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OAFC announces 2021 executive committee and board of directors

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) announced its 2021 board of directors and executive committee.

Nanaimo to transition fire dispatch to City of Surrey

The City of Nanaimo and the Regional District of Nanaimo in British Columbia are transitioning fire dispatch services from Nanaimo FireComm to the City of Surrey. Nanaimo FireComm is operated by the City of Nanaimo and the decision to transition to a new service provider was made due to the technology upgrades that would be required for the Next Generation 911 platform and rising operational costs.

Study says Canadian forest fires have declined since 1989 peak

Are there more forest fires in recent years in Canada? A new study says not really. It may seem surprising given the news reports of massive wildfires in Canada, but the study shows there’s actually been a downward trend nationally in the last 30 years.

Four Tools. One Mount. The Zico Multiple Extrication Tool Holder.

Secure up to four extrication tools in minimal space with this “Lazy Susan” style rotating platform. Adjustable, cast aluminum mounting brackets accommodate most brands of cutter, spreader, and combination tool, including both hydraulic and battery-powered models, while optional brackets are available for mounting one or two rams. To operate, simply press down on the yellow paddle to unlock the turntable. Then rotate to access the tool you need. The turntable locks into place after each 90-degree rotation for quick and safe retrieval. Model QM-MEH-1. Available now.

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Vince MacKenzie

Volunteer Vision: Peer connections in the age of COVID

We are firefighters at a point in history that will be one of the most looked-back-on eras since Sept. 11. We are literally in the midst of the history that you will be referring to and reminiscing back on when we tell our firefighter stories to new recruits. While the world faces a global emergency unprecedented in a century, our fire departments have continued to respond and protect our community. By Vince MacKenzie. » Read more...
Evaluating drone pilot skills

Evaluating drone pilot skills

It is estimated that several hundred Canadian public safety agencies have acquired remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). Approximately one third of those agencies are fire service oriented. Canadian fire departments that have acquired RPAS and are using them with great success gain additional situational awareness at the scenes of structure and wildland fires, as well as natural and man-made disasters. RPAS tasks include providing real-time video to fire scene management, penetrating hot zones such as HAZMAT spill areas and potential BLEVE evacuation zones, post disaster damage assessment, and post-response assessment and evaluation for training purposes. By Alan Frazier. » Read more...

Suspicious fire at Fifty Point Marina causes $185,000 in damage

Damage is estimated at more than $185,000 following a fire Friday at Fifty Point Marina in Hamilton, Ont., that officials say is suspicious. Crews were called to the marina at 4:18 a.m. and found five boats on fire, according to the Hamilton Fire Department. » Learn more

Woman displaced after house fire in Bridgetown: Canadian Red Cross

A woman has been displaced after a fire destroyed her home in the Annapolis Valley on Friday. The Canadian Red Cross says the fire was reported Friday afternoon at the bungalow located along Highway 201, just south of Bridgetown, N.S. » Learn more

Five people injured in London house fire

One woman was taken to hospital and four others were treated for smoke inhalation after a house fire in the Old East Village of London, Ont., Sunday evening. About 20 cats were also living in the home at Lyle and King streets and have been turned over to animal control. » Learn more

Firehouse Expo

Dec. 8 - 9, 2020
Location: Virtual
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FDSOA Annual Health and Safety Conference

Jan. 18 – 21, 2021
Location: St. Pete Beach, Fla
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Northeastern Fire Education Conference

March 26 – 28, 2021
Location: Huntsville, Ont. (COVID-19 restrictions pending)
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