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New charges laid against Kingsville chief

Accusations of sex offences continue to build against Kingsville fire chief Bob Kissner, with police revealing that three more alleged victims have come forward. OPP announced Tuesday that its major crime unit has laid five additional charges of sexual assault against Kissner.

Community housing fire leaves one dead

Toronto's fire chief says one person died and five others were taken to hospital after a fire at a downtown community housing building last Thursday evening. Matthew Pegg told a late-night news conference that the fire broke out in a unit on the fourth floor of the five-storey building and he believes the victim was found in the unit where the fire started.

B.C. implements tax credit for rescuers

British Columbia has announced a new tax credit for the more than 7,000 volunteers who save lives across the province. Emergency Preparedness Minister Naomi Yamamoto said the credit will reduce the taxable income for volunteer firefighters and search-and-rescue crews by $3,000. The credit will translate into a benefit of up to $151 each year, which, combined with an existing federal tax credit, will amount to about $600 for volunteers.
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Six-alarm fire challenges Toronto crews

Emergency crews worked all night Tuesday and into Wednesday morning to reopen roads and battle the last remnants of a massive fire in midtown Toronto. The six-alarm blaze, which ignited Tuesday morning, tore through the historic Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto until firefighters contained it in the evening. Crews stayed on-scene all night, and the fire was under control as of 5:45 a.m., said Chief Matthew Pegg. » Read more...

New-style comfort food for the February blahs

It’s February and parts of Canada are buried under feet of snow; winter weather and comfort food go hand in hand, but firefighter/chef Patrick Mathieu has other ideas – and he wants you to try them! In his Recipe Rescue column, Mathieu provides recipes for mouthwatering meals that involve new ingredients, and new techniques that will more than satisfy your crews, your volunteers or your family! » Read more...
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Whether you’re a new officer or in need of a mentor, From Buddy to Boss: Effective Fire Service Leadership, is a must-have management book you’ll turn to over and over again. Fire-service veteran Chase Sargent has taken his popular course and written a no-holds-barred leadership book for the fire service in a conversational and easy-to-read style. Sargent tells you how to accept and survive politics, deal with the fringe employees, and keep your cool — tricks of the trade that usually take years to acquire. Use this book to master your leadership and management skills, and successfully make the transition to boss. >> Learn More

Wildland urban interface conference

March 21-23, 2017
Location: Reno, Nev.
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Canadian Firefighters Curling Association championships

March 24-April 2, 2017
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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