Written by Paul Dixon
How does a big-city fire department stay ahead of the curve in a community committed to reducing environmental impacts, while meeting public expectations and keeping costs down?
Written by Chris Dennis
Back in November, I wrote about frame issues due to corrosion caused by salt used on winter roads. I discussed how we are dealing with a damaged aerial here at Vaughan Fire Rescue Services (VFRS). For those who are wondering, the truck has been repaired and is back in service. For those of you who are wondering how… keep reading.
Written by Steve Clark and Connor Hadaway
Two units respond to alarm bells at a school after a caretaker reports a suspected gas leak. The local gas company is on the scene and refuses to enter the building due to elevated lower explosive limit (LEL) readings. The ladder crew begins to investigate with a multi-gas detector.
Written by Lauren Scott
Simon & Schuster Canada has announced the publication of Inside the Inferno: A Firefighter’s Story of the Brotherhood that Saved Fort McMurray, a memoir by Fort McMurray firefighter, Damian Asher. The book is available on May 2, 2017, the first anniversary of the wildfire.

For more information or to pre-order:
Written by Lauren Scott
After last year’s preview, Globe will officially launch its ATHLETIX turnout gear at FDIC in Indianapolis in April. The gear uses stretch fabrics that allow a wider range of motion with less bulk.

Click here  for more information.
Written by Lauren Scott
Rosenbauer has added a multi-functional Compact Line vehicle to its emergency response line up. The unit was created to provide a multi-functional interior to keep up with individual fire service demands. The unit has an aluminum profile and sandwich design, which offers a customizable layout. Width, height and length can all be varied without any dividing walls, opening up any amount of space for the payload.

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Written by Lauren Scott
Scott Safety has launched a mobile application that allows firefighters edit, save and share configurations for the in-mask display. Users can customize the brightness, icon layouts, temperature display and display colours. With the app, firefighters can personalize their in-mask displays. The app is available for Apple and Android.

For more information visit and click on products/thermal imaging.
Written by Lauren Scott
Avenza is a new mobile application that enables users to access PDF maps on smartphones or tablets. Without using data or wi-fi, Avenza utilizes devices’ built-in GPS receivers to mark positions, routes and points of interest. Avenza has a vast catalogue of maps and users can import their own PDF maps. Avenza allows crews to mark hazards, plot waypoints and routes, and track positions.

For more information go to
Written by Lauren Scott
The Scott Safety EPIC 3 Radio Direct Interface (RDI) voice amplifier enhances SCBA facepiece voice intelligibility and delivers clear, two-way radio communication when operated with compatible handheld field radios and remote speaker microphones. The amp is compatible with all Scott AV, Vision and Promask series facepieces and breathing apparatus systems. The amp operates directly with all compatible Bluetooth-enabled handheld field radios and matching remote speaker microphones.

Details can be found at under products/communication.
Written by Lauren Scott
Aero Tec Laboratories (ATL) has launched a line of potable water bladder tanks. The ATL Aqui-fer is designed to save space, while the Aqua-Flex has a more conventional pillow-like shape. The bladder tanks are constructed of a lightweight, durable nylon-reinforced rubber. ATL’s water bladders are fully collapsible for compact storage and simple transport.

For details visit
Written by Lauren Scott
Coltraco Ultrasonics recently introduced its Portasonic Portable Ultrasonic Flow Meter. The handheld, clamp-on flow meter provides accurate flow measurement from the outside of a pipe – especially for fire protection water sprinkler and fire hydrant systems. The meter can take measurements anywhere on full pipes from 12 millimetres to 4.5 metres in width with its non-invasive external clamp. Regardless of pipe material, the Portasonic gives accurate readings.

For details go to 
Written by Lauren Scott
Scott Safety has released the RIT-Pak Fast Attack, which offers a lightweight and com- pact solution for rapid entry and air replen- ishment for injured firefighters. The RIT- Pak Fast Attack enables rapid intervention teams to focus on locating and assessing the downed firefighter. The product comes in two bag sizes – small and medium – and can be configured in both 4500 psi and 5500 psi.

Visit and click on products/respiratory protection.
Written by Lauren Scott
Swissphone’s new generation of fire pagers – the s.QUAD series – is available in both tone/voice and digital formats, and can be converted from one format to the other. S.QUAD pagers feature 16 minutes of stored voice memory, multi-colored alarm LED, and a large LCD display.

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Written by Chris Dennis
Corrosion. Wait, don’t turn the page. This column is not about the rust and corrosion that I have written about in past columns: you know, the stuff that attaches to every square inch of fire trucks. This column is about the rust and corrosion that is so obvious it tends to get overlooked.
Written by Laura King
Ask seasoned salespeople what fire departments want in their new pumpers, tankers, aerials and rescues and you’ll get as many different responses as there are options for side compartments.
Written by Beth McKay
Cypress County Emergency Services in Alberta, under Fire Chief Dennis Mann, took delivery of a Fort Garry Fire Trucks-wildland pumper in July. The unit is built on an International 7400 4x4 chassis and powered by a 350-hp Maxxforce 10 engine and an Allison 3500 EVS transmission. The unit features a Foam Pro 2002 foam type and a Waterous CXVK (1000GPM) and CPK-3(high pressure) pump. It also boasts a left side pumphouse compartment with slide out tray and slide out toolboard for longer equipment. I also has a Zico overhead ladder rack, and all LED lighting.

Written by Beth McKay
Clarington Emergency and Fire Services in Ontario, under Deputy Fire Chief Bill Hesson, took delivery of a Fort Garry Fire Trucks Emergency Rescue pumper in August. The unit is built on a Spartan Gladiator chassis and powered by a 450-hp Cummins ISX12 engine and an Allison 4000 EVS transmission. It features a 1250 Hale DSD pump and a Foam Pro 1600 Class A. 

Written by Beth McKay
Biggar Rural District Fire Association in Saskatchewan, under Fire Chief Gerry Besse, took delivery of a Fort Garry Trucks pumper in October. The unit is built on a Freightliner M2 – 106 chassis and powered by a 350-hp Cummins ISL engine and an Allison EVS 3000 transmission. It features a 1250 Darley PSP pump, a 1000 I.G. Pro-Poly water tank, and a Waterous Advantus 3E class A/pick up tube for Class B Foam type. 

Written by Beth McKay
Luduc County in Alberta, under Fire Chief Darrell Fleming, took delivery in March of a Fort Garry Trucks pumper. The unit is built on a Spartan Metro Star chassis and powered by a 380-hp Cummins ISL and an Allison EVS 3000 transmission. It features a Darley PSP 1250 USG pump, an Elkhart Cobra EXM Monitor, a Federal Signal Emergency light package and side and rear control panels.

Written by Beth McKay
Saddle Hills County in Alberta, took delivery in February of a Fort Garry Fire Trucks terminator. This unit is built on a Freightliner M2-106 chassis and is powered by a 350-hp Cummins ISL engine and an Allison EVS 3000 transmission. It features a 1,250 Darley PSR pump, a Foam Pro 2002 foam system, a Foam Pro Power Fill, and special SCBA storage.

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