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Federal government introduces action plan to protect firefighters from harmful chemicals

Fighting fires is essential and dangerous work. In addition to the physical hazards faced by firefighters, some household products become more dangerous when they burn. In particular, firefighters can be exposed to toxic substances, such as certain harmful flame retardants in upholstered furniture, mattresses, and electronic devices, when responding to a fire. The Government of Canada has heard concerns from firefighters and stakeholders, and is implementing an action plan to protect these first responders in their lifesaving work.

Hundreds of properties evacuated as wind prompts growth in B.C. wildfires

High winds intensified numerous wildfires burning in British Columbia, forcing more evacuation orders for residents in hundreds of homes late Sunday, says the BC Wildfire Service.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service recruiting a deputy chief

The WFPS is accepting applications until August 20.

105 forest fires burning in northwestern Ontario

A restricted fire zone remains in effect in the Kenora, Fort Frances, Dryden and Thunder Bay (excluding Wabakimi Provincial Park) districts, and portions of the Sioux Lookout and Red Lake districts.

Saskatoon firefighters want new fire hall to improve response times

The Saskatoon fire department wants a new firehall constructed in the northwest part of the city after seeing lagging response times in the area.
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Thermal imaging and volunteers

Special considerations for procuring and training with thermal imagers for the fire service’s largest sector. By Manfred Kihn » Read more...

NFPA Impact: Alarming news dictates 2021 FPW theme

It’s horrifying to think that people ignore a chirping alarm because they don’t have the tools to deal with it. By Laura King » Read more...
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Fire Prevention Week 2021 is October 3-9

This year’s FPW campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” works to educate everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action.

Whether you’re making one presentation or 100, there are all sorts of ways to get people in your community involved in Fire Prevention Week. Stock up on educational brochures, stickers, fire hats, coloring books and sheet pads, posters, Sparky the Fire Dog® value packs, and other materials that make great giveaways during your Fire Prevention Week.

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Gender and firefighter research

A Q&A with Joy MacDermid, PhD and the scientific director of Firewell, on the growing attention to gender in firefighter research. By Brieanna Charlebois » Learn more

Trainer’s Corner: The three roles of a training officer

After 31 years of fire fighting, one would think I would embrace my retirement. Yeah — not so much. I miss putting together Wednesday night practice sessions. I miss using my imagination to present fire fighting core skills to the newbies in a way that they will not only be able to do it but understand the ‘why’ behind it. For sure I miss the comradery, but when you are in a paid-on-call department you don’t get to know each other as well as you do in a full-time station.It is paramount that firefighters know why they are doing something as well as understanding the consequences of not doing something. By Ed Brouwer » Learn more

Better communication with body language

Jennifer Grigg, whose career in the fire service spans 30 years and has expanded to include being a certified body language coach, joins host Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy for a conversation on developing soft skills through the study of body language » Listen now

CAFC Fire Rescue Canada 2021

September 13-14, 2021
Location: Virtual
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OAFC Learning Series: Human Trafficking 101

September 14, 2021 Location: Virtual » Learn more

Firehouse Expo

September 14-18, 2021 Location: Columbus, OH » Learn more

OAFC 2021 Virtual Conference and Trade Show

September 21-23, 2021
Location: Virtual
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