Communication
Editor’s Note: This feature is the fourth installment in a five-part series exploring Oak Bay Fire Department’s holistic health and wellness program. 
Published in Health and wellness
What sits on the border of two provinces and matters to every fire department in Canada? If you guessed Ottawa, you are correct. In the last five years, the importance of federal policy has become more pronounced as each province has faced tragedies of national proportion, such as the wildfires in the West, the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster and Humboldt.
Published in Hot topics
Ontario is home to the largest First Nations fire department in Canada. Fire Chief Matthew Miller, along with the rest of his department, have worked hard to bring the service up to snuff – and keep it there.
Published in Inside the hall
Finding candidates that are a good fit for the department is a universal challenge. As psychologist Dr. Lori Gray, said during her seminar at May’s OAFC 2018 show: “The wrong hire can have profound implications for you as a service.” Personal experience is probably bringing a few of these implications to mind now. In addition, she continued, you are not doing justice to candidates by hiring them for a job they are not suited for.
Published in Editor's Blog
There are three fundamental questions that affect all people: Is my home safe? Is my community safe? Am I safe?
Published in Communication
Perhaps the title of this column should be “A Time for Change.” I say this because after more than 10 years of writing for Fire Fighting in Canada, I feel it’s time for me to put my pen away. Don’t misunderstand, it’s not that I feel I don’t have more leadership lessons to share, it’s just time to focus on other challenges and more travel in the RV.
Published in Leadership
March 12, 2018, Dryden, Ont. — Over 30 volunteer firefighters are continuing job action despite the city giving an ultimatum last week, reports CBC News. |READ MORE
Published in Headlines
Before anyone becomes an emergency-service call taker or dispatcher and fields live emergency calls, you would think there would be a standard level of education, training and certification required. In Ontario, there is not. We are not alone in this situation. There is a movement developing in the United States toward standardized training and certification.
Published in Communication
Jully 6, 2017, Pitt Meadows, B.C. - Pitt Meadows Fire and Rescue are looking to find the people who allegedly verbally harassed Assistant Fire Chief Brad Perrie on the job last week.

Fire Chief Don Jolley says Perrie answered a call on June 29 on the Pitt River dike about people having a campfire, which is explicitly not permitted any time of the year. Global News reports. | READ MORE 
Published in Headlines
Even though police, paramedics, and firefighters are equipped with many tools to help them do their jobs, the ability of different departments to work together continues to challenge teams who are stationed kilometres apart, across several jurisdictions.
Published in Equipment
We all know the fire service is constantly changing. Twenty-five years ago, we had few portable radios; when we sent firefighters into a burning structure we could not contact them other than by yelling at them.
Published in Opinion
It has been seven years since the U.S. National Commission on the Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9-11 Commission) released its report suggesting that communications interoperability among first responders must improve. Yet even now, most Canadian fire, police and ambulance organizations still can’t connect to each other all that easily.
Published in Equipment
First responders play a vital role in the communities they serve but the way they interact with each other needs work.
Published in Equipment

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