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B.C. implements tax credit for rescuers

British Columbia has announced a new tax credit for the more than 7,000 volunteers who save lives across the province. Emergency Preparedness Minister Naomi Yamamoto said the credit will reduce the taxable income for volunteer firefighters and search-and-rescue crews by $3,000. The credit will translate into a benefit of up to $151 each year, which, combined with an existing federal tax credit, will amount to about $600 for volunteers.

Alberta provides naloxone kits for all responders

Facing a grim and growing death toll from fentanyl overdoses — a total of 343 last year — the Alberta government announced last week that naloxone kits will be available, at no cost, to first responders and to the public.

Catastrophic fire likely at Halifax-area depot

Death, property destruction and severe environmental damage could result from a fire that "will likely occur sometime" at an ammunition depot in the Halifax area, according to an internal military report. The military assessed the fire risk for the Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot in Bedford, N.S., and prepared a report in 2015 that was recently obtained by CBC News. The report said the depot is not compliant with federal occupational health and safety regulations, the National Fire Code of Canada or the Canadian Labour Code.
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New columnist focuses on communications

Not all fire departments have communications divisions but every fire department relies on communicators. With 34 years of experience, Sue Dawson has learned numerous lessons, some of them the hard way. As Dawson writes in her inaugural column in Fire Fighting in Canada, no one wants to experience the loss of a firefighter in the line of duty. That happened at Barrie Fire and Emergency Service in 2002. The investigations, reviews and inquest affected everyone. From that experience, Dawson set out to make positive changes. » Read more...

White shirts?

An emergency responder called to assist at a major fire arrives to find a sea of dark shirts. Who is in charge? This scenario is a common occurrence across North America, where many fire and police chiefs have swapped their white shirts for dark blue or black. As Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis and researcher Karin Mark write in the February issue of Fire Fighting in Canada, a 2016 study may prompt chiefs to reconsider following this trend. » Read more...
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