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Oct. 31, 2018

Nearly 100 firefighter memorials stolen from Nova Scotia cemetery

Law enforcement officials are appealing to the public for help after nearly 100 “broken ladder” memorials were stolen from a cemetery for volunteer firefighters in Bridgewater, N.S., over the weekend.

Fire chiefs raise concerns over new ambulance dispatch system

Firefighters are raising concerns about B.C.'s new ambulance dispatch system, saying it often cuts their departments out of emergency calls in small communities that see less ambulance service. Under the new system, launched in the spring, firefighters may not be notified of a medical emergency unless it's considered a high priority, or unless an ambulance is going to be delayed in responding.

New podcast on November 5: Stopping the stigma

Firefighters are routinely exposed to grisly sights and traumatic events. It’s all part of the job. The B.C. First Responders Mental Health committee is taking aim at the problem and has a campaign underway called “Share It. Don’t Wear it.” Stayed tuned for a new podcast launching on Nov. 5 where Fire Fighting in Canada editor Grant Cameron spoke with Steve Farina, a captain in the fire suppression division at Coquitlam Fire Rescue about the campaign.
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Health and Wellness: A story of resilience

Tyler Pelke, deputy chief at Red Deer Emergency Service in Alberta, survived a horrific ordeal and now inspires others to overcome adversity. Pelke shared his dramatic story at Fire Rescue Canada 2018. Tyler spoke for roughly an hour about the adversity he faced, his resilience and the power of forgiveness and how understanding your purpose in life is key to dealing with misfortune. » Read more..
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Guest Blog: The chaplain’s role in a fire department

The Oak Bay Fire Department shared this article written by the late Ken Gill, who was a retired firefighter and served as volunteer chaplain with Oak Bay and Esquimalt Fire Departments on Vancouver Island. His article showcases the importance of a fire chaplain’s role in supporting the health and well-being of firefighters and their families. » Read more...
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Overnight blaze destroys restaurant in Hedley

An overnight fire has destroyed the historic Hitching Post Restaurant in Hedley, B.C., and unconfirmed reports say the two owners are in hospital after escaping the flames by jumping from the second floor. » Learn more

Sudbury fire crews tackle blaze on smelter roof

Four fire stations and 21 firefighters responded to a small blaze on the roof of Vale’s Copper Cliff Smelter Complex Thursday afternoon in Sudbury, Ont. » Learn more

Oshawa firefighters rescue woman from house fire

Oshawa firefighters rescued an elderly woman from a house fire on Wednesday afternoon and continued to fight the flames. » Learn more

Road to Recovery

Firefighters don’t like to show their weaknesses or vulnerabilities. They often keep their problems to themselves instead of reaching out for help. That’s what happened to Chris Howe, an acting captain with the Niagara Falls Fire Department. He suffered from mental health issues and became an alcoholic and drug addict and was suicidal. One day, though, he reached out and found help.

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