Editor's Blog
Written by Laura King
Aug. 7, 2013, Ben Eoin, N.S. – Part II of the Elliot Lake inquiry – Rescue, as it has been named by the commission – begins today after numerous delays.
Written by Laura King
July 29, Toronto – Some catch-up items for a Monday morning . . .

I was treated to two amazing extras at the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association (MFCA) conference in beautiful Summerside, P.E.I., earlier this month: a visit to the Cavendish Beach Music Festival – the one with the Dixie Chicks! – to observe and learn more about the incident command system; and an afternoon at the P.E.I. Firefighters Association training facility to see how the island’s 1,000 (mostly volunteer) firefighters and a team of incredibly dedicated fire-service leaders have built, hands down, one of the best training centres in the country.
Written by Laura King
July 5, 2013, Ben Eoin, N.S. - The peril of blogging is that not everyone agrees with what you write. And those who disagree often like to express their opinions. Which is fine. Everyone’s entitled. I’m just happy that people are reading! But as we say in this business, you’re not doing your job unless you’re . . . ticking off someone.
Written by Laura King
July 2, 2013, Toronto - Let's agree on what we can agree on. Without starting a political debate about who is to blame or why, there is no question the North American climate is changing.
Written by Laura King
June 28, 2013, Toronto - As in any dire situation, there are stages of emotions – and in the Calgary area, some exhausted responders have turned to humour with this tidbit posted repeatedly on Facebook and Twitter in the last day or so: Directions in #YYC – Go to the nearest fire, turn left at the train derailment, and it’s the second flood on the right, next to the hippo.
Written by Laura King
June 13, 2013, Toronto - Often, when watching the news about fires, floods, building collapses, ambushes and line-of-duty deaths with my extremely astute and observant (like his mother!) 16-year-old son, he declares, “There’s never any good news.” Today, a good news blog about fire-service successes.
Written by Laura King
June 7, 2013, Toronto – I knew I shouldn’t have looked at Twitter first thing this morning to see all the buzz around FDIC Atlantic, which starts later today in beautiful Wolfville, N.S.
Written by Laura King
June 6, 2013, Toronto - I’m not a numbers person – most writers aren’t – but I’m pretty good at putting two and two together. So the press release yesterday from the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association about a controlled burn, a local developer, and a “special public safety announcement” happening this morning in Vaughan, Ont., would lead a trained observer to conclude that something’s up. Something about sprinklers.
Written by Laura King
May 28, 2013, Caledon, Ont. - I had to take a deep breath yesterday when I called up the story we did in the March 2012 issue of Fire Fighting in Canada about firefighters and cancer.

For two reasons.

First, the picture of Caledon Deputy Chief Tony Lippers, who died last Wednesday of complications from the esophageal cancer he fought and thought he had conquered, brought me back to that day – a sunny, winter morning when I stopped at Caledon’s Station 309 on my way to cover a trial in Owen Sound.
Written by Laura King
May 5, 2013, Toronto – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is expected to signal her government's support for legislating mandatory sprinklers in retirement homes Monday morning when she addresses delegates to the 61st meeting of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC).
Written by Laura King
May 5, 2013, Toronto – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is expected to signal her government's support for legislating mandatory sprinklers in retirement homes Monday morning when she addresses delegates to the 61st meeting of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC).
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April 30, 2013, Toronto - The founder of Canadian Firefighter and EMS Quarterly magazine, Lorne “Rocky” Campbell, died Friday at the age of 87.
Written by Laura King
April 29, 2013, Toronto -  It’s remarkable how many Canadians Fire Fighting in Canada advertising manager Catherine Connolly and I saw in Indianapolis last week at FDIC: Windsor, N.S., Fire Chief Scott Burgess, captains-EMTs Jennifer Low-Evans and Gary Robetson and Deputy Fire Chief George Low from Redwood Meadows, Alta., Richmond Hill Fire Chief Steve Kraft, Ontario OFM program specialist Cynthia Ross Tustin, Township of Wellesley Fire Chief Andrew Lillico, the entire 38-member mostly Alberta contingent with The Fire Within (including three of High Level’s finest!), Calgary firefighter Randy Shmitz and his Schmitz Mittz team, Kitchener Deputy Chief Steve Usher, Morden, Man., Chief Andy Thiessen, Woodstock, Ont., Fire Chief Scott Tegler, the crews from Fort Garry Fire Trucks and M&L Supply, and dozens of others.
Written by Laura King
April 22, 2013, Toronto – If you’re like me, you probably spent a lot of time in the last week trying to absorb the mayhem in Boston and the City of West, Tx.
Written by Laura King

April 14, 2013, Calgary, Alta. – If the success of a road trip can be measured by the volume of swag in your travel bag, then this journey to the 2013 Peace Regional Fire Chiefs/Northwest Fire Conference was a home run: Grande Prairie Fire Department challenge coin (more on those later), Peace River Fire Department t-shirt, Smokey River Fire Department hoodie (a surprise gift last evening that blew me away), and gorgeous firefighter artwork by local sketch artist . . . all of which means that my winter jacket is still in Peace River along with my fire boots to be shipped home, because there was no room in my gargantuan suitcase. In this case, that’s very nice!

Written by Laura King

April 13, 2013, Peace River, Alta. – It’s Day 4 of the Northwest Fire Conference here in Peace River, Alta. These hardy northern types are still going strong and those of us who came from the east have finally adjusted to Mountain Daylight Time, just in time to go back to Ontario tomorrow – pending the 20 centimetres of snow that are coming today to parts of Alberta . . .

Written by Laura King

April 13, 2013, Peace River, Alta. – It’s Day 4 of the Northwest Fire Conference here in Peace River, Alta. These hardy northern types are still going strong and those of us who came from the east have finally adjusted to Mountain Daylight Time, just in time to go back to Ontario tomorrow – pending the 20 centimetres of snow that are coming today to parts of Alberta . . .

Written by Laura King
April 12, 2013, Peace River, Alta. – I learned a lot yesterday. I learned that, although respirator fit testing isn’t rocket science, the testee (that would be me!) needs to focus enough to press the button and stop breathing for eight seconds.
Written by Laura King
April 11, 2013, Peace River, Alta. – For those following my delayed-planes, planes-with-mechanical-problems, no-planes-at-all, and, finally, a great-big-737-full-of-tired-and-cranky-Grande Prairie-bound-passengers adventure, I finally arrived in Peace River at 0215 Wednesday morning – 0415 in Toronto, where I had started the day 23 hours earlier. Nuff said.
Written by Laura King
laura-kingApril 10, 2013, Calgary, Alta. – The planning for this trip to Peace River started in November when I heard from Fire Chief Lance Bushie, who invited me to big-sky country for the 2013 Northwest Fire Conference.

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