Editor's Blog
Written by Laura King
Nov. 25, 2011 - It’s always invigorating to get out of the office and network with like-minded people. In my case, the takeaway from conferences and training sessions such as this week’s Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs midterm meeting in Kitchener is story ideas for the magazine and connections with people who can help us execute those stories.
Written by Bob Krause
Editor’s note: Bob Krause, a battalion chief in Toledo, Ohio, has become a bit of a Bluenoser, having taught workshops at FDIC Atlantic in Wolfville, N.S., for the last few years. Krause was invited to instruct at the Colchester County Firefighters Association seminar in early November. A longtime career firefighter and officer, Krause learned a little bit himself in Truro, N.S., about the Canadian volunteer fire service, its dedicated men and women and the professionalism that they exhibit on the job and in their communities. Watch for Krause’s series on fire-ground attack in Canadian Firefighter and EMS Quarterly starting in January.

Nov. 14, 2011 – On Nov. 5 and 6 I was in Truro, N.S., to speak at the Colchester County Firefighters Association seminar. The seminar was held at the local college and more than 100 firefighters attended. Firefighters from most of the county’s fire departments were in attendance.
Written by Laura King
Oct. 3, 2011 - By all accounts, Meaford Fire Chief Mike Molloy was pleased with the support from Ontario firefighters and chief officers during last week’s hearing in provincial offences court in Owen Sound.
Written by Laura King
Sept. 28, 2011, Calgary – This morning’s unplugged session at the CAFC’s Fire-Rescue 2011 with Calgary Fire Chief Bruce Burrell, Fire Engineering editor Bobby Halton and Brant, Ont., Fire Chief Paul Boissoneault was frank and entertaining and covered everything from texting in the fire hall (talk, don’t text) and budgets (expect cuts) to the 24-hour shift (it’s evolving), fees for service (a red-tape nightmare) and fire-based EMS (it's cost effective and it’s coming your way).
Written by Laura King
Sept. 27, 2011, Calgary – Well, the folks in St. John’s have a tough act to follow in 2012 with last night’s appearance by country superstar Paul Brandt at the CAFC’s Fire-Rescue 2011 fun night.
Written by Laura King
Sept. 26, 2011, Calgary – There is a palpable optimism in the air here in Cowtown where the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs conference hits full stride today.
Written by Laura King
Sept. 8, 2011

Ottawa Fire Chief John DeHooge is well respected across Canada for his leadership and vision and he’s hoping to spread his skills and talents even further.
Written by Laura King
Aug. 22, 2011

Here in southwestern Ontario we get storms unlike those in say, Atlantic Canada – short, usually with driving rain, wind, hail and, at this time of year, tornados. We’re fairly used to this weather phenomenon – big, dark clouds, a massive buildup of humidity, a drop in temperature and thunder like you’ve never heard, some of which rattled the windows in our house yesterday.
Written by Laura King
Aug. 19, 2011

It’s always good to come back from vacation to a good controversy.
Written by Laura King
July 27, 2011

I’m almost a week late congratulating Dave Rossiter on his appointment as fire marshal for Prince Edward Island.
Written by Laura King
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Editor’s blog

With the death yesterday of a York Region police officer, Laura King comments on a recent editorial that chastised first responders for making a big deal of line-of-duty deaths, updates the departure of former Oakville, Ont., Fire Chief Richard Boyes, and recaps the Wasaga Beach Fire Chief’s first annual golf tournament.
Written by Laura King
June 28, 2011

I wasn’t going to get bent out of shape about the editorial in the Brantford Expositor last week by reporter Chris Brennan, who seems to have a bone to pick with first responders.
Written by Laura King
June 23, 2011

My BlackBerry has been in overdrive since yesterday with news that Richard Boyes is no longer the fire chief my hometown, Oakville, Ont. Boyes, past-president of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, chair of the Canadian Governmental Committee and an overwhelmingly good guy – I’ve never heard a negative word about him (which is unusual in the fire service!) – has been the chief in Oakville since May 2005. He was the chief in Sarnia, Ont., for seven years before that.
Written by Laura King
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Laura King reports on news that Oakville fire chief Richard Boyes has been let go by the town, and offers highlights and photos from the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services conference last weekend in Gander.

Written by Laura King
June 6, 2011, Wolfville, N.S. – I expect there were some weary firefighters in eastern Canada Monday morning after FDIC Atlantic in beautiful Wolfville, N.S., over the weekend. The mostly volunteer contingent of 500 firefighters from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Newfoundland played hard  by times but worked equally as hard in dozens of hands-on-training sessions and educational – and extremely entertaining – seminars.
Written by Peter Sells
June 1, 2011, Toronto – The word is out that Toronto Fire Services is facing the prospect of unprecedented staffing reductions in order to achieve budget targets as the city faces a $774-million shortfall for 2012.
Written by Laura King
May 30, 2011, Toronto – It’s been a good day here at the International Conference for Fire & Rescue Executives in Toronto with lots of networking time with vendors and delegates.
Written by Laura King
May 29, 2011, Toronto - There was good news over the weekend with the return of residents to Slave Lake and the massive effort to help these people rebuild their lives and their community.
Written by Laura King
May 20, 2011 

It’s been a wild week for fire news. It’s tough for us here in rain-soaked southwestern Ontario to comprehend the devastation in Slave Lake, Alta., and the challenges of rebuilding and dealing with thousands of displaced families.
Written by Laura King
May 9, 2011 – Back to blogging with some big news: FFIC Flashpoint scribe Peter Sells has been nominated for a KRW Award for best regularly featured column.
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