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New air tankers from Quebec en route to Sask. to battle wildfires

New air tankers will join the fleet in Saskatchewan to help fight the wildfires burning throughout the province’s north. Marlo Pritchard, Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) president and fire commissioner, said the government of Quebec provided two CL415 amphibious tankers to complement the current aerial tanker support.

OAFC rings in May with annual conference and trade show

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) held its annual conference and trade show from May 4 to 6 at the International Centre. Over 300 people attended, and more than 160 booths spanned the 200,000 sq. ft. trade show floor.

Wildfires, disasters underscore need for mutual aid agreements between Indigenous Nations in Alberta

The lack of funding for a dedicated response to emergencies is an issue that has been addressed by First Nations in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario and to a lesser extent in Manitoba. Nations in all four provinces operate their own First Nations emergency management organizations.

Nova Scotia fire marshal’s office faces intense scrutiny over damning report

Nova Scotia’s fire marshal faced tough questions Wednesday about a recent report that found his office was putting the public at risk by failing to properly manage fire safety inspections. Douglas MacKenzie appeared before the legislature’s public accounts committee to explain why the fire marshal’s office had failed to act on repeated warnings from the auditor general about its lack of appropriate oversight going back to 2001.


Updated to the 2018 Edition of NFPA 1404: Standard For Fire Service Respiratory Protection Training

Proper use of SCBA and PASS devices, stricter enforcement of procedures, and an unflinching adherence to the rules will benefit firefighters in every department.

This text from the expert instructors at the Seattle Fire Department offers a comprehensive explanation of how to develop and implement an effective air management program, for departments of any size. It includes examples from international departments, the newest technology breakthroughs, and guest essays from the leaders in fire engineering programs nationwide.

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NFPA Impact: Understanding the PFAS issue

You may have heard of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – a large, complex group of synthetic chemicals that have been used in consumer products around the world since the 1950s.  PFAS are found in everyday products; they keep food from sticking to packaging and cookware and make clothes and carpets resistant to stains. PFAS are also found in the moisture barrier in bunker gear to help ensure that critical layer does what it’s supposed to do – prevent water, hazardous materials, and body fluids from reaching firefighters’ skin. By Laura King » Read More...

Finding the right type of therapy

Decision making can be difficult and complex. Identifying the right fit for therapy could more challenging if I also enter in the factors of urgency and pressure, like if I’m in immediate crisis and/or I have a pressure from loved ones to seek support. Where do you go to find that help? Well, there’s another potentially lengthy list. By Nick Halmasy » Read More...
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Back to Basics: Ladder tip positioning

We have been instructed to position the ladder tip at different places depending upon what task is being accomplished — ventilating a window, applying water in a window from a hose line, rescuing an occupant from a window, and gaining access in through the window (both single and double wide windows). All of these different tasks require the ladder tip to be placed at a different position on the building in relation to the window. By Mark van der Feyst » Read more...

Is taller safer?

The presence of sprinklers and working smoke alarms play a larger role in building fire safety than height, suggests a study of 13 years of fire data in British Columbia. By Len Garis and Joe Clare » 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...


AFCA Conference and Trade Show

Date: May 28-31, 2023
Location: Edmonton, Alta.
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MAFC Conference and Trade Show

Date: June 1-3, 2023
Location: Steinbach, Man.
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BC Fire Expo and FCABC Education Summit

Date: June 4-8, 2023
Location: Penticton, B.C.
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