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August 1, 2019

Firefighters gearing up for Atlantic FireFit championships

Firefighters from Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Maine will be gathering in the Heart of the Valley this weekend to showcase their fire fighting skills and athleticism during the Atlantic Canada FireFit Championships.

Ontario strengthens fire protection rules

Ontario’s government is acting to improve public safety by strengthening fire protection rules across the province. In a news release, Ontario’s Fire Marshal John Pegg said, “Fire protection rules are designed to keep buildings and communities safe and protect the lives of building occupants and emergency responders, these changes will provide our first responders with additional mechanisms to better protect the public.”

City of London firefighters ratify new five-year collective agreement

London’s firefighters have a new, five-year collective agreement. The new deal features an average 1.81 per cent wage increase in each of the five years, which includes all improvements to wages and benefits.
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Between Alarms: How to remove gear of downed firefighters

What we are about to share with you is a novel technique to efficiently doff turnout gear and a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) from an unresponsive firefighter. Take a few minutes to learn this simple system, and share it with your fire department. It could save your life. » Learn more

Safety company ‘shocked’ to learn of 65 fire code charges in Calgary

A fire safety company that operates in four provinces says it is shocked that the Calgary Fire Department slapped it with 65 charges under the Alberta Fire Code. » Read more

Nova Scotia Firefighters School seeks federal funding for expansion

The Nova Scotia Firefighters School seeks government funding to expand its 50-year-old training ground. » Read more

Half of Yukon’s women-only fire fighting program grads now first responders

Of the last four years’ a little more than half the participants of the women-only Ember Fire Academy have gone on to serve in emergency services. » Read more

IAFC Fire-Rescue International

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

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

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