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Inquest jury recommends putting ice-water training programs on hold

A coroner's inquest into the ice-water training deaths of two Ontario firefighters recommends that all such training be put on hold. The jury suggested that all swift-water ice training should stop until a committee of experts establishes standards to minimize risks. Fifteen non-binding recommendations were presented at the inquest on Thursday morning in Toronto.

Wet weather assists B.C. Firefighters

Cool, wet weather is helping crews fighting wildfires in British Columbia. Officials say a fire near Lumby, B.C., burned as much as eight hectares of trees and brush, which prompted an evacuation alert in the Regional District of North Okanagan on Tuesday. Overnight rain and snow helped crews control the flames, and the evacuation alert was lifted Wednesday afternoon.

Fifty-three First Nations reserves lack adequate fire protection

An Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada audit has found that 53 reserves are without proper fire fighting equipment and training. According to CBC News, the internal audit identified 14 underserviced reserves in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and 39 limited-service sites in Ontario and British Columbia. The executive director of the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada, Blaine Wiggins, told the CBC he estimates that the number of communities in need is actually much higher.

High winds feed Nova Scotia forest fires

A rash of wildfires in mainland Nova Scotia kept firefighters busy over the long weekend. By mid-afternoon Monday, a dozen fires were reported in woodlands around the province.
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