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Firefighters question Alberta cuts to aerial attack teams as province battles blazes

Former members of an elite Alberta wildfire-fighting crew say government budget cuts have left the province battling its current blazes short-handed. "We could have been difference-makers," said Jordan Erlandson, a former member of Alberta's Rapattack team. Those firefighters were trained to rappel from helicopters to get at wildfires while they still only covered a few hectares.

Forest fire season underway in N.L.

Across the island portion of the province, May 1 marked the beginning of the 2023 forest fire season, which won't come to an end until Sept. 30. The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture shared a set of reminders for the public for forest fire season which include: A Permit to Burn is required to burn grass, brush and other materials during Forest Fire Season, and strict conditions must be followed.

Merger plans go up in flames for Innisfil, Bradford fire departments

Talks for a planned merger between two municipal South Simcoe fire departments have been extinguished. On May 2, Bradford West Gwillimbury's town council voted to dissolve the Joint Interim Fire Governance Advisory Committee (JIFGAC) with the Town of Innisfil after the upfront costs proved too much for Bradford to bear.

Township could borrow up to $25 million to build new Brookswood firehall

Langley Township is looking to borrow up to $25 million to build a new, up to date firehall in Brookswood. Council passed a borrowing bylaw on May 1, but the loan now has to go through an “alternative approval process” which would allow residents to subject the plan to a referendum if enough signatures can be gathered.

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Ziamatic’s New Vehicle Cooling Units are Efficient and Effective

Fires in electric vehicles often take crews longer to handle than those in gas- or diesel-powered cars and trucks. For fire crews, electrical vehicle batteries are hard to reach, difficult to cool down, and the energy created with thermal runaway can easily re-ignite or spread from cell to cell. Ziamatic’s new Vehicle Cooling Units could be the answer to those challenges, with 36” and 72” options now available. After more than a year of designing and testing, what may be the most cost effective and efficient Vehicle Cooling Units are now available. » Learn more

Data for saving lives: New report on Indigenous fire data reveals gaps and opportunities

An organization dedicated to improving fire outcomes for Indigenous people in Canada has released a new report with recommendations for improving data collection and reducing fire risk in First Nations – timely information given the recent spate of tragic fires in Canada. By Len Garis and Mandy Desautels. » Read More...

Fit for Duty: So, you have back pain?

Statistics Canada reports that more than 80 per cent of the population suffers from back pain at some point in their lives. To add insult to injury (pardon the pun), Statistics Canada also reports that for 85 per cent to 90 per cent of individuals with back pain, no known specific cause can be identified. By Sherry Dean. » Read More...
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Behind the Scenes: A Tim Olk Gallery

This new book documents the actions of first responders through photography and reveals what they endure every day that the greater public does not see.

Tim Olk is a fire department photo unit photographer who has been capturing the history of the Chicago Fire Department for nearly 30 years. He covers everything from big fires, explosions, and vehicle collisions, to funerals, special operations/collapses and disaster scenes in the greater Chicago area.

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Proper protocol

A common question I get asked during my elevator rescue training seminars is, “Can we, as firefighters or first responders, use the elevator(s) under a fire condition?" We are told from a very young age to never use an elevator if the building alarm bells are ringing. It’s also hard to ignore the plaques located in most elevator lobbies that read, “In case of fire do not use the elevator. Use stairways.” By Glenn Zolnierczyk. » Read now...

Risky business: Coroner’s jury recommends halt to dangerous training

It was an astute juror at the inquest into two firefighter training deaths who asked the most poignant question: “Do you think ice-water rescue training should be required?” The question was posed on day two to Point Edward, Ont., volunteer Lt. Rick Burdett by one of five jurors, a man who spoke softly and chose his words carefully, almost apologetically, after hearing horrific testimony detailing the circumstances of a swift-water, ice-rescue training exercise that went awry. By Laura King. » 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


AFCA Conference and Trade Show

May 28-31, 2023
Location: Edmonton, Alta.
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MAFC Conference and Trade Show

June 1-3, 2023
Location: Steinbach, Man.
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BC Fire Expo and FCACB Education Summit

June 4-8, 2023
Location: Penticton, B.C.
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