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June 25, 2019

Council approves pay raise for Fort Saskatchewan firefighters

Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., council approved a staff compensation policy and procedure for fire services on Tuesday, June 11. The new policy will provide a raise of $14.70 per hour bringing the new rate of pay to $43.13, an increase from the $28.43 per hour that the members were receiving.

Donation gives big boost to Happy Valley-Goose Bay fire department

With a spate of commercial fires in the town in recent years, the Happy Valley-Goose Bay fire department in Newfoundland and Labrador is now more equipped than ever to fight the blazes, and help out in other emergencies.

New podcast next week: NFPA 2019 Fire Prevention Week campaign

Podcast host and Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy talks with NFPA public-education representative Laura King on this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not every hero wears a cape: Plan and practice your escape”. The two discuss what’s new this year, some background and history on the campaign, and offer valuable resources departments can use as they prepare for Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 6 to 12.
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Prevention: Reducing risk

The City of Surrey, B.C., launched a program that forces property owners to either secure their property or pay the city to do it for them. The initiative has reduced related fires by up to two-thirds and recouped more than $853,000 from property owners. » Read more..
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Leadership: Lessons learned

David Griffin, who was a firefighter at a furniture store fire in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2007 that resulted in the deaths of nine firefighters, told an Ontario fire chiefs conference that a series of mistakes were unknowingly made at the scene. » Read more...
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More than 100 firefighters respond to condo fire

Close to 30 people were rushed out of their homes after a fire broke out in a three-storey building in Montreal’s Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough. More than 110 firefighters fought the blaze for nearly three hours. » Learn more

Toronto firefighters douse industrial blaze

Toronto fire crews battled a three-alarm industrial fire in Scarborough, Ont., Saturday. » Learn more

Two firefighters injured battling paper plant blaze

Two firefighters had to be rushed to hospital after working to put out a blaze at Port Hawkesbury Paper in Point Tupper, N.S., Thursday evening. » Learn more

Drones in the Fire Service

Hope, B.C., Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy speaks with Scott Wilkinson, senior academy officer at the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, about how the department is using unmanned aerial vehicles to augment firefighting efforts in Fire Fighting in Canada the Podcast’s latest episode. » Listen now

Northwest Territories Association of Fire Chiefs

June 30 to July 4, 2019
Location: Yellowknife, N.W.T.
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Maritime Fire Chiefs Association Annual conference

July 12 to July 15, 2019
Location: Moncton, N.B.
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OAFC FireCon

September 5 to 7, 2019
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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CAFC Fire Rescue Canada 2019

September 13 to September 16, 2019
Location: Calgary, Alta.
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