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Federal government to send more funds for wildfires

Ottawa has promised more money to support residents affected by wildfires in British Columbia. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the government is supplying $600 to each evacuated household and $300 upon returning home, which will be managed and distributed by the Canadian Red Cross.

Kootenay National Park fire continues to grow

The Verdant Creek wildfire has reached 4,100 hectares in size inside Kootenay National Park, while Parks Canada and BC Wildfire crews continue work to battle the blaze on two fronts.

One person dies in Toronto highrise fire

One woman died after a two-alarm fire at a community housing highrise in Toronto’s north end Tuesday morning. Toronto Fire officials say the fire was reported around 5 a.m. When firefighters arrived on scene, crews found heavy smoke on the eighth floor of the building. The fire was contained to a bachelor apartment and was quickly put out.
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Stepping outside your comfort zone

You know that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach, the sweaty palms and the voice in the back of your head asking you if you are sure that you know what you are doing? Toronto Fire Chief Matt Pegg knows that feeling well. He writes that the best leaders are not afraid to step outside their comfort zones. » Read more..
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Finding tomorrow’s firefighters

Surrey, B.C., Fire Chief Len Garis and Deputy Chief Larry Thomas explain how departments can use research-based testing to find successful future firefighters in the December issue of Fire Fighting in Canada. » Read more...
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Winnipeg firefighter saved by colleagues

Around two dozen Winnipeg firefighter paramedics took turns performing CPR on one of their own, after he collapsed at a work barbecue earlier this month. Steve Sawatzky was sitting at a picnic table at the Tinkertown amusement park, surrounded by hundreds of his colleagues, when he went into cardiac arrest on July 5. Sawatzky was taken to St. Boniface Hospital, where he is now recovering. » Read more...

Crews rescue rafters on Penticton channel

Emergency crews were called out to the Penticton channel Monday afternoon to rescue a group of trapped rafters. Fire crews said three people had their rafts tied together, which became caught on a pillar when they passed under a bridge. Fire crews managed to save the group and bring them to shore safely. » Read more...

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