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Union calls for release of video in firefighter/paramedic feud

The feud between Winnipeg firefighters and ambulance paramedics, who operate under the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service umbrella, but are represented by different unions, just intensified. Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman is caught in the middle. In a statement on Wednesday, the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg (UFFW), which presents firefighters and firefighter-paramedics, called on Bowman to release video footage of an incident where several firefighters were accused of not helping an ambulance crew provide patient care. The Winnipeg Sun reports.

Markham promotes Matthew Keay to deputy chief, fire and emergency services

Matthew Keay has been promoted from division chief to deputy chief for the city of Markham, Ont., effective March 1. Deputy Chief Keay has more than 20 years of public service with the City of Markham. He joined Markham Fire and Emergency Services in June 2000 as a firefighter, later serving in roles including captain, chief training officer, and division chief – training. He has also served as acting assistant deputy chief for a nine-month term.

Mapleton backs call for regional firefighter training centre

Mapleton council have endorsed the County of Wellington’s application to the province for an official regional training centre for firefighters. This comes after the province announced the closure of the Ontario Fire College (OFC) in Gravenhurst while expanding to 20 regional training centres. Guelph Today reports.

Register for upcoming online firefighter courses

The JIBC Fire & Safety Division offers a wide range of online and virtual options for firefighter courses that are designed to meet NFPA standards, with many being ProBoard® and IFSAC accredited.

Courses include Hazmat Awareness Level; fire officer courses (Fire Officer I – IV) for members looking to complete their NFPA 1021 Fire Officer certification; and courses for fire prevention inspectors, investigators and public fire educators available individually or through JIBC’s Fire Prevention Officer Certificate.

These courses are tailored to fire department training officers, fire service members, industrial firefighters, and anyone needing these specialized applied knowledge courses.

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Matthew Pegg

Leadership Forum: Legacy exemplified

My entry into the Canadian fire service was as a volunteer firefighter in the then small town of Georgina, Ont. I was born and raised on a farm in nearby Keswick, and while working as a mechanic, Fire Chief Allan Bush hired me as a volunteer firefighter, and in doing so, ignited a passion in me that has yet to be extinguished. He would later hire me as a career firefighter and then promote me as my career developed under his leadership. By Matthew Pegg » Read more...
Back to Basics

Back to Basics: Ladder dating series — Working on the ladder

The ground ladder is looked upon as a device used to gain access to an upper portion of the building or to get down from an upper portion of the building, but there is more to the ground ladder than just access. Sometimes the need to work on or off the ladder must be done to accomplish certain tasks. As we continue our look into ground ladders, we are going to focus on working off or working on the ladder. By Mark van der Feyst » Read more...

The Ultimate Guidebook for Thriving as a Firefighter

In this book, you will discover the secrets of great firefighters that have never been shared in a book before. You will be given the strategies and tactics of great and respected firefighters and a plan for how you can become one too.

Firefighter Preplan provides the opportunity to learn what the best of the best in our business do. Regardless of where you live, where you are stationed, what your gender or nationality is, you can have access to the wisdom of great firefighters with Firefighter Preplan.

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Firefighters douse blaze at Kamloops landfill

A fire that ripped through a dump near Kamloops has finally been put out. The fire, which sent toxic black smoke billowing into the sky, took roughly 22 hours to extinguish, according to Kamloops Fire Rescue’s Capt. Ken Hartt. CTV News reports. » Learn more

Major fire at Gatineau housing complex leaves man dead

A man in his 40s is dead after a “major” fire ripped through a Gatineau multi-unit housing complex on Saturday afternoon. The Ottawa Citizen reports. » Learn more

Fire destroys London townhouse

An east-end London, Ont., home was completely destroyed following a house fire Saturday morning. Global News reports. » Learn more

FDIC International

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