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Vancouver fire crews battle massive commercial blaze

A two-alarm fire tore through a metal shop near Vancouver's Olympic Village neighbourhood early Wednesday morning. The blaze broke out at around 5:30 a.m. at a single-storey building that was home to Metal and Wood Products Ltd. Battalion Chief Kevin Wilson told CTV News that 31 firefighters were on scene fighting the flames.

Sudbury volunteers reprimanded over critical comments

A group of 11 volunteer firefighters in Sudbury, Ont., are facing disciplinary action over comments they made about a proposed city plan to overhaul fire and paramedic services. City staff disciplined eight of the volunteers and three have been terminated. The proposal would include closing 10 fire halls, reducing volunteer numbers and hiring 58 new full-time firefighters.

Penticton chief calls for safe injection site

As fire crews in Penticton, B.C., are responding to an increasing number of overdose calls, Fire Chief Larry Watkinson is calling for the city to establish a safe injection site and needle exchange program in the downtown area. “I believe that safe injection sites are a mechanism to reduce the threat to the community,” Watkinson told Global News.

Mould forces volunteer firefighters from hall

Volunteer firefighters in Grande-Anse, N.B., have abandoned their fire hall after years of struggling with leaking and mould. In September, Chief Rodney Whelton pulled his volunteers out of the building due to health concerns.
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