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Firefighters work to contain British Columbia’s largest wildfire

More than 400 firefighters are working to contain the largest wildfire in British Columbia's history. Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service told The Canadian Press 19 fires merged in an area west of Quesnel, creating a single fire estimated to be 4,674 square kilometres in size. He says 25 helicopters and 73 pieces of heavy equipment are being used by firefighters to battle the massive wildfire.

Montreal apartment fire leaves one dead

A 69-year-old man is dead after a fire broke out Monday evening at an apartment building in southwest Montreal. Operations Chief Martin Guilbault told CBC News firefighters received a call around 9 p.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death remains unknown.

Mississauga firefighters test Spartan hydrant

Firefighters in Mississauga, Ont., will be the first in Canada to train using a new fire hydrant designed to increase firefighter safety and efficiency. The Spartan hydrant was unveiled Aug. 17 at the Garry W. Morden Centre in Mississauga, home to the training and mechanical divisions of Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services. According to inventor George Sigelakis, the hydrant fixes common issues that create difficulties for departments, such as freezing and unreliable pressure.
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Fort Garry Fire Trucks Specially Designs 2 Brand New Water Rescue Vehicles for Winnipeg Fire Department

We are proud to officially announce a new design of specialty response vehicles built specifically to fill the needs of the Winnipeg Fire Department.

The Water Rescue units are custom designed to respond to water related emergencies. They are equipped with their own motorized rescue boats which can be launched very quickly off the back of the vehicle via an electronic extending ramp. It was designed this way to make water related responses extremely quick and efficient, which is absolutely crucial during a critical situation.

We have also included our brand new Green HLP APU. These will be the first vehicles manufactured with our new Green HLP Auxiliary Power Unit installed, a brand new power unit that both conserves energy and outputs a competitive amount of power.

The Winnipeg Fire Department has understood the importance of this apparatus and took the liberty of investing in 2 units.

For more information please visit our website at where we will be posting a more detailed write-up on the units, or call 1-800-565-3473 for more information.

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Marina fire standards are being overlooked

Fire Fighting in Canada columnist Shayne Mintz says many departments overlook marina safety standards. In his August column, Mintz discusses the importance of NFPA 303 – Fire Protection Standard for Marinas and Boatyards. » Read more..
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Program strengthens chief/ CAO relationships

Fire chiefs and municipal officials in British Columbia are fostering better relationships with a program developed by the provincial fire commissioner's office. As Don Jolley writes in the August issue of Fire Fighting in Canada, the program has led to increased communication between fire departments and city hall. » Read more...
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New edition offers expanded hazmat information

The second edition of Hazardous Materials Technician is designed to prepare emergency responders to conduct advanced operations at hazardous-materials incidents. This is the only manual that meets requirements for NFPA 1072, Standard for Hazardous Materials/ Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications. The new text includes 50 skill sheets with illustrated instructions for all skills required by NFPA 1072.
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Toronto firefighters receive wage increase

Toronto firefighters have a new collective agreement, making them the highest-paid firefighters in Ontario, in terms of base salary. The decision was awarded Friday by an a arbitrator. » Read more...

Toronto Fire Services shuts down short-term rental buildings

Toronto Fire Services has shut down 28 short-term rental units in a row of downtown buildings due to fire-code violations. The department applied for a permit from the province to take action, after receiving multiple complaints in the fall of 2016. Larry Cocco, district chief of fire investigations, told CBC News that some violations were in relation to exits, door-closure requirements and a lack of fire-safety plans. » Read more...

Former Alberta firefighter charged with sexual assault

Stony Plain RCMP have charged a 48-year-old former firefighter with sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a teenager. Thomas LeDrew was arrested and charged on Aug. 9 in relation to the offences, alleged to have occurred this month, according to an RCMP press release Wednesday. » Read more...

FireFit Championships presented by Scott Safety

August 26-27, 2017
Location: Oshawa, Ont.
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September 7-10, 2017
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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EMS World Expo

October 16-20, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
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