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September 21, 2019

1. Ex-fire chief sentenced to nine months for fraud

A former Gananoque, Ont., fire chief who defrauded Gananoque, the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands and the Gananoque Firefighters Association, was sentenced to nine months in jail.

2. Michelle O’Hara appointed new executive director

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) announced that Michelle O’Hara has been named executive director of the organization, replacing Richard Boyes who retired from the post after seven years.

3. Ontario funds new urban search and rescue

North Bay, Ottawa, Peterborough, Thunder Bay, Toronto and Windsor will split $2.5 million provincial dollars to establish a variety of new specialty emergency response teams.

4. Ontario non-profit brings treatment to first responders

The Haven is set to become Ontario’s first occupational-specific therapy house for first responders.

5. Niagara-on-the-Lake appoints new chief

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., has named its new fire chief. The town announced in a media release that after an internal hiring process, Nick Ruller has accepted the position of fire chief and community emergency management co-ordinator effective immediately.
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6. Ontario strengthens fire protection rules

Ontario’s government is acting to improve public safety by strengthening fire protection rules across the province. » Read more...

7. Saskatchewan fire chief appointed as ambassador

Nipawin, Sask., Fire Chief Brian Starkell was named an ambassador of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association. The organization made the appointment at its annual meeting in Nova Scotia on Aug. 15. » Read more...

8. Former firefighter co-develops B.C. wildfire app

Former firefighter Aaron Kilback says his friends in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley used to ask him for updates on campfire bans and active wildfires, and he figured it would be easier if the information was all in one place. » Read more...

9. Federal government funds creation of Indigenous Fire Marshal Office

The Government of Canada announced funding of $9.97 million over three years, starting in 2019, to support the creation of an Indigenous Fire Marshal Office (IFMO). » Read more...

10. Oshawa, Ontario union pushes for construction changes

Earlier this summer an under-construction, multi-unit building caught fire in Oshawa, Ont. Now the local fire service and the Oshawa Professional Firefighters Association are pushing for safety changes at construction sites for wood-frame buildings. » Read more...

Canadian Firefighter Career Expo

September 28, 2019
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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Canadian Firefighter Training Day

September 28, 2019
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services Convention

September 27 to September 29, 2019
Location: Gander, Nfld.
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