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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.

Boyertown Opera House MemorialOn 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.

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ptsdIn 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.

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Downtown Toronto From CN TowerTenants 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.

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chalk river nuclearAfter 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.

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Ashcroft Reserve wildfire Look Lake BCAfter a record-setting wildfire season the BC Wildfire Service has tallied up the numbers, from kilometres burned (12,164) to people killed (0).

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Skirball fireCalifornia's Skirball fire started as a cooking fire under a freeway in a homeless camp. The homeless services community fears a backlash against the city's poorest inhabitants.

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