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Winnipeg union seeks clarity on COVID-19 exposure

Concerns surrounding COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, are beginning to force medical organizations across the country to strengthen and clarify their protocols when it comes to dealing with a patient who may have the virus.

Thunder Bay, Ont., firefighters awarded wage increases

A provincially-appointed arbitrator has awarded mandatory pay increases to City of Thunder Bay firefighters. Annual wage hikes over five years between Jan. 1, 2018 and July 1, 2022 will bring the base salary for a 1st Class firefighter to $106,498 by the end of the collective agreement.

Abandoned buildings pose safety risk to firefighters and public, Ontario fire chief says

Thunder Bay's acting fire chief says derelict buildings in the city are a risk to crews and to people who may take shelter in them.
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Mutual aid

Mutual aid in action

Australia has been ravaged by one of the worst wildfire seasons seen in decades. To date, millions of hectares have burned and about 2,500 homes have been destroyed. A reported 34 people and an estimated billion native animals have died. The current economic cost of the fire has been estimated at AUS $4.4 billion and counting. In early December, an official request for assistance reached the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC), and a cohort of 21 highly trained staff from a variety of provinces were sent for a 38-day deployment to New South Wales. Since then, 239 Canadians aided in three different Australian states. By Brieanna Charlebois » Read more...
Ladder Dating

Back to Basics: Ladder Dating – Climbing Angles

We introduced our topic of ladder dating — coined such because you need to know your ladder intimately and would do well to date it first — in the February edition of Fire Fighting in Canada, and we’re going to dive right in here by detailing climbing angles. There are a few opinions on what the proper angle is for setting up a ladder so it’s safe to climb. Some of the arguments are valid and others are not. By Mark van der Feyst » Read more...
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Fire at Salmon Arm, B.C., homeless camp leaves one person dead

A fire at a homeless camp discovered Thursday morning has left one person dead. Salmon Arm Fire Chief Brad Shirley reports that when fire crews arrived at the scene at approximately 5 a.m., a shack constructed there was fully engulfed in flames. » Learn more

Two people dead in New Brunswick blaze

Two people are dead following a house fire in Upper Salmon Creek, N.B., on Saturday morning. On Saturday, at around 8 a.m., police responded to a home, which they note was destroyed by the fire when they arrived. » Learn more

Saskatoon firefighters battle chemical fire at potash plant

Firefighters from the Saskatoon Fire Department, the Rural Municipality of Montrose Fire Department and the Delisle Fire Department fought back flames from three chemical tanks at the Nutrien Vanscoy Potash Operation on Saturday night. The fire was still burning on Sunday afternoon. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

Into the wild

Mark Healey, planning chief for the BC Wildfire Service, talks to Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy about changes in wildfire management, including the rise of wildland urban interface and building successful partnerships. Healey recently came back from assisting with the bushfire crisis in Australia and he shares what he learned from the Australian operation and novel fire behaviour. » Listen now

IAFC Wildland-Urban Interface Conference

March 24 - March 26, 2020
Location: Reno, Nev
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Canadian Firefighters Curling Association Canadian Championship

March 26 – April 4, 2020
Location: Charlottetown, P.E.I.
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Northeastern Fire Education Conference

March 27- 29
Location: Huntsville, Ont.
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