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Nov. 1, 2018

Sarnia's fire service overtime continues to spike

Overtime in Sarnia, Ont.’s, fire service continues to have a big impact on the city’s financials. Projections are $1.1 million will be paid out by end of December, mostly to cover shift requirements as several firefighters have been off on extended leave for workplace-incurred injuries and illnesses.

Nearly 100 firefighter memorials stolen from Nova Scotia cemetery

Law enforcement officials are appealing to the public for help after nearly 100 “broken ladder” memorials were stolen from a cemetery for volunteer firefighters in Bridgewater, N.S., over the weekend.

Piapot First Nation declares state of emergency after blaze at water treatment plant

A fire at the water treatment plant on the Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan has put the community in a state of emergency.
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Fit for Duty: The benefits of cross-training

Firefighter and engineer Sherry Dean says examining firefighting as a sport and firefighters as athletes helps to assess the kind of training regime to improve performance. Dean answers the question, “How do you ensure you are balancing the strength, endurance and power requirements of your job?” in the October edition of Canadian Firefighter magazine. » Learn more

Leadership: Mind over matter

Michael Laughlin knows about perseverance. The 37-year-old overcame a horrific snowmobile accident in 2007 that resulted in 33 pins and screws holding his left side together, including a titanium forearm, femur and kneecap but is now back at work. Read more about Michael’s story of recovery in the October edition of Canadian Firefighter. » Learn more
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Edmonton firefighters respond to gas leak

Fire crews sealed a gas leak in an industrial area Tuesday afternoon that stank up a swath of south Edmonton. » Read more

Massive fire destroys St. Mary's Bay fish plant

The Hickey & Sons Fisheries Ltd. fish plant in O'Donnell's, St. Mary's Bay, N.L., was destroyed by a massive fire. Chief Tony Daley of the St. Joseph's Fire Department said he got the call just after 1 a.m. » Read more

Early morning fire destroys home under construction

An early morning fire has destroyed a house under construction in south Etobicoke, Ont., on Wednesday, but no one was injured in the blaze. » Read more

Road to Recovery

Firefighters don’t like to show their weaknesses or vulnerabilities. They often keep their problems to themselves instead of reaching out for help. That’s what happened to Chris Howe, an acting captain with the Niagara Falls Fire Department. He suffered from mental health issues and became an alcoholic and drug addict and was suicidal. One day, though, he reached out and found help.

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