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RECAP: OAFC Conference and Trade Show’s return to live and in person

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Conference and Trade show was full of festive spirit as chiefs across the province and beyond enjoyed the opportunity to gather in person again. Almost 3,000 attendees and over 200 exhibitors convened at the International Centre in Mississauga for the event, which ran from May 5 to 7.

B.C. government giving $25M in new funding for wildfire risk protection

To reduce wildfires in higher-risk communities, the B.C. government is providing $25 million in new funding to the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC).

Spike in number of emergency calls to London Fire Department prompts changes

Protecting the lives and property of London, Ont., residents is growing more challenging for the London Fire Department (LFD) as calls for service climb.

No working smoke alarms at fatal Gatineau apartment fire, officials say

Police in Gatineau, Que., say a man is dead after a Friday night fire at an apartment in the Hull sector that officials said didn’t have any working smoke alarms.

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Firefighter recruitment: 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 and first responders: Part 1

In Canada, the suicide rate is approximately 11 per 100,000 population, meaning that more than 10 Canadians die by suicide every day. That adds up to approximately 100,000 individuals over a 30-year period. Overall, suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in the country. By Peter Collins » Read more...
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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

Tech Talk: The apparatus technician and mentorship

Since becoming a member on Facebook, I have also joined a couple of fire department apparatus repair groups. At first, I thought most of what I was seeing was American and there would be no comparison. Oh my, was I wrong. The fire department apparatus repair techs and EVTs (emergency vehicle technicians) in the U.S. deal with the exact same politics, repair issues, parts purchasing problems, parts inventory asset management and need to keep up with latest technology and manage the fleet, as well as being the silent unsung heros that keeps these fire vehicles going. By Chris Dennis » Learn more

Repetition is key to prevention

New research highlights the importance of scheduled, repeated, and measured fire safety interventions as a key strategy for achieving sustained fire-safe behaviours in Indigenous and other vulnerable communities in Canada. By Len Garis and Mandy Desautels » Learn more

In conversation with John McKearney

John McKearney, the fire chief in Whistler and president of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, looks back on his time in the fire service, reflecting on the importance of paid-on-call firefighters working alongside careers, moving from the Vancouver department to a resort municipality, changing risks and vulnerabilities in small towns versus big cities, and the need for a national strategy on the interface threat of wildfires and flooding. » Listen now

FireCon 2022

Sept. 8-10
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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Fire-Rescue Canada 2022

Sept. 11-14
Location: Ottawa
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