After a fire in an apartment building fire inspectors identified 78 fire code violations and the owners have been fined $150,000 which is the maximum allowed under state law. Further the owners have been ordered to fix the issues by March 2 and pay the full fine but previous orders have been ignored.
Multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable plasma cell cancer, is one of six types of cancer the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association (OPFFA) is pushing to have added to workplace safety legislation. Also on the list are lung, testicular, breast, prostate and skin cancers.
Two Texas fire lieutenants have died after being trapped in a structure fire at a Knights of Columbus Lodge fire. Lt. Eric Wallace called for help from inside the building as he was low on air. Lt. Greg Pickard who led a rescue team to assist Wallace was also trapped when the roof collapsed.
Fire departments could save 35 per cent and maintain current response times by switching to composite fire departments according to a study by Adam Found a University of Toronto economics PhD candidate. Fund’s study, entitled “Economies of Scale in Fire and Police Services in Ontario,” concludes full-time fire departments appear to be about 35 per cent costlier than mixed full-time and volunteer fire departments.