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Sarnia’s fire service overtime costs drop amid COVID-19

The Sarnia, Ont., fire service overtime spending this year could be within budget for the first time since 2015. That’s according to a report from the city’s fire chief that credits the COVID-19 pandemic as the most significant factor keeping overtime costs in check in 2020.

Why cleaning the forests could help fight fires—but it won’t be easy

Fire control experts in British Columbia say thinning and pruning trees can slow wildfires but it’s a huge job.

Ontario firefighters warn about dangers of extending patio season

Firefighters have a unique warning this fall. They say things could get dangerous if bars and restaurants don’t weigh the risks of patio heaters this fall. In a report released Saturday, Toronto firefighters and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) said they fear that with chilly weather and outdoor dining being recommended amid the pandemic, many restaurants, bars, cafes and homes will be decked-out in patio heaters.


Sani Gear’s Gear Guard cleaning system is what the professionals use to keep their gear clean and ready when the call comes in!

Gear Guard 4 is an eco-friendly and 100% bio-degradable cleaning product that will not degrade reflective trim or damage metal hardware. It works to:

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The power of a story

The power of a story

In organizations and leadership, storytelling is a powerful leadership technique and can be used as a tool for imparting a memorable lesson. We are hardwired to engage and immerse with a story. Here’s how you can use it to teach lessons and inspire action within your department. By Laura Aiken. » Read more...

Study explores wildfire smoke health effects

A recent research report from the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health found that exposure to wildfire smoke affects the body’s respiratory and cardiovascular systems almost instantly. By Brieanna Charlebois. » Read more...
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Fire Investigation for the Company Officer

Fire Investigation for the Company Officer is intended to supplement the approach to the challenges and problems faced by company commanders on the fireground.

Many fire department company officers and future company officers lack training in the science of fire investigation and a successful fire investigation often depends on the initial actions of the engine or truck company commander. This book provides company officers with tools to preserve a fire scene and conduct a preliminary investigation as to the cause of the fire and possibly identifying witnesses, victims and even suspects. It will also make a great text for teaching fire investigation classes. >> Order now

Five people escape from duplex fire in Calgary

Crews responded to a duplex in the northeast community of Falconridge following a Sunday afternoon fire. The blaze on Falsby Place broke out around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. » Learn more

Vancouver firefighters battle rooftop blaze

A faulty HVAC system is being blamed for a rooftop fire at a Yaletown commercial building Sunday night. Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services got a number of calls from local high-rise residents at about 8:30 p.m. concerning a fire on the rooftop of a building on the corner of Homer and Helmcken Streets. » Learn more

Winnipeg crews tackle pair of weekend fires

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service battled two fires within half an hour of each other in the city’s North End late Saturday afternoon. » Learn more

IAFC Fire-Rescue International

October 19, 2020
Location: Virtual
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Aerial Firefighting Virtual Symposium

October 22, 2020
Location: Virtual
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FSWO 2020 Virtual Training Symposium

Nov. 1 – 13, 2020
Location: Virtual
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