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Deadly ‘smoke waves’ from wildfires set to soar

Along with the surge in deaths and destruction from their flames, smoke from Western wildfires presents a health threat to people far from the fires that will get much worse in the next few decades, scientists reported today. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, largely focuses on tiny particles that go deep into lungs and can even enter the bloodstream to cause sickness and death.

Cattle helping to manage B.C. wildfire risk with targeted grazing

A handful of ranchers in British Columbia’s Interior are getting ready to graze their cattle in concentrated areas near homes and community infrastructure, where they’ll eat the grasses that dry over the summer and heighten the wildfire risk.

Ontario details resources for wildfire season beginning April 1

Ontario says it has 800 fire rangers and dozens of aircraft prepared to respond to this year’s wildfire season. The province detailed its available resources on Friday, the official start date of the wildland fire season that goes until Oct. 31.

Federal emissions reduction plan still undercounts forestry, wildfires, environmentalists say

The federal government’s new emissions reduction plan continues to undercount emissions from forestry, an environmental group says, throwing doubt on Canada’s ability to reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
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Come See Us at FDIC 2022 April 25-30th

It has been two years since our last FDIC conference because of the pandemic and we are excited to be able to attend FDIC 2022 in Indianapolis, IN from April 25-30th. Come visit with us at our two booths. Our indoor booth is #2041 and our outdoor booth is #19005. This year we are showcasing our SAM ER-X top-mount enclosed (TME) 4-MAN Crown pumper with its integrated total water control system that manages the truck’s pump, tank, intakes, and discharges freeing up the pump operator to focus on the fire scene. The SAM system replaces the pressure governor and takes care of opening and closing valves based on operator settings all from a 10-inch touch screen display or by using the system’s mobile tablet. We will also be showcasing our articulated rescue ladder platform (RLP) the Bronto Skylift All-Rounder 92ALR. This resourceful apparatus features a 92-foot articulated ladder platform built on a single axle Freightliner chassis and measures exactly 12.96 feet tall, 41.66 feet long, and 8.50 feet wide. Come check out this exclusive articulating aerial device with unmatched stability. Click here for specification details on either truck or call our sales department for pricing information at 800-565-3473. » Learn more
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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...

Profile: Fire Chief Larry Watkinson

Born and raised in Kelowna, B.C., Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson has always loved the outdoors. Who would have guessed that his love for hitting the slopes would have led to such a fulfilling and exciting career in the fire service? By Kaitlin Secord » Read more...
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Leadership for the Wildland Fire Officer, 2ND Edition

The 2nd Edition of Bill Teie’s Leadership for the Wildland Fire Officer - Leading in a Dangerous Profession has been developed to address various supervisory and leadership positions of wildland firefighting outlined by the National Wildfire Coordinators Group (NWCG).

This book is aimed toward new and experienced wildland firefighters who serve in a leadership role within their organizations. Chapters 1-5 are an excellent tool for any current or future leader in fire service. Chapters 6-9 deal with the situational and tactical processes a wildland fire officer faces daily. Following Chapter 9 is an addendum containing 15 after-action reports of "Fires We Should Not Forget" as well as the lesson learned from each fire.

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Beyond Wildfires

There’s no question that streamlined communications can help keep people alive, safe, and alert in high-risk moments. That’s why most communities leverage technology like mass notification systems (MNS) for emergency alerts and critical events. But when you use a MNS exclusively for emergencies, are you missing out on a valuable opportunity to engage your community? To increase enrolment numbers? Or to generate trust, which ultimately contributes to your emergency preparedness? By Lauren Telfer » Learn more

Dry lightning: Part 1

On base, as part of the Penticton Initial Attack three-man wildfire crew, I sharpen my chainsaw. It’s dry and hot on this day — July 17, 2018. On the tarmac, a usually reliable Eurocopter “A-Star B2” five-seat helicopter is ready to fly at a moment’s notice. The machine’s call sign, in big red lettering, reads DWJ. The letters glint in the sun on its door panel and belly. The pilot is no doubt close by in the hanger, easing his nerves with yet another cup of coffee. The previous fire season burned a record-breaking 1.2 million hectares. Weather patterns and drought codes hint to another busy summer. By Jade Portwood » 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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