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New mutual aid agreement for Cowichan Valley

Fire departments across the Cowichan Valley region of British Columbia have entered into a mutual aid agreement that ensures all Cowichan communities have back-up emergency response assistance. The Cowichan Valley Fire Department Regional Mutual Aid Agreement creates a no-charge reciprocal system of emergency response and assistance available to all 17 local fire departments throughout the region and represents the first time a single regional agreement has been established.

Calgary fire department going virtual with fire education

Calgary’s virtual reality fire pilot will be the first of its kind in Canada. The Virtual Reality Fire and Life Safety Education Pilot will be a life-like opportunity for citizens and communities to learn and understand how a fire situation could be managed.

Firefighter suffers fatal heart attack at scene of Sproat Lake barn fire

A Sproat Lake, B.C., volunteer firefighter has died of a heart attack after arriving to tackle a large barn fire. Lt. Ron Suits, 69, had just arrived at the fire Thursday and begun to nurse water to the fire engine that crews were using to douse the flames when he suffered a heart attack, said Sproat Lake Fire Chief Mike Cann.
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Unintended consequences: The opioid crisis and COVID-19

While Canada’s number of new daily COVID-19 cases has been dropping, the death toll from another ongoing public health crisis is rising. In recent months, provinces and territories across Canada began reporting a growing number of opioid-related deaths. By Brieanna Charlebois. » Read more...
Vince MacKenzie

Volunteer Vision: Not the same but better

We’re only halfway through 2020 but what an incident this year has been. Fire departments across the country have been affected by a series of abnormal events. It’s the first time fire chiefs across Canada have been united when we consider every chief was working the same incident at the same time: the COVID-19 pandemic. The fire service will probably never be the same after 2020, but in most respects, I feel we will be in a better place. By Vince MacKenzie. » Read more...

Industrial fire on Edmonton’s eastern edge triggers air quality concerns

A large industrial fire in Strathcona County, just outside Edmonton, continues to burn, prompting a warning to nearby residents who may be exposed to the plume of toxic smoke. » Learn more

Deliberately set house fire causes $100,000 in damage

The Saskatoon Fire Department continues to investigate a Sunday fire that resulted in $100,000 in damage. Firefighters responded to the scene after 3 a.m. to discover a home on the 300 block of Avenue U South billowing with smoke. » Learn more

Parkland house fire may have been sparked by lightning

Fire crews in Parkland County, Alta., are trying to determine whether a severe storm that rolled through the area Sunday evening is to blame for a house fire. » 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 13 - 16, 2020
Location: Virtual
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