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Calgary fire department ends birthday greeting celebrations

The wildly popular and uplifting drive-by birthday program put on by the Calgary Fire Department is now over. The City of Calgary initiative started in early April during the COVID-19 outbreak as a way for children, between the ages of four and 12, and citizens over the age of 75 to celebrate their special day while physical distancing.

Risk of wildfire increases in northern Alberta

The danger rating of a wildfire occurring in the Fort McMurray Forest Area has been increased to extreme. The region south of Lake Athabasca has been listed at very high, while north of the lake has been marked as extreme.

Okanagan residents hold rally seeking answers after fire chief suspended

Dozens of North Westside residents held a rally on Sunday seeking answers about why two senior firefighters, including the fire chief for the area, were suspended indefinitely.
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Managing traffic flow at accident scenes

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Leadership Forum: Pandemic leadership

To say the current pandemic has changed the world is probably the understatement of the year. All of us are dealing with issues we never thought we’d encounter. “Isolation”, “social distancing” and “COVID-19” are all terms never used in the fire service until now. The pandemic is a massive test of leadership skills for any leader in the fire service and beyond. By Chris Harrow. » Read more...
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Calgary seniors’ centre resident injured in suspicious fire dies, homicide investigation launched

Calgary police say an elderly man who was critically injured in a fire at a seniors’ centre last month has died, prompting a homicide investigation. » Learn more

Mobile home catches fire near firefighter training facility in Vancouver

Firefighters had put out a fire that engulfed a mobile home parked near their training facility on Glen Drive in Vancouver Saturday evening. » Learn more

Moose Jaw, Sask., homeowner suffers minor injuries after gas BBQ catches fire

The Moose Jaw fire department said a homeowner suffered minor injuries in a fire on Saturday afternoon. According to the fire department, an overheated gas barbecue burst into flames at the back of the home. The fire spread to a home next door, along with a camper in the back yard. » 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

IAFC Fire-Rescue International

Aug. 19, 2020
Location: Phoenix, Ariz.
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Canadian Firefighters Memorial

Sept. 13, 2020
Location: Ottawa, Ont.
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