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Worst forest fire year in a decade hits Quebec

Quebec’s hot summer so far, with long stretches of little rain, has contributed to a large increase in the number of forest fires around the province.

Montreal firefighters, paramedics respond to allegation they don’t take PPE seriously

Urgences Santé and the Montreal Fire Department have responded to an allegation made earlier this week by a former worker at the Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Côte St-Luc. The worker, who Global News has agreed to not identify, said even after alerting his supervisors, little was done to enforce PPE protocol.

Edmonton's new fire chief to focus on mental health

Edmonton’s new fire chief is using an “innovate mindset” as he takes the service into a new era. Joe Zatylny is one month into his tenure as the top brass of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS). He follows in the footsteps of former chief Ken Block, who announced his resignation in December after a career spanning 40 years, including 10 at the helm.
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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...
Mental Health

Q&A: Kathryn Sinden on firefighter mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

The Canadian Institute of Health Research awarded Kathryn Sinden, an assistant professor in kinesiology at Lakehead University, a $49,968 grant to spend six months developing resources to support the mental health of firefighters working during the COVID-19 pandemic. » Read more...
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Order Now for Fire Prevention Week

This year’s FPW campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™” works to educate everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen. Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen. >> Order now

Saskatoon firefighters pull unconscious man from river

The public is being advised to steer clear from the South Saskatchewan River after members of the Saskatoon Fire Department pulled an unconscious man from the fast-moving body of water on Saturday afternoon. » Learn more

Firefighter, police statues vandalized outside Calgary city hall

Splatters of paint were washed off statues of a firefighter and police officer outside Calgary City Hall on Friday afternoon after they were vandalized. Red paint could be seen splashed on the statues’ bodies, while yellow paint was smeared on the badges on each of the hats the firefighter and officer are wearing. » Learn more

Winnipeg fire crews douse four fires within 12 hours

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service put out an outdoor fire and three house fires between Saturday night and Sunday morning. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

Education and the pandemic

Phil Bott, division chief for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI), talks about changes in education, feedback from students, the ongoing need for recruits and the growing importance of technology. » Listen now

IAFC Fire-Rescue International

August 19 - 21, 2020
Location: Virtual
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Canadian Firefighters Memorial

September 13, 2020
Location: Virtual
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CAFC Fire Rescue Canada

September 14 - 15, 2020
Location: Virtual
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