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Logo550x200We will be publishing FireWatch once a month this year and hope you enjoy the stories we found interesting enough to provide links for. If you have any comments please do not hesitate to share them with us.

Water BomberThe Province of Manitoba has struck a deal with Babcock Canada Inc. to take over operation of its water bomber fleet. The Province will retain ownership of the airplanes.

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CO alarmSurrey's Fire Chief, Len Garis, has asked the provincial government to make carbon monoxide detectors mandatory after several recent incidents of CO poisoning in BC.

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greeleyThe Greeley, Colorado Fire Department is using a crew consisting of a paramedic, a crisis intervention counselor and social workers to help deal with a growing problem of 911 calls that are not emergencies. Squad 1 responds in a Chevy Suburban rather than a fire truck and their focus is securing long-term services and/or substance abuse help for prolific 911 callers.

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Ashcroft Reserve wildfire Look Lake BCMany BC First Nations that stayed behind to try to stop wildfires from burning through their communities are still waiting to be reimbursed by the provincial and federal governments. Some First Nations are carrying debts in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Stem Cell ResearchThe Manitoba Firefighters' Burn Fund, established in 1978 has donated $2,000,000 to the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg for research into the use of stem cells in the treatment of burns.

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