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Editor’s Blog: Insights from the inquest

It was an astute juror, rather than one of myriad of lawyers at the inquest into two firefighter training deaths, who asked the most poignant question on Wednesday: “Do you think ice-water rescue training should be required?” As editor Laura King writes, it’s hardly surprising that the jurors – all lay people, all dutifully listening to sometimes combative, sometimes technical, and sometimes gut-wrenching testimony – wondered why firefighters risk their lives training for rescues in the raging St. Clair river, after hearing that they are rarely called to do so.

Kitchener response times fall below standard: report

An analysis of the Kitchener Fire Department's response times reveals that the city’s firefighters take longer to respond to most calls than the industry standard.

Crews search for missing British Columbia fire chief

The community of Ashcroft, B.C., turned out in force after devastating floods to search for missing Cache Creek Fire Chief Clayton Cassidy. Sadly, the search shifted from rescue to recovery on Sunday after search and rescue teams and volunteers found no sign of the missing man.

Winnipeg firefighter found guilty of theft

A Winnipeg firefighter has been found guilty of stealing from a deceased elderly woman during a well-being check nearly two years ago. Darren Fedyck was convicted Wednesday of theft under $5,000 after his co-workers accused him of taking hundreds of dollars in cash and two pieces of jewelry from the woman's apartment.
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Tim-bits: Keep track of your firefighting tools

On the fire ground, the last thing you want to do is lose track of your tools. Tim Llewellyn wants to keep you organized; he shares his department’s process of marking tools and ladders in his April 2016 Tim-bits column. » Read more
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Firefighter preplan: Tips to handle on-the-job injury proactively

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