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December 14, 2019

1. Toronto firefighter in intensive care after falling from burning building

A captain with Toronto Fire Services was in hospital in critical condition after he and another firefighter fell from the roof of a vacant downtown building where a three-alarm blaze broke out.

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

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

3. OAFC members elect 2020 board of directors

On Nov. 18, members of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) elected their board of directors. On Nov. 21, the board appointed the officers. The OAFC also held its annual general meeting and fire service roundtables this week in Niagara Falls, Ont.

4. London fire official placed on leave amid investigation

London’s Acting Deputy Fire Chief Jack Burt was placed on leave pending a code of conduct investigation.

5. Ontario funds new urban search and rescue teams

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.
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6. Bowen Island chief steps aside after volunteers threaten to resign

Bowen Island’s fire chief offered to take a leave of absence to try and resolve a workplace dispute that nearly ended in all 26 volunteer firefighters walking off the job. » Read more...

7. Students design flying emergency rescue vehicle concept

A team of Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) students have developed the concept for Skywalker, an aerial emergency rescue operation vehicle (AERO-V) that could save lives on a global scale. » Read more...

8. Wage increase negotiations settled for Saskatoon firefighters

The City of Saskatoon and the union representing fire department employees managed to settle on terms for a four-year contract without arbitration. Firefighters and other department workers will receive five wage increases totalling 8.1 per cent over the four-year deal, which covers 2017 through to the end of next year. » Read more...

9. Niagara-on-the-Lake appoints new fire chief

Niagara-on-the-Lake 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. » Read more...

10. Ontario non-profit brings treatment to first responders

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

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Jan. 25, 2020
Location: Point Edward, Ont.
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Hicks Morley Labour Relations Seminar

Jan. 29-30, 2020
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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