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March 12, 2019

Surrey fire chief says free smoke alarm program cut residential fire deaths in half

Surrey, B.C., Fire Chief Len Garis says the number of people dying in house fires has dropped 46 per cent since the inception of its HomeSafe program, which provides free smoke alarms and home safety inspections to residents.

Moncton Fire Department to establish Hazmat team

The Moncton Fire Department has started the process of establishing a Hazmat team for southeast New Brunswick. Fire Chief Conrad Landry says the department has just concluded an 80-hour training program to help firefighters become Hazmat technicians.

Corner Brook revises out-of-jurisdiction response policy

The Corner Brook Fire Department in Newfoundland now has a clearer idea of how it is to handle emergency calls that come in from outside its jurisdiction. The city approved a revised out-of-jurisdiction policy for the department during the public meeting of city council.
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Back to Basics: PPE should always be combat ready

Last month, firefighter Mark van der Feyst looked at the consequences of not inspecting personal protective equipment (PPE). In the March issue of Fire Fighting in Canada, he continues to look at PPE and complacency in having it being readied to go, or, in other words, combat ready. » Read more..
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Comment: Preventing wildfire tragedies

Last season was an exceptionally busy year for wildland firefighters in Canada, especially in Ontario and British Columbia. The question is how to protect communities. In the March issue of Fire Fighting in Canada, editor Grant Cameron highlights some recommendations that were made by a team of researchers at the University of Calgary Schulich School of Engineering. » Read more...
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Careless smoking sparks Winnipeg apartment fire

Careless disposal of smoking materials caused a fire at a Winnipeg apartment building the evening of Wednesday, March 6. » Learn more

Fire destroys Alma restaurant and variety store

A popular restaurant and variety store in Alma, N.B., burned to the ground. The Alma fire chief said it took eight hours to put out the fire at Harbour View Restaurant & Variety Store. » Learn more

Firefighters tackle blaze at hospital under renovation

Vancouver fire crews were busy Friday, March 8 putting out a blaze at the Point Grey Private Hospital in Kitsilano. » Learn more

FFIC The Podcast: A Story of Resilience

At the age of 14, Tyler Pelke, deputy fire chief at the City of Red Deer Emergency Services in Alberta, was brutally assaulted. Tyler survived the violent attack and now speaks across North America about the power of forgiveness. In our latest podcast Tyler talks to Fire Fighting in Canada about the experience and how he refused to let the events of his past define him. Podcast sponsored by Dräger. » Listen here

Canadian Firefighters Curling Association Championships

March 14 to 23, 2019
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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Firehouse World Exposition and Conference

March 25 to 28, 2019
Location: L.A., Calif.
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IAFC Wildland Urban Interface Conference

March 23 to 28, 2019
Location: Reno, Nev.
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OAFC Annual Conference and Trade Show

May 3 to 4, 2019
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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OAFC FireCon

Sept 5 to 7, 2019
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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