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Government reports find poor communication during Fort Mac response

Two reports into last spring’s wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., describe confusion and chaos during the initial response to what would become the largest natural disaster in Canadian history. Communication gaps and delays in the early days of the blaze, and mixed messages to residents about the need to evacuate, were all identified as problems that plagued the provincial response.

Eastway acquires truck maker Arnprior

Eastway Fire and Rescue Vehicles has acquired competitor Arnprior Fire Trucks Corp. (AFTC) for nominal cash and the obligation to complete outstanding fire-truck contracts. Arnprior owner Plaintree Systems Inc. said in a press release that Eastway has also agreed to lease the company’s building to carry on the business for one year.

Chief retires after almost 50 years of service

After almost a half century of service to her community, Darlene Bailey is stepping down as chief of the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department in British Columbia. Bailey worked to establish effective operational procedures, creating pre-fire response plans and a robust records management system. Bailey worked for 27 years as a firefighter before moving into the lead role. Chief Bailey’s last day will be June 16.

Crane climbing becomes dangerous trend after Toronto rescue

Toronto-area police are warning people about the dangers of climbing construction cranes, noting that the practise has become a dangerous trend. Police in York Region say they have charged four groups of youth and young adults who they have found climbing cranes at construction sites over the past two months. The warning comes after a firefighter rescued a young woman from a crane in downtown Toronto in April.
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Trainer’s Corner: A firefighters' ovation for ventilation

Never underestimate the importance simple drills. Fire Fighting in Canada columnist Ed Brouwer explains how a basic ventilation demonstration inspired a class of young firefighters. » Read more

Particulate protection: new gear reduces health risks

Prevention is the most important aspect of fire service, yet when it comes to cancer prevention, PPE lagged behind. Fire Fighting in Canada editor Laura King takes a look at new particulate-protecting hoods that shield firefighters from up to 99 per cent of toxic, skin-penetrating substances. » Read more
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