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MSA announces purchase of Globe

Fire-service equipment provider MSA announced Wednesday it is buying gear maker Globe in a $215-million, all-cash deal. The acquisition expands MSA's line of firefighting equipment; the companies said in a press release Wednesday morning that there is no product overlap. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

OPP lay more charges against chief

Police have laid two more sexual assault charges against former Kingsville, Ont., fire chief Bob Kissner. Kissner now faces 17 charges including 11 counts of sexual assault, five counts of sexual exploitation and one count of sexual interference in relation to multiple victims.

Owen Sound council rejects firefighter grievances

Council in Owen Sound, Ont., has rejected union grievances related to shit-trade procedures. The union claims Chief Doug Barfoot violated terms of the collective agreement for contracting out but council is backing the chief. The union will present further grievances to council on July 24.

Riot charges stayed for 63 Montreal firefighters

Criminal accusations have been stayed against 63 firefighters who were charged in connection with the ransacking of Montreal city hall three summers ago. A Crown prosecutor told Quebec Court Judge Lori Renee Weitzman that in exchange for the stay of proceedings, each person charged has agreed to pay fines totaling more than $71,000.
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Stop, talk and console: Five things firefighters should change to maintain good mental health

Firefighters sometimes they have misconceptions about their own strength, especially when it comes to mental health. In the July issue of Canadian Firefighter, After the Call's Nick Halmasy writes about the five major mental health missteps in the fire service. » Learn more
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Risky business: Coroner’s jury recommends halt to dangerous training

Jurors at the inquest into the training deaths of firefighters Adam Brunt and Gary Kendall recommended the province of Ontario develop a standard for swift-water rescue training in cold water. As Canadian Firefighter editor Laura King reports, the inquest will likely lead to changes in the private firefighter training industry. » Learn more
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    Alberta church fire deemed arson

    A fire that destroyed a historic church in Cochrane, Alta., had been deemed arson, after a fire investigation by the Municipal District of Bighorn. The McDougall Stoney Mission Church had stood for 142 years before it burned to the ground on May 22. » Read more...

    Brant County names new chief

    Brant County, Ont., has named Mike Seth as its new fire chief. Seth began his career in emergency services as a paramedic with Brant County, eventually becoming chief with the City of Thorold in southwestern Ontario. Seth will begin his new position on July 10. » Read more...

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