Response
Written by Sue Dawson
Not all fire departments have communications divisions but every fire department relies on communicators. With 34 years of fire communications experience, there are numerous lessons I have learned, some of them the hard way. I will share some of these through a series of columns.
Written by Gord Schreiner
Those of you who know me know that I am very passionate about the fire service. I have completed 40 years of service and I can’t wait to do a few more. I am excited about the future of fire services, despite our many challenges, and I believe this future is bright; in fact, it has never been brighter.
Written by David Sparling and James Marshall
May 2016 - In the 1990s, rural farm-oriented communities began to see construction of large-scale pig barns. Today, these barns often house thousands of animals, and, when full, are all worth millions of dollars.
Written by Bill Boyes
A review of response-time data in Brampton, Ont., shows that little things – the location of the printer and maps, the distance to the truck bay from firefighters’ living quarters, and whether crews start moving before hearing the entire page – can save valuable time and push departments closer to the NFPA response-time standard.
Written by Dave Baird
You and your crew are dispatched to a motor vehicle incident (MVI). The first order of business is, of course, to secure scene safety
Written by CAFC editorial committee
The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) is closely advising Ottawa in its efforts to better protect first responders from the risks of moving dangerous goods by rail.
Written by Barry Bouwsema
In a post-911 world the fire officer is faced with the routine fire calls, hazmat spills, and now, an increased potential for a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) event.
Written by Peter Sells
It must have been an eerie feeling.
Written by Peter Sells
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
-Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963
Written by Dan Haden
Fire-department proficiencies are measured in a number of ways, including cost per capita, underwriter surveys, annual fire losses and governmental benchmarks.
Written by Laura King
When Premier Kathy Dunderdale of Newfoundland and Labrador addressed a convention of provincial fire chiefs and officers in June, her message was simple and blunt: regionalization and co-operation.
Written by Laura King
Fire Chief Greg Senay’s best advice for departments responding to emergencies like the tornado that ripped through the City of Vaughan on Aug. 20, 2009, is simple. “Boots on the ground,” he says. “Keep the boots on the ground.”
Written by Karin Mark and Len Garis
While inspecting a business, you come across a filthy mattress on the floor in a back room and meet an Asian worker who can’t speak English and is wearing little more than rags.
Written by John Riddell
Zero to 60 in three seconds. Sounds like a pretty decent acceleration rate for a souped up dragster, right? How about that same acceleration for your heart rate several times a day?
Written by Karin Mark
A real-time automated planning tool that calculates the probability of emergency calls is helping Surrey Fire Service in B.C. provide more thorough, responsive and cost-efficient emergency coverage.
As B.C.’s largest composite fire department covering one of the province’s fastest-growing communities, Surrey Fire Service faces the ongoing challenge of maximizing its resources while responding to unpredictable emergency incident rates in different neighbourhoods.

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