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Fires up more than 13 per cent in Toronto

The union representing Toronto’s firefighters says it’s seen a 13.4 per cent increase in fire calls since this time last year, something it says is a result of more people staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cariboo Regional District ends grants for assistance to independent fire departments

The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) in British Columbia has doubled down on its decision to cease funding for independent fire departments. At their July 10 board meeting, the CRD stuck with their decision that was made the prior month to deny current funding requests from five independent volunteer fire departments in the region. They also established a board policy against grants for assistance to all independent fire departments within the district.

Oshawa firefighters distribute food boxes to 100 local families

Partnering with Global Medic, Oshawa, Ont., firefighters dropped of food boxes to 100 families in need. Tiffany Wallace, a dispatcher with Oshawa Fire Services who helped organize the project, said the food came from Toronto through a partnership with GlobalMedic and Hand Up Toronto.
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Between Alarms: Embracing a new norm

The fire service is a creature of habit, forged by deep history, and is known to resist change at all cost. Now, we are witnessing an evolution of the service, as it is forced to evolve at unprecedented speeds right around the world. As the fire service navigates through the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves operating in unchartered dynamic environments and what many are now calling the “new norm”. By Arjuna George. » Learn more
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Swift Rescue

Few first responders would dispute the importance of interagency training. Agencies are incapable of working in silos. Even a routine structure fire requires the support of police, emergency medical services and utility companies, just to name a few resources. Despite the need for interagency cooperation, preparing for it is easier said than done. It can be challenging to find time and money to train our own staff, without the additional resources required to coordinate with community partners, especially when its benefits may not be realized until some point in the distant future. Still, departments rightly persevere to train together. By Reid Doyle, Dave Robb and Jeff Johnston. » Learn more

Vancouver Island departments to hold service for fallen firefighter

Fire departments from all over Vancouver Island will be taking part in a service for former Sproat Lake volunteer firefighter Lt. Ron Suits. » Read more

Montreal house fire claims 12-year-old girl’s life

A 12-year-old girl has died after a fire inside a home in LaSalle, Que., on Tuesday morning. » Read more

Family left with nothing as community rallies around townhouse fire victims

On Monday morning Hamilton, Ont., resident Linton Thomas woke up to his wife shouting a single word — “fire!”. She’d been awakened by something that at first sounded like thunder and raindrops, but when she looked outside all she could see was red flames consuming their neighbour’s home and fence. » Read more

Canadian Firefighter Memorial

September 13, 2020
Location: Virtual
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CAFC Fire Rescue Canada

September 13 - 16, 2020
Location: Virtual
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EMS World Expo

September 14 - 18, 2020
Location: Virtual
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