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Fast-moving fires challenge B.C. crews

Fast-moving wildfires in British Columbia pose serious challenges for crews fighting to keep flames from more than a dozen communities, BC Wildfire Service officials said Sunday. More evacuation orders were issued Saturday night as winds picked up in the Interior. As many as 37,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes for crowded evacuation centres amid a provincial state of emergency. As of Monday, there are 156 active fires in the province.

Elite Nova Scotia firefighters to assist in wildfire effort

A group of elite Nova Scotia firefighters will join the front lines battling wildfires burning across British Columbia. On Tuesday, 20 highly-trained firefighters and a manager will leave from Halifax for Kamloops and Prince George in the British Columbia Interior. The crew will work 12-hour shifts for 14 days straight in dangerous conditions that can quickly shift.

First Nations evade evacuation orders

Emergency officials and police are urging British Columbia residents to respect evacuation orders ahead of fast-moving wildfires, but some First Nations are standing their ground. The chief of the Tl'etinqox First Nation told The Canadian Press that RCMP officers told them to leave or risk having their children taken away. Instead they erected a fire boundary and prepared to fight.
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Incident report: The black line

A year ago, crews in Delta, B.C., responded to a wildfire call at the Burns Bog. As Paul Dixon wrote in the February 2017 issue of Fire Fighting in Canada, crews worked tirelessly to achieve a black line, fully containing the fire in just over a week. » Read more..
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Planning for success: Province-wide emergency co-ordination

An emergency-response management exercise in Slave Lake, Alta., in February 2015 tested partnerships and agency co-ordination after the 2011 wildfire that displaced 7,000 residents and destroyed one-third of the town. Slave Lake Fire Chief Jamie Coutts explained in the May 2016 issue of Fire Fighting in Canada the lessons learned in the province-wide exercise. » Read more...
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Grain bins can be found in almost every community. In Grain Bin Rescue, director Tim Zehnder and instructor Jay Penfield show viewers the types of bins prevalent today and common injuries that can occur in bins, along with patient-extrication demonstrations. With proper training and a systematic approach, grain-bin incidents can be mitigated efficiently and safely. >> Order Now

Sarnia firefighters head to arbitration

Firefighters in Sarnia, Ont., are headed to interest arbitration with the city to settle a collective agreement. The current contract for Sarnia’s 121 professional firefighters expired Dec. 31, 2016. Sarnia’s Corporate Manager of Human Resources Jim Crawford told Blackburn News that it would likely be a year before they hire an arbitrator. » Read more...

Owen Sound hires new deputy chief

The City of Owen Sound has hired a new deputy fire chief, after the position sat empty for more than seven months. Michael Clark, who was previously the fire chief in Brampton, is to begin his new role with the city on July 24, according to a news release from city hall. He won the fire chief of the year award from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs in 2016. » Read more...

Public housing agency fined in seniors home fire

Toronto's public housing agency has pleaded guilty to a fire code violation in relation to a fire at a seniors residence that killed four people last year. The city said in a statement that the Toronto Community Housing Corporation failed to implement an approved fire safety plan and was fined the maximum $100,000. » Read more...

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