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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.

turnout gearResearchers have found potentially carcinogenic compounds that are used as a water repellent in most American firefighters' turnout gear.

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DC Fire Trucks and Firefighters 2010 06 05Five days after a fire badly damaged the Arthur Capper Senior Center in Washington, DC a 74-year-old man was rescued from the remains of the building. The management company responsible for the building had reported him safe.

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Meals on Wheels deliveryFor the twelfth year Windsor Fire and Rescue Services will partner with Meals on Wheels to help ensure residents with limited mobility have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and a home escape plan.

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wildfire4Researchers say burning or clearing dead wood from forests killed by the mountain pine beetle would also remove fuel for wildfires.

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cigarette buttToronto's fire service has launched a new campaign targetting smokers who throw burning cigarettes off balconies, leading to fires. Slogans include "don't be a flicking idiot" and "kill your butts, not your neighbours".

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Arson2Tennessee man Claude Francis Garrett was convicted of murder based on questionable arson science twenty-five years ago. A report written in 2016 by a group of renowned fire scientists concluded there was no evidence to support the arson conviction.

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