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Samsung and Telus help to equip Canada’s first responders with new mission critical technology

Samsung Networks and Telus deployed Canada’s first next-generation Mission Critical Push-to-X (MCPTX) services. Deployed over Telus’ network, this new MCPTX solution will help to equip Canada’s first responders with the information and data they need to assess emergency situations, improve responsiveness and operational efficiency, and drive better public safety outcomes.

Ontario improving access to mental health supports for first responders

The Ontario government is investing $1 million for Runnymede Healthcare Centre’s First Responders Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Rehabilitation Treatment and Assessment Centre. The new centre could include up to two new facilities that will provide a comprehensive mental health rehabilitation program to first responders across the Greater Toronto Area affected by work-related stress or trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Fires on the rise in Winnipeg over the last three years: city data

The number of fires in Winnipeg rose 58 per cent between January 2019 and January 2022, according to data from the city. There were 2,857 fires in 2021, according to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS). That compares with 2,025 in 2020 and 1,804 in 2019.

Los Angeles City Fire Department to take delivery of the first all-electric fire truck in North America

Rosenbauer’s first RTX fully electric fire truck for the North America market will soon be delivered to the Los Angeles City Fire Department.
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Fire and emergency recommendations for the federal budget

Five years ago, Fort McMurray was the largest fire in history from an insurance perspective. In the past 1,000 days, four events have exceeded it, in both cost and magnitude” said Chief Keven Lefebvre, CAFC board member, citing information from the Insurance Bureau of Canada. To believe that the fire service of the past will meet the human, social and financial needs of the future would be a serious mistake. This was the key message in our recommendation to the federal government in response to the Minister of Finance’s “Let’s Talk Budget 2022” consultation. By Tina Saryeddine » Read more...

Leadership Forum: Know your municipality

Like other fire service leaders, my career has taken many different paths. My experiences are not drastically different than others leading their services, but some of the lessons I’ve learned are unique. Having the ability to experience other job areas and understand their responsibilities can be a huge part of a leader’s development. A leader who takes the time to learn the responsibilities of other areas of the municipality can improve their leadership abilities in their own department. By Chris Harrow » Read more...

I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know- New 2nd Edition

How can fire fighter families cope with the emotional toll of loving a first responder?

There are ceaseless worries--about the physical dangers of the profession, the cumulative stress, and the long hours spent away from home. In this compassionate and knowledgeable guide--now fully revised and updated--psychologist Ellen Kirschman shares sage advice and practical strategies for when times get tough.

With candor and wisdom, this book shows fire fighters and their loved ones how to navigate the highs and lows of “the best job in the world.”

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Helming communications: emergency software

Scott Davis first became aware of the DisasterLAN (DLAN) emergency software during the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games. Davis, now vice-president of Community Disaster Response in Ontario, was in emergency management with Peel region public health in Ontario at the time, and was impressed by its capabilities. He began implementing a basic DisasterLAN system at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that could help the incident management team get up and running quickly, and over the last year has expanded the system to accommodate the all-hazards response required of today’s fire service. By Laura Aiken » Learn more

Risk assessment and reduction: Fire prevention in high-risk communities

Increasing evidence is highlighting the importance of closely assessing an area’s residents and their housing situation when planning fire-prevention programs for First Nation and other high-risk communities in Canada.
The study “Moving from Risk Assessment to Risk Reduction: An Analysis of Fire-related Risk Factors in First Nation/Indian Band or Tribal Council Areas across Canada,” by the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in British Columbia, identifies nine individual and household-level variables that contribute to fire risk, associated injury, and death in First Nations communities across Canada. By Len Garis and Mandy Desautels
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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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