Editor's Blog
Written by Carey Fredericks
Jan. 10, 2008


The vote for our January cover of Canadian Firefighter turned into a regional battle between search and rescue team members in Manitoba and Halifax. 

Written by Carey Fredericks
Jan. 10, 2008

With unusual weather in much of the country this week, firefighters have surely encountered some interesting calls.

Few stories are as bizarre as that of Alan Kaddatz, the fire chief in
Wheatland, WI, who answered a page and ended up too close for comfort to a tornado. You can read his account in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.

If your department had any unusual experiences this week let us know.

 

Written by Carey Fredericks

Jan. 4, 2008

Further to yesterday’s posting about the 1998 ice storm, which Environment Canada climatologist David Phillips calls the storm of the millennium, reporter Peter Ray with The Canadian Press in Montreal narrates a great video look back at the storm here, with fabulous photos of crippled hydro towers and ice-crusted roads and trees. The video takes a moment to load so be patient – it’s worth it.

Written by Carey Fredericks
Jan. 3, 2008
There is, of course, no such thing as a routine emergency. Those words are an oxymoron – every emergency brings its own set of unique challenges that test first responders. Some, however, are more challenging than others.
Written by Carey Fredericks
Jan. 3, 2008
Now that the turkey and holiday treats are gone and we all begin the slow trudge through winter, I want to wish all of our readers Happy New Year with a sincere wish for health and happiness in the months ahead.
Written by Laura King

There has been lots of talk about personal safety systems for firefighters. A 51-year-old firefighter in downtown Brooklyn escaped from a burning building on Jan. 1 using the new rope mechanism.

Written by Laura King
We did it! As promised, our revamped website is up and running, albeit with a few technical glitches! Still, we’re excited to introduce our web-exclusive writers and features and we’re anxious to hear what you think.
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