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Illinois man’s arson conviction overturned after 22 years

Illinois man’s arson conviction overturned after 22 years

Due to the work of the Illinois Innocence Project and advances in fire science and arson investigations an Illinois man has had his arson conviction overturned. Bill Amor spent 22 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted. Click here to read more.

Ionization vs. photoelectric smoke alarms – debate continues

Ionization vs. photoelectric smoke alarms – debate continues

After a three year study Fire and Rescue New South Wales found it is the number, location and interconnection of smoke alarms that gives the best possible warning of a fire. The research has been challenged by independent fire experts. Click here to read more.

The inside story of the Grenfell Tower fire

The inside story of the Grenfell Tower fire

The Grenfell Tower fire was a fire like no other. The story has now been told from the point of view of those trapped in the fire and those who fought it. Click here to read more.

Safety messages falling on deaf ears

Safety messages falling on deaf ears

Ontario fire officials are expressing frustration as recent fire fatalities show people are not getting the message that smoke alarms save lives.  Click here to read more.

Dr. John DeHaan receives prestigious Rasbash Award

Dr. John DeHaan receives prestigious Rasbash Award

Dr. John DeHaan, author of Kirk's Fire Investigation and noted fire investigator, received the Rasbash Award for his contribution to “Knowledge from Fire Investigation”  from Martin Shipp, International  President, International Institution of Fire...

January in fire history – Rhoads Opera House fire

January in fire history – Rhoads Opera House fire

On 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. Click here to read more.

Tenants given online access to highrise fire inspection reports

Tenants given online access to highrise fire inspection reports

Tenants 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...

Residential facility treats firefighters with PTSD

In 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....

Nuclear lab temporarily providing fire protection to Ontario town

Nuclear lab temporarily providing fire protection to Ontario town

After 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. Click here...

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