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Brampton Fire connecting to the community through public art

The City of Brampton, Ont., is displaying a new mural at Brampton Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) Station 211 as part of public art project. With the assistance of STEPS (Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space), a public art focused charity, a new bold and colourful mural depicting the open countryside, celebrating local wildlife and the agricultural heritage of the area was installed.

More than 100 firefighters battle four-alarm fire in Montreal

Montreal firefighters are ballted a four-alarm fire in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough that broke out Sunday morning

Three children die in house fire in Sandy Lake First Nation

A house fire Friday in Sandy Lake, a remote First Nation in northwestern Ontario, has claimed the lives of three children..

Penticton hoping to create more FireSmart neighbourhoods

In B.C., the City of Penticton and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) are teaming up in February to talk wildfire prevention with landscaping professionals.
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Get High-Quality Polished Aluminum Pegboard That LASTS

Looking for a thick, durable pegboard with some of that fire truck shine to it? Get your tool boards from ZICO. With five popular sizes to choose from, you can attach your mounts and brackets from the comfort of your workbench, enjoy quick and easy installation into the compartment, and at the end of the day outfit your apparatus with good looking boards that will withstand the test of time.

And if you want to rearrange your layout later? Just remove the board from the compartment, update as needed, and then put it back into place! » Learn more
Current Issue 

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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Vehicle Rescue and Extrication: Principles & Practice, Revised 2nd Edition

This textbook helps technical rescue professionals remain safe and capable by delivering the most current practical skills and information available on today’s increasingly technical vehicles.

Whether small, large, or heavy commercial vehicle incident, this resource provides all the critical knowledge and skills necessary for technical rescue personnel to perform successfully in even the most challenging environments.

Meets and exceeds all the job performance requirements as outlined in 2021 Edition of NFPA 1006: Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications.

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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

Trainer’s Corner: Teaching not only what went right, but what went wrong

Let me ask you a question: Have you ever taken a course where the instructor tries to help you by telling you the material will be on the exam? The problem with that is, human nature being what it is (prone to laziness), we lock on to those 20 or so points that are “on the exam”, and do not really give our full attention to the whole subject matter. By Ed Brouwer » Learn more

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

IAFC Wildland Urban Interface Conference

March 22-24, 2022
Location: Reno, NV
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FDIC International

April 25-30, 2022
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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NFPA Conference & Expo

June 6-9, 2022
Location: Boston, MA
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