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B.C.overdose deaths declining

According to new numbers from the B.C. Coroners Service, 102 people died of a suspected overdose last month. At an average of 3.6 people every day, February's numbers are actually below the numbers for January, where 116 people died of an overdose. Both January and February statistics indicate a decline from December.

Union voices concerns over outsourcing dispatch

The idea of outsourcing fire dispatch services is drawing strong criticism from the Vernon Professional Firefighters Association. The City of Vernon announced in a press release it is issuing a request for proposals for alternative dispatch services to “determine if an alternative delivery model could reduce costs and provide a more robust service.”

Edmonton to reopen shuttered fire station

After five years of heated opposition from the Rossdale community league, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services will reopen an old station in the neighbourhood.

Peterborough crews respond to three water emergencies

Peterborough firefighters responded to three water emergencies over the weekend, after various reports came in. One of the calls on Sunday morning involved an overturned canoe located at Lock 22, along with a life jacket in the water. Police and firefighters responded and searched the rapid waters below the dam.

B.C. invests over $80 million in emergency preparedness

The British Columbia government will spend $80 million this year in emergency programs, up from the $65 million it spent last year. Naomi Yamamoto, minister of state for emergency preparedness, says spending in community emergency programs will help the province cope with floods, fires and earthquakes.
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