Editor's Blog
Written by Laura King
Sept. 30, 2014, Toronto – In my travels over the summer I took my red T-shirt that says “Elliot Lake Fire Department/Proud to know them,” and showed it to rooms full of fire officers at the end of my presentations on the media coverage of the 2012 mall collapse in that northern-Ontario town.
Written by Laura King
Sept. 16, 2014, Thunder Bay/Ottawa - The demographics may be radically different at the FireCon training weekend and the CAFC's Fire-Rescue Canada conference, but as editor Laura King writes from Thunder Bay and Ottawa, a lot of learning, networking, and brainstorming goes on no matter where firefighters and fire officers gather.

Written by Laura King
Sept. 16, 2014, Ottawa – I was skeptical about yesterday morning’s opening panel at the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs conference hosted by TSN’s Michael Landsberg, whose program Off the Record has run on the network for 16 years.
Written by Laura King

Sept. 14, 2014, Toronto – Talk about a snapshot of the Canadian fire service.  

 I’m between flights at Pearson International Airport, waiting to go to the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs conference in Ottawa, having flown from FireCon in Thunder Bay this morning.

Written by Laura King
Sept. 12, 2014, Thunder Bay, Ont. – So far, FireCon has lived up to its billing – friendly faces, well organized and, of course, wonderful hospitality – and I have high expectations for the rest of the weekend.
Written by Laura King
Sept. 9, 2014, Toronto - For years, organizers of the largest firefighter training weekend in northwestern Ontario have been asking me to come to Thunder Bay and cover FireCon. I will, they have assured me, be impressed – by the training, the instructors, the committed volunteer firefighters who give up a weekend each September to improve their skills.
Written by Laura King
Aug. 25, 2014, Sydney, N.S. – I was humbled when I received an e-mail a few months ago from Lt. Art Sutherland with the Mira Road Volunteer Fire Department inviting me to speak at the department’s 60th anniversary celebration. (You can see our Facebook photo gallery here.)
Written by Laura King
July 24, 2014, Ancaster, Ont. - Fire Chief Mark Mehlenbacher’s funeral was a lot like him: funny much of the time; serious when necessary; and filled with passion.  
Written by Laura King
June 11, 2014, Edmonton, Alta. - Well. The best-laid plans. I’m sitting in Edmonton airport, which I was supposed to have left behind an hour ago to fly to Toronto – home from the Alberta/Northern Alberta and British Columbia chiefs conferences. The flight was delayed, then delayed again. Which gives me time to wrap up yesterday’s events in Grande Prairie at the AFCA conference.
Written by Laura King
June 10, 2014, Grand Prairie, Alta. - I started to write my final blog about the Fire Chiefs Association of B.C. conference Friday morning on board the Coastal Celebration ferry to the mainland from Victoria, but got sidetracked by the scenery, the passing fire chiefs who stopped to chat, and some good stories from my travel companion and chauffeur. Those were the first of many distractions over a couple of memorable days.
Written by Laura King
June 2, 2014 - Very early this morning – 3:45 alarm, 6:50 flight – marked the beginning of a 10-day, western trip to the British Columbia and Alberta fire chiefs trade shows and conferences.
Written by Laura King
June 3, 2014, Victoria, B.C. - It’s a bit more laid back here on the west coast than in some other regions of the country . . . which is good because as with any large-scale event, despite the best-laid plans, things go wrong. Like the theft of three brass bells needed for the conference – including last night’s memorial service – from the back of a certain chief’s truck.
Written by Laura King
June 4, 2014, Victoria – We expected our Volunteer Vision – Live! session to go well yesterday at the Fire Chiefs’ Association of BC conference. We didn’t expect the amazing stories from conference delegates in the audience about the challenges in their departments and, more importantly, the solutions.
Written by Laura King
May 8, 2014, Toronto - The awards given out at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs gala last night represented some of the OAFC’s best work to date.

Jim Jessop, the former deputy chief in Niagara Falls who is now with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, received the Alf Stone Award for his Herculean efforts to make sprinklers mandatory in homes for seniors and other vulnerable people.
Written by Laura King
May 8, 2014, Toronto - The awards given out at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs gala last night represented some of the OAFC’s best work to date.

Jim Jessop, the former deputy chief in Niagara Falls who is now with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, received the Alf Stone Award for his Herculean efforts to make sprinklers mandatory in homes for seniors and other vulnerable people.
Written by Laura King
May 7, 2014, Toronto - I had planned to write this morning about the speakers, presentations and news at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs conference, which wraps up tonight. But perhaps that’s better left for another day given the passing this morning of Ajax Fire Chief Mark Diotte .
Written by Laura King
May 6, 2014, Toronto - Time to play catch up on what’s been a whirlwind of a week – and it’s only Tuesday.

Golf. Last Friday. If you’re a golfer you know that the first day out in the spring never-ending-cold-wet-windy-post-winter is always an adventure, particularly if it has rained steadily for a week and the temperature hasn’t risen above 6 C. Layers were wise. A little something in the morning caffeinated beverage of choice may have been wiser.
Written by Laura King
May 1, 2014 – It’s First Responders Day in Ontario, a day to recognize police, fire and EMS workers and all they do.

That First Responders Day happens to coincide with the release of the Ontario budget at 4 p.m. today, and yesterday’s announcement by Premier Kathleen Wynne that Ontario is adding six cancers to the list of those presumed to have been contracted on the job, may be coincidence, or politically intentional.

Written by Laura King

laura-kingMay 1, 2014 – It’s First Responders Day in Ontario, a day to recognize police, fire and EMS workers and all they do.

That First Responders Day happens to coincide with the release of the Ontario budget at 4 p.m. today, and yesterday’s announcement by Premier Kathleen Wynne that Ontario is adding six cancers to the list of those presumed to have been contracted on the job, may be coincidence, or politically intentional.
Written by Laura King
April 11, 2014, Indianapolis – The spreadsheet that kept FFIC sales manager Catherine Connolly and me on track and on time for our visits with writers and advertisers at FDIC in Indy yesterday and today proved to be a godsend.

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