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Evacuations in British Columbia Interior

More than 10,000 residents in Williams Lake, B.C., are under an evacuation alert. Residents of the Central Interior community have been told to be ready to leave at a moment's notice, while more than 14,000 people have been displaced by about 200 fires burning across the province. Bob Turner of Emergency Management BC told The Canadian Press that the province is preparing for the possibility of mass evacuations.

Photos capture B.C. firefighters having campfire

A group of firefighters from the BC Wildfire Service are taking heat on social media for holding an apparent campfire — despite a province-wide fire ban. The photos, posted to Facebook Tuesday night by a resident of Clearwater, B.C., show individuals who are clearly dressed in the red and black uniforms of the BC Wildfire Service, while standing around a burning campfire.

Toronto firefighters rescue man stuck between buildings

A man spent nearly eight hours stuck in a narrow gap between two buildings in downtown Toronto before he was freed by firefighters on Tuesday night. Firefighters arrived on the scene around 8:15 p.m. when the man told rescuers he had fallen from a nearby roof and got trapped between the buildings about five hours earlier. Firefighters managed to break through the wall of one of the buildings to free the man at around 11 p.m.
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Editor’s Blog: Government oversight needed in private training

The two-week inquest into the drowning deaths of firefighter Gary Kendall and firefighting student Adam Brunt ended in late May, but as Canadian Firefighter editor Laura King writes, the necessary changes to regulate the private training industry are just beginning. » Learn more
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Tools of the trade: Healthy fuel for firefighters

A firefighter wouldn't neglect to keep equipment properly fuelled, so why do some neglect proper nutrition? Canadian Firefighter columnist Sean Kingswell offers tools and tips to keep members fuelled for the fire ground. » Learn more
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Sarnia firefighters heading to arbitration

Firefighters in Sarnia, Ont., are headed to interest arbitration with the city to settle a new collective agreement. The current contract for Sarnia’s 121 professional firefighters expired Dec. 31, 2016. » Read more...

First Nations evade evacuation orders

Emergency officials and police are urging British Columbia residents to respect evacuation orders ahead of fast-moving wildfires, but some First Nations are standing their ground. The chief of the Tl'etinqox First Nation told The Canadian Press that RCMP officers told them to leave or risk having their children taken away. Instead they erected a fire boundary and prepared to fight. » Read more...

Public housing agency fined in seniors’ home fire

Toronto's public housing agency has pleaded guilty to a fire code violation in related to a fire at a seniors’ residence that killed four people last year. The city says in a statement that the Toronto Community Housing Corporation pleaded guilty to failing to implement an approved fire safety plan and has been fined $100,000, the maximum amount allowed under the law. » Read more...

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