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Racist actions could lead to firing, Calgary fire chief says

Calgary’s fire chief told members of city council on that those who violate respectful workplace policies may find themselves out of a job. CBC News reports.

Closure of Ontario Fire College a ‘shock,’ says Orillia’s chief

The provincial government’s decision to close the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst was a shock to local firefighters, who say they were not consulted on the decision. Orillia Matters reports.

Pandemic impact resulted in 700 fewer service calls for Sudbury fire department

Ontario’s Greater Sudbury Fire Services reported that although calls were down, an estimated $13 million was still lost due to fires in the city last year. Sudbury.com reports.
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Cover story: Beware of burnout

The coronavirus is creating new and unique challenges. We are navigating uncharted waters with the virus making it important to find new ways to cope and interact while looking after our mental health. Firefighters work in an environment of unpredictability. The nature of this job, shift work issues and now being a first responder in the pandemic allows for cracks to filter into our mental reservoirs. If we are not careful our abilities to cope can become compromised. When that happens, a condition called burnout can be on the horizon. The Randy Glasbergen cartoon pictured here depicts it perfectly. By James Rychard » Read more...
Trainers Corner

Trainer’s Corner: Communication is the foundation

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Trainer’s Corner and I am filled with gratitude for this incredible opportunity afforded to me by Fire Fighting in Canada. Jim Hailey the editor at that time, was very supportive of the idea for a feature column addressing the needs of the volunteer training officer. The opening paragraph for my first column read: “This column will hopefully be viewed as a great resource for the volunteer fire service training officer. The intention here is to provide some tried and tested training drills that are “do-able” with our limited budgets. This first one is simple to set up and yet challenging enough to keep your members’ interest.” By Ed Brouwer » Read more...

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One person dead, firefighter injured following multiple fires in Vancouver

Vancouver fire crews responded to four different fires, starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday and lasting through to Saturday morning, that left one person dead and a firefighter injured. CBC News reports. » Learn more

Fire College closure should have minimal impact on northern fire departments

While it may be an unfortunate sign of the times, the recent announcement about the province closing the Ontario Fire College is expected to have minimal impacts on northern fire departments. Bay Today reports. » Learn more

One man injured in Victoria propane tank explosion and tent fire

The Victoria Fire Department says a man suffered burns to his hands, arms and head when a group of tents caught on fire overnight into Thursday. CBC News reports. » Learn more