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Calgary fire budget needs to nearly double to meet industry standards, city says

Bringing the Calgary Fire Department up to “aspirational” industry standards would carry a massive price tag and encompass up to two decades of work, according to a new city report.

Surrey firefighters raise $110K in annual golf tournament

In B.C., the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society held its 11th annual Charity Golf Tournament and had its “most successful fundraiser to date,” says one of the organizers.

150 firefighters battle five-alarm fire in Montreal

Roughly 150 firefighters struggled to get the upper hand on a five-alarm fire in Montreal East during the peak of the blaze on Sunday.

B.C. scientists see recovery but fear more heat domes could change ecosystems forever

A year after the heat dome event that killed billions of plants and animals in British Columbia, scientists say ecosystems are recovering, but could be transformed forever if such events become more frequent.
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Back to Basics: Which aerial to use?

Within the fire service, aerial trucks are usually the biggest truck in the fleet and are admired and loved by most firefighters. Not every fire department will have a need for an aerial truck in their fleet, but they certainly can benefit from the use of one and can use mutual aid for assistance. By Mark van der Feyst » Read more...

Leadership Forum: Micromanagers and the path to empowerment

We have all heard the term micromanaging before. What does that mean to you? A boss that makes you check in every day to make sure you are completing your work properly? A leader that gives you all their ideas and thoughts and makes you implement them exactly how they want it? Or is it a supervisor who doesn’t say a word, but continually looks over your shoulder to ensure you work is satisfactory? By Chris Harrow » Read more...

No Such Thing as a Routine Gas Leak

The firefighter’s mission at gas emergencies is life safety. A near-death experience at a routine gas leak is the genesis for this book, which incorporates hard-won experience, expertise, and battle-tested tactical lessons that will help improve your fire department’s response procedures and training methods.

Are your fire department’s response procedures based on gas industry best practices? Tactical Response to Natural Gas Emergencies explains the proper and rapid size-up of gas emergencies, the uses and limitations of air monitors, new laser-based gas detectors, how to improve your standard operating procedures, all in service of making effective strategic and tactical decisions.

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Particulate blocking

The area around your jaw, face, and neck is the most vulnerable spot when exposed to fireground contaminants from soot and smoke. Standard FR knit hoods protect you from heat and flames, but in recent years, improvements to firefighter hood designs have led to advanced particulate blocking protection. By Todd Herring » Learn more

Thermal imagers are not without risks

It’s critical that firefighters keep their TI skills sharp for when a structural fire call does come in because the TI tool could potentially save a life. Let’s look at training firefighters to use the TI safely and the risks that are associated with interpreting what the TI is telling you. By Manfred Kihn » 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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