On the night of January 13, 1908 the Rhoads Opera House in Boyertown, Pennsylvania caught fire during a performance after a lamp was knocked over. One hundred and seventy-one people died in the ensuing conflagration.
Tenants of over 1,400 residential highrises in Toronto now have access to a searchable database that tells them when fire inspections were done, what violations were found and when they were resolved. The information includes information on closed inspections dated January 2017 onward.
In a unique residential facility in Maryland, firefighters suffering from PTSD, depression, substance abuse and other disorders developed on the job are being treated among their own in a place created to make them feel comfortable opening up about their problems.
After the fire department in Deep River, Ontario encountered financial problems that left it short-staffed and under-resourced, the corporation running Chalk River Laboratories nuclear facility agreed to manage the town's fire services until July of 2018.
Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service has admitted that its female firefighters have faced systemic gender discrimination for years. The City of Halifax publicly apologised to one former female firefighter in December.
When cases of children 12 and under setting fires escalated in Regina the fire department, working with community partners, introduced a new intervention approach that has reduced the number of fires set by children to record lows.
Following a series of newspaper articles that detailed the high cancer risk among firefighters Ohio fire chiefs are purchasing gear and equipment and implementing new procedures to protect their crews from harmful exposures to carcinogens.
FireWatch is a service that provides links to news stories from the fire community that have attracted our attention. The newsletter is mailed out monthly.
If you do not wish to receive FireWatch please unsubscribe at the bottom of this page.
"Company Inspection Program" - offered by FireWise Leaning Academy. Click here for more information on FireWise Learning Academy's innovative new online training.
"Building Safety and Fire Prevention Training"This program, aimed at building owners and managers, has been developed and reviewed by Canadian fire service professionals. It is presented on a university quality learning platform that takes six to eight hours to complete. Click here to learn more.
"Introduction to Incident Command System" is intended for personnel assigned to an incident or event who have a minimum requirement for understanding ICS. this module reviews the ICS organization, basic terminology, and common responsibilities. Click here to learn more.
"Labour Relations Seminar" Wednesday, January 31, 2018 with the Greater Vancouver Chiefs' Association in Richmond, BC. Click here to learn more.
"Residential Sprinkler Summit" Thursday, February 22 with the Fire Chiefs' Association of BC in Langley BC. Click here to learn more.
"Fire Investigation NFPA 1033" April 16 to 20, 2018 with Leduc County Fire Services in Leduc, AB. Click here to learn more.
"Fire Investigation NFPA 1033" September 10 to 14, 2018 with Leduc County Fire Services in Leduc, AB. Click here to learn mor