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Ottawa fire received fewer calls in 2020 as people spent more time at home

Ottawa firefighters responded to fewer calls for service in 2020, as many residents spent more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winnipeg firefighters’ new collective agreement heading to Executive Policy Committee

Winnipeg’s Executive Policy Committee is expected to vote this week on ratifying a new contract with the city’s firefighters.

Weekend fire damages commercial building in Winnipeg

Flames could be seen coming from a commercial building in Winnipeg's St. Boniface neighbourhood late Saturday night, according to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.

Calgary officials investigating suspicious pharmacy fire

The Calgary Police Service arson unit is investigating a suspicious fire that tore through a northeast Calgary pharmacy and medical clinic early Sunday morning.

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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...

The Roof Hook

The roof hook is also known to many as the New York hook. The roof hook was invented by Hugh Halligan. Halligan also invented the halligan tool, and due to its overwhelming success, it seems to have overshadowed the roof hook. Throughout the United States, the roof hook is in many fire departments in a large capacity and yet in Canada we seem to have not adopted this amazingly effective tool. By Nathan Pocock » Read more...
First Alert

First Alert

In honour of Fire Prevention Month, First Alert and local fire departments across Canada have joined forces to educate the public about how to protect their families from the threats of fire, smoke and CO.
While complying with health and safety recommendations, firefighters are hosting socially distanced in-store events at select Lowe's Canada locations, featuring fire truck demonstrations, family-friendly activities and educational materials for people of all ages to learn about the importance of whole home safety. Thanks to the dedication of participating departments, thousands of Canadian families are better educated to help prevent and respond to fire and CO incidents! >> Learn more

FireLines: Becoming versatile

The fire service, I have come to realize through the good fortune of my engagement and involvement with fire departments across Canada, is diverse yet consistent and invariably challenging. I recently assumed the role of fire chief for the Town of Nipawin, Sask. This exciting new position entailed a move from my home province of some 27 years to a place with, I’m learning, both differences and similarities. In this agricultural region there are risks I have not yet seen such as grain entrapment and colder temperatures than I may be accustomed to. By Dave Balding » Learn more

How to best assist a fire investigation

Investigator (me): What can you tell me about this fire?

Fire chief: It was burning, we put it out. That’s our job, I don’t have time for investigation. End of conversation.

This exchange didn’t take place long ago — it was last year — and as the investigator I admit I was a little shocked at the chief’s attitude. Then I remembered, while voiced with less belligerence, at one time, I may have had a similar attitude. So, what changed? Why is fire investigation now important to me, regardless of my role at the fire?
By David Moseley
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The future and the fire service with Bill Boyes and Arnold Lazare, 2021 chiefs of the year

This month’s edition of Fire Fighting in Canada: The Podcast features the winners of this year’s Fire Chief of the Year awards presented by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and Fire Underwriter’s Survey. The two winners, Career fire chief Bill Boyes and volunteer Fire Chief Arnold Lazare, joined host Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy for a conversation about the future of firefighting. DeSorcy captured their reactions to being the recipients of the Career and Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year awards, and Boyes and Lazare talk about the challenges of the pandemic from the perspectives of a volunteer station and an urban one. » Listen now

FSWO 2021 Virtual Training Symposium

October 31 – November 19 Location: Virtual » Learn more