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First Nations five times likelier to die in a fire

A new study led by the National Indigenous Fire Safety Council Project (NIFSC) presented painted a bleak picture within Indigenous communities, concluding that they are over five times likelier to die in a fire.

Camp Courage expands across Canada

Halifax’s Camp Courage is expanding their first responder camps across Canada. The camp initiative, which runs from two to eight days, is designed to introduce young women aged 15 to 19 to careers as first responders, primarily paramedics, police officers, and firefighters.

Winnipeg fire chief tells staff ‘no racial animus’ found in controversial emergency call

The chief of Winnipeg’s Fire Paramedic Service sent out a memo Thursday that appears to contradict an independent review that found evidence of racism among some of his firefighters. CBC News reports.


Visibility is a chief concern for maintaining firefighter safety, whether in the thick of battling a blaze or coordinating resources as the incident commander. Thankfully, FLIR provides a full lineup of cost-effective handheld, boat-mounted, and UAS thermal imaging solutions to outfit more firefighters with TICs for monitoring from various angles on-scene. The K45, for example, is an affordable, handheld FLIR TIC with a bright 4" screen and FSX™ Flexible Scene Enhancement. FSX intensifies structural details in the thermal image to open up a clear view into the smokiest environments, making navigation easier, decisions more accurate, and finding the stranded faster.

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Trainer’s Corner: Listening is a lost art: time for a revival

Effective training officers are always looking for ways to improve their communication skills. In this issue, I would like to turn your focus an ancient yet vital skill that can all but overlooked by many instructors these days. That skill is listening. By Ed Brouwer » Read more...

Volunteer Vision: Embracing the now

Has your attitude changed? In the last five years? How about in the last year? There it is — the elephant in the room — what has, or more importantly how can, the past year change you? By Tom DeSorcy » Read more...

We're offering virtual demos of the G1 SCBA

The MSA G1 SCBA provides the revolutionary safety capabilities of today with the ability to be seamlessly updated as technology changes in the future. MSA is the first breathing apparatus manufacturer to provide a platform-oriented safety-as-a-system SCBA. Schedule a virtual demo now.

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Improperly discarded ‘smoker’s material’ sparked $1.2M fire in Edmonton

Fire investigators have determined the cause of a blaze that destroyed a north Edmonton home and resulted in damage to four neighbouring houses Tuesday morning. CTV News reports. » Learn more

More than a dozen displaced as fire hits row of homes in Ottawa

A fire on Buell Street hit four homes, leaving more than a dozen people displaced, and kept Brockville firefighters busy overnight Wednesday to Thursday. The Ottawa Citizen reports. » Learn more

Courtenay firefighters douse 16th dumpster fire in three months

Crews from the Courtenay Fire Department responded to their 16th dumpster or trashcan fire since the beginning of the year on Thursday morning. CTV News reports. » Learn more

OAFC 2021

April 28 - May 5, 2021
Location: Virtual
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FDIC International

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