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November 29, 2018

Rural fire departments struggle to recruit volunteers

A New Brunswick fire chief says there aren't enough volunteer firefighters to battle house fires or respond to motor vehicle crashes in rural areas, particularly during the work week.

B.C. First Nations carry huge debts after fighting to save homes from wildfires

The chief of the central British Columbia First Nation and the rest of the community scrambled to buy equipment, train firefighters, evacuate residents and set up an emergency operations centre–spending about $400,000 but saving most of the reserve’s buildings from the flames of this year’s wildfires.

New podcast Dec. 3: Studying the Statistics

A Canadian study is calling for the creation of a national firefighter wellness surveillance system to help address cancer rates and other firefighter health risks. Fire Fighting in Canada editor Grant Cameron spoke with several authors of the study, including Len Garis, fire chief for the City of Surrey, B.C. in our latest podcast sponsored by Dräger. Tune in to our previous episodes in the meantime!
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Tim Bits

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

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 October issue of Canadian Firefighter. » Learn more

Truck carrying coal catches fire in Nova Scotia

A coal truck hauling a full load of coal from the Donkin Mine in Nova Scotia was destroyed in a fire last week. The fire chief of the Donkin Volunteer Fire Department said the department received a call at about 12:15 p.m. regarding the transport on fire on the Port Morien Highway 255. » Read more

Pedestrian injured in crash involving Ottawa Fire vehicle dies

Police say a pedestrian who was injured in a two-vehicle crash involving an Ottawa Fire Services SUV last week has died. » Read more

Unattended candle sparks Charlottetown apartment fire

Fire officials are urging caution after a lit candle left unattended during a gathering in Charlottetown, P.E.I., caused a small fire in an apartment in the Ellen's Creek area. » Read more

CFFCA Provincial Playdown–N.B.

Jan. 18 to 20, 2019
Location: Oromocto, N.B.
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CFFCA Provincial Playdown–P.E.I.

Jan. 18 to 20, 2019
Location: Montague, P.E.I.
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CFFCA Provincial Playdown–South Ontario

Jan. 18 to 20, 2019
Location: Penetanguishene, Ont.
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