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Firefighters agree to wage freeze for 2017

The City of Medicine Hat, in Alberta, and its firefighters, have agreed to a wage freeze in 2017. The four-year agreement with the local chapter of the International Association of Firefighters stretches back to 2015 and will provide raises totaling 5.1 per cent by the time it expires in late 2018. The first two years, however, are retroactive – characterized as catch-up by council members, and the overall amount is likely less than inflation over the span.

Trial date set for lawsuit over firefighter gear

A September 2017 trial date has been set for the City of Abbotsford’s lawsuit against the supplier and manufacturer of firefighter breathing units. In April, the city sued Avon Protection Systems and Northwest Safework Solutions, alleging that the 83 self-contained breathing apparatus units it bought for $471,487, were dangerous, as they repeatedly failed.

City ordered to redraft operating guidelines for firefighters

Firefighters in Sault Ste. Maria are lauding an order from Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, which requests that the city redraft operating guidelines. The Sault Ste. Marie Professional Fire Fighters Association has been calling on the city to reverse cuts to the amount of firefighters per truck from four to three. According to a news release, with three firefighters per truck the current operating guidelines impact both firefighter and public safety.
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Fire Fighting in Canada This Week

In the latest episode of Fire Fighting in Canada This Week, host Tamar Atik reports on council in Winnipeg questioning firefighter absences; a call for more staff for Yellowknife’s fire department and a forestry professor saying more Canadian wildfire research is needed. » >> Learn More
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Firefighters charged in city hall ransacking want their cases tossed out

In August 2014, a group of firefighters and city blue-collar employees, stormed into Montreal city hall, minutes before a council meeting, to protest against the proposed Bill 3, a pension reform bill. Fifty-four firefighters were charged with unlawful conduct, but two years later, none of the accused had a trial. » Read more...

Fire departments to inspect rooming homes annually

Winnipeg fire inspectors plan to visit licensed rooming houses with shared washrooms and kitchens at least once a year in response to a council directive to improve safety. Fire inspectors will also continue to investigate every report about unlicensed rooming homes. » Read more...

Council defers request for new firefighters

The Orangeville Fire Department in Ontario will not add four new full-time firefighters to its ranks in 2017 after town council voted against a request from Fire Chief Ron Morden. Morden told council the addition would go towards improving late night response times, but because of the cost, Mayor Jeremy Williams said he is more comfortable not making any changes. » Read more...

IAFC: VCOS Symposium in the Sun

Nov. 10-13, 2016
Location: Clearwater Beach, Fla. » >> Learn more

Service Women of Ontario 2016 conference

Nov. 11-13, 2016
Location: Corunna, Ont. » >> Learn more