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Nanaimo names new fire chief

The City of Nanaimo didn’t have to look far for its new fire chief. Deputy chief Tim Doyle has been named the new head of Nanaimo Fire Rescue (NFR) nearly two months after former chief Karen Fry left the organization. Nanaimo News Now reports.

New timeline of deadliest California wildfire could guide lifesaving research and action

On a brisk November morning in 2018, a fire sparked in a remote stretch of canyon in Butte County, California, a region nestled against the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Fueled by a sea of tinder created by drought, and propelled by powerful gusts, the flames grew and traveled rapidly. In less than 24 hours, the fire had swept through the town of Paradise and other communities, leaving a charred ruin in its wake.

Val Therese fire station best served by volunteers: union

The union representing volunteer firefighters in Ontario’s Greater Sudbury is asking the public to support volunteers in the Valley. Ahead of city council’s Feb. 23 decision on whether Station 16 in Val Therese will be a volunteer station or a composite station staffed primarily by full-time firefighters, an online campaign has captured the attention of residents and sparked a city-wide debate. The Sudbury Star reports.

Introducing the Globe Guard™ Hood

The Globe Guard™ Hood offers head and neck particulate-protective barrier coverage that is both durable and comfortable. It uses DuPontTM Nomex® Nano Flex, a thinner, lighter, breathable, and flame-resistant material with exceptional elasticity and superior particulate barrier performance. It helps to protect against airborne particulates that can include toxic substances on the fireground. The Globe Guard™ head-to-toe system is designed for the health and safety of what’s really most important underneath – you.

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Evaluating rescue tools

Feature: Evaluating rescue tools

The purchase of new rescue tools represents a significant investment by any fire department and with the extended lifespan of these tools, utmost care should be taken that your trials and evaluations present the best opportunity for your selection committee to evaluate the tools in real-world scenarios. By Chris Kerr » Read more...
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NFPA Impact: Accessing resources for sprinkler education

I have spoken at many conferences about NFPA codes and standards, and the benefits to the fire- and life-safety community. At almost every event, discussions arise about how to provide accurate education about the benefits of home-fire sprinklers, and questions are asked about NFPA 13D: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. By Shayne Mintz » Read more...

Save-My-Life School: A First Responder’s Mental Health Journey

This intense and engaging memoir is based on the true life of Natalie Harris. Mental illness, post-traumatic stress syndrome, overdoses and addiction are some of the demons this paramedic turned author deals with – stemming from a horrific double-murder call. This incredible story makes public the very private battles many face.

This book is raw, honest and a window into the mind of someone facing mental illness. Although a serious topic, this biography is at times laugh-out-loud funny, poignant and simply a good, entertaining read.

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Two people die in Digby house fire

A woman and her adult son died in a house fire in Digby, N.S., on Saturday. Digby Fire Chief Rob Morgan said volunteer firefighters were called to a structure fire on Montague Row in the south end of town just before 5:50 a.m. The Chronicle Herald reports. » Learn more

Officials investigating fire at containerboard packaging plant

Quinte West Fire Department investigators will be returning to the Cascades containerboard packaging plant in Trenton, Ont., Monday morning. Firefighters were called out to a stubborn fire in a large packing machine at the plant Sunday afternoon and were on scene for about five hours. Quinte News reports. » Learn more

Cattle perish in dairy farm blaze

A dairy farm fire near Aylmer, Ont., Wednesday evening left dozens of cows dead, however due to the efforts of staff and firefighters more than 850 were saved from the fire that caused $3 million in damages. CTV News reports. » Learn more

FDIC International

Aug. 19-24, 2021
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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