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Canada could see more ‘zombie fires’ as winters shorten, climate warms: experts

Blazes that continue to burn through the winter in Canada were once thought to be a myth, but the so-called zombie fires may become more common as temperatures get warmer and less snow falls, experts say. Global News reports.

Volunteer fire department in Cumberland County moves closer to rebuilding after fire

The municipality of Cumberland County in Nova Scotia announced Friday that it had approved two tenders for the rural community of Shinimicas that would allow the volunteer fire department to rebuild its fleet. A fire in April 2020 destroyed the fire hall and three trucks that were parked inside. CBC News reports.

Fire ban issued for Penticton due to dangerously dry conditions

There will be no open burning allowed within the city of Penticton in British Columbia effective June 4 and until further notice, by order of the fire chief. This order is in alignment with the unusually dry spring and expected rapid wildfire development. Penticton Western News 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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Is your department ready?

As we grow in the fire service from first responders into officers, our dynamic perspective on situational awareness and preparedness changes. We start to evaluate risk on a new level and grow within our profession. We understand our surrounding areas as best we can, so that we can serve our community to the best of our abilities. One of those major responsibilities is working with our crews to understand the industrial hazards in our immediate response area and any potential mutual aid areas. As an officer or firefighter, are you aware of the types of industry in your surrounding area? How could your department play an integral role in supporting a major incident there? By John Liadis. » Read more...

Mental health mayday

One of the fire service mantras is “leave no one behind.” The objective is if a fellow firefighter is in trouble and calls a mayday to be rescued, we recognize the danger, provide the resources, and support actions that save that individual. However, despite reviewing statistics from various sources that appear to indicate firefighter suicides are higher annually than line of duty deaths, mayday calls aren’t used when addressing our mental health. It’s time we expand the scope of a mayday call to include when our mental health is in jeopardy. By Patrick J. Kenny. » Read more...
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Sixth Edition Now Available

The CMC Rope Rescue Technician Manual has become the standard reference for many departments and rope rescue training programs. The manual reflects what has been learned through more than 40 years of responding to rescues and teaching thousands of students.

What’s in the Sixth Edition? 430 pages of content, 40 pages of it totally new content! » Find out more and order your 6th edition today

Lightning strike sparks fire on roof of Calgary school

Lightning struck James Fowler High School in Calgary on Saturday, prompting a small fire on its roof. The Calgary Fire Department responded to the school at 1:30 p.m. and “quickly extinguished the fire.” Global News reports. » Learn more

Apartment fire sends firefighter and resident to hospital

An early morning apartment building fire on Saturday in Winnipeg’s West Alexander neighbourhood sent two people to hospital in stable condition, one of whom was a firefighter. CTV News reports. » Learn more

Barbecue fire causes extensive damage to Thunder Bay home

A barbecue fire at the city of Thunder Bay in Ontario got out of hand on Sunday afternoon, leaving a Victor Street home with extensive damage inside and out. TB News Watch reports. » Learn more