Fire Fighting in Canada

Mid-week update


Editor's blog
News and views you don't want to miss, from the much-discussed doors on the new fire station in Whitchurch-Stoufville, Ont., to the IAFC's stand down order after two confined-space rescue incidents in the U.S.

June 2, 2010 
By Laura King

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
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,
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
and then from a couple of fire officers who thought it relevant enough

According to Reader’s Digest’s 2010 Trust poll,
firefighters are the profession that Canadians trust the most – for the second
straight year!
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:

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
, 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
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.


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