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British Columbia’s wildfire season heats up over long weekend

British Columbia’s wildfire season is heating up. There are currently 42 wildfires burning, all of which are in the southern half of the province, where the fire danger rating in most areas is listed as “high” or “extreme,” according to the BC Wildfire Service.

West Hants makes changes to regional fire service boundaries

It’s been five years since Windsor, N.S., firefighters were the primary responders for Falmouth, but should disaster strike, they’ll now be paged out first. It’s a change that was lobbied for by citizens, recommended in the 2019 regional fire services review by Goudreault Associates and since embraced by area chiefs. The change came into effect July 28.

Fires up 13 per cent in Toronto

The union representing Toronto’s firefighters says its seen a 13.4 per cent increase in fire calls since this time last year, something it says is a result of more people staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Unintended consequences: The opioid crisis and COVID-19

While Canada’s number of new daily COVID-19 cases has been dropping, the death toll from another ongoing public health crisis is rising. In recent months, provinces and territories across Canada began reporting a growing number of opioid-related deaths. By Brieanna Charlebois.. » Read more...
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Volunteer Vision: Not the same but better

We’re only halfway through 2020 but what an incident this year has been. Fire departments across the country have been affected by a series of abnormal events. It’s the first time fire chiefs across Canada have been united when we consider every chief was working the same incident at the same time: the COVID-19 pandemic. The fire service will probably never be the same after 2020, but in most respects, I feel we will be in a better place. By Vince MacKenzie. . » Read more...

Barbecue fire displaces nine people, damages two homes

Nine people have been displaced from their homes in Gatineau, Que., after a fire spread from a barbecue on Saturday afternoon. » Learn more

Fire chief sounds alarm over rash of fires in Twillingate

A string of small fires in Twillingate, N.L., each involving similar circumstances, has locals and emergency responders alike worried, says the town’s fire chief. Craig Clarke says since April, his crews have responded to 11 fires, and know of two others set that burned out on their own. » Learn more

Train derailment near Winnipeg sparks small fire

Crews responded to a train derailment which caused a small fire east of Winnipeg along Highway 1 Thursday evening. » Learn more

IAFC Fire-Rescue International

August 19 - 21, 2020
Location: Virtual
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Canadian Firefighters Memorial

September 13, 2020
Location: Virtual
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CAFC Fire Rescue Canada

September 13 - 16, 2020
Location: Virtual
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