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Nov. 20, 2018

Union president warns of firefighter shortage

Unionized firefighters say the Terrace, B.C., fire department is understaffed and they’re concerned it won’t be able to maintain a safe and effective response to calls. Demand on resources is expected to only increase with an LNG-fueled economic boom.

Fire forces closure of Manitoba hospital

The hospital in Pinawa, Man., is closed until further notice after an electrical issue filled the building with smoke and left it without heat. A spokesperson for the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority said in a statement that a boiler in the town's hospital experienced an electrical failure.

OAFC supports labour relations reform

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) is applauding the provincial government for introducing legislation that will allow full-time firefighters to volunteer as firefighters in their communities. The legislation, known as Bill 57, the Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018, was introduced in the Legislature mid-November.
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Leadership: Fire service must embrace diversity

Fire Chief Don Jolley says fire service leaders need to work hard to alter the trend that both career and volunteer firefighters are generally white males. Jolley adds that the Canadian demographic landscape is extremely diverse, with many languages, cultures, beliefs and values and fire service leaders should be well-informed of the country’s diversity. » Read more..

Volunteer Vision: Volunteer departments need to think ahead

Fire Chief Vince MacKenzie says what truly keeps volunteer fire departments strong and healthy is strong, positive vision by all and he writes about what vision means to the volunteer and composite fire fighting world. » Read more...

Fire rips through student residence in Peterborough

Fire ripped through the top floor of a student residence in Peterborough, Ont., Thursday afternoon. » Learn more

Winnipeg house fire sends one person to hospital

One person was taken to hospital in stable condition after a home fire in Winnipeg's Beaumont area Wednesday afternoon. » Learn more

Fire damages Halifax marijuana dispensary

Police are investigating a fire at a dispensary in Halifax Thursday morning that damaged the building and burned marijuana inside. » Learn more

Tune in to latest podcast: Stopping the stigma

It’s time to listen in on the latest Fire Fighting in Canada podcast featuring Steve Farina, a captain in the fire suppression division at Coquitlam Fire Rescue. He and editor Grant Cameron discuss the B.C. First Responders Mental Health committee as it takes aim at the issues of mental health in the industry and the committee’s campaign called “Share It. Don’t Wear it.” » Read more

FDSOA Apparatus Specification and Maintenance

Jan. 20-24
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FDSOA Annual Safety Forum

Jan 20-24
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
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OAFC Labour-Relations Seminar

Jan. 22-24
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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