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A ‘turning point’ in Newfoundland and Labrador: First responders get the COVID-19 vaccine

The people who respond to fires, car crashes, crimes and other emergency calls are rolling up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccination in Newfoundland and Labrador. First responders are among the groups in Phase 2 of the vaccination plan. Also included in that stage are teachers, truck drivers and rotational workers. CBC News reports.

New research findings on risks of occupational stress injury among Canadian first responders and frontline healthcare workers

The Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA), in partnership with Dr. Bill Howatt and the Conference Board of Canada, developed a non-diagnostic screening tool for assessing occupational stress injury (OSI) risks among first responders and frontline healthcare workers in Canada.

Nova Scotia fire departments raise hundreds of thousands with online raffle

As the COVID-19 pandemic keeps many halls closed across Nova Scotia, fire departments have turned online for community support — and they’re bringing in more than ever before. CBC News reports.

CityReporter for Fire Prevention Inspections

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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Leadership Forum: Leadership lessons and college applications

Recently, I was discussing leadership with my teenage son. He was filling out a questionnaire for his college application that asked what he had done to demonstrate leadership qualities that made him a good candidate for this program. Panic set in: How am I going to help him answer this question when he is a quiet teenager who prefers to hide in the background of social situations? By Chris Harrow » Read more...

Comment: Spring cleaning

Welcome to March! The promise of spring and all its crocus shoots and teasingly warmer temperatures has arrived. Time for blooms and…binge cleaning? With all the sanitation and disinfecting efforts that have gone along with COVID-19, you might be wondering, what on Earth needs its annual spring clean. I’m betting disinfection has taken on a whole new meaning this year. By Laura Aiken » Read more...

Volunteer Training Drills: A Year of Weekly Drills

Training is about learning new skills and certifying the ability to perform them to a given standard.

Section 1 begins with a one-year outline for training officers. Section 2 follows with a table of listings for each outline given in the book, indicating whether the drill is inside or outside and the preparation time needed for it. Section 3 consists of general guidelines for the training officer on how to conduct drills in a safe but effective manner. Section 4 contains the outlines of the various drills that should be conducted. They can be customized and altered, but the basic concept will provide you with a solid place to start. »  Order now

Olds Fire Department receives donation of ‘life-saving’ grain entrapment rescue equipment

The Olds Fire Department is one of the latest rural fire departments in Alberta to receive a donation of life-saving grain entrapment rescue equipment. CBC News reports. » Learn more

Dry conditions worry Simcoe County fire chiefs

It was a busy weekend for many fire departments across Simcoe County as warm, dry conditions fuelled grass fires. CTV News reports. » Learn more

First Calgary Financial building ‘unstable’ after weekend blaze: fire department

The Calgary Fire Department is calling the northeast First Calgary Financial building “unstable” after a large fire spread through the structure Saturday night. Global News reports. » Learn more

OAFC 2021

April 26-30, 2021
Location: Virtual
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