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Sept. 27, 2018
Training Day

Didsbury chief steps down after volunteer resignations

Fire Chief Craig Martin stepped down Monday after half his crew in Didsbury, Alta., quit in protest over what they're calling "safety concerns." During the past few months, 15 of the 31 volunteer firefighters from the department have resigned from their on-call positions.

Vancouver union calls for more firefighters per shift

Vancouver firefighters say they’re short-staffed when compared with “industry best practices” and need another 21 firefighters per shift or 84 altogether. Vancouver Firefighters Union spokesperson Lee Lax says there were 200 more fires last year over 2016 and they responded to 6,200 overdoses.

Firefighters call for higher fines for motorists driving over hoses

The Vancouver Fire Department says $81 and penalty points are not enough to fine drivers for motoring over their hoses. Vancouver’s fire chief wants to see the province increase fines because it puts their members’ safety at risk.
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Leadership: Share it. Don’t wear it.

Gord Ditchburn, president of the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Association, writes in the October issue of Canadian Firefighter about an awareness campaign aimed at first responders in British Columbia called “Share it. Don’t wear it.” The committee behind the campaign selected particular images and words to represent the mental health challenges firefighters face in their day-to-day work. » Learn more
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Fire Ground: What you need to know about steam

Fire Chief and lead instructor at Trident Fire Training & Consultancy Inc. Lance Bushie delves into the interactions of steam and how it interacts with fire extinguishment and can cause burns to a firefighter in the latest issue of Canadian Firefighter. » Learn more

Behchoko shed fire claims woman's life

A fire which engulfed a shed in Behchoko, N.W.T. early Saturday morning has killed a woman, RCMP say. Police were called to help the local fire department at about 1:20 a.m., and officers arrived to see the shed in flames. » Read more

Weekend fire damages Happy Valley-Goose Bay funeral home

A funeral home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L. sustained heavy smoke and water damage from fire on Saturday night, in the town's third commercial fire in a little over a week. » Read more

Toronto firefighters battle two-alarm high rise blaze

No injuries were reported following a fire at a highrise apartment building in East York Tuesday morning. The two-alarm blaze broke out at around 5:20 a.m. in a ninth-floor garbage room. » Read more

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