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Seventeen Canadians per day died from opioids in 2020: Public Health Agency of Canada

Canada’s public health agency says the COVID-19 pandemic drove an increasingly deadly overdose crisis last year that continues to take lives and corrode communities. Grim new numbers from the agency show 6,214 people suffered opioid-related deaths in 2020—17 deaths per day on average—compared to fewer than 4,000 in 2019.

Two more Catholic churches burned down in B.C.’s Interior

Two more Catholic churches on reserves in British Columbia’s southern Interior burned down Saturday morning. CBC News reports.

Colwood grieves sudden passing of Fire Chief John Cassidy

The City of Colwood is mourning the sudden passing of its fire Chief, John Cassidy on Wednesday. In a release Thursday night, the city says Colwood Fire, along with BC Ambulance Services, responded to a medical call on June 23 and provided care for the Chief. He later died in hospital. CHEK News 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 Khin » Read more...

Volunteer Vision: Building unburnable bridges

The other day, I heard someone say “don’t burn your bridges,” a phrase that at first conjures up what I consider to be obvious. You shouldn’t destroy the path you used to get to where you’re going, as you may need to use it again to get back to where you came from. This is a common metaphor often referred to if someone, for example, quits a job and bad mouths their organization on the way out the door. Chances are you’re going to run into those folks again somewhere down the road and the bridge will be gone. By Tom DeSorcy » Read more...

Get your Sparky the Fire Dog® Stuffy while supplies last!

Whether you are visiting classrooms, holding assemblies, and hosting station tours, or marching in parades and attending public gatherings, these plush giveaways help bring attention to fire prevention in your community.

Also available as part of the The Story of Sparky Educator Set:

This set includes a Sparky stuffy, The Story of Sparky the Fire Dog, Educator Edition, with for you to read to a group—in-person or virtually—with its large, easy-to-see size. At the end is a lesson plan to walk you through the valuable teachings this book can inspire. Also included a 30 pack of The Story of Sparky the Fire Dog books- a favorite of young children.

These Sparky stuffed toys are so popular, they are sure to sell out again.

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Peachland fire destroys one home, becomes wildfire

At least one house was destroyed by a house fire southwest of Peachland, B.C., on Saturday. Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin said the fire broke out earlier on Saturday at a property on Marantha Drive near Princeton Avenue. It then spread into the countryside. CBC News reports. » Learn more

Arson suspected in school portable blaze

A fire broke out at a French elementary school in Kingston on Wednesday night and police believe the fire was set intentionally. Global News reports. » Learn more

Fire at abandoned building in Sudbury deemed suspicious

An early morning fire Thursday at a boarded-up house along The Kingsway has been deemed suspicious. The Sudbury Star reports. » Learn more

The 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

FDIC International

August 02 – 07, 2021
Location: Virtual
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