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Ontario taking steps to improve mental health supports for first responders and public safety personnel

The Ontario government is establishing four new mental health collaborative tables to better support the mental health and well-being of policing, fire, corrections, and paramedic services personnel. The tables will help inform actions to change behaviours that stigmatize those struggling with mental health challenges, achieve a healthier work-life balance, promote mental health resiliency, and build awareness of supports, treatments and recovery options.

More people outdoors meant more rope rescues in Hamilton in 2020

The popularity of Hamilton’s trails and waterfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic coincides with an increase in emergency calls to those natural areas. Global News reports.

Stronger RCMP and Fire-Rescue key focus of Richmond’s proposed 2021 budget

More police officers and firefighters are key to the City of Richmond’s proposed 2021 operating budget approved by council on Jan. 25, a move intended to reinforce the City’s continued commitment to make Richmond a safe and resilient community.
Breton SmarTek

Breton SmarTek

Pre-plans in the palm of your hand. In some jurisdictions, safety preplans are legislatively mandated; in other jurisdictions, they are not. However, in all jurisdictions they are a good idea that increases safety for firefighters and the people they protect. With drag & drop ease, FireQ allows firefighters to upload pre-plans to the FireQ software so they are always visible and available using the FireQ app.

Launched in 2013, FireQ was the first software to bring communication technology to firefighters in an app format. Now in its third generation of enhancements, FireQ is long trusted by firefighters across North America.

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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...
Community evacuation

Preparing your community for evacuation

An unsuspecting Tennessee community found itself in a terrible place during the 2016 Chimney Tops 2 Fire, which led to 14 deaths and nearly 200 injuries — many related to last-minute evacuations. To understand what motivates people to evacuate, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) surveyed affected residents. Their analysis of the responses identified key factors at play and uncovered an unexpected phenomenon, wherein smoke appeared to lower peoples’ sense of danger. These results, outlined in the International Journal of Wildland Fire, could help communities, especially those without robust wildfire response plans in place, devise and improve strategies for getting people to head for safer ground. By Jonathan Griffin » Read more...

Standard on Training for Initial Emergency Scene Operations

NFPA 1410 provides fire departments with an objective method of measuring performance for initial fire suppression and rescue procedures using available personnel and equipment. It specifies basic evolutions that can be adapted to local conditions and serves as a standard mechanism for the evaluation of minimum acceptable performance for hose line and water supply activities during training for initial fire attack

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Province boosts funding for PEI Firefighter Association Fire School

In addition to the PEIFFA’s core provincial funding, the Department of Justice and Public Safety is providing an additional grant of $180,000 over the next three years to build the PEI Fire School’s internal training capacity for this and future generations of island firefighters. » Learn more

Two fires in Montreal area claim three lives over the weekend

Two separate fires over the weekend in the greater Montreal area have claimed the lives of three elderly people. CBC News reports. » Learn more

Blaze destroys 147-year-old church in Lax Kw’alaams First Nation

A fire destroyed a 147-year-old church in a remote Indigenous community outside of Prince Rupert, B.C., early Saturday morning. CBC News reports. » Learn more