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Philanthropist donates $20,000 to Nova Scotia Firefighters Benevolent Fund

On Wednesday, Toronto philanthropist Larry Goldstein presented a $20,000 cheque to the Nova Scotia Firefighters Benevolent Fund (NSFBF).

Historic 2022 wildfire season has Yukon well past 25-year average for area burned

Yukon is experiencing a historic number of fires in the territory to date, with total burned areas surpassing the 25-year average.

Ottawa firefighters battle mobile home blaze

Ottawa firefighters had their hands full with a fire that raged through a mobile home on Frank Kenny Road on Thursday evening, threatening to spread to nearby structures and tinder-dry grass.

Strip mall fire in Steinbach prompts air quality advisory

A fire at a strip mall in Steinbach, Man., on Sunday has prompted an air quality advisory, according to the fire department.
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Volunteer Vision: Communicating your message

Can you easily tell when a person is confident? Can you detect by their actions or demeanor that they have everything under control? How about your confidence? Does it show? Speaking before a crowd, it’s easy to see when someone is controlled and confident in their delivery. I find that when you know what you’re talking about or are passionate about the topic, it’s easier to give your message. By Tom DeSorcy » Read more...

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...
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New Release: The Tactical Firefighter

A firefighter needs to be combat ready 24/7, consistently self-improving—a person who is mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared, can adapt as needed, buys into the positive culture of the department, and is not afraid to step up and get the job done, no matter how mundane the task. Tactical means constantly able to adapt and implement small-scale actions for a larger purpose, which is to serve the community that has entrusted firefighters with their lives.

The Tactical Firefighter is the culmination of the knowledge and experience of leaders who have contributed effective and efficient techniques and tactics to the development of the fire service. We are all students of the fire service, and we have been fortunate to learn from the best the country has to offer. » Order your copy today!

Trainer’s Corner: Listening is a lost art

Effective training officers are always looking for ways to improve their communication skills. They partake in instruction techniques courses, read piles of training material and network with other instructors. In this issue, I would like to turn your focus an ancient yet vital skill that can all but overlooked by many instructors these days. That skill is listening. By Ed Brouwer » Learn more

Beware of burnout

Firefighters work in an environment of unpredictability. If we are not careful our abilities to cope can become compromised. When that happens, a condition called burnout can be on the horizon. By James Rychard » Learn more

Building partnerships: Improving interoperability all around

Chris Harrow, director of fire services for the Town of Minto/Township of Wellington North in Ontario and interim CAO, talks to Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy about volunteer recruitment, retention, and engagement; the increased need for making business cases to council; his successes partnering with the paramedics and police, and the foundations for building partnerships that improve coordination all around. » 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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FSWO Training Symposium

Oct. 20-23
Location: Belleville, Ont.
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