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Up to 10 people believed trapped in mudslide that swept across B.C. highway

Officials believe up to 10 people have been trapped in their cars after a mudslide on a major highway in southern B.C. on Sunday. The Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, a highly specialized team trained to rescue people from major collapses, has been deployed to Highway 7 near Agassiz, east of Vancouver.

Carbon monoxide leak prompts evacuation at ByWard Market apartment building

Ottawa Fire Services says a cracked heat exchanger on the roof of a five-storey apartment building in the ByWard Market was the source of a carbon monoxide leak.

Tiny Township firefighters make significant headway with Movember fundraising

Some of Tiny Township, Ont's., bravest citizens are doing their part to give back to a worldwide fundraising initiative. On Saturday, members from the Tiny Township Fire Department were at the Hyundai in Midland holding a boot drive fundraiser for their ‘Movember’ goals.

Vaughan firefighters respond to hazardous chemical material spill

Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services was on scene at a business in Concord Ont., for a hazardous chemical material spill last Thursday.
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

Lingo and logistics

Current interagency communication techniques are like a step stool in your tool kit, infrequently used, but important and helpful when the time comes. While there are workarounds to it, like standing on your toes, and stretching to reach, nothing quite beats the real thing. By Kaitlin Secord » Read more...

TIs and search and rescue

For years, the fire services have been using thermal imaging (TI) to search for victims within structure fires that they have responded to. On some occasions, they are called upon to aid in the search for victims lost in the outdoors. But as the writer of this article, I see the potential for this technology to be used much more than just the fire services. By Manfred Kihn » Read more...
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Preparing your community for evacuation

To understand what motivates people to evacuate, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) surveyed affected residents. Their analysis of the responses identified key factors at play and uncovered an unexpected phenomenon, wherein smoke appeared to lower peoples’ sense of danger. These results, outlined in the International Journal of Wildland Fire, could help communities, especially those without robust wildfire response plans in place, devise and improve strategies for getting people to head for safer ground. By Jonathan Griffin » Learn 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 Matthew Pegg » Learn more

In conversation with Fire Chief Ken Stuebing, the new IAFC president

Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy hosts Fire Chief Ken Stuebing, the new IAFC president and executive director and fire chief for Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency. Stuebing, who helms a metro composite department, the backstory of his IAFC appointment, the important role of Canada in the IAFC, and staffing, succession planning and other challenges shared by colleagues around the world as we move through the pandemic. » Listen now

FSWO 2021 Virtual Training Symposium

October 31 – November 19 Location: Virtual » Learn more