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Sudbury chief presents EMS optimization plan

Sudbury city councillors met on Tuesday to hear Trevor Bain, the city's chief of fire and paramedic services and general manager of community safety, present a plan to optimize the city’s emergency medical services. The plan, which would cost Sudbury taxpayers $64 million if implemented, is intended to modernize the city's fire and paramedic services and improve response times.

Gatineau fire forces 30 from their homes

Thirty people were forced from their homes Wednesday night as Gatineau firefighters worked to extinguish a condominium blaze. No injuries were reported.

Fire damages historic North Preston church

Fire has caused extensive damage to a historic church in North Preston, N.S., just east of Halifax. Firefighters from five stations were called Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to extinguish the fire at St. Thomas Baptist. The church is considered to be a cornerstone of the town, which is one of Canada’s largest Black communities.

Kevin Dean, a division commander with Halifax Fire, said the flames were difficult to extinguish because they were in a crawl behind a false wall. Foul play is not suspected but the cause remains unclear.

Mississauga crews battle high-rise blaze

No one was injured in a fire on a balcony of a Mississauga high-rise building early Wednesday. According to Peel police, a burning cigarette is believed to have caused the fire on an upper-floor balcony.
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B.C. overdose deaths declining

According to new numbers from the B.C. Coroners Service, 102 people died of a suspected overdose last month. At an average of more than 3.6 people every day, February's numbers are actually below the average for January, where 116 people died of an overdose. Both January and February statistics show a decline from December. That month saw a record-breaking 142 overdose-related deaths. » Read more...

Firefighters battle blaze at wood pellet plant

Firefighters from several departments have been called to the scene of an industrial fire at the old Britex plant in Centrelea, N.S. on Tuesday morning. » Read more...

Officials investigate Regina apartment fire

The Regina Fire Department is investigating a weekend fire at an apartment building under construction. Officials say the fire started on the main floor electrical room and spread to the suite above. It is not known if the fire is suspicious at this time. » Read more...

Edmonton to reopen shuttered fire station

After five years of heated opposition from the Rossdale community league, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services will reopen an old station in the neighbourhood. » Read more...

Canadian Firefighters Curling Association championships

March 24-April 2, 2017
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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Fire Department Instructors Conference

April 24-29, 2017
Location: Indianapolis, In.
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