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Federal scientists predict high wildfire risk across Western Canada

A majority of forests in Canada face a higher-than-normal wildfire risk this summer, say federal scientists. The forecast map from Natural Resources Canada suggests every region west of central Quebec will face an above-average hazard.

British Columbia fire-related fatalities on the rise in 2020, says province

Fire officials are asking people in British Columbia to test smoke alarms and take care in the kitchen as 15 people have died in the province so far this year due to fires — three times the number of deaths for the same time period in 2019.

‘It’s disappointing’: Push to study merging York Region fire departments flames out

The latest bid to explore merging York Region’s eight local fire departments into a single, regional one has gone up in smoke. While Richmond Hill, Stouffville, Georgina and Aurora councils have all voiced support or studying the costs and benefits of such a move, a majority of councillors in Vaughan, Markham and King have thrown cold water on the idea at local meetings held during the past few weeks. And so, with that, the conversation sparked by Aurora mayor Tom Mrakas in January has been snuffed out.
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Team Training

Building relationships builds training opportunities

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services created great training opportunities through fostering community connections — here’s tips for how you can too. By Eric Smith. » Read more...

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...
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How FPOs Are Fixing Their Fire Inspection Backlog

Many fire departments across Canada are struggling with a fire inspection backlog. But some are actually ahead of schedule – and it’s thanks to technology that organizes the properties they need to inspect, provides checklists based on the fire code, and automatically generates reports that can be emailed or printed on the spot. Find out more about the inspection software used by small towns and large cities alike.

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Two suspects in custody following cell tower fires north of Montreal

Two suspects are in custody following sixth and seventh cell tower fires in the greater Montreal region early Thursday morning. Quebec provincial police said the individuals – a man and a woman in their 20s – may be linked to the series of suspicious tower fires that have been reported in the region in under a week. » Learn more

Thieves steal Vancouver fire chief’s dress uniform, medals

Vancouver’s fire chief is appealing for the return of some sentimental personal belongings, after thieves broke into his truck on Thursday. Chief Darrell Reid took to Twitter to say that someone broke into his work vehicle and made off with his dress uniform and several medals. » Learn more

Weekend fire at Brampton, Ont., school causes $8 million in damage

Peel police are searching for a suspect believed to be responsible for a fire in a Brampton school on Saturday that caused an estimated $8 million in damage. Fire crews were called to St. Leonard Elementary School at around 5:45 p.m. after black smoke was seen billowing out of the building. » 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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