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July 9, 2019

5 house fires in 9 days leave Six Nations firefighters exhausted and scrambling

An "unprecedented" number of house fires has left two families displaced and is stretching the Six Nations of the Grand River community fire services to its limit.

Former University of Victoria student creates app for ‘smoke jumpers’ to track fire risks

As a firefighter parachuting into B.C. wildfire zones, Patrick Robinson wanted better mapping systems to give professionals like himself an edge in figuring out how to navigate the challenging terrain. So he invented one.

Washington state residents praise Canada after B.C. air tankers help douse fire

The B.C. Wildfire Service sent in air support to battle a blaze that’s burning in Washington state.
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Leadership: Coaching your crew

Fire Chief Vince MacKenzie made it clear at a recent fire education conference that part of the job of fire chief requires you to be a coach. Not just any coach – a coachable coach. » Read more..

Comment: Sprinklers save lives

Editor Grant Cameron writes his June editor’s column on why and how home sprinkler systems can save lives. » Read more...
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Forest fire near Keewaywin First Nation continues to grow

Provincial officials say the forest fire heading towards Keewaywin First Nation in northwestern Ontario continues to grow. » Learn more

Surrey house fire sends at least three people to hospital

A house fire in Surrey, B.C., sent at least three people to hospital with “significant injuries” Sunday morning. » Learn more

Blaze destroys Peace River church

Fire officials are investigating after a blaze ripped through the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Peace River Wednesday morning. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

NFPA 2019 Fire Prevention Week campaign

Podcast host and Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy talks with Canadian 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. » Listen now

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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