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Crews search for missing British Columbia fire chief

Members of the community of Ashcroft, B.C., about an hour west of Kamloops, turned out in force as waters receded over the weekend to search for missing Cache Creek Fire Chief Clayton Cassidy. On Sunday, the search shifted from rescue to recovery after Search and Rescue teams found no sign of the missing man.

Sault Ste. Marie chief ends employment agreement with city

The City of Sault Ste. Marie has ended its employment agreement with Fire Chief Mike Figliola. The decision was effective Monday. City councillors were advised against discussing the issue until a formal announcement is made.

Reinforcements to help battle Quebec floods

With water levels still rising, additional Canadian military personnel have been deployed in Quebec's vast flood zone. More than 1600 troops have been in the province, in addition to local firefighters already evacuating citizens and sandbagging, to assist with the flood effort.

Alberta departments struggle to keep volunteers

Rockyview County, Alta., Fire Chief Randy Smith says his department is losing about 16 per cent of its volunteers annually. The economic downturn in Alberta has led to recruitment and retention difficulties in rural parts of the province. Smith told the CBC that recruitment challenges are affecting response times in his community.

Winnipeg officials probe series of suspicious fires

Five suspicious fires in Winnipeg’s north end between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning are under investigation by the Winnipeg Police Service. The blazes occurred over a 10-hour period on several different streets. Investigators are trying to determine if the incidents are linked.
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Tracking exposure: Using traumatic incident report forms

Trauma can accumulate over time; this is why chief officers need to know how many stressful incidents their members attend. Fire Fighting in Canada’s Wayne Jasper finds that PTSD tracking sheets are an effective way to track calls and prevent further mental distress. » Read more
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Leadership Forum: Good leaders are avid readers

Are you a reader? Toronto Fire Chief Matt Pegg is. In Pegg’s latest column, he explores the correlation between avid readers and community leaders. » Read more
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Fort Mac firefighter recounts the wildfire in new memoir

Inside the Inferno is an action-packed, on-the-ground memoir of the Fort McMurray, Alta., wildfire and the courage, resilience and sacrifice of the firefighters who saved the city.

Born and raised in Fort McMurray, author Capt. Damian Asher was a 15-year veteran with the city’s fire department. Day after day, Asher and his crew remained on the front lines of the burning city he grew up in. >> Learn more