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February 7, 2017

First responders in Barrie to begin carrying naloxone

Firefighters in Barrie are the first in Ontario to carry the opioid-reversing drug naloxone.

Firefighters question need for station-location study

The city of Niagara Falls already has sufficient data needed to make a decision about when to build a new fire station, so there’s no need to “waste more tax money” on another study, says the union representing career firefighters.

Toronto fire captain opens PTSD centre

Firefighter Kevin Webber remembers the time he responded to a call involving a five-month-old girl without vital signs. Webber, who had a daughter the same age at home, was devastated when attempts to revive the infant failed. He took six weeks off work to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. Now the 46-year-old Toronto fire captain is opening a residential therapy centre exclusively for first responders with PTSD.
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ICYMI: Tackling the Firefighter's Ghost maze

Ed Brouwer is passionate about training, and firefighter safety. Which is why he gets a bit hot under the collar when firefighters fail his Firefighter’s Ghost mayday maze. The point of the exercise is for firefighters to recognize when they are in trouble and call a mayday; unfortunately, when navigating the maze in front of peers during training, bravado and ego tend to rear their heads, and firefighters fail to call a mayday. Participants at a recent exercise did, however, experience the wrath of Ed, learn their limits, and leave with a new respect for the one guy of 105 to have the guts to admit he was in trouble and call for help. » Read more...

ICYMI: The making of B.C.’s training Playbook

Fire chiefs in British Columbia are leading much-needed change to ensure that training, standards and levels of service jibe with budgets and resources. Pitt Meadows Chief Don Jolley knows the B.C. Structural Firefighters Training Playbook inside out, and explains how the new standard evolved and what it means for departments to declare whether they are exterior, interior or full service. Other provinces are paying close attention. » Read more...
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