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Halifax council cuts fire fighting budget by $3.5 million

Halifax regional council has decided to trim the fire and police budgets, but not by as much as what was originally proposed by finance officials. The revised numbers had called for cuts of $5.5 million for each department to help the municipality deal with a massive shortfall due to COVID-19. On Tuesday, councillors instead voted in favour of a $3.5 million reduction.

Wildfire camps ramp up ability for crews to physically distance ahead of fire season

There’s fighting walls of fire that threaten lives, communities and wildlife. And then there’s doing it in the context of a global pandemic. That’s the reality that fire crews across B.C. are facing ahead of 2020’s wildfire season.

Weekend fires under control, but frustration mounts over burn ban violations

The province says several major forest and brush fires in Nova Scotia that kept crews busy over the weekend are now under control. But there is still frustration that some people were not adhering to provincial burn bans, with Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency saying it received “numerous” calls of illegal burns while out battling other fires.
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Q&A: Mark Healey, BC Wildfire Service

Wildfire strategist Mark Healey on how BCWS tackles wildfires. Healey is a certified planning section chief for one of the six BCWS incident management teams. He has been in the service for 26 seasons and has worked as a planning section chief for over a decade. By Brieanna Charlebois » Learn more
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Recipe Rescue: Lightening up your recipes

Changing seasons provide a great opportunity to switch up what we are cooking in the kitchen. As we leave the cold of winter behind and shift into spring, I want to leave the dishes of winter behind as well. By Patrick Mathieu » Learn more

Water bombers continue to battle out-of-control forest fires near Blackwille, N.B.

For children, watching water bombers scoop up a load of water is exciting; for adults, it’s a sign of hope. » Read more

Springfield, N.S., forest fire begin held as crews fight to gain control

A forest fire burning on the outskirts of Kings County is holding at about 120 hectares as firefighters work to get it under control. » Read more

Landfill blaze keeps Steinbach, Man., firefighters busy

A fire at the Steinbach Landfill early Monday morning kept firefighters busy all night. Steinbach Fire Chief Kel Toews says they were called to the landfill site at approximately 1 A.M. Monday morning. » Read more

Aerial Firefighting Conference – rescheduled

October 20, 2020
Location: Abbotsford, BC
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Interschutz – rescheduled

June 14-19, 2021
Location: Hannover, Germany
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