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Hamilton apartment fire causes $225,000 in damage

Fifteen people are unable to return home and one man is in hospital after a fire at a Corktown apartment building early Monday morning. The Hamilton, Ont., fire department suspects the fire was sparked by “careless” smoking. Damage is estimated at roughly $225,000.

Enbridge Gas helps emergency and fire services reduce deaths through Safe Community Project Zero

Enbridge Gas has donated 318 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to Clarington, Ont., emergency and fire services to improve home safety and help bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

Funeral to be held Friday for fallen Montreal firefighter

An official funeral ceremony to pay tribute to fallen Montreal firefighter Pierre Lacroix will be held Friday at noon at the Notre-Dame Basilica.

Crews battle blaze at oil tank farm northeast of Edmonton

An industrial explosion at a crude oil tank farm took place Saturday afternoon at SECURE Energy’s Elk Point facility northeast of Edmonton.

We're offering virtual demos of the G1 SCBA

The MSA G1 SCBA provides the revolutionary safety capabilities of today with the ability to be seamlessly updated as technology changes in the future. MSA is the first breathing apparatus manufacturer to provide a platform-oriented safety-as-a-system SCBA. Schedule a virtual demo now. » Learn more

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...

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...

NFPA 20: Installation of Stationary Fire Pumps for Fire Protection

Revised to clarify an array of requirements and applications, the 2022 edition of NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection, further establishes best practices to help ensure state-of-the-art fire protection.

Industry-trusted NFPA 20, offers the latest provisions to help ensure fire pump readiness and reliability. New requirements added in the 2022 edition address a number of recent advancements in the field of stationary pumps for fire protection.

» Order your copy of NFPA 20 today

Gear Guide: Long calls and long hauls

Picture this: it’s almost noon, your stomach is starting to get a bit growly and you wish you had grabbed something on the way out of the house to a call, which came in at just past 3 a.m. Then, suddenly, the rehab unit arrives on-scene to deliver some lunch. It’s pizza. Problem is, you’re lactose intolerant and didn’t bring your medication. Now, you’re hungry and grumpy and the high noon sun is really starting to bother your eyes. If only you had your sunglasses. Sound familiar? By Kirk Hughes » Learn more

Releasing trauma

In the June 2017 edition of Fire Fighting in Canada, Ruth Lamb and I (David Gillis) wrote an article called “Building Resilience: Core principles to overcoming PTSD”. We wrote about an incident where my mind-body reaction to a traumatic event had changed. It seemed as if I had processed that event differently. I let the trauma enter and pass through me rather than trying to avoid it or let it get stuck inside like many others, adding to the stack of my unprocessed previous traumatic events. I took myself off auto-pilot and started to let compassion and wisdom guide my reflection instead of judgement and criticism. We have written another article to further address how this was achieved as I share my experience as a now retired lieutenant and Ruth articulates her perspective as a registered nurse PhD and Strategic Resilience consultant. By David Gillis and Ruth Lamb » Learn more

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