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B.C. must shore up risk crisis communications before, during, after wildfires: report

Upgrades to communications systems in British Columbia’s wildfire zones are needed to save lives and properties, says a report released Wednesday. The Thompson Rivers University report, which examined B.C.’s communications practices during the devastating wildfire seasons of 2017 and 2018, calls for improvements to better inform people about risks before, during and following wildfires.

Saanich firefighter raises more than $25,000 for ALS with 24-hour ride

Ian Duncan of the Saanich Fire Department in British Columbia cycled for 24 hours straight to raise awareness for ALS, because his dad was diagnosed earlier this year with the neurological disease. Goldstream News Gazette reports.

Pink is back as city services rally for cancer awareness

CIBC Run for the Cure returns October 3, and North Bay’s police, fire, and paramedic services in Ontario are all taking part to raise funds for the cause. BayToday reports.

Firefighters ask council to boost staffing for safety reasons

In B.C., Langley Township firefighters say they need more funding to safely staff the fire trucks heading out to fires and other emergencies. Aldergrove Star reports.
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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...

Managing our thoughts

Our last stop on why the philosophy of Stoicism and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) are good approaches for resilience lies with our thoughts. This is purposeful — often thoughts are the first place people wish to look when trying to address mental health and other problems in their personal life. For me to hear, “if only I could stop thinking about…” is almost a guarantee. This is likely because of the ease for which we can access them. Yet, as we have discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, the influences of our emotions and behaviours are an equal force in determining how we think, feel, and act in situations. By Nick Halmasy » Read more...
First Alert

First Alert Home Safety Resources

As temperatures drop and families continue to spend more time at home, it’s critical that smoke and CO alarms are installed and everyone is aware of home safety best practices.

To help your team engage residents, check out First Alert’s “Safety Corner” blog on www.firstalert.ca for home safety statistics, how-to tips and other educational content that can be leveraged in CRR communications. New to the First Alert website is a laws and legislation map that provides provincial updates on alarm requirements. This can also serve as a resource to direct residents and help educate your community about the importance of smoke, fire and CO safety. >> Learn more

Volunteer Vision: When preparation meets opportunity

Luck, I have heard it said many times, is when preparation meets your opportunity. How many times have you responded to a call and after a successful fire fighting operation have someone comment about how lucky the crew was to save the building or stop the fire when you did. These people would go on to further comment on what the negative outcomes may have been had your crew not been lucky to respond to the emergency when you did and take actions the way we do. In making complimentary conversation, they attempt to lift our spirits and acknowledge good work in their own way. They say we were lucky. By Vince Mackenzie » Learn more

Trainer’s Corner: Communication is the foundation

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Trainer’s Corner and I am filled with gratitude for this incredible opportunity afforded to me by Fire Fighting in Canada. Jim Hailey the editor at that time, was very supportive of the idea for a feature column addressing the needs of the volunteer training officer. The opening paragraph for my first column read: “This column will hopefully be viewed as a great resource for the volunteer fire service training officer. The intention here is to provide some tried and tested training drills that are “do-able” with our limited budgets. This first one is simple to set up and yet challenging enough to keep your members’ interest.” By Ed Brouwer » 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

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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