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Firefighters agree to wage freeze for 2017

The City of Medicine Hat, in Alberta, and its firefighters, have agreed to a wage freeze in 2017. The four-year agreement with the local chapter of the International Association of Firefighters stretches back to 2015 and will provide raises totalling 5.1 per cent by the time it expires in late 2018. The first two years, however, are retroactive – characterized as catch-up by council members, and the overall amount is likely less than inflation over the span.

Trial date set for lawsuit over firefighter gear

A September 2017 trial date has been set for the City of Abbotsford’s lawsuit against the supplier and manufacturer of firefighter breathing units. In April, the city sued Avon Protection Systems and Northwest Safework Solutions, alleging that the 83 self-contained breathing apparatus units it bought for $471,487, were dangerous, as they repeatedly failed.

City ordered to redraft operating guidelines for firefighters

Firefighters in Sault Ste. Maria are lauding an order from Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, which requests that the city redraft operating guidelines. The Sault Ste. Marie Professional Fire Fighters Association has been calling on the city to reverse cuts to the amount of firefighters per truck from four to three. According to a news release, with three firefighters per truck the current operating guidelines impact both firefighter and public safety.
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Fire Fighting in Canada This Week

In the latest episode of Fire Fighting in Canada This Week, host Tamar Atik reports on council in Winnipeg questioning firefighter absences; a call for more staff for Yellowknife’s fire department and a forestry professor saying more Canadian wildfire research is needed. » Read more...

Fire forces evacuation of seniors residence

The Gatineau fire department was called to Domaine des Trembles – a seven-storey retirement home for 235 seniors, after a fire forced the evacuation of 50 people. The fire was quickly put out by the sprinkler system, and the cause of the fire appears to be accidental. » Read more...

Committee requests report on firefighter over-time

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic chief John Lane presented a report on firefighter absences to councilors on the finance committee and told them that the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) over-time budget is unrealistically low. Councilors have asked Lane to provide another report comparing incidences of sick leave within the WFPS to other civic departments, even though sick leave isn’t responsible for the bulk of the daily absences, rather vacation time is. » Read more...

Burn Protocol

In the October issue of Canadian Firefighter, Ken Webb discusses proper protocol on how to handle the superheated firefighter. » Read more...

IAFC: VCOS Symposium in the Sun

Nov. 10-13, 2016
Location: Clearwater Beach, Fla. » >> Learn More

Fire Service Women of Ontario 2016 conference

Nov. 11-13, 2016
Location: Corunna, Ont. » >> Learn More