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Nunavut's fire marshal reports higher than average number of fires in 2020

There were 131 fires in Nunavut in 2020, resulting in two deaths, six injuries and $5.7 million in losses. According to the territorial fire marshal office's report, which was tabled last week in the Nunavut Legislature, nearly all of the fires were linked to smoking, open flames, stoves and heaters. CBC News reports.

Amherstburg green lights plan for fire station revamp and consolidation

The Amherstburg Fire Department is going to be operating a little bit differently in the future. Council has given the green light for fire officials to move to the planning stages for an $8-million project which will see the construction of a new, state-of-the-art station on the site of the current Station 2 while Stations 1 and 3 will be closed and consolidated at a new site at the Libro Centre. AM800 reports.

Ste. Anne names new fire chief

There’s a change in leadership at the fire department for the Town of Ste. Anne. Deputy Mayor Yvan St. Vincent says council has hired Bob Saindon to guide the department and hopefully grow the team of firefighters. Steinbach Online reports.

Northern Tornadoes Project probing another Grey-Bruce storm

For the second Wednesday in a row, the Northern Tornadoes Project has sent a team of investigators to Bruce County to survey damage caused by a severe late-summer storm. The Owen Sound Sun Times reports.
Fort Garry

FGFT Introduces Its Latest Sam Unit the ER-X 4-Man Crown Pumper

Fort Garry Fire Trucks is proud to introduce our new SAM ER-X 4-MAN Crown Pumper. SAM is an integrated total water control system that manages your truck’s pump, tank, intakes, and discharges freeing up the pump operator to focus on the scene. The SAM system replaces your pressure governor and takes care of opening and closing valves based on operator settings all from a 10-inch touch screen display or by using the system’s mobile tablet. We are also a proud distributor of sales, service, and parts for the versatile Bronto aerial platforms that are designed for easy maneuvering, quick set-up, and safe and efficient operation. Last year we unveiled our Bronto All-Rounder. This resourceful apparatus features a 92-foot articulated ladder platform built on a single axle Freightliner chassis and measures exactly 12.96 feet tall, 41.66 feet long, and 8.50 feet wide and it is available for immediate possession. Click here for specification details on either truck or call our sales department for pricing information at 800-565-3473. >> Learn more

Volunteer Vision: Moving forward

At a recent Fire Fighting in Canada Virtual Summit, I was part of a panel of colleagues from across Canada. We were asked to consider, in advance, some of the challenges that face our department in the transition back, or return to, more normal operations. I immediately thought of a lesson I got in fire truck operations when I was new member of the department back in the early 1980s. By Tom DeSorcy » Read more...

Leadership Forum: The secret ingredient

There is no shortage of literature, instruction, research nor opinion with respect to what it takes to be a successful leader. Some of my first formal leadership education focused on learning the difference between leadership and management. I remember the simple explanation that was drilled into my head then: Leadership is doing the right thing – management is doing the right thing right. By Matt Pegg » Read more...

Engine Company Fireground Operations, 4th Edition

This expanded edition incorporates the latest recommendations from UL and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) into every aspect of fire attack and ventilation and presents an extensive study of engine company fire ground operations.

Firefighters and company officers will gain knowledge in fire science, building construction, and the effects of burning modern fuels that result in extreme fire behavior.

This new edition is an ideal resource for fire service personnel preparing for promotion or studying for a civil service examination.

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StopBad: The truth about bad apples

It’s true: One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. I am in my 46th year in the fire service. I still feel young and think I have a more to offer. I have built a reputation of being a hard-working, honest and ethical man. I do not believe there is any other path in life. We have no room in our industry for those who do not want to do the right things! By Gord Schreiner » Learn more

Back to Basics: Ladder Dating — Getting on and off the ladder

Last edition we looked at working on the ground ladder and some of the other options that are available to use in place of the traditional leg lock. For this article, we are going to focus on getting on and off the ladder. Our study so far has been with the ground ladder, but we are going to include the aerial ladder in our topic this time as it’s very applicable to both. By Mark van der Feyst » 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

OAFC 2021 Virtual Conference and Trade Show

September 21-23, 2021
Location: Virtual
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2020-2021 Ontario Fire Fighters Memorial Ceremony

October 3, 2021 Location: Queen’s Park, Toronto » Learn more

Fire Prevention Week

October 3-9
Location: Virtual
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