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Mix of toxic pollutants left behind in ash after wildfires scorch communities

Wildfires that race through communities, incinerating ingredients that make up modern-day life, can leave behind a trail of toxic metal, says an expert. Michael Brauer, a professor at the University of British Columbia's school of public health, said some of the hazardous materials found in ash and soil after a wildfire include asbestos, arsenic, lead and mercury.

St. Albert looking for new fire chief after months of turbulence

St. Albert is searching for a new, permanent fire chief after months of leadership turbulence. Two people have filled the acting chief role in the last six months. The Edmonton Journal reports.

Striking purple chalk campaign aims to put B.C.’s toxic drug supply deaths back in spotlight

Purple chalk markings resembling forensic body outlines will be drawn on the pavement outside politicians’ offices in North and West Vancouver this weekend. Each outline is to mark one of the many lives lost to British Columbia’s ongoing opioid crisis. The stark visual reminder, set to coincide with International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31, is being led by North Shore members of Moms Stop the Harm (MSTH), a nationwide group that aims to change failed drug policies and offer support to families.

New study tallies economic cost of drownings off Great Lakes beaches

Drownings off beaches along the Great Lakes costs the economies of Canada and the United States more than $130 million a year, finds a team of researchers at the University of Windsor.

Why 3 when all you need is 1?

Designed and patented by Vallfirest in 2007, the multi-purpose tool Gorgui has been specially designed for wildland fire fighting. It was created out of the experience and needs of the most advanced firefighting brigades in the use of manual tools. The main feature is the versatility on all types of ground with a combination of all the most used tools for wildland fire extinction: Mc Leod, cutting rake, and two types of pulaskys.
Efficient in organic soil, rocky environment, stone, or grass. Gorgui, built to perform in the most demanding environments.

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Beyond Wildfires

There’s no question that streamlined communications can help keep people alive, safe, and alert in high-risk moments. That’s why most communities leverage technology like mass notification systems (MNS) for emergency alerts and critical events. But when you use a MNS exclusively for emergencies, are you missing out on a valuable opportunity to engage your community? To increase enrolment numbers? Or to generate trust, which ultimately contributes to your emergency preparedness? There may just be more to mass notification technology than you think. By Lauren Telfer » Read more...

Truck Tech: Let’s talk tires

Let’s talk tires. Wait don’t go away! I have often bypassed tire seminars as a technician only to find myself learning something every time I do go. What is a tire, really? The quick answer is that it’s the round black thing full of air mounted on a rim that allows the vehicle to roll down the road with ease. But there’s a lot more to tires than allowing the vehicle to roll easily down the street. By Chris Dennis » Read more...
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NFPA 1033 2022 Edition

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The 2022 edition identifies the minimum job performance requirements necessary to serve as a fire investigator in both the private and public sectors and topics in the updated edition cover the full range of investigation issues encountered on the job. Quality investigations start with qualified investigators. » Order the 2022 edition of NFPA 1033 today.

The Emotional

Nothing clears a room of firefighter spirit and vitality like when you say that the training at hand will be on emotions. This is one of the reasons that I love to directly address it in trainings and presentations. As an often overlooked and underappreciated component to a mental wellness program, training, and sometimes even therapy, emotional understanding and management play a key role in recovery and resilience. By Nick Halmasy » Learn more

Clean cab

Cancer often kills by stealth, coming to fruition through a culmination of factors multiplied over years rather than the sudden flip of a switch. By the time symptoms arise, patients are often already in peril. When one is young and healthy, worrying about cancer seems displaced; a fear reserved for ageing parents. But for all, and for especially firefighters, taking preventative actions against cancer while relatively young and healthy is a cornerstone effort to ducking its life-altering grip in later years. By Laura Aiken » 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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