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Wearable sensor can measure cortisol hormone levels: study

A small wearable device, the first of its kind developed by engineers in Lausanne, Switzerland, shows promising potential in continuously monitoring and measuring stress hormone levels, according to a new study published in Nature. CTV News reports.

New study finds 99 per cent of fluorine found in fire station dust came from unknown PFAS

A new study looked at firefighters’ exposure to the fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. Nearly 99 percent of the fluorine found in tests of dust from inside fire stations likely came from unknown PFAS chemicals that could not be identified as ones that researchers had tested for.

Courtenay-Alberni MP introduces bill for volunteer firefighters, search and rescue workers

In British Columbia, Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns has introduced a Private Member’s Bill that proposes increasing the tax credit for volunteer firefighters and search and rescue volunteers. Alberni Valley News reports.

CityReporter for Fire Prevention Inspections

CityReporter was developed with input from fire chiefs in towns and cities across North America. It contains a library of fire inspection checklists based on the national fire code. This allows fire prevention officers to get started with inspections immediately after installing your properties in the software.

” My days are so much more productive. I don’t know about the cost savings of using less paper, but it makes my life a heck of a lot easier. You can’t put a price tag on that. I wish they had technology like this years ago.”
Jim McBride, Director of Protective Services

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Cover story: Calling all recruits

Departments are focusing on diversity and inclusion while navigating recruitment in a pandemic. By Brieanna Charlebois » Read more...
Elias Markou

Well-Being: The mental health crisis and COVID-19

A recent CBC article, “Psychologists worry about mental health in first full COVID-19 winter” and a sudden influx of patients coming into my practice with mental health concerns influenced me to write this very important article for firefighters and the fire service. By Elias Markou » Read more...

Not your average "driver training" textbook

Drive to Survive: The Art of Wheeling the Rig provides an in-depth examination of fire apparatus vehicle dynamics. This is not your average "driver training" textbook.

Fire apparatus operators must understand how a vehicle maneuvers at roadway speed, and more importantly...why does it crash? Just as a doctor cannot heal the human body without a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology, an emergency vehicle operator cannot safely drive a fire apparatus without an in-depth knowledge of vehicle dynamics.

Drive to Survive fills in the gaps between vehicle dynamics and crash causation.

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Penticton to seek grant to help make city FireSmart

Penticton, B.C., is launching a bid for grant funding to help older locals get “FireSmart.” Penticton Western News Reports. » Learn more

Two bodies recovered after fire destroys home in La Peche

MRC des Collines police say two bodies have been found in the rubble of a home following a fire in La Peche, Que., north of Gatineau. Police had reported early Sunday morning that two young girls were missing after the fire Saturday evening at a home on chemin Murray. CTV News reports. » Learn more

Surrey crews respond to three fires in nine hours

By 9 a.m. on Saturday, Surrey Fire Service in British Columbia had already responded to three separate 911 calls for fire trucks. CTV News reports. » Learn more