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Strathmore's new deputy fire chief to recruit more diverse and inclusive force

Strathmore, Ont., has moved to make its fire department more diverse and inclusive by hiring a deputy fire chief to a new recruitment position. Laurie VandeSchoot, the town’s new assistant chief of diversity, inclusion and recruiting, was introduced during the regular Strathmore town council meeting on Nov. 18. VandeSchoot is a municipal government, change management and strategic planning specialist with a 28-year career with the City of Calgary who also consults internationally and locally and instructs at Bow Valley College in Calgary.

Langley Township tightens COVID safety rules following fire department outbreak

Additional measures to prevent COVID-19 exposures have been implemented by the Township of Langley, B.C., fire department following an outbreak in November that idled one out of every three full-time firefighters at its height.

Kearney fire department looking for volunteers

Kearney, Ont., Fire Chief Paul Schaefer said they’ve struggled when it comes to attracting people to volunteer their time with the fire department. He said among other reasons, he believes COVID-19 is partially to blame.
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2020 Emergency Response Guidebook Now Available!

This guidebook will assist responders in making initial decisions upon arriving at the scene of a dangerous goods incident and how to best protect themselves and the general public during the initial response phase of the incident. It contains the most up-to-date emergency response information and eliminates the worry of not having the correct response information.

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Reducing fire risk

Reducing fire risk through pub ed and personal contact

A new British Columbia study reveals the importance of bringing an evidence-based, coordinated and sustained approach to public education about smoke alarms and fire safety—along with personal contact. By Larry Thomas, Len Garis, Shelley Morris, Chris Biantoro. » Read more...
Back to Basics

Back to Basics: Ladder dating and the single firefighter high shoulder ladder throw

When we have fewer hands to help, we must find ways to be effective and efficient with limited manpower – this may mean that we have to work by ourselves for certain tasks to be accomplished. The idea of single firefighter assignments or tasks may go against the grain of what we have been taught for numerous years; to always work in pairs (at a minimum), but it can sometimes be a reality. By Mark van der Feyst » Read more...

Massive fire breaks out in townhouse complex in Toronto

A massive fire broke out in a townhouse complex that is under construction in Toronto on Saturday morning, sending smoke drifting over Highway 401. » Learn more

Edmonton firefighters investigating weekend blaze at Why Not Café and Bar

An early morning fire tore through the Why Not Cafe and Bar Sunday. Fire crews were called at 6:47 a.m., eight units responded and had the fire under control by 8:37 a.m., said Edmonton Fire and Rescue Services spokeswoman Brittany Lewchuck. » Learn more

Fire breaks out in Montreal’s tent city homeless camp

Montreal fire officials say residents at a tent encampment on Notre-Dame Street narrowly escaped a disaster. This after a fire incinerated a tent and all its contents, leaving a couple without a place to stay. The Montreal fire department personnel said the fire broke out inside a tent Saturday around 9 a.m. » Learn more

FDSOA Annual Health and Safety Conference

Jan. 18 – 21, 2021
Location: St. Pete Beach, Fla
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OAFC Labour Relations Seminar

Jan. 19 – 21, 2021
Location: Virtual
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Northeastern Fire Education Conference

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