By Laura King
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I’ve been away from the blog for a couple of days while I’ve been working in Nova Scotia in advance of FDIC Atlantic this weekend in beautiful Wolfville in the Annapolis Valley.
It’s cold and wet here on Cape Breton Island, a bit of a reprieve from the high temps in southwestern Ontario. And that means few forest fires here in God’s country, but yesterday we could smell smoke in town, presumably from the wildland fires in Quebec where rain yesterday helped to wet things but 38 fires continue to burn. Read more here.
I got the blurb below in an e-mail Tuesday from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and then from a couple of fire officers who thought it relevant enough to forward:
According to Reader’s Digest’s 2010 Trust poll,
firefighters are the profession that Canadians trust the most – for the second
This year, the magazine will feature short profiles
of some of Canada's Top Firefighters. You will find these in the October issue of
Reader’s Digest, dedicated to fire safety.
Do you know a fellow firefighter that stands out? A
hero that everyone should hear about? Nominate him/her now! Reader’s Digest
would like to thank these everyday heroes and honour them by sharing their
stories. Anyone can submit a nomination. Visit: readersdigest.ca/firefighter
We all know dozens, maybe even hundreds, of outstanding firefighters.
Why not bombard Reader’s Digest with
nominations. The process is quick and easy so take a few minutes and nominate
your crew mate or your captain.
I was poking around yesterday looking for some details from FDIC-Indy for
a story we’re doing for the July issue of Canadian
Firefighter and EMS Quarterly magazine. I came across
a piece on the Fire Engineering
website by Adam Snyder, Fire & Rescue Chief in Atlantic
Beach, NC, about
his adventure on the way home from the conference. It’s gruesome but uplifting
and well worth reading – click here .
The IAFC is urging chiefs to issue a stand down order to their departments
after separate confined space rescue incidents in the U.S.
resulted in civilian deaths and firefighter injuries. During a stand down,
personnel are directed to postpone non-emergency tasks and focus on training. Here’s
the press release from Billy Goldfeder, chair of the IAFC Safety, Health and
Survival section. Here are details on the incident in Indiana and
here's the Ohio story.