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Ottawa fire sector chief rescues woman trapped in submerged car

Ottawa Fire Services sector chief Bill Bell says he is just happy he was in a position to help after rescuing a woman who was trapped in a sinking car.

Saint John Fire Department facing $1.87 million in budget cuts

The chair of Saint John’s finance committee says cuts to the city’s fire department will have to be made even though a recommended assessment of the fire service’s needs has not taken place.

Sandspit, B.C., fire department sends almost $100,000 to fraudster for used fire truck

The Sandspit Volunteer Fire Department mistakenly sent almost $100,000 to fraudsters last month, and is unsure if the funds can be recovered.
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Comment: The case for kindness

I have always been fond of the saying “everyone has a story” as a reminder to practice kindness and respect because you don’t know what difficulties someone may be facing. Reactions to this pandemic will be as personal as pain is subjective. Some people are doing pretty peachy, stitching together silver linings like an elaborate quilt. And others are becoming sick by the very act of avoiding the sickness, by the stress and isolation. Fears of an impending tsunami of mental illness abound, but so do stories of positivity and levity. Humans are very resilient creatures. By Laura Aiken. » Read more...

COVID-19: Re-opening considerations for commercial high-rise buildings and fire safety

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Forest fires continue to rage in Quebec amid heat wave

Quebec has gone from 13 forest fires on Saturday to 20 fires on Sunday, including one which is still out of control in Lac-Saint-Jean, and which is heading towards the Saguenay, already ravaging more than 62,396 hectares of forest since last Tuesday. » Learn more

Saskatoon firefighter suffers minor injuries rescuing man from overpass

A Saskatoon Fire Department battalion chief is recovering from cuts he got while rescuing a person threatening to jump off an overpass. Firefighters, including the battalion chief, were dispatched Tuesday to the overpass shortly before 8:15 p.m., following a call from an off-duty fire inspector who reported seeing somebody at risk. » Learn more

Charlottetown crews respond to four mulch fires in two days

The Charlottetown fire department responded to four calls about mulch fires over two days last week. On Thursday, the department put out three mulch fires in separate areas in Charlottetown, said Deputy Chief Tim Mamye. Fire crews were also called to another mulch fire early Friday morning, he said. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

Fire Prevention Week theme for 2020

Laura King, Canadian regional education specialist with the NFPA, shares details of this year’s NFPA fire prevention week theme: Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen. King talks about the core messages and timeliness of the campaign, alongside what resources are now available to start building your fire prevention week campaigns. Fire prevention week started in 1925 in Canada and remains a critical public education tool. » Listen now

FFIC Virtual Summit

June 26, 2020
Location: Virtual
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IAFC Fire-Rescue International

August 19 - 21, 2020
Location: Phoenix, Ariz.
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Canadian Firefighters Memorial

September 13, 2020
Location: Ottawa, Ont.
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