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Cigarette may have caused Surrey apartment fire

A fire that left more than 100 people homeless in Surrey, B.C., may have been sparked by a resident smoking on a balcony. >> Read full article

Alarms fail to sound in apartment fire

It was the smell of smoke, not the sound of a fire alarm, that sent several residents of an apartment building in Villeray, Que., running from an early morning fire. When firefighters arrived at the scene around 4 a.m. Wednesday, they had to rescue at least a dozen people still trapped inside. >> Read full article

Kelowna wildfires force evacuations

Officials say cooler temperatures have helped British Columbia crews battling a wildfire that forced the evacuation of dozens of properties above the northwestern shore of Okanagan Lake. >> Read full article

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In this week’s episode of Fire Fighting in Canada This Week Niche TV host Tamar Atik reports on the Transportation Safety Board finding training gaps at a forest fire fighting company, Nova Scotia using its entire wildfire fighting budget, and firefighters in Sudbury wanting a city councillor to resign over what they say is a conflict of interest. >> Learn More…

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Veteran firefighter authors manual on preventing fatalities

In his first book, Preventing Firefighter Disorientation: Enclosed Structure Tactics for the Fire Service, William Mora, a 30-year fire service veteran and firefighter safety advocate, discusses how to prevent traumatic structural firefighter fatalities.

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Would-be thieves fail to steal fire truck

Six Nations Fire was called to an unusual break in on Aug. 16. An alarm went off at Fire Station #3 in Oshweken, Ont., at 6:07 p.m. When crews arrived less than 10 minutes later they saw that the station's garage door was completely destroyed. They say a vehicle drove right through the door. Would-be thieves tried unsuccessfully to hot wire a pumper truck. >> Read full article

Man charged for starting wildfire

A man is facing a charge of arson in relation to a small forest fire earlier this month near Coldbrook, N.S. The fire burned for a short time in the woods in Kings County. Between Aug. 1 and 15, the Environment Department says 28 people have been warned and four charged for igniting a fire without a permit during a province-wide fire ban. >> Read full article

 Event Calendar 

Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs FireCon

Sept. 8-10, 2016
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont. >> More Info

Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association AGM and educational seminar

Sept. 10, 2016
Location: Ottawa >> More Info

Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation memorial service

Sept. 11, 2016
Location: Ottawa >> More Info

Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs occupational health and safety training workshop

Sept. 14-15, 2016
Location: Toronto >> More Info