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New province-wide radio system improves communications for emergency responders in N.L.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have begun using the new province-wide radio system on the Avalon Peninsula. This system will improve the way emergency responders and government – such as the RNC, RCMP, firefighters, paramedics and other public service providers – communicate with each other during emergencies. In the coming months, paramedics and ambulance dispatchers on the Avalon Peninsula will also begin using the system.

Fewer than 1 per cent of career firefighters in N.B. are women, figures show

Firefighter Melissa Martin is working toward entering the ranks of leadership at the Saint John Fire Department. Martin, who's worked in the department for 15 years, is part of a professional development program that will steer her to the rank of lieutenant and potentially even fire chief — roles that have only been occupied by men in the department's 200-year history.

B.C. boosting data for communities

B.C. communities can look forward to high-quality data to support effective and informed decision-making on the planning and management of wildfires, landslides, floods and other natural events, the province has said. The government is investing more than $38 million in a new program over the next six years to collect light distance and ranging (LiDAR) elevation data. LiDAR is a modern survey method that uses aerial remote sensing technology to map the Earth's surface. It is designed to deliver highly detailed and accurate three-dimensional mappings of landscapes.

Sask. ranch to host study seeing if horses can help first responders manage PTSD symptoms

A horse ranch in the Prince Albert area will host a research study to determine whether or not horses can help public safety personnel manage symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Cartier Farms partnered with Ontario-based McMaster University to see if Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) will help improve symptoms for first responders with PTSD.

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Alberta’s urban interface program trains firefighters for suppression and wildland

An Alberta firefighter training program has been making strides when it comes to the integration of wildfire resources across the province. The Wildland Urban Interface Structural Protection Team program trains firefighters to be prepared to respond to both wildland and urban emergencies. By Elena De Luigi. » Read More...

Wildfires are on the rise across the world

Wildfires are growing in intensity and scope across the globe. The full extent of interplaying factors includes the biologically innate, but climate change, land use and population change are significant contributors. By 2100 the number of wildfires could rise by 50 per cent, and governments are unprepared for wildfires that burn for weeks over thousands of square kilometres with the ability to potentially impact millions, says a new report from the United Nations. By Laura Aiken. » Read More...

Wildfire strategist Mark Healey on how BCWS tackles wildfires

An element of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) is the wildfire suppression service in British Columbia. The BCWS employs about 1,600 seasonal personnel each year, including firefighters and dispatchers, among other seasonal positions. Mark Healey is a certified planning section chief for one of the six BCWS incident management teams. He has been in the service for 26 seasons and has worked as a planning section chief for over a decade. By Brieanna Charlebois. » Read now...

Voice of experience

We had been watching the Fort McMurray updates on our Alberta Wildfire app for a couple days, keenly aware of the fire’s proximity to the City of Fort McMurray. As the fire grew we started to wonder if anyone would call for our structure-protection trailers or crews. Monday evening, May 2, at 10 p.m., we received a call: “Do you have a structure-protection trailer? How much do you charge per day?” And so the conversation went for about an hour back and forth. I could tell at this point there didn’t seem to be much of a worry; people in Fort McMurray were just trying to look ahead. By Jamie Coutts. » Read More...


Today’s recruits, connecting with the frontline, and learning from each other

Toronto’s Fire Chief Matthew Pegg joins Fire Fighting in Canada: The Podcast to talk about the department’s latest recruitment; the qualifications, courage and motivation of today’s candidates; the importance of connecting with and supporting your members, and why large fire services can and do learn from small departments. » Listen now


FDIC International

April 24-29, 2023
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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OAFC 2023 Conference and Trade Show

May 4-6, 2023
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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AFCA Conference and Trade Show

May 28-31, 2023
Location: Edmonton, Alta.
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