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Firefighter choked by colleague, discouraged from reporting it by supervisor: internal reports

A ritualistic dishwashing competition at an Ottawa fire station last year escalated to unusual violence in the form of choking, and later that day the victim — an openly non-binary rookie firefighter — was ushered into a supply closet by their supervisor and discouraged from reporting the incident, two internal fire department investigations obtained by CBC have found.

Ontario says its ready to respond to 2023 wildland fire season

The Ontario government says the province is ready to respond to this year’s wildland fire season, which lasts from April 1 until Oct. 31. The province has action plans in place to manage large, complex fires, especially near communities and critical infrastructure, stated the government in a press release.

New provincial funding to help expand emergency supports for evacuees in B.C.

In B.C., more than 57 First Nations and local governments will receive funding to improve and modernize emergency support services for people evacuated from their homes during emergencies. More than $2.2 million from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund will support communities to expand their capacity to provide emergency support services through volunteer recruitment, retention, and training, including in-house training, and the purchase of equipment.

Town of Bracebridge approves actions to improve community resiliency against the impacts of climate change

In Ontario, Bracebridge Town Council has approved an action plan and implementation schedule which outlines the actions that each Muskoka municipality plans to take to address the most urgent and threatening impacts of climate change.


Come See Us At FDIC 2023, We’re At Booth 2342!

Fort Garry Fire Trucks is Canada’s oldest and largest manufacturer of firefighting apparatus and we sell more than 100 rigs in a typical year. With the exception of the commercial chassis used in some of our trucks, every aspect of design and construction is handled by our employees, from painting — we offer more than 160 shades of red — to pump assembly. One of our keys to success has been our willingness to listen to what our customers need, rather than telling them what we think they need. Our sales team undertakes an extensive consultation process with each new or existing customer, which can take as little as a few weeks or as long as a year. It's part of an effort to determine what the customer’s precise needs are, whether it’s command lights that can illuminate an entire football field or cameras that offer facial recognition from as far as a kilometer away Fort Garry Fire Trucks can customize it for you.

FDIC 2023 is fast approaching, and we look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s conference. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with our customers so come by and see us at booth 2342! For specification details on any of our trucks call our sales department for pricing information at 800-565-3473. » More Info

Trainer's Corner: Rookie training

Our practice nights were usually one and a half to two hours. And with the average year allowing for 42 practice nights, that is only 63 to 84 hours annually to cover the basic firefighter training requirements, which should include a live fire exercise and a driver training drill. It becomes a real juggling act if you include MVIs (extrication), first response medical, first response hazmat and wildland urban interface training. By Ed Brouwer » Read More...

Fine-tuning fire prevention

Published in April 2022 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, the article entitled “Interventions for Preventing Residential Fires in Vulnerable Neighbourhoods and Indigenous Communities: A Systematic Review of the Evidence” reviewed thousands of studies and research conducted since 1990 on residential fire prevention in order to identify the characteristics of interventions with success in mitigating fire incidents among vulnerable population groups. By Samar Al-Hajj, Len Garis, Colleen Pawliuk, Ediriweera Desapriya and Ian Pike » Read More...

The future of firefighting fits in your hand.

Compatibility across gear enhances firefighter safety on the fireground, and the newest technology from MSA enables firefighter gear to become increasingly connected and work together. Built on a software-based platform, the MSA G1 features compatibility with the all-new LUNAR™ Connected Device, to help keep your team connected when it matters most. It’s a hand-held, wireless device, offering enhanced vision, improved situational awareness, and accountability for everyone on scene by combining thermal imaging, search and rescue technology, and cloud connectivity. » Learn more
In Case You Missed It 

Deploying multiple thermal imagers

In its simplest role on the fireground, the thermal imager (TI) is about improving efficiency. Increased efficiency and safety of the individual firefighter and the company as a whole is always a priority. Completing specific functional tasks as part of the overall plan to save lives and mitigate property damage is what fire fighting is all about. By Manfred Kihn » Read more...

Social media tips for the times

A shrinking volunteer base, tighter budgets and an increased workload have become a constant for many fire stations across Canada. It’s no surprise the cohesion of volunteers has taken a beating. One thing that is often overlooked by fire departments is the increased and effective use of social media platforms to address some of the barriers being faced by the fire service and help to highlight the hard work and dedication that crews display on a regular basis. By Kirk Hughes » Read more...


The role of a fire investigator

The easiest fire to fight is one that is prevented from happening. In this edition of Fire Fighting in Canada: The Podcast, host Tom DeSorcy is joined by Brad Davidson, retired firefighter and fire investigator from Flin Flon, Man. The two discuss how Davidson got his start in the fire service, the difference between municipal and industrial fire protection, the changes in fire behaviours and reactions, and the importance of fire investigation. » Listen now...


FDIC International

Date: April 24, 2023
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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OAFC 2023 Conference and Trade Show

Date: May 4, 2023
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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BC Fire Training Officers Association Conference

Date: May 13, 2023
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
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