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Halifax wildfire still out of control, 14,000 forced from their homes: deputy chief

A wildfire that has damaged or destroyed dozens of homes in suburban Halifax is still burning out of control because of gusty winds and dry conditions. Halifax deputy fire Chief David Meldrum said an estimated 14,000 people were told to flee their homes after the rapidly spreading fire broke out Sunday afternoon in Tantallon, a 30-minute drive northwest of downtown Halifax.


Manitoba government and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service reach agreement

The Manitoba government, through Shared Health, and the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) have completed negotiations on a new service purchase agreement that will ensure the reliable and consistent delivery of emergency medical response, transport and community paramedicine services within Winnipeg, Premier Heather Stefanson and Mayor Scott Gillingham announced on Wednesday.


How experts use modelling and satellites to predict and tackle wildfires

As ravaging wildfires continue to burn across Alberta, forestry and wildfire experts are using modelling and satellites to help firefighting efforts. Wildfire modelling allows experts to create a three-dimensional model of existing or historic fires and determine where they’ll continue to burn, how aggressive they are, and how certain weather patterns will affect them. The technique helps firefighters on the front lines better predict where fires and smoke could move.


UN agency: 2M killed, US$4.3 trillion in damages from extreme weather over past half-century

The economic damage of weather- and climate-related disasters continues to rise, even as improvements in early warning have helped reduce the human toll, the UN weather agency said Monday. The World Meteorological Organization, in an updated report, tallied nearly 12,000 extreme weather, climate and water-related events over the past half-century around the globe that have killed more than two million people and caused economic damage of US$4.3 trillion.


 
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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. Getting a restful sleep can be complicated for a whole host of reasons, as a study in the Journal of Global Health reported in October 2022. By Julie Fitz-Gerald » Read More...
 
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Trainer's Corner: Fighting wildfires

Although we have already entered the 2023 wildland fire season, it is never too late to review firefighter safety. Rather than subjecting your fellow firefighters to a ton of verbiage, try this method of review. Divide your members into four groups. Give each group a workstation (table and chairs), lots of paper and pens to take notes and any wildland suppression instructional manuals you may have at the fire hall. By Ed Brouwer » Read More...
 
 
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Is your department ready?

As we grow in the fire service from first responders into officers, our dynamic perspective on situational awareness and preparedness changes. We start to evaluate risk on a new level and grow within our profession. We understand our surrounding areas as best we can, so that we can serve our community to the best of our abilities. One of those major responsibilities is working with our crews to understand the industrial hazards in our immediate response area and any potential mutual aid areas. By John Liadis » Read more...

Parenting resiliency in our first responder children

As first responder families, we are in challenging times and our first responder children are feeling the impact. Grief, stress and anxiety are some of the main emotions I hear from our first responder children and our first responder families right now in my clinical and coaching practice. In these challenging times of uncertainty, it’s essential we take care of our own emotional and mental health so we can be there to hold, support and help our children process what is happening around them. By Kimberly Williamson » Read more...

 
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Examining wildfires through a meteorological lens

BC Wildfire Service lead forecaster Matt MacDonald joins Fire Fighting in Canada: The Podcast to talk about fire weather forecasting in British Columbia, how environmental conditions affect wildfire seasons, and analyzing the science behind predicting wildfires and weather. » Listen now...

 
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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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SAFC Conference

Date: June 8-10, 2023
Location: Swift Current, Sask.
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