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Alberta deploys 81 firefighters to help battle wildfires in Ontario

Alberta has deployed 81 firefighters to help battle wildfires in northern Ontario. On Thursday, 41 wildland firefighters were deployed to the province and on Sunday another 38 firefighters and two support staff joined them. CBC News reports.

Cluny fire hall to close permanently

Wheatland County council in Alberta has decided to close the doors of the Cluny fire hall for good due to a lack of volunteers stepping up to man the facility. The Toronto Star reports.

Volunteer Gravenhurst firefighter awarded for off-duty heroics

Now in her fourth year as a volunteer firefighter at Gravenhurst Fire Department in Ontario, Aysha Tryon has been awarded the Fire Chief Commendation for saving seven people trapped in an SUV. My Muskoka Now reports.
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These have been challenging times

Sometimes, in challenging situations, training can be the first area to be neglected. With the social distancing rules in place, some fire departments have continued with their drills and some have been hesitant of bringing extra crews together in person, while others have halted all training until further notice. If your training schedule has been disrupted, let’s use this time as a refresher. I’ve pulled together the most easily forgotten thermal imaging tips. Let’s dive in! By Manfred Kihn. » Read more...

Back to Basics: Ladder Dating: The summary

For the last 11 issues, we have focused our attention on ground ladders with the intent of getting to know the ground ladder all the more, hence why the title of the series is Ladder Dating. As we come to the end of our series, I want to recap all that we have looked at in the last 11 issues, sort of a “Coles Notes” version of ladder dating. By Mark van der Feyst. » Read more...
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Fire Prevention Week 2021 is October 3-9

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Historic Six Nations church damaged in weekend blaze

St John’s Tuscaroras, an Anglican church on Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario, was damaged by fire on Saturday. The Brantford Expositor reports. » Learn more

Fuel truck fire closes highway in B.C. Interior

A vehicle fire closed Highway 24 near Little Fort for hours on Sunday. RCMP said there is no word yet on what caused the fire and there are no reported injuries. Global News reports. » Learn more

FFIC June podcast discusses NIFSC project and Indigenous fire safety

In June’s podcast, sponsored by L3Harris, Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy spoke with Len Garis, director of research for the NIFSC project, about the problem of insufficient fire data on First Nations communities and the mission to develop better research and services for Indigenous people. » Listen now