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Dec. 4, 2018

Vernon, B.C., firefighters reach new collective agreement

For the first time in nearly three years, Vernon, B.C., firefighters have a new contract. The city and Local 1517 of the International Association of Fire Fighters have agreed on a four-year collective bargaining agreement, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016, the day after the last contract between the two sides officially expired.

Six Nations fire station closed indefinitely after break-in

A Six Nations fire station in Ontario is closed indefinitely after a break-in at the site. The Six Nations department said thieves cut through a security fence, broke through a double cinderblock concrete wall and bypassed the security system.

NUS researchers turn plastic waste into material with fire service applications

National University of Singapore (NUS) researchers are turning plastic bottle waste into an ultralight material with potential fire-service applications.
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From the Editor: Funds for the Fire Service

In the December edition of Fire Fighting in Canada, editor Grant Cameron explains how the legalization of pot will affect fire departments on both the safety and financial fronts. He says the fire service deserves funding from the federal government to offset the increased costs of training, education and inspections. » Read more..
Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness: Stress Strategies

Registered nurse Sara Wegwitz specializes in mental fitness, resilience training, and health and wellness programming. She recently wrote an article for Fire Fighting in Canada on some simple ways firefighters can calm their minds and give their brains a break. » Read more...
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Firefighter and man injured after falling from ladder in Saskatchewan fire

A firefighter and a man were taken to hospital in Saskatoon, Sask., after falling during a fire rescue over the weekend. » Learn more

Firefighters battle restaurant fire in Quebec

A major fire that broke out early Sunday has left a celebrated restaurant that serves Indigenous cuisine in Wendake, Que., seriously damaged. » Learn more

House fire leaves two people dead in Alberta

Two people were found dead early Sunday morning after a house fire in Wetaskiwin, Alta. » Learn more

Studying the Statistics – a look at the top health concerns facing firefighters

A Canadian study is calling for the creation of a national firefighter wellness surveillance system to help address soaring cancer rates and other key firefighter health risks. » Read more

FDSOA Apparatus Specification and Maintenance

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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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