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Nova Scotia Firefighters School fined in death of Truro firefighter

The Nova Scotia Firefighters School has been sentenced to pay $102,000 in fines and bursaries after pleading guilty in the death of Truro firefighter Skyler Blackie. Blackie died in hospital after a fire extinguisher he was using exploded during a training exercise at the school in Waverley in March 2019.

Policing, fire coverage cost increases drive 5.5-per-cent tax hike in View Royal

View Royal, B.C., council has approved a mostly status-quo budget that will see a 5.5-per-cent property tax increase for 2022. Council passed all three readings at a regular meeting April 19, with formal adoption set for next month. Mayor David Screech said council’s goal with this budget was to increase spending only where it was required to maintain the level of services residents have come to expect.

Manitoba to upgrade water bomber fleet ahead of forest fire season

The Manitoba government has announced $1.6 million to help upgrade the province’s water bomber fleet ahead of forest fire season.

Northwest B.C. communities get funding to support wildfire risk-mitigation

Communities in northwest B.C. will get nearly half a million dollars to support wildfire risk reduction activities this year. Six projects that fall within the Northwest Fire Centre’s jurisdiction will share $495,811 through the Union of BC Municipalities FireSmart Community Funding and Supports program.
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Innovations in electric vehicle extrication training

Kananaskis Emergency Services has collaborated with a fellow Bow Valley firefighter to bring an innovative electric vehicle training program to the Calgary region and beyond. The program, “Electric Vehicle Extrication,” was developed by Banff firefighter Kevin Patterson and the program’s inaugural delivery was made to a group of 20 students from seven department at the Kananaskis Emergency Services Centre on Feb. 26 with a second sold-out session taking place on March 19 at the facility. The program is the first of its kind, combining the most current information available on new model hybrid and electric vehicles (EV), new vehicle technology and safety systems coupled with a one of a kind opportunity to get hands on with an EV. By Gary Robertson » Read more...

The Wedge

During my recruitment interview, I was asked about discipline. I had to think about the way I wanted to respond because when it comes to progress, I can be a little intense. Like many of us, I’d lived a lifestyle that was counter to everything I know about what it means to be a first responder: poor diet, zero exercise and a bitter, defeated outlook. On the other side of a six-year journey, I’ve discovered what it means to set a goal and make it happen. By Bill Dungey » Read more...
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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 » Learn more

Parenting resiliency in our first responder children

As first responder families, we are in challenging times and our first responder children are feeling the impact. Grief, stress and anxiety are some of the main emotions I hear from our first responder children and our first responder families right now in my clinical and coaching practice. In these challenging times of uncertainty, it’s essential we take care of our own emotional and mental health so we can be there to hold, support and help our children process what is happening around them. By Kimberly Williamson » Learn more

The evolution and future of mass notification systems

Tune in to April’s podcast for a conversation on how public alerts have evolved, why radio is still a key player, what the research shows about public reaction to emergency notifications, best practices for crafting your message, why it’s important to know and address your policy hurdles and how GPS plays a role in the next generation of population targeting. Podcast host Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy talks all this and more with Jacob Westfall, chief technology officer with Public Emergency Alerting Services Incorporated (PEASI), a mass notification software company based in Calgary who is the developer of Alertable software. » 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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