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Wildfire risk heightened by Fiona debris

The P.E.I. government is looking for ways to deal with debris left behind from Hurricane Fiona as they may increase wildfire risk if they aren't managed before the summer. Data shows there has already been an increase in fires reported in wooded areas.

Regional District of Central Kootenay wildfire area building regulation plan moves forward

In B.C., a plan to introduce new building rules to reduce the danger caused by wildfire in parts of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will continue to move forward this year.

City of Waterloo considering master plan for fire department

The City of Waterloo in Ontario says it is conducting a review of its fire department to make sure it is meeting the needs of the municipality as it grows over the next decade. It says that members of Waterloo Fire Rescue are working alongside a consultant on the updated Fire Master Plan.

Hiring could save half a million for Sault Ste. Marie fire service

In Ontario, the Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services have been asking to increase the complement of firefighters for years and now, as overtime costs are so high that hiring four full-time staff will save the city money.


A Case for Yoga in the Firehouse with an Understanding of First Responder Culture

First responders are vulnerable to traumatic stress disorders and maladaptive coping strategies without proactive interventions. Author Shannon McQuaide grew up in a “fire family” and developed FireFlex for first responders to learn how to strengthen their bodies, breath, and interoceptive mind-body awareness, creating stronger resilience and decision-making under pressure. The Conscious Warrior makes a compelling case for why first responders need yoga and invites warrior culture professions to consider the ROI of integrating FireFlex as a measurable wellness initiative. The book includes detailed instructions specifically for first responders.

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Recipe Rescue: Why we should say goodbye to non-stick

We’ve all seen that veteran, well-seasoned cookware kicking around the firehouse kitchen, or in our home, that begs to have the question asked, “What happened to this pan?” It’s gone on my entire 23-year career at Waterloo Fire Rescue, watching pots and pans come and go at an alarming rate due to misuse. I’m not here to try to convince you that your non-stick pans are going to kill you, though, based on some research, I wouldn’t assume they’re totally safe, either. By Patrick Mathieu. » Read More...

Back to Basics: Desensitizing firefighters

As we begin a new year, we’re going to begin a new series of articles focusing on the topic of desensitizing firefighters. This has been the topic of many lectures I’ve delivered, and the focus of this topic is to explore the different contributing factors and the common items that a firefighter becomes numb or desensitized to over the course of their career. By Mark van der Feyst. » Read More...

Preparing future firefighters

When we first join the fire service, one of the last things that crosses our mind is retirement or leaving the department. So, what happens when you walk out of the station for the final time? I know there are going to be a couple schools of thought here. They could think ‘who cares’ what happens when they quit or retire from a job. It isn’t their problem or responsibility anymore. By Jason Clark. » Read More...

Dispatches: The wheels on the bus

Burnout: we’re all familiar with the term and many of us have experienced working ourselves to the point of exhaustion. It happens when we’re trying to do it all while simultaneously ignoring the subtle signs our body is sending to indicate that we’re about to crash. Instead we push harder by working longer hours, not taking breaks, having multiple tasks on the go at the same time, and ultimately failing to accomplish much of anything, or at least not to the fullest extent we’re capable of. By Jennifer Grigg. » Read More...


Building partnerships: Improving interoperability all around

Chris Harrow, director of fire services for the Town of Minto/Township of Wellington North in Ontario and interim CAO, talks to Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy about volunteer recruitment, retention, and engagement; the increased need for making business cases to council; his successes partnering with the paramedics and police, and the foundations for building partnerships that improve coordination all around. » Listen now


FFIC Virtual Summit

Feb. 23, 2023
Location: Virtual
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Security, Police & Fire Career Expo

Mar. 9, 2023
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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