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Calgary chief says most of department ‘ashamed’ that some firefighters attended vaccine protest

Calgary’s fire chief says that vast majority of the department’s members are “completely embarrassed and ashamed” that some firefighters took part in a protest against an upcoming mandate that all city employees be vaccinated. CBC News reports.

Drought conditions causing White Rock Lake fire to burn deep underground

The BC Wildfire Service said severe drought conditions are causing the White Rock Lake fire to burn deep underground. The lightning-caused blaze burning west of Vernon since mid-July is estimated to be 833 square kilometres. Global News reports.

How a small New Brunswick fire department reached out to FDNY after 9/11

In New Brunswick, Riverview’s Fire & Rescue Department is a small force. Made up of 23 full-time members, it couldn’t afford to send manpower to New York City in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

New Bradford Fire Hall set to open next month

The new Bradford Fire Hall being built on Melbourne Drive is near completion and should open early next month. BradfordToday reports.

Your New Tool Mounts Have Arrived!

More departments than ever before are using SURE-GRIP Tool Mounts. Why? Because the dependable, all-weather hook & loop straps provide a greater surface area and a stronger, tighter, and more "true" grip on every tool, no matter the handle shape. Because operation is simple—just release the strap and pull the tool free, quick and easy. And because they’re designed with a smaller overall footprint, potentially allowing more tools in the same space and increasing apparatus carrying capacity. Want to see for yourself? Call 1-800-711-FIRE now to try a pair for 30 days! >> Learn more

Well Being: Priority testing for your physical exam

At the Halton Hills Fire Department, where I have been the chief medical officer for the firefighters for 18 years, we have made firefighter physical exams and baseline testing a key component of the monitoring and maintenance of our firefighters. New recruits joining the department go through a comprehensive physical exam that includes extensive blood work. Veteran firefighters will visit me every two years to run new blood work data to compare old values with new blood work values. This is an ongoing process for our firefighters. By Elias Markou » Read more...

Fire Lines: Reflections

On May 25, I celebrated one year of service with the Nipawin Fire Department, an occasion that has given me considerable pause for reflection. I began my time in the fire service with the immense good fortune of spending 26 years as a volunteer with the Malahat Fire Department on Vancouver Island, several of them as fire chief. My first career position was in Fraser Lake in B.C.’s central interior followed by Golden, B.C. I have, through the blessing of my 35 years of participation in the fire service, observed many changes. I’ve been fortunate to sit shoulder to shoulder with chief officers from fire departments of all calibers and learned a great deal from every one of them. David Balding » Read more...

NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations

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Understanding Stoicism

I’ve played guitar, rather spuriously, for the better part of my adult life. Introduced to music at a young age, I still own, and sometimes play, the few guitars that I have. There is a marked decrease, however, in the skills and songs that I used to know. I guess, in some instances, if you don’t use it, you do lose it. Why, we may wonder, do we continuously practice our first aid and defib? Or, even though it’s superiorly boring in relation to, say, forcible entry, do we continue to practice pump operations? You got it, after all, right? What more can we learn? By Nick Halmasy » Learn more

Firehall Forum

Hiring or looking for a job? Stay up to date with the latest information on hiring, recruitment on the Firehall Forum. » Learn more

Fire Prevention Week – Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

Laura King, the NFPA’s public education representative for Canada, joins host Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy for a conversation about this year’s Fire Prevention Week. Running Oct. 3-9, this year’s Fire Prevention Week is called Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety and focuses on teaching the public about what the sounds made by smoke and carbon monoxide alarms means. King and DeSorcy talk about the importance of public education, NFPA’s calls-to-action and goals, as well as how the organization is working towards making Fire Prevention Week more accessible through virtual events and translations. » Listen now

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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Fire Prevention Week

October 3-9
Location: Virtual
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