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Peat fires, like those in Siberia, may become more common in Canada

Among the most unsettling images of 2020 — next to the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic — have been the photos of wildfires in Siberia region of Russia. The notion of wildfires in Siberia, an area known for its blustery, snow-capped landscapes, seems counter-intuitive. The recent blazes have been driven by a record heat wave in the Russian Arctic, but these aren’t your typical forest fires. They’re actually peat fires, a natural phenomenon that scientists have only recently begun to understand — and one expected to become a growing concern in Canada. CBC reports.

Dettah unveils sprinkler system to protect three communities from wildfires

Wildfires will have to fight a little harder to reach Dettah, N.W.T., thanks to new fire prevention technology unveiled last week. The Yellowknives Dene First Nation partnered with the City of Yellowknife and the neighbouring community of Ndilo on a sprinkler system that could slow the advance of wildfires approaching the three communities.

Lightening ignites dozens of fires across British Columbia’s southern interior

Thunderstorms moving through British Columbia's southern interior over the weekend are suspected to have caused dozens of wildfires.
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A call to action

Presently, fire service organizations face a great call to action with regards to the pressing need to evolve our emergency service model to address Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). One of the most complex to address is that of the recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) concerning Indigenous peoples. By Thomas Keaney. » Learn more

Extrication Tip: Exposing the weaknesses, Part 2

Despite all the adjustments as result of the pandemic, what doesn’t have to change is the level of competency and effort we put towards making ourselves better every day and every shift. Training and researching new topics with our respective crews has become the new norm. I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to get closer with your respective crews. By Chad Roberts. » Learn more

Boaters interfere with Shuswap Lake firefighting efforts

The BC Wildfire Service says boaters on Shuswap Lake are interfering with efforts to control a wildfire near Sicamous. In a series of tweets, the service says fire fighting aircraft have not been able to carry out operations due to boaters near the site of the blaze. » Read more

Officials investigating townhouse fire that displaced four families

Halifax Regional Police have confirmed that an arson investigation is underway in connection with a fire that left four families with nothing. Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency (HRFE) says they were called to the multi-complex townhouse on Barrington Street at around 9 a.m. Tuesday. » Read more

View Royal chief calls for realistic solutions to ‘mess’ at Thetis Lake

View Royal, B.C., chief has had enough after the “absolute disregard” for the public’s well-being culminated in two preventable incidents at Thetis Lake over the long weekend. View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst is calling for realistic solutions to Thetis Lake, even if that means closing some of the park during the summer. » 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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