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Regina considers new fees under its fire bylaw

Regina considers new fees under its fire bylaw

In an effort to improve public safety and align with provincial legislation and the National Fire Code the City of Regina is considering introducing new fees, including charging for false fire alarms, facility inspections and permits for open-air fires and selling...

June in fire history – Air Canada Flight 797

June in fire history – Air Canada Flight 797

On June 2, 1983 Air Canada Flight 797 travelling from Dallas/Fort Worth to Montreal developed an in-flight fire behind the lavatory that forced the aircraft to divert to Cincinnati for an emergency landing. Twenty-three passengers died in the incident, which became a...

Tom Cartwright named Ontario fire chief of the year

Tom Cartwright named Ontario fire chief of the year

Tom Cartwright of Port Colborne, Ontario has been named Ontario Fire Chief of the Year. Since a tragic multiple death fire in 2016 Chief Colborne has been an advocate for the need for fire departments to take a more proactive approach to fire safety and prevention....

Cities struggle to establish battery safety standards

Cities struggle to establish battery safety standards

Cities are struggling to establish safety standards for lithium-ion batteries even as their uses continue to expand. City planners are concerned about power storage units in basements and on rooftops. Click here to read more.

Ontario fire chief fights forced retirement

Ontario fire chief fights forced retirement

The former fire chief of Renfrew, Ontario has vowed to fight what he considers to be an illegal termination of his employment. Guy Longtin was terminated when his position was included in a mandatory retirement policy for firefighters. Click here to read more.

May in fire history – the Slave Lake wildfire

May in fire history – the Slave Lake wildfire

From May 14 to 16, 2011 a huge wildfire pushed by 100 km per hour winds burned through the town of Slave Lake, Alberta forcing the complete evacuation of the town and surrounding area and causing roughly $750 million in insurable damage. Click here to read more.

Proposed firefighter training could make recruitment harder

According to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario proposed new firefighter certification requirements could make recruiting volunteer firefighters difficult and represent a significant cost to municipalities. Click here to read more.

Saunas help firefighters detox post-fire

Saunas help firefighters detox post-fire

Chemical detox infrared saunas are being used in some fire departments to help firefighters purge toxins from their bodies after attending fires. Click here to read more.

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