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Grimsby and Lincoln win national municipal collaboration award for fire and emergency services pilot

In Ontario, the Towns of Grimsby and Lincoln have received national recognition for their Niagara West Fire and Emergency Services pilot project from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA). The Towns were presented with the first-ever 2022 CAMA Collaboration Award between municipalities during a Virtual Awards of Excellence Ceremony held on Wednesday.

Yarmouth County wildfire was largest in N.S. since 1976; fire risk in province remains high

Last week’s fire in Yarmouth County, N.S., that covered more than 3,100 hectares was the second largest in the province in half a century. And the risk for more large fires remains high.

Mutual aid agreement between Taylor and Fort St. John Fire Departments reignited

In B.C., the District of Taylor reignited the Taylor Fire Protection Area Mutual agreement, sparking another five years of cooperation between the two jurisdictions in emergency response, during a council meeting on Monday. The agreement authorizes the Taylor Fire Rescue to continue providing mutual fire and emergency aid services to the City of Fort St. John.

Firefighter injured in two-alarm fire at Toronto home

A firefighter suffered injuries requiring hospitalization battling an intensely hot and stubborn fire that broke out in a home in west Toronto on Monday night.
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Lights, camera, action!

With recruitment for volunteer firefighters an ongoing challenge in many areas across Canada, 12 Niagara-region fire departments recently banded together to produce a recruitment video that they hope will inspire and motivate new volunteers in the area to sign up. By Julie Fitz-Gerald » Read more...

Suicide: Part 1

I’ve spent the majority of my adult life speaking with individuals who want to die. These conversations can take place with patients in the Emergency Department at the hospital where I’m on staff but are more likely to occur when I’m on-scene with police crisis negotiators. My role as an operational forensic psychiatrist with the police is to advise the negotiators and critical incident command, but sometimes I’m asked to be the primary negotiator. By Peter Collins » Read more...
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Spend More Time Focused on Lifesaving Services With CityReporter

Take control by accessing rapid & responsive software for emergency services. Quickly update emergency planning and Fire Prevention for the local community. CityReporter’s Fire & Code Enforcement software helps local Fire Departments and Code Enforcement staff meet their code-based inspection requirements and accumulate information for Emergency Planning. » Learn more about CityReporter Fire Prevention & Code Enforcement Software

Truck Tech: Lessons in preventative maintenance

I have discussed preventative maintenance; how it helps to prevent early failures and also prepares us for future issues or impending failures. I always speak to subjects I have personally been involved with and this is definitely one of them. Your department may have specialized trucks or maybe just one truck and you can’t afford to take it out of service for a small thing at this time, so you keep thinking, it will be ok we will get to it. Whether full-time or volunteer, if it does not look or sound right, the odds are somebody needs to know what you know now. You can them discuss and determine a course of action. By Chris Dennis » 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

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

AFCA Conference and Trade Show

May 29-31
Location: Red Deer, Alta.
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MAFC Conference and Trade Show

June 2-4
Location: Dauphin, Man.
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