Leadership
Written by Scott Wilkinson
In 2018, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service launched an innovative Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program. To our knowledge, this is the first full-time, in-service UAV program in the Canadian fire service available to respond immediately 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 
Written by Matt Pegg
It never ceases to amaze me when and where leadership lessons present themselves.
Written by Jayson Koblun
Fire Chief Cynthia Hammond didn’t have to take her focus off the firefighters making entry during her first significant structural fire as the chief of Inuvik, N.W.T.’s fire department for one second. She trusted that her pump operator knew what he was doing. She knew the water was coming.
Written by Dr. Lowell Greib
What best describes the daily practices of your firefighters?
Written by Gord Schreiner
Are you a t-shirt firefighter or a real firefighter (this includes officers and chiefs)?
Written by Peter Simpson
When I was CEO of the country’s two largest homebuilding industry associations – first in Toronto, then Vancouver – part of my job was to meet regularly with mayors, councillors and senior building officials.
Written by Chris Harrow
Every day we see people walking around with a device in their hands. Whether it is a phone or tablet, people are more connected than ever.
Written by Matt Pegg
I am very privileged to have had the opportunity to fly as a commercial pilot for a number of years. As I began my flight training, and later flew corporate aircraft across North America, I was always amazed at the synergies between professional aviation, incident command and leadership.
Written by Grant Cameron
It was a Friday afternoon in September – the 21st to be exact. Kim Ayotte, fire chief of Ottawa Fire Services, was relaxing at his cottage in the Otter Lake area, just over an hour’s drive from the capital.
Written by Chris Harrow
There is the famous phrase every firefighter in the world has heard or used, “But we have always done it that way.”
Written by Len Garis
What does it take to be an exceptional leader, or even simply a good one? Fire chiefs and other government leaders are missing out on a crucial ingredient if they only look to the private sector for the answer.
Written by Gord Schreiner
What makes us firefighters? Well, it is not our cool hats and t-shirts. Nor is it our uniforms, personal protective clothing, fancy rigs or bumper stickers, expensive equipment, or our fire stations and badges. It’s our training.
Written by Grant Cameron
Fire chiefs and those aspiring to move up the ladder to become leaders of departments must be fully dedicated to the profession, embrace change and demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, says Lyle Quan, an emergency services and risk management principal at LPQ Solutions in Guelph.
Written by Matthew Pegg
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Henry Ford Museum of Innovation in Dearborn, Mich. I must admit that I didn’t really know what to expect, but suffice to say that I assumed that we would be looking at a collection of antique cars and trucks.  
Written by Don Jolley
The Canadian demographic landscape is extremely diverse, with many languages, cultures, beliefs and values. Yet overwhelmingly, both career and volunteer firefighters are generally white males. As fire service leaders, we need to work much harder to alter this prototype.   
Written by Matthew Pegg
I’m often asked what I look for when filling a senior leadership position that reports directly to, and works directly with me, on a daily basis.
Written by Laura Aiken and Jayson Koblun
Fire chiefs in Ontario and B.C. gathered in May and June for annual association trade show and conferences — and of course much networking and socializing to boot. Fire Fighting in Canada touched down in Toronto and Victoria to round-up some of the key highlights and product buzz.
Written by Denis Pilon
I was sitting at my desk on a Friday morning in January eight years ago, just turning on my computer and getting ready for the day’s work, when the fire chief walked into his office, in civilian clothes, threw his keys on his desk and said “I’m retired”.
Written by Chris Harrow
We have all felt the overwhelming crush of email abundance that comes each and every day. We have all felt the sense of defeat when trying to organize and answer all of the correspondence coming through your inbox. Emails have become a daily grind for many leaders, but at present time, a necessity of the workday.
Written by Kirk Hughes
As a fire department develops, the natural evolution is to include a uniform component of dress regulations to further enhance firefighter professionalism, improve public perception and possibly aid in recruitment.
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