Communication
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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