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Ontario releases first-ever emergency plan

The Ontario government released its first-ever Provincial Emergency Management Strategy and Action Plan, helping to ensure Ontarians are prepared for and safe during future emergencies.


2023 OAFC Labour Relations Seminar draws on mental health, labour updates and more

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) in partnership with Hick Morley, hosted their annual Labour Relations Seminar from Jan. 25 to 26 at the Marriott hotel downtown Toronto. Here's our recap of the event.


New 911 dispatch system keeps New Brunswick firefighters off medical calls

A new 911 dispatch system in New Brunswick means that fire departments aren’t getting dispatched to all medical calls, and local departments say they have been left in the dark as to why.


Fire Fighting in Canada This Week – Feb. 03, 2023

In this edition, the federal government says there are no willing partners to bring fire codes onto First Nations. Then, Vancouver Fire Rescue Services released their 2022 fire stats. And, FireSmart BC’s new award recognizes women in wildfire resiliency.


 
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Fort Garry Fire Trucks is Canada’s oldest and largest manufacturer of firefighting apparatus and we sell more than 100 rigs in a typical year. With the exception of the commercial chassis used in some of our trucks, every aspect of design and construction is handled by our employees, from painting — we offer more than 160 shades of red — to pump assembly. One of our keys to success has been our willingness to listen to what our customers need, rather than telling them what we think they need. Our sales team undertakes an extensive consultation process with each new or existing customer, which can take as little as a few weeks or as long as a year. It's part of an effort to determine what the customer’s precise needs are, whether it’s command lights that can illuminate an entire football field or cameras that offer facial recognition from as far as a kilometer away Fort Garry Fire Trucks can customize it for you.

We are dedicating the month of February to receiving your feedback on Google Reviews. One lucky person who has posted a review during the month of February will win a Fort Garry Fire Trucks leather jacket valued at $300. Let's hear what you have to say about us! » Post Your Feedback
 
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Is every call a hazmat call?

I can’t help but believe that the sounder a firefighter is in hazmat knowledge, the safer that firefighter will be. It is apparent that others in the higher levels of fire service believe the same. By Ed Melanson. » Read More...
 
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Leadership Forum: Staying positive in a negative world

It doesn’t seem to matter which area you work in or where you hang out in your spare time, negativity is the go-to feeling for many issues.  The fire service is definitely not exempt. I want to look at ways we, as leaders, can avoid the negativity we face on a daily basis. By Chris Harrow » Read More...
 
 
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New Structural Fire Fighting Edition from IFSTA

IFSTA’s Structural Fire Fighting: Initial Response Strategy and Tactics, 3rd Edition prepares the reader to serve as the Incident Commander who must evaluate an incident, assign resources and coordinate the incident plan.

This new edition encompasses decision-making during emergency response, especially initial decisions upon arrival, and incident planning. The purpose of this manual is to provide the initial Incident Commander with the strategic and tactical concepts that can be applied to various situations using available resources. » Order your copy today!
 
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The economics of apparatus

Supply chain disruptions. Inflation. Labour shortages. All these factors have created several challenges for fire truck manufacturers and dealers. Fire chiefs and procurement committees should be aware of the impacts rippling into the purchasing and planning environment. By Laura Aiken » Read more

Psychological PPE: Protecting personal relationships

Emergency service workers, on average, have a three times higher rate of divorce than the general public. Being witness to its crippling effects, I saw how divorce seemed to make some of my colleagues appear deflated, unhappy and stressed. Curious, I wanted to better understand the whys. By James Rychard » Learn more

 
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Finding a fit through the Multi-Mini-Interview process

Karen Roche, fire chief for Burlington, Ont., shares how her department is looking to hire the right fit for fire fighting through the Multi-Mini-Interview process, or MMIs. The MMI program has a strong focus on assessing soft skills and determining emotional intelligence. Take a deep dive into this hiring technique with Chief Roche and host Tom DeSorcy. » Listen now...

 
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Security, Police & Fire Career Expo

Date: March 9, 2023
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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