For close to twenty years,  NFPA 1620 has been the de facto standard for pre-incident planning in North America. NFPA 1620 specifies the minimum information that needs to be part of a pre-incident fire plan, which includes a building’s occupancy and use, architecture and design, safety features and equipment, surrounding buildings, entrances and exits, and contact information of managing staff.
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How many lives could be saved if emergency responders knew when a cluster of opioid overdoses would occur in advance?
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In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Fire Fighting in Canada, we asked our Facebook friends what they think has been the most significant development in fire fighting.
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Purchasing the latest technology is not always the right choice for a fire department. Brad Harvey, a member of Scott Safety's business intelligence team, suggests three keys to success when it comes to understanding technology applications in fire services: stay grounded, engage in innovation and leverage data.

Harvey discussed what's involved in those measures during Fire Fighting in Canada's webinar Exploring innovation, held on March 24.

Toronto Deputy Chief Darrell Reid, the webinar's second speaker, shared details about his department's recent technology advancements, including the Toronto Radio Infrastructure Project – a radio system designed for the city's fire, police and EMS services – and performance and analytics technologies such as DarkHorse Analytics and LiveMUM move-up module.

"We are a department that maybe hasn't always embraced technology as quickly as we might have," Reid said, "but in the past few years there has been a real step forward in terms of getting the right people into important positions who have that knowledge in terms of analytics, business intelligence, how to make business cases that are really developed and derived from evidence."

Missed the webinar? Register and watch it for free now!

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February 2016 - As a training officer, I believe that e-learning dramatically improves fire-service training, which, in turn, allows us to serve our communities more effectively.
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My first experience in a brotherhood was when I played high school football. To this day, and much to my bride’s embarrassment, I’ll occasionally bust out the old leather bomber jacket that has my number and position on the sleeve.
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PRESENTER: Eric Edwards, past chair, Unmanned Systems Canada, president, Montreal’s Xiphos Technologies.
DATE: Sept. 24, 2015
TIME: 2 p.m. EST
COST: $25 registration

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, are making their presence known in commercial operations following years of military success – and it represents the tip of the iceberg in terms of their potential.

But many questions still need to be explored:
  • What are the regulatory standards commercial operators need to know now and in the future?
  • What are the technological realities in the market today and what limitations exist for operators?
  • Where is the industry headed and how can one capitalize on potential opportunities?
  • How are UAVs being utilized today and how can various industries such as aerial fire fighting, heavy construction, forestry, real estate and agriculture capitalize on the trend?
  • What are the economic opportunities?

Join Fire Fighting in Canada's partner magazines Wings and Helicopters on Sept. 24 for a webinar with presenter Eric Edwards who can help shed light on these questions and more.

Edwards initiated and co-led the Transport Canada working group that established the standard Ground School Syllabus for operators of small, unmanned aircraft. As past chair of the Unmanned Systems Canada, he is acutely aware of the current regulatory UAV framework in Canada and is well versed on the potential operational applications for UAV technology. At Xiphos Technologies in Montreal, he works in image processing and hyperspectral data processing for UAV and spacecraft payloads. Join Edwards as explores the impact UAVs will have on the Canadian commercial framework and the value they will bring to a wide variety of industries.


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A fire in East Gwillimbury, Ont., in March that tragically trapped and killed four members of a single family led to discussions in the media about different types of smoke alarms.
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Incident scenes can be chaotic, particularly multi-vehicle collisions at which flashing lights, injured patients, twisted metal and curious onlookers can add to the mayhem.
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As new technologies continuously arise, some things in the fire service have remained essentially the same. The saw is one of those things.
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Maintaining situational awareness on the fire ground is critical to firefighter safety.
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The PyroLance is unlike anything most firefighters have ever seen, though the tool has been on the market for almost three years now.
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Breathing air becomes a precious commodity on the fire ground. For firefighters who find themselves inside a structure with too little, the consequences can be dire.
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You’ve heard the saying the fire service is 200 years of tradition, unimpeded by progress?
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Everyone knows that comfort is key on the fire ground. Extremities are often the hardest parts of the body to keep comfortable – frozen toes, hot hands, reduced dexterity and stiff soles, to name a few issues.
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All firefighters know what it’s like to feel cold and damp, or hot and sweaty, after a long incident. That level of discomfort can take a toll on your body – especially if you find yourself facing climate extremes, day after day after day.
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Mayday, mayday, mayday.
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You learn from every fire. That’s an old adage in the fire service, but there are two problems with that. First, the only people who learned from that fire were the members who fought it.
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Sometimes technological breakthroughs are revolutionary – such as the development of the Internet and the personal computer.
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It’s Dec. 2, 2010. The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, N.Y., is filled with fans taking in a hockey game: Rangers versus Islanders. Early in the first period, retired FDNY firefighter Jeff Cool takes a deep breath; he knows the next three hours will be challenging as he tries to get comfortable.
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