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Mission Fire Rescue Service had busiest year on record in 2021

Last year was the busiest B.C.’s Mission Fire Rescue Service (MFRS) had on record, according to Fire Chief Mark Goddard. He provided the service’s annual report to council on Feb. 22, which included the numbers, 2021 highlights, and projects for upcoming years.

Halifax chief asks council to approve 10 additional firefighters

Halifax’s fire chief has asked regional council for approval to train 10 extra firefighters to help improve response times in Bedford and Sackville.

Yukon Wildland Fire Management and Yukon First Nations Wildfire enter new three-year agreement

Under the agreement, funds provided by the Yukon government will support Yukon First Nations Wildfire to employ 20 additional youth each year to assist with the Yukon’s wildland fire response operations, and conduct forest fuel reduction, prevention and mitigation activities that will aim to create wildfire resilient communities in the Yukon.

Family of four escapes overnight blaze

A family of four in St. Thomas, Ont. is lucky to be alive following an overnight house fire. Emergency crews were called to a home on Chestnut Street just before 11 p.m. Thursday. The fire started in a vehicle in the driveway and moved to the house.
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NFPA Impact: LiNK-ing your department with codes and standards

The NFPA has changed considerably since 2017, most notably in digitizing all assets and becoming a truly online provider of codes and standards, training, and public education. This was a much-needed, strategic and sometimes frustrating process, as is always the case when organizations need to keep up to user demands. Priorities changed, new initiatives replaced projects already in the works, and positions were overtaken by new roles. By Laura King » Read more...

Saving lives through fire reporting

A nation-wide system for reporting fires has been launched as a critical step toward reducing the high toll that fires take on Indigenous communities in Canada. For many years, data from Statistics Canada and other sources has demonstrated that Indigenous people in Canada have a disproportionately higher risk of fire-related injury and death than the rest of the population, yet a lack of comprehensive data on fires in First Nation communities has prevented the development and deployment of effective interventions. By Len Garis and Mandy Desautels » Read more...
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International Women’s Day 

Spotlight on International Women’s Day

In 2021, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs launched the eight-part Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Celebration Webinar Series in collaboration with Fire Fighting in Canada through a generous grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation. The eight part series interviewed 14 female leaders in fire and emergency management. These women shared their career experiences and recommendations for increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in the fire service. All episodes are available to watch now. » Learn more

A changing fire service: Podcast archives, February 2020

Join us for a conversation with Judy Unsworth, the deputy fire chief of operations for the town of Strathmore, Alta. Unsworth is the 2019 Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Volunteer Chief of the Year. She speaks candidly with Hope, B.C., Chief Tom DeSorcy about her experiences, including building a fire department from scratch. Unsworth also shares her thoughts on diversity and changing demographics in the fire service alongside what’s happening with the mental health conversation in Alberta. Tune in for a great perspective on the evolving nature of the fire service from an award winning chief. » Learn more

Mandatory minimum certification for Ontario’s firefighters

On Jan. 28, the Ontario government released a draft regulation to create mandatory minimum certification standards for specific fire protection services. Rob Grimwood, president of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and deputy chief for Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, joins host Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy, to discuss details of the proposed new rules and what it means for Ontario’s fire service. » 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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