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City plans for controlled burn in Toronto’s High Park to preserve rare ecosystem

City officials say they are planning to conduct a deliberate and controlled burn in Toronto’s High Park next month to protect and sustain rare black oak savannahs.

Five people found dead in Brampton house fire

Three children and two adults were found dead after a fire ripped through a house in Brampton, Ont., Monday morning.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality issues tender call for repairs to Port Morien fire station

In Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Regional Municipality is attempting to save a crumbling Cape Breton fire hall. Port Morien Fire Chief James Bates told the CBC that he is afraid a section of his department’s garage bays will collapse due to unexplained, severe erosion under the structure, which has been plaguing the department for five years.

Kingston Fire and Rescue earns international status

In Ontario, Kingston Fire and Rescue is now one of 250 agencies in the world to achieve international recognition for their quality improvement through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc.
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Structural Firefighting: Strategy and Tactics, 4th Edition

The goal of this text is to explain how to apply proven tactics and strategies used at structure fires. It is designed to be used by all fire officers, from company officer to the chief of the department.

This text allows a company officer or incident commander to learn fireground procedures at an accelerated pace, thus reducing the cost in lives and property associated with learning by experience only. The Fourth Edition also includes significantly expanded, in-depth suggested activities that challenge the reader to apply the strategies and tactics presented in each chapter and Incident Summaries that recap real fireground events and the lessons learned.

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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...

Health risks of loneliness

Sometimes being alone can be good for a person to reflect, relax, read and recharge. Being alone does not make a person necessarily lonely. It is the perception of being alone that makes the person lonely. Research has shown that this form of isolation is unhealthy and can lead to long-term health issues. What is loneliness? There are a number of definitions that go beyond the common one of being in a state of solitude. It is the state of mind individuals will feel when disconnected and isolated, leading to an inability to find connection in one's life. By Peter Collins » Learn more

Social media tips for the times

A shrinking volunteer base, tighter budgets and an increased workload have become a constant for many fire stations across Canada. It’s no surprise the cohesion of volunteers has taken a beating. One thing that is often overlooked by fire departments is the increased and effective use of social media platforms to address some of the barriers being faced by the fire service and help to highlight the hard work and dedication that crews display on a regular basis. By reaching a wider audience through subscribers and followers, the fire service receives virtual free publicity and a dedicated medium to share their message. By Kirk Hughes » 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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