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Written by Grant Cameron
Jon Pegg is the new fire marshal for the Province of Ontario. He started the job Feb. 20 and replaces Ross Nichols.

Pegg has been chief of emergency management for the Province of Ontario for the past eight months.

He has a long history in the fire service and started as a firefighter with the Richmond Hill Fire Department in 2000.

He left in 2011 to become deputy fire chief at the Town of Innisfil and remained there for 16 months. He oversaw the suppression, training and prevention divisions and assisted in the development of a council-adopted fire master plan.

He became deputy fire chief of the Town of Georgina in April 2013 and remained in that job for a year.

He was also Zone 4 rep for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs for a year at that time.

In March 2014, Pegg became fire chief and community emergency management co-ordinator of the Town of Innisfil, where he oversaw all components of the Innisfil Fire and Rescue Service.

His focus has been on constantly looking to find better, safer practices for fire fighting, to serve residents and protect staff, and create a 100-per-cent customer service environment where staff make going above and beyond expectations part of their daily routine to serve the public.

Pegg is the brother of Toronto Fire Services Chief Matthew Pegg.



Written by Grant Cameron
On Feb. 18, his final day as Fire Marshal of Ontario, Ross Nichols thanked first responders for making Ontario a safer place to live.

He posted a public letter and statement on Twitter to the women and men on the front line, thanking them for their service.

“On this, my final day as Fire Marshal of Ontario, I’m sending out a thank you to all those in the first responder community who have chosen to serve,” he wrote. “To our police officers, firefighters, paramedics, call-takers and dispatchers … thank you for all you do. Be well, and play safe.”

In the letter, he said that each and every day first responders roll out into the unknown, putting themselves in harm’s way in service to the public.

“Whether it’s the middle of the night or in broad daylight, ridiculously hot or unbelievably cold, downtown in a major city or hours from the nearest community, paid or volunteering, you’re there for people on their most difficult days – helping them when they need it most.”

In these increasingly challenging times, he said, the role of first responder demands a great deal from those willing to put it all on the line to help their fellow citizens.

“You see and do the things most people don’t want (to) see and do … or simply aren’t able to do,” he wrote. “As a result, it’s vital that we support each other – not just physically, but mentally as well.

“Please look after each other both on and off the street,” he wrote.

Many from the first responder community responded to Ross’s tweet, congratulating him on his retirement and for his service.

Toronto Fire Services Fire Chief Matthew Pegg wrote, “Thank you Ross! I wish you all the best in your next adventure and thank you for your public service.”

Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L., Fire Chief Vince MacKenzie said, “Congratulations Ross and thank you for your leadership and service to Ontario and across Canada. It was a pleasure to meet and work with you. Best wishes from Newfoundland and Labrador Fire Service.”

The Ontario Provincial Police wrote, “Happy retirement! All the very best,” and the Police Association of Ontario wrote, “Thank you for your service! On behalf of the @PoliceAssocON’s 18,000 front-line police personnel members across the province, all the best in your future endeavours.”

Jon Pegg, who was chief of emergency management for the province for the past eight months, has been named as the new fire marshal.

Click here to see Ross’s tweet.





Written by Grant Cameron
Vector Solutions, a leader in industry-focused eLearning and performance support solutions, announced Feb. 6, 2019 that it has acquired Halligan, the innovative developers of a leading mobile application for public safety agencies that streamlines routine maintenance inspections of trucks, tools, medical supplies, drugs, and other items logged in inventory records. 

The addition of Halligan comes on the heels of Vector’s recent acquisition of CrewSense, reaffirming the company’s commitment to providing a single operational hub for clients and expanding its eLearning and training platform into a complete performance optimization solution. 

Halligan’s workforce management app is embedded in the everyday workflows of more than 450 fire and EMS customers, with features including mobile truck checks, communication tools for overdue checks and open work orders, asset barcode scanning, and cost and quantity tracking. Halligan’s fleet, inventory and asset solutions will be offered under Vector’s Public Sector business unit with whom Halligan has previously partnered to bring TargetSolutions Check It app released earlier in 2018. 

“This exciting acquisition benefits Halligan clients by providing the opportunity to integrate with the public sector’s leading learning and performance platform, TargetSolutions, and thousands of online courses from the Vector Solutions library,” said Marc Scheipe, Vector chief operating officer. “And, with Halligan’s continued commitment to quality, innovation and world-class support, this acquisition serves to increase modules for optimized performance, expand access to advanced technology, and maintain a singular focus on increasing productivity, reducing risk and driving smart decisions.” 

“We saw Vector Solutions’ vision for a single platform where public safety agencies can come to manage what is most important to their operations: their talented first responders and their life-saving equipment.” said Alex Montgomery, founder and CEO of Halligan. “Through the acquisition the Halligan team looks forward to providing more product solutions to our customers."

The company said clients of Vector Solutions and Halligan can expect to receive the same customer service to which they have been accustomed. 

The company is working to determine integration plans and more information will be available in the future. 

Vector Solutions provides award-winning SaaS solutions for the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), industrial, facilities management, public safety, IT and education industries. Its brands, RedVector-Convergence Training, TargetSolutions, and SafeSchools, deliver continuing education (CE), training, technology and performance management solutions using the latest innovations in learning and technology to create safer, more capable, more compliant organizations. Its extensive online and mobile learning library offers approximately 8,000 courses written by over 250 subject matter experts and reaches over seven million professionals worldwide. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the company go to www.vectorsolutions.com. 

Halligan is an easy and secure solution paid and volunteer fire departments across the nation trust for truck checks. With features ranging from apparatus checks, work orders, equipment management and budgeting, Halligan saves money while saving time. Complete mobile first truck checks from iOS, Android devices or web browsers. For more information about the company go to www.halligan.io.

Written by Grant Cameron
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Canada (HFSC) is awarding stipends to 20 qualifying fire departments that demonstrate a plan to conduct a community event featuring a side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration.

The stipend can be used to purchase materials to build a new display, rehab an existing display, produce educational materials distributed at the demonstration or to build an NFPA 13D display to be used at the event. Click here for more information about building an NFPA 13D display.

The deadline to apply for the stipend is March 1, 2019.

To qualify, applicants must be signed up for HFSC’s free Built for Life Fire Department program.

To apply for the stipend, Built For Life Fire Department representatives must agree to implement their department’s event and fulfill the event implementation requirements by the end of 2019. They must ensure the event contains home fire sprinkler educational outreach; endeavour to extend the educational benefits beyond the actual event (such as through local media or placement of photos or video on the fire department’s website and social media outlets, if any); evaluate the educational effectiveness of the event; and report event summary and evaluation findings to the HFSC.

Click here for more information and to enrol.

The HFSC is a charitable organiztion that was formed in 1996 to inform the public about the life-saving value of home fire sprinkler protection in Canada. HFSC members include The Co-operators, the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association and regional representation for the National Fire Protection Association.



Written by Kirk Hughes
The concept of regionalization in the fire service has been around for a number of years now, but recent factors have accelerated the concept further.
Written by Grant Cameron
Jeremy Inglis, deputy fire chief at the Fort Erie Fire Department in Ontario, is a man on a very specific mission.
Written by Grant Cameron
Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece has re-introduced the Rea and Walter Act (Truss and Lightweight Construction Identification) at Queen’s Park in an effort to improve firefighter safety.

The Act, known as Bill 33, will require commercial and industrial buildings, as well as certain multi-family dwellings using truss and lightweight construction (TLC), to be marked by an identification emblem.

Buildings containing TLC will be required to post 1 of 3 emblems:
  • “F” decals if only the floor of the building uses TLC.
  • “R” decals if only the roof of the building uses TLC.
  • “FR” decals if both the floor and the roof of the building use TLC.
The Act is in honour of two North Perth fire service members. Ken Rea and Ray Walter died in 2011 when the roof of a store constructed with TLC collapsed while fighting a fire.

“Firefighters need to know which buildings contain truss and lightweight construction,” Pettapiece said. “When a fire breaks out they need to know how to attack it safely.”

The Rea and Walter Act was wiped off the legislative agenda when the previous Liberal government prorogued the legislature in March 2018.

Pettapiece noted that a fire at Tim Horton’s in Arthur, Ont., on July 21 demonstrated once again the need for truss and lightweight construction identification.

In response to the incident Wellington North Fire Service Chief Dave Guilbault said, “We were not aware that the roof trusses were lightweight. There was no way of knowing. There could have been serious injuries or loss of life.”

Pettapiece said the Rea and Walter Act will restore trust and accountability between fire departments, municipalities and small business owners.

“I am hopeful this bill will again receive all-party support,” he said after tabling it in the Legislature. “I am looking forward to working with all of my colleagues and stakeholder groups across the province. It is the minimum standard our firefighters should expect.”

Written by Laura King
Aug. 1, 2017 – Fire-service equipment provider MSA has completed its $215-million acquisition of gear maker Globe.

MSA chairman and CEO William Lambert said Monday the transaction boosts the company's position as a leader in the North American market for firefighter personal protective equipment .

"Globe is a highly recognized and respected brand of firefighter turnout gear, which very nicely complements our own line of firefighter protective equipment," Lambert said in a press release.

"With virtually no product overlap, the acquisition aligns well with our corporate strategy in that it expands our core product portfolio in a key customer segment."

Lambert said MSA can now help to protect firefighters from head to toe, with Cairns Helmets, the G1 self-contained breathing apparatus, and Globe turnout gear and boots.

MSA said Globe Manufacturing's management team, including previous owners Don Welch, Rob Freese and Gef Freese, will continue to work for the company over the short term to ensure an effective transition.

Pittsfield, N.H.-based Globe is North America's oldest and largest maker of firefighter protective clothing, having been founded in 1887. Globe launched its Athletix line of bunker gear in April.

MSA entered the breathing apparatus market in 1917; it has focused in the last few years on the customizable G1 SCBA and integrated thermal imaging camera.

MSA is based north of Cranberry Township, Pa.; it employs about 4,300 people worldwide, and has revenues of U.S. $1.15 billion in 2016.

Welch said when the deal was announced June 28 that it is a good fit for both parties, and ensures a solid future for Globe.
Written by IAFF Firefighters
The IAFF welcomes the federal government’s announcement of $80 million for a national Community Heroes Benefit for the families of Canada’s fallen fire fighters and other public safety officers. Ottawa's Mar. 22 announcement, is the culmination of a longstanding IAFF lobby for a public safety officer compensation (PSOC) benefit.

The IAFF commends Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Liberal Government and Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, for listening to the IAFF and other first responder agencies and for following through on a commitment to address this longstanding and important issue.

Goodale has been a long-time champion of the benefit. It was a key element of his private member’s motion, M-388, which was adopted in the House of Commons in 2012, and he moved the item forward swiftly after he was appointed Minister in 2015.

Thanks also go to the many IAFF members who helped lobby the issue on Parliament Hill at every edition of the IAFF Canadian Legislative Conference since 1992.

“The IAFF commends the Liberal Government for keeping its promise and for establishing a Community Heroes Benefit in Budget 2017,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “This benefit will allow a grateful nation to formally recognize the sacrifices made by fallen fire fighters and other public safety officers and will ensure once and for all that their families don’t have to worry about their immediate financial security.”

The benefit, a one-time, tax-free and direct payment to the surviving family of fire fighters, police, paramedics and other public safety officers who die in the line of duty, establishes a minimum baseline of compensation that the survivors of all public safety officers across Canada are entitled to, regardless of the city or province in which they worked.

Budget 2017 provides $80 million over five years beginning in 2018-2019 for the benefit and $20 million thereafter.
Written by CBC News
Sept. 9, 2016, Montreal - Investigators are trying to determine what caused Thursday afternoon's fire at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in downtown Montreal. About 60 firefighters were called to the hotel at around 1:30 p.m. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by Maria Church
March 7, 2016 - Nozzle maker Task Force Tips, Inc., (TFT) has acquired AMKUS Rescue Systems, both companies announced on their websites last week.

Indiana-based TFT manufactures nozzles, monitors, valves and foam systems. Headquartered in Illinois, AMKUS’s line of rescue products includes cutters, spreaders, push-pull rams, power units, auxiliary pumps and rope-rescue systems.

AMKUS, according to a joint news release, will maintain its identity, distribution network and field managers, however all engineering, service and manufacturing operations will eventually transition to TFT’s headquarters in Valparaiso, Ind.

“Task Force Tips' passion for developing products that save lives and protect property is a perfect fit for the continued expansion of the AMKUS Rescue System's product line,” the company stated in the release.

Learn more at www.tft.com and www.amkus.com
Written by Maria Church
March 3, 2016 - In 1991, Kip Cosgrove moved to Canada to fill a market niche: to provide a national insurance option for firefighters.

Cosgrove brought the United States-based insurance company VFIS north of the border and at the 1991 International Association of Fire Chiefs conference held in Toronto, VFIS of Canada was launched.

"Because the program was so successful in the United States," Cosgrove said, "they felt that, hey, the Canadian fire service is very similar. Fighting fires is no different in Canada than in the U.S."

Now in its 25th year of business, VFIS of Canada insures more than 2,100 fire departments across the country.

VFIS of Canada pioneered several benefits that are now market standards, Cosgrove said, including cosmetic disfigurement from burns, and heart and circulatory malfunction.

Cosgrove is well known in the industry thanks to his presence at many conferences and trade shows. VFIS sponsors several associations and charities, finances educational guest speakers, and offers free educational programs to its clients.

"Today the volunteer firefighters needs to grab everything they can, and we really are giving them access to a lot of these great tools free of charge," Cosgrove said in an interview.

"If they weren't buying my program, I wouldn't be able to offer back anything, but because our program is taking off, we want to give back to the fire service."
Written by Maria Church
March 3, 2016 - The Alberta government is spending $650,000 to support fire and emergency-preparedness training for first responders in 50 municipalities and four First Nations.

The funding is part of a Fire Services Emergency Preparedness Program aimed at volunteer and mutual-aid fire departments. The program will provide $500,000 for fire training and $150,000 for emergency management training in 2016.

The grant program, according to a government news release, will help first responders develop the skills needed to respond effectively during fire and emergency events.

“Local firefighters and emergency responders provide an invaluable service to their communities,” Danielle Larivee, Minister of Muncipal Affairs, said in the release. “Our government is proud to invest in emergency preparedness training as just one of the ways we will continue to help these individuals who help others.”

Municipalities and First Nations that have mutual-aid agreements were given application priority, according to the release.

For more information, including a list of the recipients, go to www.ofc.alberta.ca/grant-funded-training
Written by Smeal Fire Apparatus Co.
Feb. 16, 2016, Snyder, Neb. – Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. announced today that Patrick Patton has been appointed to the newly-created position of director of chassis sales with responsibility for sales management, dealer and technical support, and chassis business development for Smeal's entire selection of custom fire chassis. Chassis available through Smeal include Smeal's Sirius, Sirius II, S450 and S600 models; Spartan, HME and Seagrave models.

Patton has more than 20 years of experience in the fire and emergency response industry. He worked for Spartan Motor Corporation since 2007 as a regional sales manager with responsibility for business development, dealer and OEM relationship management, and sales process management for a 22-state territory. Prior to joining Spartan, Patton was in direct sales and sales management roles with two fire-apparatus dealerships.

"Pat Patton comes to us with a wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge in custom fire chassis, and customer, dealer, and OEM relationship management," said Jeff Wegner, Smeal's senior vice president of global sales. "In addition to his exceptional technical expertise, Pat truly understands the needs of our customers and dealers, and he is an ideal choice to spearhead our chassis programs in support of overall Smeal, LTC and UST fire apparatus sales."

"I couldn't be happier to become part of the Smeal team," Patton said. "Smeal is a company that's on the move. I've seen first-hand their development over the past few years, and it's a very exciting time to be a part of their growth. I'm looking forward to working with Smeal dealers, customers and team members to elevate the information and support we provide for the fire chassis integrated with our outstanding apparatus."

Patton took over his new role yesterday, and reports to Michael Bowman, Smeal's vice president of sales.
Written by City of Surrey, University of the Fraser Valley
Feb. 2, 2016, Surrey, B.C. - The City of Surrey, B.C., in partnerships with the University of the Fraser Valley, has published a third book in a series about evidence-based decision making for public-service professionals.

The Right Decision: Evidence-based Decision Making for Government manual and companion workbook are the third installments in the Right Decision series. The book brings evidence-based decision making down to the basics, providing government professionals with an effective tool to help them validate a particular approach or choice.

Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis, an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley, co-authored the manual and workbook with Paul Maxim, professor in the department of economics and Balsillie School of International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University, Darryl Plecas, professor emeritus and former head of the UFV's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Mona Davies, a legal analyst with a background in the public and private sector.

"These publications have great potential to help all levels of government serve the public better through effective decision making based on critical thinking," said Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner. "This project speaks directly to Surrey's culture of innovation, excellence and in helping to advance the public service in general."

Participants in the City of Surrey's Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) contributed to the development of both the manual and workbook. ELP participants provided feedback and helped developed content and case studies for the workbook.

"Every day, government professionals make decisions that determine if the public is getting the best value for its tax dollars," said Surrey city manager Vincent Lalonde. "Effective decision making is the key to ensuring that we are doing the right things, in the right ways."

Dr. Adrienne Chan, associate vice-president of research, engagement and graduate studies at UFV, said the university is pleased to work with the city and proud of its faculty members' work to help benefit public administration.

"The expertise inherent in this publication will help leaders make decisions that are practical and benefit their organizations and the public sector," Chan said.

All of the Right Decision manuals and companion workbooks may be downloaded for free from http://cjr.ufv.ca
Written by Maria Church
Nov. 27, 2015 – Fort Garry Fire Trucks has announced new regional sales managers in Atlantic Canada and British Columbia.

Adam Baldwin, the fire chief for Kinkora and Area Volunteer Fire Department in P.E.I., is the new regional manager for Atlantic Canada. Baldwin has 19 years of experience in fire.

Al Anderson has been hired to manage the British Columbia sales portfolio. Anderson has 30 years of fire-trucks sales and service experience in the province.

Fort Garry also hired a new contract administrator, Taylor Young, who will operate out of the company’s headquarters in Winnipeg.

National sales manager Brian Nash said the company is looking to the United States for new dealers.

“We’re always expanding with agents in different parts of the world and looking for U.S. dealers right now to take advantage of the exchange rate,” Nash said.
Written by Maria Church
Nov. 20, 2015 – Quebec fire-truck manufacturer MAXIMETAL has partnered with Pierce Manufacturing Inc. to produce new pumpers and tankers beginning in the new year.

Based in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Que., MAXIMETAL Inc. designs and manufactures trucks under the MAXI Fire Truck brand. Under the new partnership, MAXIMETAL will use the Pierce Saber custom chassis to design and build a family of apparatuses for the Canadian Market.

Beginning next year, MAXIMETAL will offer pumper and tanker configurations – with new configurations to be added in the future – and will market the new trucks across Canada through the Pierce dealer network.

"The people at Pierce were looking for a Canadian partner to build fire trucks for them, and we wanted to expand our sales and distribution efforts across the country," Danny Dufour, president of MAXIMETAL, said in a news release. "It's a great fit and a win-win for both organizations."

Dufour called the Saber chassis, which features raised roofs, low, offset stair steps, and wrap-around windshields, well adapted to their market.
Written by Maria Church
March 5, 2015 – The retiring owner of Elkhart Brass, an Indiana-based manufacturer of firefighting equipment, says it’s business as usual for the company despite the announcement of a sale in ownership.

Hans Ashbaugh, CEO and owner of Elkhart Brass, said in a news release Wednesday announcing the acquisition of his company by Missouri-based Safe Fleet that little will change in terms of management and operation.

“Although I’m retiring in conjunction with the change of ownership to Safe Fleet,” he said, “the remainder of the Elkhart management and organization will continue to run Elkhart Brass.

“For our valued employees, customers and suppliers, it is business as usual.”

Brian Evans, a marketing representative for Elkhart Brass in Canada, says he does not expect the new ownership to affect him or his customers.

“I don’t sense any urgency at all from the people at the factory,” Brian said, “they’re saying no changes are needed.”

Elkhart Brass, which has been in operation for more than a century, manufactures thousands of firefighting products. Its innovations includes the first peripheral jet fog nozzle, the first pressure regulating nozzle, and the first wireless monitor.

In Canada, Elkhart Brass is distributed by Profire Emergency Equipment in Abbotsford, B.C., ABC Fire & Safety Equipment Ltd., in Winnipeg, Darch Fire Inc. in Ayr, Ont., Mic Mac/Safety Source in Fredericton and Dartmouth, N.S., Larsenal in Dummondville, Que., and Areo-Feu in Longueuil, Que.

According to John Knox, president and CEO of Safe Fleet, the acquisition of Elkhart Brass, combined with Safe Fleet’s ownership of FRC and Foam Pro, will allow the company to develop integrated firefighting products, and have one of the largest direct sales forces dedicated to the firefighting industry in North America.
Written by Maria Church
Feb. 24, 2015 - Good news for small, volunteer fire departments in need of new turnout gear: applications are now open for the 2015 Globe gear giveaway contest.

Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have teamed up again this year to give away turnout gear to fire departments in Canada and the United States that serve populations of 25,000 or less, and are either all or more than 50 per cent volunteer.

This year, 13 departments will be chosen to receive four sets of Globe’s CLASSIX turnout gear for their members.

The giveaway contest, which launched in 2012 to mark Globe’s 125th anniversary, has provided 247 sets of turnout gear to 43 departments.

While eligibility includes the criteria that applicants are members of the NVFC, Globe is providing the first 200 non-members who apply with free department memberships.

The deadline to apply is June 1. Learn more at www.nvfc.org/globe-gear-donation
Written by Maria Church
Feb. 20, 2015 - Canadian fire truck manufacturer Eastway911 Emergency Vehicles has a new head of company.

Carleton Place, Ont.-based Eastway911 revealed on Feb. 18 that Andrew Armstrong has replaced Neil Greene as president of the company.

The announcement comes two months after Gibraltar Foundation, an international private-equity group, invested an undisclosed amount in Eastway911. The small, Canadian manufacturing company was self-funded until that point.

Armstrong said in an email Sunday that Gibraltar has now acquired Eastway911, making it a separate, stand-alone company with its own management and board of directors.

“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Eastway911 than Andrew Armstrong,” Michael Cappy, managing director of Gibraltar Foundation, said in a news release.

Armstrong, whose background is in building brands and business, spent much of his career in product marketing and business management roles for various industries, including 911 dispatching. Prior to joining Eastway911, Armstrong ran his own consulting firm.

Under the new leadership, Cappy said in the release, Eastway911 will “take advantage of opportunities for growth through strengthened product development, the application of new technologies and through additional acquisitions both in Canada and the United States.”
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