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Nov. 9, 2018

Yarmouth-area departments opt out of dispatch service

Several fire departments in southwestern Nova Scotia are opting out of a fire dispatch service run by the fire department in Yarmouth, N.S. It's not that they are unhappy with the service, it's the price that is now being requested.

Historic Ontario wildland fire season officially ends

October 31st marked the end of 2018’s wildland fire season. With more than 1,000 wildland fires in central and northern Ontario, 2018 was one of the busiest fire seasons in the province's history. To meet this challenge, the government has so far provided an additional $100 million in funding to successfully combat these blazes and keep Ontarians safe.

10 Saskatchewan fire departments receive vital grain-rescue equipment

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), in partnership with G3 Canada Limited, announced 10 Saskatchewan fire departments will receive vital grain-rescue equipment.
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From the Editor: Peace of mind for firefighters

Canadian Firefighter editor Grant Cameron writes about a Memorial Grant Program for First Responders that was launched in the spring and provides a maximum one-time, tax-free payment of $300,000 to the spouses, children and family of firefighters, police officers and paramedics who lose their lives as a result of carrying out their work duties. » Learn more

Dispatches: Prevailing over procrastination

In the October issue of Canadian Firefighter magazine, Jennifer Grigg, resilience and empowerment coach and certified body language trainer, breaks down steps firefighters can take to overcome procrastination. » Learn more

Condo complex fire sends woman to hospital

A woman has been rushed to hospital with serious smoke inhalation injuries after a fire ripped through a condominium complex near Square One in Mississauga, Ont., Tuesday morning. » Read more

Crews from five departments tackle house fire

Crews from five different fire departments spent hours Monday night and Tuesday morning putting out a house fire in South Freetown, P.E.I. » Read more

High winds hamper firefighters battling barn blaze

High winds hampered firefighting efforts at a large barn fire south east of Mount Forest, Ont., on Tuesday. » Read more

Stopping the stigma

Firefighters are routinely exposed to grisly sights and traumatic events. It’s all part of the job. But over time these experiences can take a significant toll on firefighters. Many firefighters suffer in silence because of the stoic culture that discourages them from seeking help with their own problems.

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