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Malahat chief dies suddenly

Rob Patterson, chief of the Malahat Volunteer Fire Department on Vancouver Island and a vocal advocate for improved safety on the crash-prone stretch of highway, died Monday. A cause of death has not been announced. Patterson had been among the first on the scene of countless crashes on the Trans-Canada Highway. He grew frustrated at witnessing the lives lost in head-on crashes and began advocating for median barriers. Patterson didn’t mince words when expressing that another death could have been prevented if safety improvements were made. He pointed to statistics that showed fatality rates have dropped in areas where barriers were installed.

Windsor chief calls for emergency online notification system

In the wake of massive flooding and tornado touchdowns in Windsor, Ont., in 2016, the city’s fire chief is again pushing for a mass emergency online notification system. Chief Bruce Montone says the proposal was scrapped in 2016 during city budget talks, but that the system should be brought online in 2017.

Double suicide behind Mississauga house explosion

Peel police said Friday that a married couple’s desire to kill themselves lay behind the house explosion that literally rocked a quiet Mississauga neighbourhood in June.
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Our best of 2016 – magazine stories

Our Dec. 23 episode of Fire Fighting in Canada This Week reviews the top magazine stories of 2016: editor Laura King highlights advancements in firefighter mental-health prevention and treatment; Chief Rodney Schmidt reviews the textbook response to a massive blaze at an oriented strand board plant in High Level, Alta.; and Chief Tim Beckett recounts the steps taken to manage the media and the message in the aftermath of a fatal house explosion in Mississauga. » Read more...

Family of four killed in cottage fire

A Toronto law firm is remembering one of its partners as a "vibrant and wonderful person" after news that a family of four died in a fire near Peterborough, Ont. Police said the fire broke out early Christmas Eve in a large cottage on Stoney Lake. » Read more...

Incendiary device causes house fire

Police say someone threw an incendiary device at a home in west end Halifax, causing a fire that forced a couple and their two children to flee. Police say they were called to Chebucto Road at about 11:30 p.m. Monday and learned that a white man pulled up in a white sedan and threw the device at the building. » Read more...

Seniors home resident dies in blaze

One person is dead following a four-alarm fire at a seniors' residence in Villeray, Que., that was not equipped with a sprinkler system. The fire broke out early Monday afternoon on the third floor of the residence. Several occupants were trapped on their balconies and had to be rescued with ladders, the fire department said. » Read more...

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