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June 20, 2019

Brockville firefighters awarded wage increase

Brockville, Ont., firefighters are getting a retroactive pay hike of 14.24 per cent over six years in an award handed down by arbitrators late last month. City officials announced the May 30 decision on Wednesday morning, noting the award to the Brockville Professional Firefighters Association covers the period from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2018.

Nova Scotia chief raises concerns over budget cuts

Firefighters with the Pugwash fire department in Nova Scotia are not happy with the county’s decision to cut operating budgets by 10 per cent, while also slashing $50,000 from the general fire service equipment budget for all 16 departments in the municipality.

Union’s concerns with municipality discussed

Trouble between the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and its firefighters’ union came out into the open on Tuesday. CBRM’s chief administrative officer, Marie Walsh, told the fire and emergency services committee that poor morale has been a long-standing problem with the career firefighters in Sydney, N.S.
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Assessing accountability

Feature: Assessing accountability

Scott Wilkinson says in the modern fire service, everyone should have an accountability system and be using it. Yet, reports from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) routinely indicate a lack of accountability in the top five causes of firefighter line-of-duty deaths (LODDs). » Learn more

Extrication Tips: Challenges testing your skills

Firefighter and member of the Oakville, Ont., extrication team Chad Roberts wrote his July column on how important it is for firefighters to keep their skills sharp and some of the different ways firefighters can get involved in challenges with the Transportation Emergency Response Committee (TERC) Canada and TERC USA. » Learn more
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Marina fire destroys two boats, damages two others

Large, black plumes of smoke were sent billowing into the sky from a fire that destroyed two boats at a Richmond, B.C., marina Monday. Flames broke out on a 27-foot fishing vessel around 3:30 p.m., quickly spreading to an 18-foot boat that was moored nearby. » Read more

Early morning blaze destroys Montreal hair salon

An early morning fire completely destroyed a hair salon in Côte-des-Neiges on Monday. Firefighters found traces of an accelerant at the scene and called in Montreal police to assist. » Read more

Emergency crews douse Kelowna grass fire

Emergency crews knocked down a grass fire in West Kelowna, B.C., Tuesday morning. The blaze grew to around 100 metres in length by 40 metres in width before being brought under control by firefighters. » Read more

MFCA Conference

July 12 to July 15, 2019
Location: Moncton, N.B.
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IAFC Fire-Rescue International

August 7 to August 11, 2019
Location: Atlanta, G.A.
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OAFC FireCon

Sept. 5 to 7, 2019
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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CAFC Fire-Rescue Canada

September 13 to September 17, 2019
Location: Calgary, Ont.
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