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North Vancouver firefighters respond to multiple rescues

Members of the District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services were busy over the long weekend, rescuing people from hiking trails and bodies of water along the North Shore. Assistant Chief Brian Hutchinson told CBC News Monday that firefighters have responded to about six or seven rescues since Saturday.

Barrie fire chief moves to Brampton

According to a City of Brampton press release, Barrie, Ont., Chief and Fire Fighting in Canada columnist Bill Boyes will be the new chief with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services. Boyes began his fire fighting career in Brampton, where he served as captain before moving to Barrie to become a deputy chief 2014. In January 2016, he was promoted to chief in Barrie. Boyes will begin his new job in Brampton on Oct. 10.

Thunder Bay seeks arbitration reform

The City of Thunder Bay says an interest arbitration ruling on a three-year collective agreement with the local firefighters’ union will add to the increasing costs of providing emergency services to the public. The city said in a press release firefighters have been awarded wage increases of 2.39 per cent for 2015, 2.27 per cent for 2016 and 2.27 per cent this year, moving firefighter salaries just ahead of city police.

Ottawa apartment fire displaces eight people

A fire in a low-rise apartment building in Ottawa’s east end displaced eight residents early Wednesday. Fire crews received a call just before 2 a.m. reporting visible smoke and flames coming from the building. The fire, which began in a top floor unit, went to two alarms. The cause is under investigation, however Ottawa Fire Services told CBC News Wednesday that the fire was not caused by arson.
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