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July 16, 2019

New fire chief In Osoyoos, B.C.

Dave McMahon’s burning desire to make a new life in Canada and continue his firefighting career has worked out incredibly well as he takes over as the first full-time professional fire chief in Osoyoos.

Hamilton firefighters responding to the same medical calls as paramedics?

Some firefighters spend more time responding to medical emergencies than they do fighting fires. Is it time to re-evaluate their role?

Weather aids fight against Pikangikum First Nation forest fire

Officials say evacuations have been put on hold in Pikangikum First Nation as the forest fire near the northern Ontario community has reduced in size.
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Be A Superhero!

Feature: Be a superhero! Plan your escape

Promoting engagement and fun will be easy with the 2019 Fire Prevention Week theme: Not every hero wears a cape! Plan and practise your escape. NFPA Canadian public-education representative Laura King outlines ways for departments to develop a pre-plan to communicate this message with communities during this year’s Fire Prevention Week. » Read more..
Grow-op guidelines

Feature: Grow-op guidelines

Responding to illegal grow-ops can be dangerous for firefighters. Firefighting in Canada editor Grant Cameron reports on the necessary precautions and guidelines for sizing-up labs, as discussed at the 2019 Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs conference in May. » Read more...
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Firefighters rescue passengers stranded on Edmonton Riverboat

Around 300 passengers aboard the Edmonton Riverboat on Saturday found themselves stuck on the water overnight and in need of rescue. » Learn more

Brampton house fire causes natural gas leak

Fire crews battled a house fire in Brampton that caused a natural gas leak Saturday afternoon, on Marblehead Crescent just after 2:30 p.m. » Learn more

Improper venting led to CO poisoning at Winnipeg motel

Improper venting of a boiler led to carbon monoxide poisoning at a Winnipeg motel, officials said Wednesday after their initial investigation into an incident that led dozens of people to be treated in hospital. » 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

Association of Yukon Fire Chiefs Annual Conference

August 21 to August 25, 2019
Location: Dawson City, Yukon
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OAFC FireCon

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