Opinion
Written by Laura King
My 18-year-old son – a strapping lad of six feet, four inches and 210 pounds who plays defence for the Oakville Blades junior A hockey club, can box-squat 550 pounds, and has been taught by parents and coaches to do as we say, not as we do – thinks he might like to be a firefighter.
Written by Laura King
My 18-year-old son – a strapping lad of six feet, four inches and 210 pounds who plays defence for the Oakville Blades junior A hockey club, can box-squat 550 pounds, and has been taught by parents and coaches to do as we say, not as we do – thinks he might like to be a firefighter.
Written by Peter Sells
Knowledge is power; action is wisdom.
Written by Jeremy Parkin
The recent spotlight on the Attawapiskat First Nation is sure to generate lots of discussion, ranging from federal and provincial responsibilities to the problems faced by aboriginal communities
Written by Laura King
Sometimes, things just go wrong.
Written by Canadian Firefighter and EMS Quarterly
Thinking about becoming a firefighter?
Written by Peter Sells
I hate reading or quoting Dickens, but I console myself with the knowledge that the same line was spoken by Capt. James T. Kirk in The Wrath of Khan. I want to look at a tale of two fire chiefs – in Prince George, B.C., and Caledon, Ont.
Written by Laura King
We were finishing this issue of Fire Fighting in Canada on the weekend of Nov. 12 and 13 (yes, editors work weekends too!) when I checked Twitter on my BlackBerry and saw a tweet from fellow Cape Bretoner John Cunningham of the Nova Scotia Firefighters School about a fire at the White Point Beach Resort on the province’s south shore.
Written by Peter Sells
I was giving a demonstration of the Toronto Fire Academy’s then-new propane-fuelled burn house to a group of fire buffs from Buffalo, N.Y. I placed my helmet and gloves on the ground against a wall and went inside to set the controls.
Written by E. David Hodgins
Colleagues, our profession faces a very real and serious challenge.
Written by William Elliott
The Canadian military and the fire service share a proud history dating back to the First World War.
Written by Tim Beckett
I am writing this at the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs conference in Calgary, where former Toronto Argonauts coach Mike “Pinball” Clemons has just finished talking about playing the game and playing it for the team
Written by Laura King
I was trying to come up with an anecdote to illustrate the fact that the fire service is not going to convince Ottawa it needs federal support until MPs have a clearer picture of the country’s departments:
Written by Lee Sagert
Summer holidays present a great opportunity to recharge, reflect and catch up on long-awaited vacation opportunities. No phones, no pagers, no emergencies . . . paradise.
Written by Laura King
In March of 2010, I was in Kingston, Ont., taking stock photos for the magazine and I spent the day at Station 1 with Capt. Shawn Babcock and his crew.
Written by Peter Sells
Elsewhere in this issue of Fire Fighting in Canada there are very good pieces, written by very smart people, about the changes, or lack thereof, to the fire service in Canada in the 10 years since 9-11. I want to talk about what hasn’t changed.
Written by E. David Hodgins
The 2011 federal election is now history. Many were surprised by the outcome; however, regardless of the result, now is the time to follow up with those elected to ensure they live up to the promises in their stump speeches to assist fire, search-and-rescue and emergency-management services.
Written by Brad Bigrigg
What has, or hasn’t, changed in the Canadian fire service since Sept. 11, 2001?
Written by Laura King
It wasn’t a single, blindingly clear moment of realization that the world had changed. For me, it wasn’t until the second plane hit the south tower of the World Trade Center, about 17 minutes after the first attack on the north tower, that I understood America was under attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
Written by Peter Sells
In June, Chris Brennan, a reporter in Brantford, Ont., was prompted to write an editorial after noticing that the death of two miners in Sudbury on June 8 had not received adequate media coverage.

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