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Tragedy sparks building code changes to improve firefighter safety

In Ontario 11 years ago, North Perth firefighters, Ken Rea and Ray Walter, were killed after the roof of a dollar store, engulfed in flames, collapsed on top of them, in Listowel. After many years of lobbying and debate, changes to Ontario’s building code have been enacted, to try and prevent a similar tragedy.

B.C. wildfire service to increase prevention work from backyards to forests: official

The director of provincial operations for British Columbia’s wildfire service says the province needs a “holistic,” large-scale program to reduce wildfire risk, starting in backyards, moving to communities then extending to forested lands.

Ontario announces new program for local fire services in the north

The Solicitor General of Ontario, Sylvia Jones, was in Conmee Township on Saturday to announce new funding to reimburse municipalities whose emergency services attend calls in their unincorporated surrounding areas up to $50,000 per year.

Leduc fire chief resigns amid lawsuit against city

Longtime Leduc fire chief George Clancy has resigned amid a lawsuit against the City of Leduc, Alta., in which two female firefighters allege they endured nearly two decades of tolerated or ignored systemic harassment, bullying, discrimination, abuse and sexual assault.

March Feature: Residential Fire Rescue

Written by three authors each with decades of fire experience, this book goes into every detail involved in a rescue from a residence.

Residential Fire Rescue covers the theory of search and rescue, practical application of search and rescue, and company training. This books includes sample lesson plans that can be customized for various skills, step-by-step instructions combined with photos to show the various rescue techniques and positions; and a DVD to aid the instruction of techniques.

Company officers, training officers, and firefighters will find Residential Fire Rescue an important resource.

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Current Issue 

Land on fire: climate change and wildfires

Wildfires are growing in intensity and scope across the globe. The full extent of interplaying factors includes the biologically innate, but climate change, land use and population change are significant contributors. By 2100 the number of wildfires could rise by 50 per cent, and governments are unprepared for wildfires that burn for weeks over thousands of square kilometres with the ability to potentially impact millions, says a new report from the United Nations. By Laura Aiken » Read more...

Tech Talk: The apparatus technician and mentorship

I recently became a member on Facebook. Not to go down the rabbit hole, but if I wanted to stay connected to my kids, grandkids, events, etc., Facebook was the way. It seemed that my friends and family were more “in the know” than I was because “the know” was posted on Facebook. Like the internet, it appears there is not much you can’t find or see these days. This includes good and bad information and an interpretation of many. By Chris Dennis » Read more...

Trainer’s Corner: Training for today

For today’s training officer, maintaining current skill levels and developing new ones for your members during a worldwide pandemic has been, and may still be, a monumental task. Some of you have risen to the occasion by developing some “out-of-the-box” instructional methods. It would be great to hear your ideas. Feedback regarding what did and didn’t work for you will be vital information for the year ahead, for I do not think we are quite out of the woods yet. By Ed Brouwer » Learn more

Volunteer Vision: When preparation meets opportunity

Luck, I have heard it said many times, is when preparation meets your opportunity. How many times have you responded to a call and after a successful fire fighting operation have someone comment about how lucky the crew was to save the building or stop the fire when you did. These people would go on to further comment on what the negative outcomes may have been had your crew not been lucky to respond to the emergency when you did and take actions the way we do. In making complimentary conversation, they attempt to lift our spirits and acknowledge good work in their own way. They say we were lucky. By Vince MacKenzie » 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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