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Mississauga firefighters to administer COVID vaccine shots

Firefighters in Mississauga, Ont., will soon administer vaccines to residents as the city prepares for the possibility that staff at its mass immunization clinics may be redeployed to support hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. CP24 reports.

Cochrane designated one of the host locations for the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge

In Cochrane, Alta., the seventh annual Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge in support of Wellspring Calgary will be taking place from May 2 to 15 with Cochrane hosting one of the staircase locations. Cochrane Today reports.

MD council rekindles fire cost discussion

In Alberta’s Municipal District of Pincher Creek, residents were billed $66,000 for last summer’s Snake Trail fire. The situation ignited debate around how fair the Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission’s firefighting rates were. The municipal district council is also reviewing with the commission an alternative invoicing structure so the municipality would no longer need to play the middleman in dealing with bills. The Toronto Star reports.

CityReporter for Fire Prevention Inspections

CityReporter was developed with input from fire chiefs in towns 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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Thermal Imaging: FAQS

In this edition’s article, I would like to focus on how much you do or don’t know about thermal imaging (TI). Even though fire service thermal imaging has been around since the early 1990s, there is still a lack of knowledge and education on this subject and its uses. Let’s delve into this subject with some questions and answers to challenge your knowledge. By Manfred Kihn. » Read more...

Gender and firefighter research

In this Q&A, Brieanna Charlebois talks to Joy MacDermid, PhD, about her research on women in the fire service. They discuss the early experiences of women in the workforce and what it is like being a woman in a male-dominant occupation. By Brieanna Charlebois. » Read more...
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Managing Risk in the Volunteer Fire Department: Concepts, Methods, and Practices

Risk management is one of the most important but frequently ignored fireground management skills. The volunteer fire service is particularly vulnerable because of a lack of understanding and training in a risk management system, why we need it, how it works, and how to use it.

Firefighting is a dangerous job, but risks need to be measured against the capabilities of the responding firefighters. This new title by Joe Nedder brings clarity and insight gained from real-world experience. >>Order your copy now

Neighbour rescues two children from burning Newmarket home

Newmarket, Ont., emergency crews say a quick-thinking neighbour with a ladder was able to rescue two children from a burning home prior to their arrival on Monday morning. CP24 reports. » Learn more

Peace River firefighters respond to four grass fires in one day

On Saturday, April 24, after a day of hazard reduction burning in the Peace River, Alta., area, fire crews were called to four separate, unrelated grass fires. Everything Grand Prairie reports. » Learn more

Arson charge laid after Sherwood Park strip mall fire destroys several businesses

In Edmonton, one person has been charged with arson after several businesses in a Sherwood Park strip mall were destroyed in an overnight fire on Saturday. CBC News reports. » Learn more

2021 BCFTOA Conference

May 14-20, 2021
Location: Virtual
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FFIC Virtual Summit

June 17, 2021
Location: Virtual
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