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New PFAS annihilator destroys firefighting foam

New PFAS annihilator destroys firefighting foam

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency visited Franklin County for its second AFFF takeback program, part of a statewide effort to eliminate aqueous film-forming foam. spectrumnews1.com

Does Alberta have a wildland firefighter ‘retention problem?’

Does Alberta have a wildland firefighter ‘retention problem?’

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees claims Alberta’s wildfire force is understaffed and undertrained due to recruitment and retention issues. High turnover drives firefighters to leave for better-paying, more stable jobs in B.C. or with Parks Canada....

Fort McMurray fire moved more quickly than expected, official says

Fort McMurray fire moved more quickly than expected, official says

Gavin Hojka, an Alberta wildfire incident commander, said firefighters were surprised by the speed of this year’s fire near Fort McMurray, which burned through the path of the 2016 blaze. Despite reduced fuel, the extended drought intensified the fire, known as...

Can Canada fight wildfires at night? What to know

Can Canada fight wildfires at night? What to know

As Canada’s wildfire season begins, firefighters hope for favourable weather to aid their efforts. However, some Canadian provinces are exploring a different strategy: nighttime firefighting. globalnews.ca

Volunteer firefighters see doubling in tax credit.

Volunteer firefighters see doubling in tax credit.

The federal government announced on Wednesday that tax credits for volunteer firefighters and search and rescue crews will double in 2024. Firefighters with 200 or more volunteer hours will now qualify for a $6,000 credit, up from the previous $3,000 My Bulkley Lakes...

Oro-Medonte fire chief smokes out several ways to boost revenue.

Oro-Medonte fire chief smokes out several ways to boost revenue.

Oro-Medonte Township’s new fire chief, Ralph Dominelli, swiftly acted on KPMG’s recommendation to find new revenue streams. Within three months of his appointment, Dominelli presented over a dozen new fees to the township council for consideration on Wednesday. The...

Wildland firefighters’ respiratory health to be studied by UBC

Wildland firefighters’ respiratory health to be studied by UBC

After more than a decade of battling smoky wildfires in British Columbia, firefighters report significant physical tolls. In recent years, devastating fires across the province have exposed thousands of firefighters to smoke with minimal protection. New research now...

Civil service preps to boost wildland firefighter numbers

Civil service preps to boost wildland firefighter numbers

Around 40 Island civil service workers are preparing for wildland firefighter training, which could nearly double the number of provincially paid firefighters if all succeed. The province is collaborating with Natural Resources Canada to boost wildland firefighting...

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