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Sask. ranch to host study seeing if horses can help first responders manage PTSD symptoms

A horse ranch in the Prince Albert area will host a research study to determine whether or not horses can help public safety personnel manage symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Cartier Farms partnered with Ontario-based McMaster University to see if Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) will help improve symptoms for first responders with PTSD.

TED Talks: Aerospace executive talks new tools to help fight wildfires from space

Former aerospace executive George Whitesides has ideas for bringing new tools to combat the risk of mega fires — wildfire conflagrations greater than 40,000 hectares that are happening with increasing frequency. Those tools include better satellites and more terrestrial remote sensing technologies for firefighters to use in decision making, which Whitesides touched on during a presentation at the TED Talks conference Wednesday in Vancouver.

Midland Fire’s response time ‘putting the community at risk

When it comes to fire response, precious minutes save lives. Midland council were reminded of that recently. A long-awaited 10-year fire master plan for the town was presented at a recent regular meeting of Midland council, with some details being eye-openers for the new term of council.

First firefighting camp for girls coming to Kingston

A group of female firefighters from Kingston and surrounding areas are bringing a free firefighting camp for girls to Kingston this July. The camp is offered by Women in Fire YGK in partnership with Kingston Fire and Rescue, and will be open to those who identify as a girl aged 15-18.


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Alberta’s urban interface program trains firefighters for suppression and wildland

An Alberta firefighter training program has been making strides when it comes to the integration of wildfire resources across the province. The Wildland Urban Interface Structural Protection Team program trains firefighters to be prepared to respond to both wildland and urban emergencies. By Elena De Luigi » Read More...

Focusing on female firefighter cancer

Existing measures in place to offset firefighters’ increased cancer risk do not adequately address the variety and earlier onset of work-related cancers in women, suggests a recent international study. By Larry Thomas, Len Garis and Ian Pike » Read More...

A Guide to Mastering Stress and Surviving Burnout

From Arjuna George, retired Fire Chief in B.C. and Firefighting in Canada and Canadian Firefighter contributor.

Burnt Around the Edges is an easy-to-read book that highlights decades of real-life experiences as a firefighter and a Fire Chief in BC, Canada and how occupational and life stress can dramatically affect wellbeing. This guide includes strategies and tactics to master stress and recovery from Occupational Burnout, as well as tips on how to become more mentally strong and resilient in a stressful world. » Order your copy now!
In Case You Missed It 

Trainer’s Corner: Losing a mentor

As I was writing this article, I received the sad news that my old fire chief, Brian Morris, had passed away after a lengthy battle with congestive heart failure. This was a man who changed my life. I was 31-years-old when I joined the Joe Rich Volunteer Fire Department (JRVFD) in British Columbia. Morris was deputy chief then and seemed to have a soft spot for me. By Ed Brouwer » Read more...

Preparing your community for evacuation

To understand what motivates people to evacuate, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) surveyed affected residents. Their analysis of the responses identified key factors at play and uncovered an unexpected phenomenon, wherein smoke appeared to lower peoples’ sense of danger. These results, outlined in the International Journal of Wildland Fire, could help communities, especially those without robust wildfire response plans in place, devise and improve strategies for getting people to head for safer ground. By Jonathan Griffin » Read more...


Today’s recruits, connecting with the frontline, and learning from each other

Toronto’s Fire Chief Matthew Pegg joins Fire Fighting in Canada: The Podcast to talk about the department’s latest recruitment; the qualifications, courage and motivation of today’s candidates; the importance of connecting with and supporting your members, and why large fire services can and do learn from small departments. » Listen now...


OAFC 2023 Conference and Trade Show

Date: May 4-6, 2023
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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BC Fire Training Officers Association Conference

Date: May 13-18, 2023
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
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AFCA Conference and Trade Show

Date: May 28-31, 2023
Location: Edmonton, Alta.
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