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Fatigue setting in for fire crews battling B.C. wildfires

Fatigue is setting in as wildfire crews continue to battle blazes across B.C., contributing to an increase in safety concerns. Todd Nessman, manager of fire operations with B.C. Wildfire Service said in an Aug. 19 press conference that fatigue is something they take seriously. Saanich News reports.

Duncan fire chief announces retirement

There’s been some changes in the roster of the Duncan Fire Department. After 13 years Duncan fire chief Mike McKinlay has retired. In a release, the city says McKinlay has been a tremendous leader since he joined the department in 1999. My Cowichan Valley Now reports.

Toronto firefighters mourn deaths of two colleagues due to cancer from the job

Two Toronto firefighters recently died of cancer from their time on the job, sending colleagues into mourning and serving as a stark reminder of the hazards of the career, the city’s acting fire chief said Friday.

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services awarded critical lifesaving upgrade from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) has been named a 2021 grant recipient by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada, which is providing important funding in the amount of $11,000. The grant will be used to purchase combined smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for MFES to help ensure the community is safer and better prepared for emergencies.

Stay Connected. Stay Protected.

Compatibility across gear enhances firefighter safety on the fireground, and the newest technology from MSA enables firefighter gear to become increasingly connected and work together. Built on a software-based platform, the MSA G1 features compatibility with the all-new LUNAR™ Connected Device, to help keep your team connected when it matters most. It’s a hand-held, wireless device, offering enhanced vision, improved situational awareness, and accountability for everyone on scene by combining thermal imaging, search and rescue technology, and cloud connectivity.
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Making mental health a priority

Mental health has changed from taboo to a top priority in fire departments. In Ontario, the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service (BFES) operates a mental health initiative that aims to create a healthy and supportive environment to benefit firefighter mental health. The program has been ongoing for a year and a half. By Maz Atta » Read more...

Heat signatures can be masked

When looking through the lens of a thermal imager (TI), what is it that you are looking at? We know the basic TI’s shades are white (objects are hot or warm) black (objects are cold or cooler) and everything else is different shades of gray. But that was not the question. The question was, “what is it that you are looking at?” By Manfred Kihn » Read more...
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Beware of burnout

The coronavirus is creating new and unique challenges. We are navigating uncharted waters with the virus making it important to find new ways to cope and interact while looking after our mental health. Firefighters work in an environment of unpredictability. The nature of this job, shift work issues and now being a first responder in the pandemic allows for cracks to filter into our mental reservoirs. If we are not careful our abilities to cope can become compromised. When that happens, a condition called burnout can be on the horizon. By James Rychard » Learn more

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. They partake in instruction techniques courses, read piles of training material and network with other instructors. 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 » 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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