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OPFFA criticizes Ontario paramedics

In a campaign that criticizes the province’s paramedics, Ontario firefighters say they have a plan to improve response times for medical emergencies. Ontario Professional Fire Fighters’ Association released a video this week that slams the province’s paramedic system, saying response times are too slow, while costs continue to rise.

Surrey firefighter dies in car accident

First responders across the Lower Mainland are mourning the loss of a Surrey firefighter killed in a crash in Delta. Ryan Hammerer was killed on his way to work. He had been with the Surrey Fire Department for 15 years.

House fire leaves one person dead

One man died after a house fire in Dauphin, Man. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find flames already shooting through the roof of the house. It took firefighters a couple of hours to knock down the fire, and the victim was declared dead at the scene.
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Ontario Fire Marshal Ross Nichols gave his final presentation to Ontario chiefs this week at their midterm conference; it was short on detail but the message was clear. » Read more...
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Fire Fighting in Canada This Week

In today’s episode of Fire Fighting in Canada This Week, host Tamar Atik reports on a lack of insurance coverage for Kitchener, Ont., firefighters; and a spike in fentanyl overdoses in Winnipeg that’s also posing a risk to firefighter-paramedics. Plus, Ed Brouwer emphasizes the need for incident commander training at volunteer departments. >> Learn More

Fire chief to retire

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services chief Doug Trussler will retire next summer. Though the chief’s contract was set to end this December, according to a municipal spokesperson, it was extended for another six months. » Read more...

Man killed in Ottawa apartment blaze

Firefighters pulled a man from a unit on the eighth floor, and he was treated for serious burns and smoke inhalation. He was taken to hospital in cardiac arrest and died of his injuries. » Read more...

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As fire chiefs meet in Niagara Falls this week and the OPFFA holds its legislative conference at Queen’s Park, the union’s fire-paramedic/patients first proposal is top of mind for municipalities – which would cover 100 per cent of the cost. » Read more...

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