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B.C. forest fire budget increases by $35 million for 2020

British Columbia’s government has allocated $136 million for the 2020 forest fire season, a jump of $35 million from 2019 and $73 million over the 2018 budget.

Wildfire camps ramp up ability for crews to physically distance ahead of fire season

There’s fighting walls of fire that threaten lives, communities and wildlife. And then there’s doing it in the context of a global pandemic. That’s the reality that fire crews across British Columbia are facing ahead of 2020’s wildfire season.

Rapidly growing Saskatchewan wildfire a challenge for crews and rural residents

Saskatchewan officials say a wind-driven wildfire over old growth forest and farmland in east-central Saskatchewan is making for a difficult battle.
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Mental Health

Mental health: Self-care and serving in a pandemic

Mental health could be one of the biggest casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the story is not finished yet. There are chapters left to write. There is time, in fact no time like the present to prioritize self-care. The risks of a distressed state of mind are acute, and for firefighters all the more so. By Laura Aiken. » Read more...
Tall Building

Is taller safer?

The presence of sprinklers and working smoke alarms play a larger role in building fire safety than height, suggests a study of 13 years of fire data in British Columbia. A 2019 report from the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia (UFV) – Structure Fires in British Columbia: Exploring Variations in Outcomes as a Function of Building Height and Life Safety Systems – examined 31,582 structure fires in B.C. between January 2006 and August 2018 to explore the effects of building height and life safety systems. By Len Garis and Joe Clare. » Read more...
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How FPOs Are Fixing Their Fire Inspection Backlog

Many fire departments across Canada are struggling with a fire inspection backlog. But some are actually ahead of schedule – and it’s thanks to technology that organizes the properties they need to inspect, provides checklists based on the fire code, and automatically generates reports that can be emailed or printed on the spot. Find out more about the inspection software used by small towns and large cities alike.

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Eskasoni, N.S., apartment fire leaves 21 people homeless

Nearly two dozen people were left homeless after an early morning fire at an Eskasoni apartment building Friday. Fire services received the call at 1 a.m. The blaze caused significant damage to the 15-unit apartment building, but no injuries were reported. » Learn more

Fire forces evacuation of hotel purchased to help homeless

Firefighters were called to a Victoria hotel early Sunday morning for reports of a fire in one of the rooms currently housing people who were relocated from tent cities in Topaz Park and along Pandora Avenue. » Learn more

Edmonton crews rescue dog swept away in river

Edmonton fire crews rescued a dog Sunday morning that had been swept away in the surging North Saskatchewan River. Fire crews received a call just after 10 a.m. from a woman whose dog had fallen in the river east of the Walterdale Bridge. » 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

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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