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Fallen firefighters honoured in Ottawa

Sunday marked the first annual Firefighters’ National Memorial Day in Canada. About 100 people paid tribute to 13 Canadian firefighters who died in the line of duty over the past year, during a ceremony at the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation's Memorial in Ottawa. Flags at city hall and Parliament Hill were lowered to half-mast to honour the fallen first responders.

State of emergency declared as Kenow wildfire expands

Residents in rural southern Alberta are fleeing their homes Tuesday as the Kenow wildfire expands faster than officials had expected. In Pincher Creek, the evacuation notice came just after 10 p.m. Monday. Throughout the night, the area under order continued to expand, including all residents south of Highway 505. Cardston County declared a state of emergency shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Parks Canada said in a press release Monday that “similar weather and intense fire behaviour” is expected to persist Tuesday.

Barrie chief moves to Brampton

According to a City of Brampton press release, Barrie, Ont.,Chief and Fire Fighting in Canada columnist Bill Boyes will be the new chief with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services. Boyes began his fire fighting career in Brampton, where he served as captain before moving to Barrie to become a deputy chief 2014. In January 2016, he was promoted to chief. Boyes will begin his new job in Brampton on Oct. 10.
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How to update your approach to fire-safety education

Fire Fighting in Canada’s public education expert Tanya Bettridge says many departments are using outdated fire-safety messaging. She says departments should ditch traditional “Stop, Drop & Roll” educational sessions for a more social media oriented approach. » Read more..

Embracing a new generation of firefighters

Younger generations of firefighters are joining departments across the country, while the nature of the service continues to change. Fire Fighting in Canada columnist Dave Balding says departments should embrace new firefighters as an asset to the fire service. » Read more...
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Waterloo firefighters awarded new contract

Firefighters in Waterloo, Ont., have been awarded a new contract through arbitration. The contract, which covers 2015 through 2017, was finalized Thursday. The city’s firefighters will receive pay increases of 2.75 per cent for 2015, 2.48 per cent for 2016, and 2.26 per cent for 2017. » Read more...

Grass fire prompts local state of emergency

A state of emergency was declared in southeastern Alberta early Tuesday morning after a grass fire triggered a mandatory evacuation order for some residents. The fire is located about 120 kilometres south of Oyen, Alta., on the north bank of the South Saskatchewan River. RCMP told Global News the blaze was threatening about 15 homes. Officials said the fire was also creating hazardous road conditions, but has not resulted in any injuries. » Read more...

Regina firefighters battle industrial blaze

Explosions could be heard after a propane fire broke out at an industrial area north of Regina shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday. Workers at portable storage company ModSpace, where the fire began, told The Regina Leader-Post they heard gas tanks venting and saw thick smoke and large ash flakes in the air. Manager Neil Fairbairn told the newspaper four 300-pound propane tanks vented during the fire. Fairbairn said firefighters prevented the remaining tanks from venting and no injuries were reported. » Read more...

Fire-Rescue Canada

September 17-20, 2017
Location: Vancouver
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EMS World Expo

October 16-20, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
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Western Canada Emergency Services Leadership Seminar

October 24-25, 2017
Location: Leduc, Alta.
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