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Calgary fire department stretched to the limit by COVID-19, says fire chief

Calgary’s fire chief says it’s time to vaccinate firefighters, as staffing shortages due to COVID-19 stretch the department to its limits. Fire Chief Steve Dongworth told city council on Monday morning that seven firefighters were currently home with active cases of COVID-19, and a total of 56 were isolating. CBC News reports.

Edmonton fire chief pleads for firefighter inclusion in vaccine rollout

Edmonton’s fire chief is asking the province to allow firefighters to access the COVID-19 vaccine as a growing number of them contract COVID-19 and overtime costs soar to $1 million. CTV News reports.

Northern Ontario fire departments receive funding for training, safety inspections

Several local fire services in Northern Ontario are receiving $71,400 from the Ontario government for training and safety inspection programs. The North Bay Nugget reports.
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Smoking materials sparked blaze that caused $6 million in damage: officials

A massive fire that caused the collapse of a 31-suite apartment building in northwest Edmonton caused $6 million in damages, investigators say. The damages stemming from the April 8 blaze consist of $4.3 million in damage to the structure and $1.7 million in damage to the contents inside of it. CTV News reports. » Read more

One dead, seven injured in five-alarm apartment fire in Montreal

One person was found dead and seven were taken to hospital after a five-alarm fire swept through a low-income seniors housing complex in Montreal Sunday morning. » Read more

Firefighters douse Waswanipi dump blaze

A fire at a municipal dump next to the northern Quebec Cree community of Waswanipi had the potential to cause a serious emergency yesterday after it spread to a nearby forest. CBC News reports. » Read more

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