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Fallen firefighters memorial campaign underway in St. Catharines

Dec. 17 marked the official launch of a partnership to develop a meaningful memorial recognizing the service of firefighters, including those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in giving their lives in service of their communities. The City of St. Catharines, Ont., representatives, staff and members of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Task Force (FFMTF) joined together to celebrate the formal launch of a donor campaign for the memorial.

Ribbon cutting ceremony hosted for Hope’s Cradle in Strathmore

The Hope’s Cradle, an initiative to allow parents to safely and anonymously leave a child if they feel they cannot care for them, is now located at the fire station in Strathmore, Alta. Once an infant is left in the cradle, a silent alarm will inform staff.

Volunteer firefighter dies in Boischatel, Que., house fire

Quebec City’s municipal council will file a notice of motion today to honour the actions of the volunteer firefighter who died in the line of duty in the nearby town of Boischatel Saturday night.

‘Trying to tell us something’: Climatologist says 2021 a weather year like no other

When Dave Phillips, Environment Canada’s senior climatologist, began 26 years ago compiling his annual list of the country’s Top 10 weather events, he sometimes had to stretch a bit. “One of the big stories was, ‘Hey, it was a good recreation season, skiers loved it,”’ he recalls. Searching for weather events was not a problem in 2021.

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Volunteer Vision: The fragile volunteer

People are often quick to give credit to the volunteer firefighter, and rightfully so. Where else do you find such an important and often lifesaving role placed in the hands of a little or no pay organization? I challenge that no one sees the importance of this more than us, the fire chiefs, who rely upon these dedicated men and women to respond as part of our team. This importance is what the community doesn’t see, or often, understand when they take these truly unselfish volunteers for granted. By Tom DeSorcy » Read more...

Back to Basics: Maintaining building orientation

Last month we looked at the importance of focusing on the floor when conducting the primary search. The reason behind this is the fact that the majority of our occupants who require rescue will be on the floor. This month I want to dive deeper into the primary search by focusing on the importance of maintaining building orientation. By Mark van der Feyst » Read more...
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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 » Learn more

After the incident

From a cleaner cab to a cleaner firehall, the topic of disinfecting and purifying for better firefighter health has long been on the radar as a matter of importance to fire departments across North America. In 2018, the NFPA published the paper “Developing and Implementing a Fire Service Contamination Control Plan” that recognized the growing concern that exposure to contaminants are a likely source of cancer in firefighters, and other unhealthy outcomes arise from biological or chemical exposures. While the work to date has not included the creation of an NFPA standard for “clean cab” to date, the innovations and best practices being discussed and implemented at the association, firehall and manufacturing level are bringing about widespread recognition of mitigating risks to firefighter health. By Laura Aiken » 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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