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Alberta firefighter dies of leukemia

Firefighters from across Alberta gathered in Fort McMurray to honour their young colleague, known as “Unbreakable Bo,” who died this month after a long battle with leukaemia.

Firefighter treated after exposure to suspected fentanyl

A Winnipeg firefighter-paramedic received emergency treatment after he was exposed to what might have been fentanyl on the job. Alex Forrest, president of the United Firefighters of Winnipeg, said the firefighter paramedic was with a crew responding to a possible fentanyl overdose in a home when we started having trouble with his throat.

Mayor to intervene in union, administration dispute

Mayor Christian Provenzano of Sault, Ste. Marie, Ont., says he will become more involved in the ongoing feud between city administration and the union representing Sault Ste. Marie firefighters. Provenzano made the statement immediately prior to council voting on a motion seeking to have city staff report on the feasibility and cost of initiating a comprehensive risk assessment in 2017 – a full year earlier than planned.
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Ontario Fire Marshal Ross Nichols gave his final presentation to Ontario chiefs this week at their midterm conference; it was short on detail but the message was clear. » Read more...
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Fire Fighting in Canada This Week

Host Tamar Atik reports on a study that shows there are more fire-related injuries in Windsor, Ont., than 14 other surveyed municipalities. The NFPA’s Shayne Mintz discusses the improved 1851 PPE standard. Plus, Fire Chief Don Jolley talks about British Columbia’s new training standard. >> Learn More

Cambridge unveils new memorial

Firefighters and their families gathered at the Cambridge fire headquarters on Saturday to unveil a new memorial that will be a reminder to those men and women who have died in the line of duty. » Read more...

Editor’s blog

As fire chiefs meet in Niagara Falls this week and the OPFFA holds its legislative conference at Queen’s Park, the union’s fire-paramedic/patients first proposal is top of mind for municipalities – which would cover 100 per cent of the cost. » Read more...

A bungalow fire has left one man dead

A fire in a Victoria home has left the lone occupant dead. Firefighters found the man and immediately began CPR. Crews responded with a rescue truck, ladder truck and command vehicle and quickly extinguished most of the flames before attacking the fire from the entrance. » Read more...

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