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October 17, 2019

Human rights commission dismisses gender discrimination case

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission dismissed a female former firefighter’s allegation of gender discrimination and found that Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency did not retaliate against her following an earlier complaint.

Dogs assist in new first responder PTSD program

The Valhalla Project Niagara is launching in Ontario to treat, educate and advocate for first responders and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Niagara Regional Police Services Const. Phil Sheldon announced on Oct. 5 that the project will launch in March 2020.

Community supports former Calgary fire chief in need of lung transplant

An online fundraiser accepting donations for former Calgary fire chief Bruce Burrell, who is in need of a double lung transplant that would take place in Toronto.
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Feature: Help wanted

Finding volunteers is a continual challenge. Nova Scotia firefighter Peter Simpson talks about how one municipality is encouraging recruitment. » Learn more

Fit for duty: Finding your motivation

Have you had days when you’d rather do anything other than your workout? Sherry Dean talks about motivation and how to push through those lethargic moments. » Learn more

Regina garage fire claims man’s life

A man died from severe burns after his garage went up in flames while he was working in it Friday evening in Regina, Sask. » Read more

One-person dead in explosion and fire at B.C. home

A 40-year-old man and a dog died Saturday night in an explosion and fire at a Prince George house in B.C. that was linked to the drug trade, RCMP say. Three other men were also taken to hospital. » Read more

Calgary townhouse fire displaces five people

A townhouse fire in northeast Calgary on Tuesday has forced five people, including an infant, from two homes. » Read more

SPFA 19 North America

October 13 - October 18, 2019
Location: Phoenix, Ariz.
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EMS World Expo

October 14 - October 18, 2019
Location: New Orleans, La.
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FSWO Professional Development Symposium 2019

October 18 - October 20, 2019
Location: Ottawa, Ont.
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