspicious fires in the city. There have been a total of 11 fires deemed suspicious between mid-March and mid-April.
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Trainer’s Corner: Don and doff with care

In light of the current pandemic, firefighters may be responding to increasingly infectious environments. Our members must take donning (putting on) and doffing (taking off) of PPE much more seriously. It is important they understand that they are at greatest risk to contaminate themselves when removing PPE. By Ed Brouwer. » Read more...

Wildfire season prep in a pandemic

As wildfire season approaches, many wildland fire experts have begun adapting their plans in attempt to best assess and manage the upcoming fire season while the country combats the coronavirus outbreak. In light of these new developments, the BC Wildfire Service is changing its training model for new 2020 firefighter recruits. By Brieanna Charlebois. » Read more...
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Multiple vehicles drive over fire hose while Winnipeg crews battle blaze

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is reminding the public that driving over a fire hose is a violation of the Highway Traffic Act, and could put firefighters and other people in the area at risk, after multiple vehicles drove over a hose on Sunday. » Learn more

Vancouver crews rescue man who fell down embankment

Fire crews performed a technical rescue in an unusual location Saturday afternoon, rescuing a man who had fallen down an embankment near a busy intersection in downtown Vancouver. » Learn more

Cell tower set on fire in Laval, Que.

A cellphone tower in Laval was on fire early Friday morning. The Laval fire department received a call about a 28-metre metal cell tower behind the Plaza Laval Élysée in the Chomedey neighbourhood around 2:15 a.m. and were on scene until about 3 a.m. to establish a perimeter around the scene. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

Hoarding 101 for the fire service

Hoarding presents a unique challenge and fire risk in the community. Elaine Birchall, a hoarding behaviour and intervention specialist for over 18 years, talks to Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy about best practices for how to proceed when encountering a hoarding situation on a call. Birchall covers what defines hoarding and how to recognize it, misconceptions around hoarding and how to approach the people involved in a nonjudgmental and sensitive manner. » 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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