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Vacant building concerns; emergency response renews calls for more safety measures

In Ontario, on Sunday afternoon, emergency responders were called to the former headquarters of the Middlesex-London Health Unit, a building that now sits vacant. The incident has sparked renewed calls for measures that will reduce the number of vacant buildings in the city.

Outdated airport emergency plan causing confusion, says Labrador City chief

After a plane with a faulty engine was forced to land in Wabush, N.L., last week, Labrador City’s fire chief is questioning the effectiveness of the airport’s emergency plan.

Three people killed in East Vancouver house fire

Members of three generations of a Vancouver family, including a child, are dead following a two-alarm fire in East Vancouver on Sunday.

Calgary crews battle strip mall blaze

Flames and smoke could be seen coming from the roof of a strip mall in the city’s northeast Sunday evening. Calgary fire was called to 5075 Falconridge Blvd., near McKnight Boulevard, just after 7 p.m. The flames were coming from the roof of a two-storey building.
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Back to Basics: Maintaining building orientation

Building orientation is when a person or a team are using the building’s features, such as the wall, to keep them orientated to their current position and use that same feature to get them in and out of the structure. Maintaining building orientation is required because it is the only way for us to get in/out when we need to – and fast! By Mark van der Feyst » Read more...

Leadership Forum: How leaders emerge

Firefighters strive to make certain titles for a variety of reasons. But sometimes we don’t realize that respect and leadership do not automatically come with a new title or “letter on our jersey”. We get wrapped up in titles and structure, but don’t realize that leadership is earned and many of our leaders emerge on their own, not through being awarded promotions. I don’t want anyone to think that rank and titles do not have their place in the fire service. There is definitely a time and place for this structure. But we sometimes lose the concept that leadership and respect is not automatic with a title. By Chris Harrow » Read more...

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The Emotional

Nothing clears a room of firefighter spirit and vitality like when you say that the training at hand will be on emotions. This is one of the reasons that I love to directly address it in trainings and presentations. As an often overlooked and underappreciated component to a mental wellness program, training, and sometimes even therapy, emotional understanding and management play a key role in recovery and resilience. By Nick Halmasy » Learn more

Thermal imaging and volunteers

The volunteer sector makes up the majority of firefighterin North America. Many volunteer firefighters receive no remuneration while others receive a small stipend for the number of hours they put in. Some volunteer fire departments train once a week, some bi-weekly and some only train once a month (only 12 times a year, if the firefighters makes all 12 training sessions taking into consideration work, vacation, sickness, and family matters). By Manfred Kihn » Learn more

The latest research on firefighter mental health

In this episode of Fire Fighting in Canada: The Podcast, host and Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy talks to Joy MacDermid, Firewell’s scientific director and co-author of “Canadian career firefighters’ mental health impacts and priorities.” This study interviewed 39 career firefighters on how they viewed their mental health needs, experiences and resources. » Listen now

Fire Fighting in Canada Virtual Summit

February 24, 2022
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Security • Police • Fire Career Expo

May 10, 2022
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FDIC International

April 25-30, 2022
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