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Dec 24th, 2021

Feedback Requested by December 28th 2021

As you are all aware the Province is in the process of rewriting the regulations that will support the new Traffic Safety Act in the province. They are currently working on the section dealing with Licenses and as you will see in the note below, some of these changes will impact the Fire Service.

***Important*** Please email us with some feedback regarding these changes - please send your comments to Jim Roper, email below:


Jim Roper

Original Email

Hi Jim,

As you are aware, FSA had suggested that we require an individual to obtain an air brake endorsement when operating a fire vehicle under the authority of a Class 5 license.

The proposed driver's license regulations have introduced a new driver license system which enables any 2-axle vehicle to be driver under a Class 5 license. This removes the need to exempt a firefighter from upgrading to a Class 3 license or operating under the exception provision with a Class 5. Note that this proposal is consistent which the national licensing scheme.

However, we have introduced a two-component air brake endorsement process. The first component is the current written test. The second component is a road test which includes demonstration by the individual of the air brake system on the vehicle.

I am interested in obtaining input from your association on the effect of the road test requirement to obtain an air brake endorsement.


Paul Arsenault

Director of Special Projects

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

June 9th 2021

2021 Fire Prevention Week Theme Announced
"Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety"

June 6th

Recording & Resources from June 3rd Virtual Seminar

REHABILITIATION - keeping you in the game

June 3rd 2021


As per the question raised at the Fire Service Association Board of Directors meeting on May 30, 2021 regarding the ability for fire departments to re-engage in training and meetings, Andrew Mitton (EMO NS) has confirmed that meetings and training

that are required for safety and essential operations are allowed.  Fire departments should still maintain and follow COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of their membership, that is: maintain a physical distance of 2 metres between participants as

much as possible and when physical distancing is not assured or not possible, all participating parties must be properly masked (IE. mouth and nose covered).

The following are pertinent excerpts from the ORDER by the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province made pursuant to Section 32 of the Health Protection Act (NS):

13. All persons present and residing in Nova Scotia must maintain physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet).

13.1 All persons present and residing in Nova Scotia must not participate in any gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, unless subject to a specific exception set out in this Order.

15.4 No person, business or organization may host a formal in-person meeting or training.

15.4.1 Notwithstanding section 15.4, a business or organization may host a mental health and addictions support group meeting while adhering to the following: (a) a maximum of 10 persons in attendance; and (b) all persons in attendance must adhere to masking and physical distancing requirements of 2 metres (6 feet) set out in this Order.

15.4.2 Notwithstanding section 15.4, a business or organization may carry out meetings and training that are required for safety and essential operation in accordance with the conditions set out in 15.4.1.

16.1 Physical distancing requirements and the person limit set out in sections 13 and 13.1 do not apply to the following municipal entities and their contractors when carrying out their work duties: (a) Police and Fire Services;

In effect the fire service of Nova Scotia is returned to the same status as we were in April before the lock-down on May 13, 2021. If physical distancing of 6’ (2m) cannot be assured at all times, then all parties are required to properly wear respiratory masks.

Hosting of community groups or events in fire stations is not permitted unless it falls under “meetings and training that are

required for safety and essential operation” of the fire

May 28th, 2021



The Health and Wellness committee has created a brief survey to determine the immediate needs of the membership as it relates to health and wellness. The data collected will assist the health and wellness committee of the Nova Scotia Fire Service Association in developing an engagement plan on various health and wellness topics with the Nova Scotia fire service.

Your input in this survey will assist the Health and Wellness committee in developing an engagement plan. It is extremely important that we gain input from as many Nova Scotia firefighters as possible.

The following link will take you directly to the survey:

All submissions are requested by June 16th, 2021.

The Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia created the Health and Wellness committee to promote awareness around issues affecting the health and wellbeing of members of the Nova Scotia Fire Service. This awareness can be done through education, training, consultation and the promotion of existing programs that are designed to assist First Responders. Direction will taken from the Fire Service as well as our partners, as we work to protect its members from the hazards associated with performing our daily tasks.


Greg Jones

FSANS Health and Wellness committee

Add event to your:

May 26th, 2021

Upcoming Virtual Seminar - JUNE 3RD - 7-9 PM

(No Pre-Registration Required - Zoom Link Below)

REHABILITIATION - keeping you in the game

Topic: REHABILITATION - Keeping you in the Game

Time: Jun 3, 2021 07:00 PM Halifax

Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 995 5539 4990

Passcode: LgN1h2

Note: Zoom presentation recordings will be uploaded at a later date for those that are not able to attend the night of the event.

February 12th, 2021


From: Daniel Gaudet, President - FSANS

Sent: February-12-21

Subject: COVID-19 Restrictions & The Fire Service - For Immediate Release

As a general statement, the gathering limits

with social distancing for meetings and training are:

- 150 people maximum outdoors

- 50% of the venue’s capacity up to 100 people maximum indoors when meetings and training are hosted by:

· businesses and organizations

· provincial and municipal government

· first responder organizations (first responders don’t need to follow social distancing requirements when necessary during work or training activities)

· mental health and addictions support groups

· organized clubs

Municipal service providers (police and fire services as examples) are exempt from gathering limits and physical distancing requirements under the Public Health order for the purposes of performing regular work duties (including meetings) where gathering limits and/or distancing cannot be maintained.

Reiterating Dr. Strang’s earlier words: “Fire departments should always be looking to meet general Public Health restrictions (even if Section 5.20 gives them an exemption) unless there is a valid and important reason for not doing so.” – meaning in all cases, physical distancing should be maintained, and masks worn if distancing cannot be assured.

The Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia does not set nor enforce the limitations or restrictions around fire service activities during this pandemic, but highly recommends to all fire services in the province that these directives be followed so as to exhibit to the local community that they do recognize and respect the directives and show a positive example as we work through this together.


Daniel Gaudet, President - FSANS

February 3rd, 2021


Due to the ever evolving climate around the COVID-19 Pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, The FSANS Conference originally scheduled for June 4-6, 2021 has be postponed

February 1st 2021

Status of FDIC Atlantic Originally Scheduled for June 4-6, 2021

Due to the ever evolving climate around the COVID-19 Pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, The FDIC Atlantic Conference originally scheduled for June 4-6, 2021 in Wolfville, NS has been postponed.

This is a decision not taken lightly, however, like the Conference that was postponed in 2020, the directors all agree that the safety of delegates is always a top priority, This, along with uncertainty around the pandemic has led us to the decision that we are unable to move forward with planning for this year’s in-person conference.

Virtual opportunities are currently being explored which we may be able to offer until such a time where we can once again come together at FDIC Atlantic in Wolfville, NS with fellow first responders from all over Atlantic Canada, and beyond.

Thank you & Stay Safe,

-President, Stephen Fenner

January 18th 2021

New fund to help NS firefighters in need

LUNENBURG, NS – The Nova Scotia Firefighters Benevolent Fund (NSFBF) has received approval as a registered charity under the Income Tax Act, and will soon provide assistance to firefighters in need.

Funds will be dispersed to help firefighters cover unexpected out-of-pocket expenses such as fuel, parking, meals, even lodging, that are incurred during trips to appointments with out-of-town medical practitioners.

Provided they meet NSFBF eligibility and disbursement criteria, all active volunteer, career, provincial, federal and Indigenous firefighters in the province will be eligible for funding consideration.

December 21st 2020


Situational Awareness: The foundation for good decision making

Instructor: Dr. Rich Gasaway

Date: January 20th, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. (Atlantic Time)

Cost: $20, Per Person

( Station Rates are available contact the MFCA for details (902) 631-4245 )
This program shares the powerful findings of Dr. Gasaway’s extensive research on issues related to first responder decision making and flawed situational awareness. In his review of hundreds of near-miss reports, case studies, line-of-duty death reports and videos he continually found himself being frustrated because there were so many clues, indicators and signs that the incident was going to end in disaster.
Yet, for some reason, personnel operating at the incident scene – from company officers to incident commanders – could not see it coming. Or if they did see it coming, they did nothing to alter their course. In his research to understand why first responders were (seemingly) blind and deaf to what was happening right in front of them, Dr. Gasaway uncovered and investigated over one hundred barriers that can destroy situational awareness and flaw decision making.
This program focuses on some of the most pervasive situational awareness barriers first responders will face while operating in stress-filled, dynamically-changing environments.

December 7th 2020

PETER SIMPSON: Pilot project aims to free up Nova Scotia ambulances.

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December 4th 2020

November 12 2020


The Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) supports changes to the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations to require that all new residential dwellings include installation of sprinkler systems.

November 12th 2020



  • Media Award

  • Partnership Award

  • Training Award

Oct 26, 2020

Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia Uniform Protocol

Recommendations for Fire Service Uniform Wear and Appearance of Personnel in Dress and Station Attire

Adopted by FSANS Board of Directors October 2020

August 9th 2020

Firefighter presumptive cancer coverage website From Department of Labour

Firefighter Presumptive Cancer Website hosted by Department of Labour.

Find the changes to the WCB legislation that explains the expanded list of cancers covered under the new presumptive regulations.

It also provides an area for feedback on the list. Please share any feedback with the Department Of Labour as they work through this process. Comments close Aug 12.

July 29th, 2020

TO : Nova Scotia Fire Service

DATE : July 29, 2020

RE : Office of the Fire Marshal Answering Service


Effective Monday, August 31, 2020, at 8:30 am, the Office of the Fire Marshal will be changing our answering service provider to the provincial Operations Centre in Shubenacadie. Our telephone numbers, 902-424-5721, and our toll free 800-559-3497 will remain the same and these numbers will continue to be answered 24/7. We are not anticipating any issues with the changeover but want to ensure that a plan is in place should anything occur. On Monday August 31st, if you try to contact the OFM using the above numbers and you do not reach an OFM staff person or it appears to not work, the office has setup a temporary number 902-424-5211 for use. You can also still contact the office by fax or e-mail.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office by phone, fax and/or



Fred W. Jeffers,

Fire Marshal

July 30th, 2020

Meeting Minutes Page Updated

May 2nd, 2020

Current Membership list updated under the "About FSANS" Page which Including departments who have and departments who have yet to pay 2020 membership fees.

April 29th 2020 - Mental Wellness

If you need help, seek help.

For assistance, the fire service has a number of options:

  • Our provincial CISM team is available to assist after any line of duty critical incident by calling 1-800-559-3473 -

  • The Nova Scotia Mental Health Crisis Line 1-888-429-8167 is available for any of your mental health concerns. -

  • Check with your fire department insurance provider for any programs or support they can offer.

  • If your department has a Fire Chaplain or similar position this might be a great first step.

  • Reminder, most Doctor’s offices are still open!

  • Remember 211 is a great tool to find services and programs including mental health assistance

  • Wellness Canada Mental Health Portal:

Recognize how you are feeling

Take care of yourself

Stay connected

Maintain perspective

December 8th 2019

The 2020 Nova Scotia Firefighters' Metalfab Curling Championship will be held in Lunenburg, NS January 31st to February 2nd, 2020. The winner advances to the 61st Annual Canadian Firefighters' Curling Championship in Charlottetown, PE March 27th to April 4th, 2020.

Details, Entry Forms and more can be found on their website

December 21st 2019

FSANS Membership and Associate Membership forms are now posted online need to renew or become a member.

Please see the Documents & Forms page to print off your membership form.

December 4th 2019

A family affair: Freeman Lumber makes generous donation to Greenfield and District Fire Department

Last week, at the Greenfield and District Fire Department, Charlie and Richard Freeman announced their company was donating 13 sets of personal protective equipment (bunker gear) and other employee incentives to the 13 Greenfield firefighters who are employed at the Freeman mill. This latest generous donation from the Freeman family is valued at more than $30,000. Read More Here...

October 20th 2019

FSANS Annual General Meeting

The FSANS AGM was held on October 20, 2019 at the Nova Scotia Firefighters School in Waverly,

October 17th, 2019

Amendments Support Volunteer Firefighters

Firefighters help keep Nova Scotians safe every day, putting their own health and safety at risk. That is why government is ensuring all volunteer firefighters have access to Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) injury insurance coverage.

Read More here...

June 24th, 2019

Municipality of the District of Lunenburg launches firefighter recruitment retention strategy

Tasked with the responsibility of providing fire protection to its residents, and facing a worrisome decline in the numbers of volunteer firefighters in most fire departments, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL), has rolled out a comprehensive recruitment and retention strategy.

“Volunteers in the fire service, whether they be firefighters, auxiliary members or other volunteers, are vitally important to the provision of emergency services in the municipality,” said MODL Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, in a news release.

Click here for full report...

May 23, 2019

As part of Emera’s Occupational Health and Safety week in May a creative idea was hatched and one that certainly benefited the volunteer fire departments throughout Nova Scotia. The idea was to ask employees to donate new teddy bears that would be used to comfort a child on a scene., and donate they did, 137 teddy bears and plush toys were collected.

Click here for full report...

May 2019

The Annual Conference of the Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia was held in Truro on May 13 and 14; it was a fantastic turnout once again! This year’s theme was “Fire Fighting and Hot Topics” and the line-up of speakers this year was impressive.

Click here for full report...

December 11, 2018

During a council meeting in New Germany, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL), together with the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association, presented a unique commemorative plaque and long-service medal to Wilfred Feener for 52 years of dedicated service to the Dayspring and District Fire Department, including 21 years as chief for two separate terms. Presenting the plaque and medal to Feener (centre) were MODL councillor and former Conquerall Bank fire chief Martin Bell, mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, councillor and former Bridgewater fire chief Reid Whynot, and MODL fire services co-ordinator and former Hebbville fire chief Chris Kennedy.


New Victoria Fire Department recently received four new sets of turnouts.

The New Victoria Fire Department in Nova Scotia recently received four new sets of turnouts, compliments of Globe by MSA, through the 2018 Globe Gear Giveaway. A highlight of their award can be found HERE, and a press release by CLICKING HERE.

The Globe Gear Giveaway is a partnership between Globe, DuPont Protection Solutions, and the National Volunteer Fire Council. Since 2012, the following six departments in Canada have received Globe gear through this invaluable program:

  • 2012 - Moose Creek Fire Department, Ontario

  • 2014 - Osler Fire Department, Saskatchewan

  • 2015 - L’Orignal Fire Department, Ontario

  • 2016 - Norton Volunteer Fire Department, New Brunswick

  • 2017 - Louise Fire Department, Manitoba

  • 2018 - New Victoria Fire Department, Nova Scotia

Additional information can be found at HERE.

July 17, 2018

Trudeau announces $90-million contribution to twin deadly N.S. highway.

The Pictou County community has fought for years to get improvements for Highway 104, with local fire Chief Joe MacDonald leading the charge.

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