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New report urges immediate reform of Canada’s regulation of flame retardants

Flame retardants routinely added to common household products are killing firefighters, putting children and pregnant women at risk and contaminating the environment while not significantly improving safety, says a new report from the University of Victoria.

‘We’re a military town’: Kamloops’ mayor, fire chief pledge support for squadron after Snowbirds crash

A residential neighborhood near the Kamloops airport has been cordoned off while awaiting the arrival of military investigators after a fatal Snowbirds jet crash Sunday. Capt. Jennifer Casey died in the crash. The pilot, Capt. Richard MacDougall, was seriously injured. Fire Chief Mike Adams said five or six properties have been evacuated, and one person who lives in the neighbourhood was injured.

When fire struck her small community, this woman stepped up. Now she’s the fire chief

Niki Greeley was frustrated watching her neighbour’s property burn to the ground last November, although the event ignited a sense of responsibility for her new home in Labrador.
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Recruitment during COVID-19: Q&A with Fire Chief Derrick Clark

Derrick Clark, the fire chief in Oshawa, Ont., shares how the pandemic changed their recruitment, training and graduation processes for their latest group of recruits. By Brieanna Charlebois. » Read more...
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Trainer’s Corner: Don and doff with care

In light of the current pandemic, firefighters may be responding to increasingly infectious environments. Our members must take donning (putting on) and doffing (taking off) of PPE much more seriously. It is important they understand that they are at greatest risk to contaminate themselves when removing PPE. By Ed Brouwer. » Read more...
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Officials probing fire at non-profit activity centre for seniors

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service says there is an ongoing investigation after a fire started at an activity centre for seniors and adults early Monday morning. » Learn more

Search continues for 12-year-old boy after explosion and fire at Markham, Ont., home

A 12-year-old boy remains unaccounted for after an explosion and house fire in Markham injured three members of his family, York Regional Police said. Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang on Sunday morning at a house on Bur Oak Avenue, where a fire broke out. » Learn more

Long weekend turns into forest fire battle for farmers

It was all hands on deck by 11 a.m. on Sunday as a forest fire jumped the river that divided Walter Matieyshen’s property from his neighbours in Fort à la Corne, Sask. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

Hoarding 101 for the fire service

Hoarding presents a unique challenge and fire risk in the community. Elaine Birchall, a hoarding behaviour and intervention specialist for over 18 years, talks to Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy about best practices for how to proceed when encountering a hoarding situation on a call. Birchall covers what defines hoarding and how to recognize it, misconceptions around hoarding and how to approach the people involved in a nonjudgmental and sensitive manner. » Listen now

FDIC International – rescheduled

Dates to be announced
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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Aerial Firefighting Conference – rescheduled

October 20, 2020
Location: Abbotsford, BC
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Interschutz – rescheduled

June 14-19, 2021
Location: Hannover, Germany
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