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Sudbury taxpayers to share cost of new firefighters for three years

After a convoluted discussion that was at times difficult to follow, the Sudbury city council in Ontario has decided on a taxation scheme that will temporarily spread the costs of hiring eight new firefighters across the city. The Sudbury Star reports.

Langford Fire Rescue reminds residents to be ready for anything

The Langford Fire Rescue department in British Columbia is launching a nationwide theme for Emergency Preparedness Week called Be Ready for Anything. Langford Fire Rescue Chief Chris Aubrey said the department is launching a couple of initiatives through social media accounts that speak to the importance of being ready for emergencies, including how to build emergency kits. Saanich News reports.

Huntsville council passes motion to begin regional fire training centre pilot project

Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department’s training facility will offer Ontario Fire College courses as a regional training centre. Huntsville council passed the motion put forward by Fire Chief Rob Collins Monday night. My Muskoka Now reports.
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Back to Basics: Ladder Dating: When to use two firefighters

Many, if not all firefighters, have been taught to always use two firefighters when carrying or using a ground ladder. While I have been advocating the use of one firefighter in these instances, there are times when two firefighters may be available or needed to be used for ground ladder operations. By Mark van der Feyst. » Read more...

An airport goes fluorine-free

At the time that the Transport Canada exemption was issued, Mark Smith, the Ports Toronto fire chief and emergency response and planning manager, had been in the process of investigating how to improve the environmental and safety performance of the fire suppressant foams in use at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The exemption offered Smith the opportunity to take a big leap into fluorine-free – and he acted quickly. By Mitch Hubert, Mark Siem and Jim Schwander. » Read more...

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The future of firefighting fits in your hand. Introducing LUNAR – a hand-held, wireless device, offering enhanced vision, improved situational awareness, and accountability for everyone on scene by combining thermal imaging, search and rescue technology, and cloud connectivity. LUNAR is part of the revolutionary MSA Connected Firefighter Platform, working to help keep you safe, connected and accounted for, even in the most dangerous situations. Enable a level of accountability never before achieved in the fire service. »  Learn more

Two new forest fires reported in northwestern Ontario Saturday

Two new forest fires were discovered in the city of Timmins in northwestern Ontario on Saturday, the province said. One of the fires, known as Kenora 11, was reported at about 5 p.m. Saturday. CBC News reports. » Learn more

Trans-Canada Highway reopens west of Calgary after grass fire

The Trans-Canada Highway was shut down in both directions west of Calgary on Friday evening due to a grass fire. Shortly before 8 p.m., Alberta 511 tweeted that the highway had been fully reopened. Global News reports. » Learn more

Fire destroys shuttered Niagara Falls hotel

Fire ripped through a shuttered hotel on Niagara River Parkway near the Chippawa community in Niagara Falls on Saturday. Niagara Falls Fire Department received a report of fire at the former inn on the parkway at about 7:30 p.m. The St. Catharines Standard reports. » Learn more

2021 BCFTOA Conference

May 14-20, 2021
Location: Virtual
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FFIC Virtual Summit

June 17, 2021
Location: Virtual
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