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Nov. 15, 2018

Brantford department pays tribute to veterans

The Brantford, Ont., fire department is helping honour those who served in the First World War and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war by placing photographs of 22 local veterans on a fire truck. The truck also features images of the Vimy Memorial, the Brantford armouries and soldiers going over the top of a trench into battle.

Quebec town terminates seven new firefighters

Tension between Brownsburg-Chatham, Que., council and the town’s firefighters was high at a November 6 council meeting. Claiming budget restraints, council has decided to terminate seven new volunteer firefighters who had recently joined the department.

Resort fire leads to new hydrant directives in Baddeck

A complaint filed by the Baddeck Nova Scotia volunteer fire department in the wake of a fire at the Inverary Resort earlier this year has resulted in a series of directives regarding fire hydrant upkeep issued by the provincial regulator to the water utility.
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Tim-Bits: Putting it all together

Firefighter Tim Llewellyn shares in the October edition of Canadian Firefighter magazine his thoughts on how firefighter training can be broken down into several distinct categories. Llewellyn says each category is unique from the others by the general timeframe at which the training is occurring in the firefighter’s career. » Learn more

Fit for Duty: The benefits of cross-training

Firefighter and engineer Sherry Dean said examining fire fighting 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 issue of Canadian Firefighter magazine. » Learn more
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Hamilton crews rescue man from burning apartment

A man was rescued from a third-floor window of an apartment-building fire in Hamilton, Ont., that a fellow tenant has been accused of setting Saturday night. It was one of four fires in Hamilton over the weekend. » Read more

Edmonton crews douse pharmacy fire

Seven fire crews responded to City Centre mall in downtown Edmonton for a fire inside the Shoppers Drug Mart late Monday afternoon. » Read more

New Waterford blaze not considered suspicious

A fire in New Waterford, N.S., that destroyed the former Fast Furniture store location early Saturday isn’t thought to be suspicious but the investigation is ongoing. » 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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