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November 11, 2017

1. Unexploded ammunition hampers fire fighting efforts

Unexploded ammunition hindered firefighters’ efforts to extinguish three fires that burned for weeks at the Gagetown military base in New Brunswick in October. Firefighters were forced to fight the fire from the periphery, creating fire breaks using bulldozers and bringing in two civilian water bombers from Quebec.

2. An adult approach to fire prevention

Firefighters often visit schools to talk about fire safety, but what about the adults in the community? Fire Fighting in Canada columnist Samantha Hoffmann says fire-service members should avoid condescension and apply the principles of adult learning to their public education programs.

3. Arson suspected in training centre blaze

A firefighter training centre in Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L., was hit by a blaze on Oct. 23 that fire officials believe was deliberate. A school bus at the facility was set on fire in the early afternoon, which firefighters had under control within minutes. "It is arson. There is no way to sugarcoat it," Chief Vince MacKenzie told CBC News.

4. Smart ways to boost firefighter safety

Task-level service members keep every department running; so what can service leadership do to keep firefighters in working shape? Fire Fighting in Canada's safety expert Gord Schreiner discusses ways departments can invest in firefighter well-being and safety.
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5. Back in service

Former Brampton, Ont., training officer Christopher Vanderburg returns to the task level in the latest issue of Fire Fighting in Canada. » Read more..
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6. How to update your fire safety approach

Fire Fighting in Canada's public education expert Tanya Bettridge says many departments are using outdated fire-safety messaging. She says departments should ditch traditional “Stop, Drop & Roll” educational sessions for a more social media oriented approach. » Read more...

7. Niagara-on-the-Lake supports two-hatters

The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., has shown its support for two-hatter firefighters by making a donation to the Association of Ontario Municipalities (AMO) to help cover legal costs. In late September, council approved the $2,000 donation to aid volunteer firefighters who are being charged by the union and is asking the AMO to establish a fund to assist two-hatters across Ontario. » Read more...

8. Firefighters association creates streamlined training program

The Clare Firefighters Association in Nova Scotia has developed a passport training program that allows volunteers to train for tasks within their comfort levels. Writer Bill Krause delves into how the program works in the August issue of Fire Fighting in Canada. » Read more...

9. Online course offers chiefs evidence-based model

Surrey, B.C., Fire Chief Len Garis looks at a new online course offered by the University of the Fraser Valley, intended to help community leaders make better decisions using data. » Read more...

10. Embracing a new generation of firefighters

Younger generations of firefighters are joining departments across the country, while the nature of the service continues to change. Fire Fighting in Canada columnist Dave Balding says departments should embrace new firefighters as an asset to the fire service. » Read more...

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Nov. 17-19, 2017
Location: Meaford, Ont.
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OAFC Midterm Meeting

Nov. 22-23, 2017
Location: Niagara Falls, Ont.
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