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Report finds B.C. was under-prepared for 2017 wildfire season

An independent report into the 2017 wildfires and floods across British Columbia has found the federal, provincial and local governments were under-prepared for major emergencies.

Ontario fire chief ousted by new policy vows to challenge it

A long-serving fire chief in eastern Ontario says he is challenging a new policy that forces all fire department employees in Renfrew, Ont., to retire by age 60.

Catastrophic flooding in Grand Forks, B.C.

First responders are calling the flooding in the Grand Forks, B.C., area catastrophic and the largest event they expect to respond to in their careers.
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Volunteer Vision: Share your story

Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy tells firefighters to share their stories, challenges and successes with one another and others in their community. Public messaging can make people realize how lucky they are to have devoted people in their community who will drop everything to help them, he writes. » Read more..
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Back to Basics: The backup position

Firefighter Mark van der Feyst discusses the backup person position on handline as he continues his look at the last 10 years of Back to Basics in Fire Fighting in Canada magazine. He said the position used to be ignored outside of basic training but that this individual has a very important job to do. » Read more...
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Gatineau crews douse commercial fire

Firefighters in Gatineau, Que., spent two hours overnight Saturday battling a fire in a commercial building that caused $85,000 damage. » Learn more

Weekend blaze destroys historic Burlington home

The Burlington Fire Department in Ontario says no one was inside a historical home that was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. A local fire official is not confident they will be able to determine what caused the blaze. » Learn more

Wildfires rage across Alberta

Firefighters on the ground near Bruderheim, Alta., have been working hard to keep raging wildfire flames away from homes but dry, windy conditions are complicating their efforts after multiple large grassfires ignited Saturday. » Learn more

NBAFC Conference

May 25-27, 2018
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BCFTOA Conference and Training Weekend

May 25-31, 2018
Location: Sooke, B.C. 
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AFCA Conference and Trade Show

May 27-30, 2018
Location: Edmonton, Alta.
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