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St. John’s councillor calls for more fire stations

St. John’s is in need of new fire stations in the northeast end of the city and the Goulds area in order to meet the required response time. Art Puddister, councillor at large, plans to table a motion at council next week to build a satellite fire station to meet the growing population and commercial activity in the area. The motion also includes funding for a new station in Goulds with the ability to service Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove. This motion would see money set aside in the city’s 2017 capital works budget for the new stations.

Vancouver fire hall overwhelmed by overdose crisis: chief

Fire Hall No. 2 in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side has been overwhelmed by emergency medical calls, since the illicit opioid fentanyl has spurred a deadly overdose crisis. Responding to this type of drug-related health emergency, repeatedly, can take a toll on first responders, and Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott met with municipal and provincial officials last week at the fire hall to hear about the challenges that they are experiencing. Philpott says that responding to the crisis will require a complex plan addressing issues of poverty, homelessness, mental health and addiction.

New firefighting training centre to open in Waterloo

Waterloo Region will soon be the location of an Ontario Fire College regional training centre. After over a year of discussion local training courses are expected to start in 2017. According to the Ontario Fire College course calendar, available training will include courses on hazardous material incidents, general training on fire control and life safety initiatives, and ice rescue.
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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 a wage freeze for firefighters in Medicine Hat, Alta., and a trial date that has been set in Abbotsford, B.C., for a lawsuit against a SCBA manufacturer. Plus, Fort Garry Fire Trucks’ Brian Nash talks safety. » >> Learn More
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Kitchener facing shortfalls for firefighter illness claims

Ontario cities face millions of dollars in worker compensation claims for which they don’t have the funding due to recent changes that allow firefighters to receive automatic benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder and certain cancers. The City of Kitchener has a reserve for workplace injuries and illness claims, but due to these changes, the city’s funds cover less than 10 per cent of current claims. Provincial legislation changed in 2008, allowing claims for certain cancers to be automatically paid out to firefighters, and since then, more cancers and PTSD have been added. » Read more...

Committee requests report on firefighter over-time

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic chief John Lane presented a report on firefighter absences to councilors on the finance committee and told them that the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) over-time budget is unrealistically low. Councilors have asked Lane to provide another report comparing incidences of sick leave within the WFPS to other civic departments, even though sick leave isn’t responsible for the bulk of the daily absences, rather vacation time is. » Read more...

Occupant dies in mobile home fire

Seventeen firefighters from three halls were dispatched to the scene of a mobile home fire on the week-end. Prince George Fire and Rescue’s Denis Poulin, assistant chief, explained that the trailer’s owner was found a short distance from the entrance door, and though medical care was administered, the occupant succumbed to injuries. PGFR deemed the cause of the fire accidental and estimated the damage at $100,000. » Read more...

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