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Ontario government providing $5 million to help municipal fire services

The Ontario government is providing $5 million in funding to help municipal fire services address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will is intended to enhance fire safety training across the province and support safety inspection programs to ensure compliance with the Ontario Fire Code.

City of Winnipeg, firefighters’ union move to binding arbitration for new contract

The City of Winnipeg and the union representing its firefighters will be going to binding arbitration to settle on a new collective bargaining agreement. CBC News reports.

No working smoke alarms in fatal Toronto fire: fire marshal’s office

Ontario’s Fire Marshal has determined there were no working smoke alarms in the tragic house fire that killed four people, including a seven-year-old boy, in Toronto’s east-end earlier this year. CP24 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. » Learn more

Thermal imaging quick tips: Part 2

At a recent training event, students participated in a session on primary search with a thermal imager (TI). The session did not include live fire, so everything was the same temperature. To provide “energy” to the “victims,” hand/toe warmers were used and taped to mannequins. This simple technique helped to highlight the “victims” against the cool room. Keep in mind when using this technique, that if this had been a real fire, the victim may not be the warmest object in the room. By Manfred Kihn » Read more...

Truck Tech: Lessons in preventative maintenance

My article for this month is something I have written about before and need to circle back and go into some more detail. I have discussed preventative maintenance; how it helps to prevent early failures and also prepares us for future issues or impending failures. I always speak to subjects I have personally been involved with and this is definitely one of them. By Chris Dennis » Read more...

2020 Emergency Response Guidebook Now Available!

This guidebook will assist responders in making initial decisions upon arriving at the scene of a dangerous goods incident and how to best protect themselves and the general public during the initial response phase of the incident. It contains the most up-to-date emergency response information and eliminates the worry of not having the correct response information.

Available in a useful spiral-bound format, it is numerically indexed and color-coded to help emergency responders find vital information fast. » Order your copies now!

City of Abbotsford names new chief

The City of Abbotsford has announced a new fire chief to lead Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS) following the retirement of Don Beer. The Abbotsford News reports. » Learn more

Pair of Windsor house fires was intentionally set: officials

A pair of house fires Friday evening and Saturday morning have both been determined to have been set intentionally according to investigators. CTV News reports. » Learn more

Kelowna crews douse stripmall blaze

The Kelowna Fire Department said a fire in an office at a Kelowna strip mall was contained by the building’s sprinkler system. Firefighters were dispatched to the blaze at the Spall Plaza on Harvey Avenue around 9:45 p.m. Saturday after someone called 911 to report a fire, the fire department said. Global News reports. » Learn more

OAFC 2021

April 26-30, 2021
Location: Virtual
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