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Oct. 16, 2018

Alberta fire chiefs push for provincial legislation

Alberta is one of two provinces without a Fire Services Act, leaving small-town brigades without the support and guidance they need. It’s something fire chiefs want to change.

Union voices concerns about staffing levels after refinery fire

The head of the Saint John, N.B., firefighters' union is sounding the alarm about staffing shortages following the explosion and fire at the Irving Oil refinery on Oct. 8.

Ontario government repeals firefighter certification regulations

Volunteer firefighters in northwestern Ontario are reacting with a mixture of disappointment and relief to news that the provincial government is revoking new training requirements. The new rules, which were brought in by the previous government in May, mandated standardized training for volunteer firefighters across the province.
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Prevention: New study shows sprinklers save lives

Len Garis and Karin Mark write about a new study that shows how having a sprinkler system in homes can reduce the chances of dying in a fire by 79 per cent. The study bolsters the call for mandatory sprinklers in all news homes. » Read more..
Department News

Department News: Try building instead of buying

Using the natural ability of your members can be a huge benefit to a small volunteer hall. Most chiefs know there is not enough time in the day to tackle everything a team wants to accomplish around the hall. Hear from Fire Chief Jeff Grant in the latest issue of Fire Fighting in Canada how he and his team relied on each other’s unique skills to build on, update and turn older trucks into rescue and response vehicles. » Read more...
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Unity firefighters battle fire at grain elevator

Unity, Sask., fire crews battled a fire Thursday at a grain elevator located one kilometre east of the town. The fire department said it was called in at 7:15 a.m. CST for the structure fire, with police also responding to the scene. » Learn more

Dairy cattle saved from barn blaze in Alberta

Firefighters from a number of communities south of Edmonton were called late Wednesday night to battle a destructive dairy barn fire. » Learn more

Ottawa crews douse basement blaze

Fire crews were able to quickly douse a fire in the basement of an unoccupied bungalow in Vanier, Ont., Wednesday afternoon. » Learn more

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