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Forest fire suppression measures can actually increase risks around communities, scientist says

A federal forest fire scientist has come to a paradoxical conclusion, finding that fire suppression measures in recent decades have actually increased the fire danger in some northern communities.

British Columbia looking to buy air purifiers for smoke relief in wildfire-affected community

Ahead of a wildfire season in which experts say the presence of smoke would likely increase the death rate from COVID-19, British Columbia is considering purchasing air purification systems for people who require support for cleaner air in wildfire-affected communities.

Ontario forest firefighters taking precautions against COVID-19

The forest fire season is underway, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is facing challenges doing its job during a pandemic. Along with the normal health and safety considerations for the 800 fire rangers in Ontario, they are now following public health measures to protect against COVID-19.
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Firelines: Resilience and firefighter culture

A vital personal quality, within our personal and fire fighting lives, is resilience. I personally learned its value through a recent period of challenge, change and growth. Resilience has proven to be a quality that does not simply appear in one’s life without hard work. By Dave Balding. » Read more...
Back to Basics

Back to Basics: Ladder Dating, Part 3

Today, every fire truck in service is equipped with two ground ladders: a roof ladder and an extension ladder. Usually the combo set is a 14-foot roof ladder and a 24-foot extension ladder, though this can vary depending upon the specific requirements of the department and truck. Every ladder, regardless of length, has reach limitations so firefighters must know how to work within them. By Mark van der Feyst. » Read more...
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Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation, 3rd Edition

This latest, fully updated Third Edition reflects the most recent developments in the field. Currently, serious research is underway to try to understand the role of ventilation in structure fires. Likewise, there is improved understanding of the kinds of errors investigators can make that lead to incorrect determinations of the causes of fires. In addition to the scientific aspects, the litigation of fire related events is rapidly changing, particularly with respect to an investigator’s qualifications to serve as an expert witness. This book covers these latest developments and ties together the changing standards for fire investigations with the fundamental scientific knowledge presented in the early chapters of the book. >> Order now

Canadian firefighter rescued after falling into Niagara River

A firefighter who was swept into the rushing water of the lower Niagara River on Saturday while attempting to rescue a male in distress was himself rescued by a marine unit downstream. » Learn more

St. Catharines, Ont., firefighters rescue three hikers in less than a week

After rescuing hikers at Morningstar Mill for the third time in a week, firefighters are urging the dozens of people using the facility — ignoring COVID-19 social distancing requirements in the process — to at least stay on the paths. Firefighters and paramedics responded to the heritage site at Decew Falls on Sunday afternoon, after a woman was injured while trying to climb up the wall of the gorge. » Learn more

Major fire in Gatineau, Que., prompts evacuations, causing $2.5 million in damage

A major fire just north of Gatineau’s downtown core on Saturday forced a dozen or so households to evacuate and caused damage estimated at $2.5 million. The fire engulfed a four-storey, 16-unit complex at 164 rue de Morency, and spread to an attached structure nearby. Some of the units were unoccupied. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

Fire Prevention Week theme for 2020

Laura King, Canadian regional education specialist with the NFPA, shares details of this year’s NFPA fire prevention week theme: Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen. King talks about the core messages and timeliness of the campaign, alongside what resources are now available to start building your fire prevention week campaigns. Fire prevention week started in 1925 in Canada and remains a critical public education tool. » Listen now

FFIC Virtual Summit

June 26, 2020
Location: Virtual
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IAFC Fire-Rescue International

August 19 - 21, 2020
Location: Phoenix, Ariz.
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Canadian Firefighters Memorial

September 13, 2020
Location: Ottawa, Ont.
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