1. Describe your department; How many members do you have in your department? Do you represent career, volunteer, or a combination of both?
Red Deer Emergency Services (RDES) protects the citizens of the City of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Our city has approximately 109,000 people with an additional
I recently made the difficult, but I believe correct, decision to leave my fire department. Difficult because I saw my mandate there as do-able and important. Hard, but do-able. That mandate was to meld five older departments into one, with the eventual one being up to date with current
On a cold January morning, we were dispatched for a report of an unconscious male, not breathing, with CPR in progress. My crew of three, including myself, arrived on location alongside the BLS unit and immediately began gathering the necessary equipment. It wasn’t until we approached the front door
I recently was fortunate enough to attend the 2nd U.S. Fire Administrator’s Summit on Fire Prevention and Control. Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell assembled an outstanding and impressive group of individuals that are extremely passionate about the fire service. They were tasked a year ago to p
The importance of shift training as a crew needs no explanation. For many firefighters, 1-hour training sessions that feature 1 or 2 companies is all they have time to receive. This applies to on duty training led by a Company Officer and weekly training that volunteer departments may organize. It i