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July 5, 2010
By Laura King


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Monday, July 5, 2010

As is usual these days, we’re on the road again, in Yarmouth, N.S., this week for the Maritime Association of Fire Chiefs conference. More on that in a minute. Meantime, thanks to all the good folks at Firehall.com for the positive comments on the acquisition by Annex Publishing & Printing, the parent company of FFIC and Canadian Firefighter and EMS Quarterly, of the website and your encouragement to keep it fresh and moving forward.

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Back to
the MFCA. Yarmouth Fire Department platoon chief Lynn Seeley breathed a big
sigh of relief last night as the memorial service got under way after months of
planning for the conference. (I’ll try to post some pictures later today from
the always spectacular Sunday evening parade of chief officers, if the wireless
connections allows it!). Meantime, here’s a great photo of
Lynn from Wednesday’s Yarmouth
Vanguard.

It’s cool
to have a front-row view of the difference and traditions at the various
provincial conferences. In Ontario, for example, the Sunday evening memorial
service is a beautiful and moving affair; in B.C., the 50-50 draw is a major
initiative to raise money for projects chosen by the women’s auxiliary
(generally a burn camp or burn unit); at the Maritime conference, the Sunday
parade to the church service often draws townspeople and spectators and the
evening entertainment is always first-rate (we’ll keep you posted on that – it’s
comedy night tonight).

I’m
looking forward to hearing Tim Vandenbrink on Tuesday. Tim is the Assistant
Fire Marshal in Fire Protection for Edmonton Fire Rescue. His passion for fire
and life safety is contagious and his presentation is as energetic as they
come. We’ll let you know how it goes.

Off now
to fight the crowds at the breakfast buffet. Have a good Monday!


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