Volunteers
Written by Vince MacKenzie
Fire departments all have jurisdictions – areas that we cover and in which we provide protective services.
Written by Tom DeSorcy
Firefighters strive to provide good customer service: that means treating others the way we would like to be treated – going above and beyond whenever possible and surprising people who don’t expect our do-onto-others attitude.
Written by Vince MacKenzie
Volunteer firefighters who last a long time in the fire service can certainly gain a vast perspective on many aspects of life.
Written by Tom DeSorcy
Social media can be our best friend or our worst enemy. Say the wrong thing, post the wrong picture and you have more than egg on your face.
Written by Vince MacKenzie
I have a couple of pet peeves when it comes to the designation of Canadian fire services as professional or volunteer.
Written by Tom DeSorcy
As one generation gives way to the next, so does the makeup of our fire departments.
Written by Vince MacKenzie
The past summer seems to have been rife with disaster and conflagrations. Newscasts and social media sites were filled with details of events and suffering, with floods in Alberta, forest fires in every province from British Columbia to Newfoundland, and the tragedy in Lac-Megantic, Que.
Written by Tom DeSorcy
I have written before about the benefits of involvement in the fire service beyond our own departments. As I expand my affiliations, both provincially and nationally, I continue to be amazed at the dedication and passion that those in the fire service hold for what we do, and just how that passion and pride fuels my positive attitude toward life.
Written by Vince MacKenzie
Canada’s fire service is a network of firefighters, officers and departments of all types. Training opportunities are growing.
Written by Tom DeSorcy
My colleagues will understand when I say that there are some real characters out there.
Written by Vince MacKenzie
In the United States, Americans refer to fire houses, but here in Canada the words fire hall are more common for buildings in which it all happens for us.
Written by Tom DeSorcy
All this talk about recruitment and retention has made me think long and hard about how and why we do what we do. It’s something that I’ve thought about for a while, but as I networked with colleagues in St. John’s, N.L., at Fire-Rescue Canada in September, the light came on.
Written by Vince MacKenzie
As I wrote this in November, it was budget time for many fire departments. Fire chiefs – full-time and volunteer – struggle with a host of challenges, among them keeping municipal councils informed about service levels, standards and growing fire-service needs, and meeting local needs and circumstances while adhering to parameters set by elected officials.
Written by Tom DeSorcy
Conferences always seem to bring out the best in me and I’m sure that’s the case for others.
Written by Vince MacKenzie
As a fire officer of a volunteer fire department, I maintain an interest in the issues and incidents in the rest of the country.
Written by Tom DeSorcy
Recently I was invited to attend a volunteer fair in our community.
Written by Vince MacKenzie
I have had an opportunity to attend, present, and be a delegate at various firefighting seminars and conferences across the country over the last 24 months, and it is quite apparent that change is taking place in the volunteer fire service. 
Written by Tom DeSorcy
Here we are, well into a new year, but not just any new year: it’s one of those years that every volunteer firefighter may come to dread, the one time every four years when you are on call for that one extra day.
Written by Vince MacKenzie
The volunteer firefighter tax credit announced in the 2011 federal budget was a welcome addition in support of the volunteer fire service.
Written by Tom DeSorcy
You’ve heard the traditionalists talk about the three Rs in education – reading, writing and ’rithmatic
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