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Firefighters puzzled by N.S. delay in expanding cancer compensation coverage

Billy Marr is heading back to hospital Wednesday to have another piece of his liver removed. The Halifax firefighter has been undergoing treatment since a routine colonoscopy discovered cancer in his rectum 16 months ago.

Multiple departments respond to massive house fire in southern Manitoba

A home in a small southern Manitoba community was engulfed in flames Saturday afternoon, forcing five neighbouring fire departments to lend a hand to put out the blaze.

Cariboo Regional District not anticipating closures of fire halls due to vaccine mandate

In B.C., the Cariboo Regional District said no volunteer fire halls are anticipated to be closed as a result of its impending policy to require all employees, volunteers, and contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

TBM fire services looking at $700K increase in expenses in 2022

In Ontatio, the Town of The Blue Mountains fire services will see its expenses increase by over $700,000 in 2022, largely due to the costs of four additional full-time firefighters.
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StopBad: Hockey and fire teams

Like many kids who grew up in Canada, hockey was a big part of my life. I started playing at five years old and played for almost 50 years. When I joined the fire service I started to compare the many similarities between a hockey team and a fire service team. There is so much in common, from team work, pride, hard work, and fun, to the desire to become a better team. Hockey Night in Canada is part of our culture and so is fire practice night in many small to mid-size towns. By Gord Schreiner » Read more...

Well Being: Vitamin D — a second look at the science

Have you ever asked your medical doctor to run a 25 hydroxy vitamin D blood panel? I highly recommend you do as the science on vitamin D3 and health is very convincing. Everyone should be taking vitamin D3, but there is a “however.” Before you self-prescribe vitamin D3 you should continue reading. Here is a quick lesson, vitamin D and vitamin D3 is the same, we all talk about taking vitamin D, but a quick trip to your local health food store you find out the vitamin D supplement you are looking for is called vitamin D3, the active form that your body needs. These terms are interchangeable. By Elias Markou » Read more...

New Release

Whether you’re a rescuer or you aspire to be, you’ll find entertainment, advice, and encouragement in Life Support: Entertainment, Advice, and Encouragement for First Responders

Mike Rubin’s conversational style and self-deprecating humor appeal to healthcare providers and patients, educators and students, employers, and employees.

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Back to Basics: Ladder dating and the single firefighter high shoulder ladder throw

When we have fewer hands to help, we must find ways to be effective and efficient with limited manpower – this may mean that we have to work by ourselves for certain tasks to be accomplished. The idea of single firefighter assignments or tasks may go against the grain of what we have been taught for numerous years; to always work in pairs (at a minimum), but it can sometimes be a reality. By Mark van der Feyst » Learn 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 » 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

FDSOA Apparatus Specification & Maintenance Symposium

Jan. 10-12, 2022
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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Lambton County Fire Trade Show

Jan. 29, 2022
Location: Sarnia, Ont.
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