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P.E.I. fire department honours 9-year-old hero

Nine-year-old Camdyn Smith has been honoured by the Cross Roads Fire Department in Stratford, P.E.I. Firefighters presented Smith with a plaque Saturday, making him an official honorary firefighter. Dave Walsh, the department’s captain, says it is the first time the award has been bestowed.

Consultations on changes to Winnipeg Fire-Paramedic Service delayed by COVID-19

The COVID-19 health emergency has created a disruption for a 15-year master plan for the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, but the service’s chief says it is not a significant setback for the long-term plan.

Fire Fighting in Canada announces first Virtual Summit

The first Fire Fighting in Canada Virtual Summit goes live Friday, June 26. This free event will feature a Chief's panel, sessions on new back to basics training, mental health and will highlight the new and noteworthy in product and services. Registration open now.
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Gord Schreiner

StopBad: Adapting to changing times

While the fire service has always been known for its ability to adapt to various circumstances, no one would have expected the rapid onset of change propelled by a global health crisis. Everything we do has changed. Fire departments everywhere are adapting to these changes in their own way to meet the needs of the citizens, while ensuring they keep their firefighters safe. By Gord Schreiner. » Read more...
Tom DeSorcy

Volunteer Vision: A collective voice

COVID-19 has added yet another notch in our tool belt. It has hit hard and, as always, the fire service was there to take it on. As part of the emergency response framework in our communities, this required a full response. Granted, nothing was burning but this speaks to the all-hazards approach we use today. Though, historically, we’ve had other pandemics, this one is different. Ask yourself: Was there ever a time you considered you’d be on the same call as every other fire chief in Canada? By Tom DeSorcy. » Read more...

Firefighters respond to floatplane crash on Ottawa River

A pilot suffered minor injuries when his floatplane crashed into the Ottawa River following a mid-air collision with a second plane near Constance Bay. Ottawa Fire says it received multiple 911 calls around 2:50 p.m. Sunday, reporting two small planes had touched mid-air and one plane crashed into the water. » Learn more

Amherst, N.S., stadium fire deemed suspicious

The Town of Amherst, N.S., says quick actions from firefighters helped save the Amherst Stadium after bales of artificial turf leaning against the building were set on fire. In a news release, Amherst Fire Department Chief Greg Jones said they received a call at around 4 p.m. Saturday about a possible structure fire at the stadium. » Learn more

Weekend fire destroys restaurant in Balgonie, Sask.

A Sunday fire has destroyed the Good Fortune Kitchen in Balgonie, Sask. “It’s a total loss to the restaurant,” said Doug Lapchuk, deputy fire chief for the Town of Balgonie. » 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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