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Editor's Note 
In this edition, we jump into the archives to revisit "Catching Zzzs", a feature on sleeping well. Perhaps it only took one terrible night's sleep for this to catch my eye. I recommend it catches yours! And, that we all catch enough zzzs.
- Laura Aiken, Editor, Fire Fighting in Canada

Calgary Fire Department first in Canada to receive Pierce’s electric fire truck

Calgary Fire Department plans to put a Pierce Volterra Electric Pumper into service this summer, the first placement of the company’s electric model in Canada.

Wildland firefighters have retention problem, not prepared for the season: AUPE

Wildland firefighters are going into the 2024 wildfire season unprepared, said the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE).

BV council balks at $650,000 cost to replace failing pump truck

The “old reliable” 1993 fire department pump truck failed inspection, but the potential cost of replacing it at about $650,000 has Bonnechere Valley council balking.

Owen Sound receives $49,775 government investment for emergency preparedness

The Ontario government is investing $49,775 in the community of Owen Sound for the purchase of thermal drone equipment.


Highlights from Security • Police • Fire Career Expo in Vancouver

Building on the success of last year's events in Toronto and Calgary, the Security • Police • Fire Career Expo expanded to three locations in 2024, with its latest installment held in Vancouver. » Read More...

Developing officers effectively

Assessing the skillset of incident command and officer development in Ontario has a new partner in training. » Read More...
In Case You Missed It 

Do you maintain your TI?

Training firefighters in how to effectively use thermal imaging (TI) technology is extremely rewarding. During these trainings, I ask to use the department’s TI to help me teach the class about the benefits of thermal imaging. This gives me an opportunity to examine it. Often, I am handed a TI that needs at least a good wipe down. » Read More...

Catching ZZZs

Chasing sleep – many first responders find themselves on this frustrating hamster wheel and are desperately looking for the exit. A shift finishes up, they drive home and attempt to wind down, only to lay in bed staring at the ceiling. » Read More...


Water supply is one of the most critical tasks to address on the fireground.

Effective water supply operations provide the needed volume of water for the current operation and support the flow requirements for escalating incidents. Andy Soccodato's Water Thievery: The Art of Water Supply Operations is a culmination of institutional knowledge, real-world experience, and lessons learned. This book urges the supply pumper operator to think proactively so they know what to do when more is needed and can become a resource for others seeking solutions.

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Reflecting on the McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna with Fire Chief Jason Brolund

On the latest edition of Fire Fighting in Canada: The Podcast, Jason Brolund, fire chief for West Kelowna Fire Rescue, which provides services for the city of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nations, shares his experience leading the fight against 2023’s McDougall Creek wildfire, a fire chief’s “nightmare scenario.” The McDougall Creek fire was the largest wildfire in the history of West Kelowna and forced the evacuation of over 10,000 residents. » Listen now...


SAFC Conference and Trade Show 2024

Date: May 30 - June 01, 2024
Location: North Battleford, Sask.
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2024 BC Fire Expo & FCABC Conference & Education Summit

Date: June 01 - 06, 2024
Location: Kamloops, B.C.
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NFPA Conference & Expo 2024

Date: June 17 - 21, 2024
Location: Orlando, FL
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