Written by Tim Llewellyn
Hopefully, every fire department has some kind of written policy or standard practice that requires regular, documented apparatus and equipment inspections.  
Written by David Hamilton
How old are the smoke alarms in your home? Did you know that to properly maintain them, you need to test the alarms every month and replace them before their expiry date?
Written by Laura King
Training officer Gary Mosburger’s job is to make sure everyone goes home, and that means keeping up with technology that can potentially save firefighter lives.
Written by Tim Llewellyn
The following situation is probably familiar: it was a good structure fire; all of the teams performed as expected; few mistakes were made overall; a lot of property was saved; and, most importantly, nobody was hurt. Now, it’s time to clean up. Two firefighters are assigned to walk around and through the scene one last time to check for any equipment that might have been left behind.
Written by Staff

Everyone loves shiny, new gadgets. But does the latest and (supposedly) greatest equipment make your firefighters better? 

There’s a difference between technology and innovation: technology enables innovation, and innovation can make a difference to your crews’ performance.

Join Toronto Deputy Chief Darrell Reid and Scott Safety’s Brad Harvey as they dissect the fascinating world of fire-service innovation – from the Internet of things to sensors, signals and analytics – and look at advancements that can boost your team’s performance.

The free webinar, hosted by editor Laura King, will be held Thursday, March 24, 2-3 p.m. EST.

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Darrell Reid began his emergency-services career in 1989, and joined the Strathcona County Emergency Services (SCES) as a firefighter paramedic in 1992. He was a member of the Executive of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2461 from 1997 until 2003, and served as president for three years. In 2004, Darrell was promoted to deputy chief of operations for SCES and in 2008 to 2013, served as fire chief. Darrell holds an MBA from the University of Alberta and a graduate certificate in emergency management from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He was hired as a deputy Chief for Toronto Fire Services in 2013.

Brad Harvey is a member of the business intelligence team for Scott Safety and is responsible for the Global Fire Services Strategy. Brad served as a firefighter/paramedic for nearly 16 years before transitioning to the private sector 10 years ago, where he has been very involved with the evaluation, development and introduction of various technology-related products. Brad also authored numerous articles, for a variety of publications, related to first responders and technology as well as a monthly Thermal Imaging column in Firehouse Magazine for six years.

Written by Tim Llewellyn
When I set out to write Tim-Bits, I try to pick a topic that centres on modifications I’ve learned over my years of fire fighting that simplify an ordinary task. This column, however, is a bit of a stretch; I’m going to broach the topic of technical rescue.
Written by Arjuna George
I am an evangelist for technology in the fire service, but I also see the importance of keeping things simple and know that gadgets do not always improve efficiency on the job. While I still default to making my own notes and lists with pen and paper, there is a case to make for using tablets in the fire service.
Written by Tim Llewellyn
Most firefighters in Canada and the United States agree that the numbers of big calls are dwindling, or are few and far between. While most departments are experiencing a slight increase in call volume, the number of significant fire calls is declining. The majority of firefighters are volunteer, or on-call, so there are even fewer chances they will respond to large fires.
Written by Maria Church
July 2015 – Chief Dan Callaghan has been “pro-drone,” he said, for three years now.
Written by Warren Bekker
When I recently joined the iPhone world, I found that I was filling up my phone with apps, as most techno-nerds do when they get new smartphones.
Written by Rob Evans
There has been considerable debate in the fire service about the use of technology in the fire hall
Written by James Careless
Despite advances made in Enhanced 911 (E911) communications, which provides 911 call centres with the physical addresses of callers, Canada’s 911 system is failing to keep up with the pace of telephone technology.

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