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Toronto sees 17 per cent increase in fires during COVID-19

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg, who also heads up the the city’s emergency COVID-19 operations centre, announced Monday during his daily media conference with Mayor John Tory and medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa that fires are up significantly in Toronto right now.

Alberta to fire more firefighters, announces fire bans to limit wildfire risk

Alberta is taking steps to try to minimize the risk of wildfires during the COVID-19 crisis. The province announced Tuesday it will be hiring an additional 200 firefighters, bring in a fire ban on provincial land and restrict off-highway vehicles.

FireRein produces hand sanitizer for emergency service workers

FireRein has stepped up to support emergency service workers through the COVID-19 pandemic by producing small batches of hand sanitizer for workers in three Ontario counties.
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B.C. crews battle 11 small wildfires over Easter weekend

The BC Wildfire Service lists the fire danger rating across most of the province as low to moderate but firefighters in several regions still had a busy Easter weekend. » Read more

Fire destroys B.C. gaming shop producing COVID-19 masks

A Fraser Valley company that had retooled operations to produce personal protective equipment much needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been badly damaged in a fire on Monday afternoon. » Read more

Investigators determine cause of shop fire in Blumenort, Man.

The cause of the fire that ravaged a Blumenort business on Sunday has been determined. Hanover Fire Chief Paul Wiebe says he investigated the scene on Monday and found that an electrical cord providing power to a piece of equipment in the shop had malfunctioned and sparked the blaze. » Read more

FDIC International - postponed

April 20 – 25, 2020
Location: Indianapolis, Ind.
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IAFC VCOS Symposium in the Spring – cancelled

April 30 - May 2, 2020
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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OAFC 2020 – cancelled

April 30 – May 2, 2020
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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