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Nova Scotia fire department to take legal action following shut down announcement

A Nova Scotia volunteer fire department says it is taking legal action after members were blindsided by a decision to close it down.

Budget funding for BC Wildfire Service garners mixed reaction from experts

A fire ecologist says new provincial funding to expand the BC Wildfire Service to a year-round endeavour is a welcome step toward preventing disasters, while others in the field say the funds could be better spent elsewhere.

Catastrophic wildfires could increase 50 per cent by 2100, UN report says

Climate change and land-use change are projected to make wildfires more frequent and intense, with a global increase of extreme fires of up to 14 per cent by 2030, 30 per cent by the end of 2050 and 50 per cent by the end of the century, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID-Arendal.

Tax credit changes for volunteer firefighters in Nova Scotia extended

The province of Nova Scotia will ensure all volunteer firefighters who responded to at least 20 per cent of emergency calls in 2021 will be eligible for a $500 refundable tax credit.
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Great ideas: Innovation in the fire service

Think of innovation and it often brings to mind the latest tools and tech. Equipment and technology are crucial to the improvement of fire response and firefighter safety, but the idea of innovation can also really shine in the discovery of new and better processes. By Kaitlin Secord » Read more...

Thermal imagers are not without risks

These are unprecedented times for all of us and although fire departments may not be responding to as many structural calls as they are EMS calls, it’s even more important to continue training with their thermal imager (TI) to ensure firefighters stay mentally focused. It’s critical that firefighters keep their TI skills sharp for when a structural fire call does come in because the TI tool could potentially save a life. Let’s look at training firefighters to use the TI safely and the risks that are associated with interpreting what the TI is telling you. By Manfred Kihn » Read more...
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2022 Edition: NFPA 20 & NFPA 14, Stationary Fire Pumps and Standpipe Systems Handbook

The field of stationary pumps for fire protection is always evolving and expanding. Be ready for every challenge and help ensure pump and standpipe systems respond in an emergency as the design intended.

From pump currents and limited-service controllers to overcurrent protection devices and transfer switch installation, the Stationary Fire Pumps and Standpipe Systems Handbook is your source for information and directions for maintaining cutting-edge fire protection. This must-have handbook consolidates standard requirements and industry-leading knowledge in a single product.

» 2022 edition now available.  Order your copy today!

Back to Basics: Ladder Dating: The summary

As we come to the end of our series, I want to recap all that we have looked at in the last 11 issues, sort of a “Coles Notes” version of ladder dating. The main intent of this series is to arm the training firefighter or officer with the proper information and skill set to instruct their department’s personnel or fellow crew members on using the ground ladder. By Mark van der Feyst » Learn more

Trainer’s Corner: The three roles of a training officer

It is paramount that firefighters know why they are doing something as well as understanding the consequences of not doing something.I remember approaching a firefighter spraying water on the outside of a burning structure. I asked him a simple question: “What are you doing?” He looked at me all nervous like and replied, “Am I doing something wrong?” By Ed Brouwer » 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

OAFC 2022 Conference and Trade Show

May 5-7, 2022
Location: The International Centre, Mississauga, ON
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Security • Police • Fire Career Expo

May 10, 2022
Location: Universal EventSpace, Vaughan, ON
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BCFTOA Conference

May 14-19, 2022
Location: Salmon Arm, B.C.
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