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Firefighters charged with fraud, money laundering

Two Ontario firefighters face criminal charges related to an alleged scheme to defraud a fund for families of firefighters injured or killed on the job. The Halton police fraud bureau announced Tuesday it has jointly charged Warren Atkinson, 52, of Newmarket and Colin Grieve, 58, of Stoney Creek, with two counts of fraud over $5,000, money laundering and attempt to obstruct justice.

Sudbury plan recommends hall closures, more staff

A review of Sudbury’s fire service, to be presented to council on March 22, recommends closure of nine of 24 fire halls but calls for an increase in full-time firefighters to 166 from 108 over the next decade. The long-anticipated report also calls for the number of volunteer firefighters to be cut in half.

Calgary, firefighters ratify deal

The City of Calgary has reached a one-year agreement with the firefighters union – first time in two decades a deal has been reached without arbitration. The deal includes a 2.5 per cent wage increase for 2017 and follows a similar agreement with police.

East Gwillimbury, firefighters approve first collective agreement

The Town of East Gwillimbury in Ontario has reached its first collective agreement with its firefighters association. Council ratified the five-year agreement Feb. 22. Firefighters will receive average annual wage increases of 2.8 per cent.
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    Firefighters assaulted while responding to call

    Two members of the Conception Bay South fire department in Newfoundland were assaulted while responding to a medical emergency Tuesday. Paramedics and firefighters were met by a combative individual, forcing emergency responders to call the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for aid. » Read more...

    Investigator determines harassment allegations unwarranted

    A report into a controversy involving the Spaniard's Bay volunteer fire department in Newfoundland has been made publicly available, after council voted in a split decision to accept a review undertaken by a retired police investigator. The 112-page report concludes that there is no evidence to imply that any member of the department was subject to harassment, just that there is "evidence of heated discussion and aggressive debate." » Read more...

    Court date set for former Kingsville chief

    A new court date has been set for former Kingsville fire chief Bob Kissner. Kissner, who is accused of sexual assault, was arrested in December after police were told about an alleged incident involving sexual assault against a minor. » Read more...

    Minister pledges to track First Nations fire deaths

    Ottawa will once again track fire-related deaths in Canada’s First Nations communities, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said Monday. Bennett also committed to creating an indigenous fire marshal’s office, which would oversee data collection and spearhead fire prevention, should the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada recommend the step in a report due in May. » Read 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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