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Provincial government kicks in $500,000 for Saanich fire hall

The provincial government will spend $4.2 million to help fund 12 mass timber demonstration and research projects around British Columbia — including Saanich’s new fire hall. The grants include $500,000 for the redevelopment of Saanich Fire Station No. 2, which will demonstrate how mass timber can be used in a post-disaster building designed to withstand emergencies. The Times Colonist reports.

Surrey fire chief calls for first responder vaccinations as COVID-19 cases rise among staff

Surrey’s fire chief says public safety could be in jeopardy if COVID-19 cases continue to rise among his rank and file. Larry Thomas of the Surrey Fire Service says there is not a lot of workplace transmission taking place among firefighters while attending calls thanks to the use of personal protective equipment, but an increase in community transmission is impacting first responders. Global News reports.

Vancouver fire captain appointed to permanent position leading overdose response team

The City of Vancouver is providing funding for a permanent position to lead a program aimed at supporting people who have survived overdoses. Mayor Kennedy Stewart says a “very important” pilot program that paired firefighters with staff from Vancouver Coastal Health will stay in place to help people break the cycle of overdoses by connecting them with support services. CBC News reports.

Starfield LION Comfort, Safety, Mobility, INNOVATION.

Starfield LION has a legacy and ongoing history of introducing new products and services which are always designed to ensure the health, safety and performance of the first responders who serve our communities and our country. Starfield LION’s game-changing PPE innovations are designed to best prepare firefighters, EMS teams and law enforcement officers for the dangers and hazards they face each day. For decades, Starfield LION has been the industry leader in the fight against firefighter stress by incorporating innovative design features and materials to deliver the most natural, least restrictive movement possible.

From bunker gear, to helmets and gloves, Starfield LION offers a full line of PPE solutions to fit your department’s needs. As we continue to develop new and enhance existing PPE products and services, our primary goal remains the same: To keep you safe and always.... » Learn More

Truck Tech: Lessons in preventative maintenance

Your department may have specialized trucks like this one or maybe just one truck and you can’t afford to take it out of service for a small thing at this time, so you keep thinking, it will be ok we will get to it. Well, in our case something as simple as a dirty aerial ladder was more of a visual distraction than a function. By Chris Dennis. » Read more...

NFPA Impact: A fire chief’s role in sprinkler education

The biggest challenge to the fire service in seeing greater acceptance of residential fire sprinklers has been education – education of all players: builders; home buyers; and even our own colleagues. This lack of education about the benefits of home fire sprinklers, and even how sprinkler systems function, continues to stymie us, and we continue to see the proliferation of myths and misconceptions. By Sean Tracey. » Read more...
First Alert

First Alert

The Toronto community was hit hard this year when a fire in a home with no working smoke alarms claimed the lives of four people. The Toronto Fire Services began community outreach following the tragedy, reminding residents of the importance of having working smoke alarms installed throughout their home. First Alert supported this outreach with a donation of alarms to the local ward Councillor for distribution and commends Toronto Fire for their swift response to community risk reduction. For fire departments conducting CRR initiatives, First Alert offers discounted pricing on purchases of select quantities.

For more information, please email firedepartment@lcwa.com.

Gatineau community centre fire causes $550,000 in damage

An investigation in Quebec has been transferred to the Gatineau Police Service following a fire that caused an estimated $550,000 in damage to the Saint-Gérard community centre in the Cheval Blanc neighbourhood on Wednesday. The Ottawa Citizen reports. » Learn more

Firefighters quell ‘stubborn’ grass fire before it spreads to electrical substation

London, Ont., firefighters had some tense moments battling a stubborn grass fire Thursday in south London that threatened to spread to an electrical substation and truck centre. The London Free Press reports. » Learn more

Fire, explosions rock Kamloops neighbourhood

In British Columbia, no one was injured after a fire and multiple explosions between two sheds erupted behind a home on Linden Avenue on Thursday night. Kamloops This Week reports. » Learn more

OAFC 2021: Postponed

April 28 - May 5, 2021
Location: Virtual
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2021 BCFTOA Conference

May 14-20, 2021
Location: Virtual
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