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Ottawa names new fire chief

The City of Ottawa has named Kim Ayotte its new fire chief. The official announcement was made Wednesday. Ayotte had been filling the position in an interim role since former chief Gerry Pingitore retired in April.

Firefighters raise concerns about new dispatch policy

A new 911 policy designed to improve ambulance response times also has firefighters feeling sidelined during lower-risk medical calls when they could be helping out. B.C. Emergency Health Services changed its dispatch system in June in an effort to get paramedics out to critical situations faster, and the agency says response times have been reduced by minutes–an improvement that can potentially mean the difference between life and death.

B.C. government extends state of emergency

The B.C. government has extended the provincial state of emergency because of wildfires that have now burned more area than any other season on record. As of Tuesday, more than 12,984 square kilometres of the province had burned, pushing past the previous record set just one year earlier.
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Trainers Corner

Preparing for the Worst

When it comes to responding to emergencies such as fires, floods, earthquakes and others, the more individuals trained on Incident Command System (ICS) response the better. Jason Greidanus, deputy director of emergency management for Strathcona County, Alta., shares how an Edmonton training academy has put forward ICS Canada position-specific courses in the latest edition of Fire Fighting in Canada. » Read more..

Retirement: What now?

Denis Pilon has retired after 35 years in the fire service. He served as fire chief in Melville, Weyburn, and Swift Current, Sask., and was an active member of the SAFC, CAFC, and IAFC serving as a director or on various committees in these associations. Read in the latest issue of Fire Fighting in Canada what retirement means to Pilon and what he plans on doing next. » Read more...
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Massive fire tears through two buildings in Weymouth, N.S.

A massive fire has destroyed at least two buildings in a small Nova Scotia village, leaving some people homeless. Weymouth Fire Chief Roy Mullen says the fire was reported at 4:20 a.m. Wednesday. Ten fire departments responded to the scene. » Learn more

Blaze tears through Burlington auto dealership

More than $1 million damage was caused when a fire tore through a Burlington auto dealership late Thursday night. » Learn more

Human remains discovered after fire on Frog Lake First Nation

The remains of two adults were found after emergency crews responded to a fire on the Frog Lake First Nation on Thursday morning. » Learn more

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