FIRE SERVICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA
The Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia is dedicated to provide leadership and representation to the fire service, government, private sector and citizens of Nova Scotia by developing, evaluating and communicating policy and programs through consultation, research and education in the matters of fire and public safety.
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Recent news and Announcements
December 21st 2020
VIRTUAL TRAINING OPPERTUNITY FROM THE MFCA
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.
November 12 2020
FSANS - POSITION PAPER - MANDATORY RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLERS SYSTEMS
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.
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,
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 - https://www.nsfirecism.ca/
The Nova Scotia Mental Health Crisis Line 1-888-429-8167 is available for any of your mental health concerns. - https://novascotia.ca/mental-health-and-wellbeing/
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 https://ns.211.ca/
Wellness Canada Mental Health Portal: https://ca.portal.gs/?lang=en-ca
Recognize how you are feeling
Take care of yourself
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.