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People charged with arson after North Battleford apartment fire that sent 23 to hospital

Two North Battleford residents have been charged with arson with disregard for human life following an apartment fire Monday that sent almost two dozen people to hospital, Saskatchewan RCMP say.

Langley Township plans to hire a dozen more paid call firefighters

B.C.'s Langley Township plans to hire 12 new paid call firefighters to help battle blazes around the community.

FireSmart funding sets up for 2022 fire season in regional district

The preparation for the coming fire season has already begun. With the 2021 wildfire season in the West Kootenay section of the Southeast Fire Centre, B.C., going down as one of the most active on record, an advance move had to be made to ensure people and property are protected in 2022.

Montague volunteer firefighter retires after over 5 decades with brigade

In. P.E.I., a volunteer firefighter has decided to retire after serving the Montague community for half a century.
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Leadership Forum: How leaders emerge

A recent conversation him and I had was about naming the captains and assistant captains for the team. He asked first why we hadn’t done it yet (we were two games into the year) and what did he have to do to get one of the letters? It was a great opportunity for us to talk about leadership, what it is and how he can improve his own leadership skills. My son was really interested in a leadership role on the team and what it would mean to him to be seen as a leader amongst his peers. By Chris Harrow » Read more...

Branding for the modern fire service

The life cycle of a fire department is one marked with benchmarks, such as anniversaries, and the people that make them up change over time. The vehicles, training and tools need to adapt and grow to remain viable and relevant as benchmarks go by. These events make up the history of the department, which in turn forms the “culture” or the “soul” of a service. As the makeup of a department is altered, a new sense of ownership is created. It is made up of the traditions of the past, the entrusted legacy of those that came before, and the reputation that was built through adversity and triumph. Since change is inevitable, modernization should be anticipated and embraced. When a fire department moves towards the future, it has a lot of transitional components in play, from leadership movement, acceptance of new technology and forming a new sense of self-identity. By Kirk Hughes » Read more...

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From bunker gear, to helmets and gloves, Starfield LION offers a full line of PPE solutions to fit your department’s needs. As we continue to develop new and enhance existing PPE products and services, our primary goal remains the same: To keep you safe and always.... » Learn more

Understanding Stoicism

I’ve played guitar, rather spuriously, for the better part of my adult life. Introduced to music at a young age, I still own, and sometimes play, the few guitars that I have. There is a marked decrease, however, in the skills and songs that I used to know. I guess, in some instances, if you don’t use it, you do lose it. Why, we may wonder, do we continuously practice our first aid and defib? Or, even though it’s superiorly boring in relation to, say, forcible entry, do we continue to practice pump operations? You got it, after all, right? What more can we learn? By Nick Halmasy » Learn more

Is your department ready?

As we grow in the fire service from first responders into officers, our dynamic perspective on situational awareness and preparedness changes. We start to evaluate risk on a new level and grow within our profession. We understand our surrounding areas as best we can, so that we can serve our community to the best of our abilities. One of those major responsibilities is working with our crews to understand the industrial hazards in our immediate response area and any potential mutual aid areas. As an officer or firefighter, are you aware of the types of industry in your surrounding area? How could your department play an integral role in supporting a major incident there? By John Liadis » Learn more

PODCAST: Taking stock of Canada’s volunteer fire service: the national census, recruitment and retention

This month’s podcast dives into the volunteer sector initiatives of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC). Host and Hope, B.C.’s Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy talks to CAFC director and Answer the Committee chair Vince MacKenzie, fire chief for Grand Falls Windsor, N.L., about the story behind the Answer the Call committee, the Great Canadian Volunteer Census, and what the research says about the needs and future of Canada’s volunteer fire service. » Listen now

FDSOA Apparatus Specification & Maintenance Symposium

Jan. 10-12, 2022
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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Hicks Morley Labour Relations Seminar

Jan. 18-20, 2022
Location: Virtual
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IAFC Wildland Urban Interface Conference

March 22-24, 2022
Location: Reno, Nevada
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