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Alberta college dean receives international award for commitment to the fire service

Chris Senaratne, dean of the Emergency Training Centre at Lakeland College, was given the 2021 Johnny G. Wilson Memorial Award in recognition of his lifetime of advocacy and commitment to the fire service. The Johnny G. Wilson Memorial Award is bestowed by ProBoard, an international fire service accreditation body.

John Quennell steps in as new fire chief in Kingsville

John Quennell is the new fire chief for Kingsville, Ont. The announcement comes a few days after former fire chief Chuck Parsons says he was let go one week before returning from mental health leave. CTV News reports.

Mississauga names new fire chief

The City of Mississauga selected Deryn Rizzi as its fire chief and director of emergency management, a role taking effect Feb. 2. Rizzi, the fire chief for Vaughan, Ont., replaces Tim Beckett, who retired from the Mississauga department last year.

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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 and Chris Biantoro » Read more...
Chris Harrow

Leadership Forum: Motivating teams during COVID-19

Throughout this pandemic, many things have been put on hold or have been much harder to accomplish. Weddings, funerals and family get-togethers have adapted to maintain safety. The fire service has also had to adapt. Departments are all finding ways to do things differently to stay within the new guidelines. One of the most difficult tasks to achieve around the stations is preserving your firefighters’ motivation even when you can’t get the entire team together. It’s like playing an NHL hockey game, but not being able to practice together on the ice before the game. By Chris Harrow » Read more...

Stolen Inuvik fire truck turns up over 100 kilometres away

An Inuvik fire truck is back in its rightful place at the fire hall and undergoing damage assessments after it was nabbed Tuesday evening. Between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, it’s believed someone stole the 105-foot ladder truck, which was idling outside while fire crews had been working inside the fire hall bays. CBC News reports. » Learn more

Man rescued, two firefighters injured in Kitchener house fire

Firefighters managed to pull a man out of a burning building in Kitchener, Ont., and resuscitate him on Friday evening, while two firefighters were also treated for minor burns. CTV News reports. » Learn more

Leeds and the Thousand Islands fire chief announces retirement

Leeds and the Thousand Islands Fire Chief Rick Lawson is getting ready to hang up his hat. The 46-year fire department veteran, who has served as Ontario’s Leeds and Thousand Islands fire chief since August 2018, will retire March 1. The Brockville Recorder & Times reports. » Learn more