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British Columbia ends provincial state of emergency

The British Columbia government lifted its provincial state of emergency at midnight on Friday, after it had been in effect for more than two months. The state of emergency was first called on July 7 after dozens of out-of-control wildfires broke out in the Interior, forcing thousands of people to evacuate.

Sudbury residents raise concerns over firefighter shortage

The city of Sudbury, Ont., is stepping up efforts to recruit and train volunteer firefighters as firefighter shortages continue in the city’s southwest. However, residents have told local news outlets that action isn’t coming fast enough. Sudbury Chief Trevor Bain told The Sudbury Star the city is aware of the problem and is prepared to take steps to address it.

Toronto firefighters battle five-alarm blaze

No serious injuries were reported following a five-alarm fire at a commercial building in Scarborough, Ont., Monday morning. Firefighters told CP24 News the fire broke out in one of the building’s front offices around 2:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is unknown, but investigators from Toronto Fire Services are on scene.
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An adult approach to fire-safety education

Firefighters often visit schools to talk about fire safety, but what about the adults in the community? Fire Fighting in Canada columnist Samantha Hoffmann says fire-service members should avoid condescension and apply the principles of adult learning to their public education programs. » Read more..

Laid-back leadership that instils confidence

There are times when leaders need to take charge and there are times when it's best to step back. Fire Fighting in Canada columnist Tom DeSorcy explores the benefits of laid-back leadership styles in the fire service. » Read more...
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Ottawa Fire Services call for investigation into alleged misconduct

Ottawa Fire Services is calling for a third-party investigation after a police officer's wife alleged firefighters stood by while a suspect assaulted her husband. Firefighters, paramedics and police were dispatched on July 30 around 2:30 a.m. after receiving a report of an unconscious man outside a McDonald’s in southwest Ottawa; Const. Paolo Crescenzi’s wife alleged the suspect attacked her husband as four firefighters watched. Deputy Fire Chief Kim Ayotte told The Ottawa Citizen that the city’s firefighters “are highly trained professionals and work closely with other first responders . . . ,” and is calling for a non-partisan investigation. » Read more...

Nanaimo judge upholds firefighter safety

A provincial law designed to protect emergency responders is being used for the first time to compel a blood test, after a Nanaimo, B.C., firefighter was vomited on during an overdose response. Judge Brian Harvey enacted the Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act in provincial court last Wednesday, ordering the revived man to provide a blood sample over concerns of the firefighter’s safety. » Read more...

Victoria firefighters rescue parrot from tree

On Sunday, the Victoria Fire Department rescued a parrot from a tree, after hours of trying to coax the bird from the branches. Lakochi the African Grey parrot escaped her owners' south-end home through a screen door on Friday, and became stuck in a nearby tree. The bird’s owner told The Times-Colonist he was thankful that firefighters went outside their usual mandate to save his pet. » Read more...

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