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March 14, 2019

Air quality alert issued for Hay River amidst landfill fire

The Town of Hay River, N.W.T., declared a "local state of emergency" over a fire at the Hay River landfill. In a press release the town said the local fire department has been managing a subsurface fire at the landfill since Mar. 3, but that it flared up Saturday, Mar. 9.

Corner Brook revises out-of-jurisdiction response policy

The Corner Brook Fire Department in N.L. now has a clearer idea of how it is to handle emergency calls that come in from outside its jurisdiction. The city approved a revised out-of-jurisdiction policy for the department during a public meeting of city council.

Ontario fire marshal wants to promote safety and diversity

Jon Pegg, Ontario’s newly installed fire marshal, says he’s excited about working to protect firefighters and the public and promoting diversity in the fire service. Pegg took over the helm on Feb. 20, replacing Ross Nichols who retired. He is no stranger to public fire and life safety, as he has been chief of emergency management for the Province of Ontario for the past eight months.
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Mark van der Feyst

Back to Basics: Firefighter survival techniques

In the Back to Basics column, firefighter Mark van der Feyst takes a deeper look into the first category of SCBA emergencies—reduced profile maneuvers. The situation we need to think about here is that a firefighter is in trouble—the individual has realized that he or she is either lost, trapped, injured or caught in a rapid-fire development and needs to act. » Learn more
Sean Kingswell

Tools of the Trade: Firefighters are like professional athletes

The word “professional” means doing something as a livelihood, while the word “athlete” means exercising physical ability in many forms. Personal trainer and firefighter Sean Kingswell says firefighters are like professional athletes and need to take care of their bodies and are responsible to be their most fit and professional selves possible. » Learn more

Fire destroys cabins on Potlotek First Nation’s Chapel Island

A fire on Potlotek First Nation’s Chapel Island in Nova Scotia destroyed several cabins and has been deemed suspicious by police. The fire destroyed 14 of the approximately 170 cabins on the island. » Read more

Crews rescue four people from apartment blaze

Two people have been sent to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after a three-storey building fire in Hamilton, Ont., on Wednesday, Mar. 12. » Read more

Firefighters injured in multi-vehicle collision

Six people were treated for injuries after a multi-vehicle collision north of Calgary, Alta., on Monday, Mar. 11. » Read more

CFFCA Championships

Mar. 14 to Mar. 23, 2019
Location: Kelowna, B.C.
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A. Michael Mullane Political Training Academy

Mar. 22 to Mar. 28, 2019
Location: Silver Spring, M.D.
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IAFC Wildland Urban Interface Conference

Mar. 23 to 29, 2019
Location: Reno, Nev.
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OAFC Annual Conference & Trade Show

May 3 to 4, 2019
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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OAFC FireCon

Sept 5 to 7, 2019
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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