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Volunteer firefighter in Alberta celebrates 70 years on the job, sets national record

A volunteer firefighter in Alberta is celebrating a remarkable achievement. In September 1951, Robert Mitchell joined the Lamont Fire Department.

New cell tower in Elgin will save lives, says fire chief

A petition to bring a cell tower to Elgin, N.B., has paid off, and the fire chief says improved communication will save lives.

Retired Kelowna, B.C. firefighter calls for more resources for local department

A retired Kelowna, B.C., firefighter is raising the alarm, saying the Kelowna Fire Department is seriously undermanned, especially for how fast the city is growing.

New fire truck stolen from volunteer service in B.C.’s Cariboo region

A volunteer fire department in B.C.’s Cariboo region says a new truck carrying medical equipment, worth about $90,000 in total, has been stolen. Todd Schley, fire chief with Cariboo Regional District’s Interlakes Volunteer Fire Department, said on Saturday that the new vehicle was discovered missing around 7 a.m. PT from one of its fire halls in Bridge Lake in the South Cariboo.
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Make Ladder Retrieval Easier Than Ever Before

Eliminate dangerous stretching, straining, and climbing to retrieve the equipment you need. ZICO’s “Extend-Down” Ladder Access System combines the popular, time-tested LAS design with an innovative new cable and pulley system capable of raising and lowering ladders an incredible 36 inches—12 inches lower than their standard model.
This allows a department to mount ladders on a high side shelf, leaving more real estate for compartments in the side body below, or when mounted to a standard shelf, simply makes ladder retrieval even easier for personnel of all heights and sizes. » Learn more
Current Issue 

Volunteer Vision: Raise your game

I have spent the last 22 years in a leadership position with the same fire department, bringing it from three organizations into one, and watching as generational change helped create the service that we have today. I’m happy to report that I’ve seen our game go in the right direction. The idea around raising one’s game is all about change. A topic that for some is difficult to undertake. However, if it’s positive and for the better, then it can easily become game changing. By Tom DeSorcy » Read more...

Back to Basics: Rescue ready

The number one fire ground priority is to save lives. All fire departments in North America strive to meet this priority in the interest of the public they serve. Firefighters push themselves to their limits to save the life of a complete stranger. The rescue process begins by being in a readied state for the call of action.What does it mean to be rescue ready? There are four key areas that every firefighter and company officer can look at in examination of whether they are rescue ready. By Mark van der Feyst » Read more...
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The future of firefighting fits in your hand.

Compatibility across gear enhances firefighter safety on the fireground, and the newest technology from MSA enables firefighter gear to become increasingly connected and work together. Built on a software-based platform, the MSA G1 features compatibility with the all-new LUNAR™ Connected Device, to help keep your team connected when it matters most. It’s a hand-held, wireless device, offering enhanced vision, improved situational awareness, and accountability for everyone on scene by combining thermal imaging, search and rescue technology, and cloud connectivity. » Learn more

Leadership Forum: Noise versus performance

Working in this busy, modern and well-equipped shop was an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to work on some extraordinary high-performance machines, including drag cars, race boats and street rods. Anyone who has ever been around these high-performance vehicles knows that regardless of the brand, configuration or set-up, they all have a few things in common. They are almost always loud; and for the enthusiast, the louder the better. To this day, the unmistakable sound of a nitrous-injected street rod or all three supercharged big block engines coming to life in an offshore race boat is the stuff dreams are made of. By Matt Pegg » 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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