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...
The Canadian Wildland Fire Information System is predicting hot, dry weather across a large swath of Western Canada for the summer of 2018. Click here to read more.
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....
The results of an independent review of British Columbia's response to 2017's wildfires and floods have been published. The report, entitled "Addressing the New Normal: 21st Century Disaster Management in B.C." highlights the gap between spending on response versus...
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.
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.
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.
On August 12, 2017 the heat from four wildfires in British Columbia triggered monstrous thunderstorms comparable to a volcanic eruption. Click here to read more.
Attendees at this year's Fire Department Instructors' Conference in Indianopolis will get their first look at a virtual reality firefighter training system. Click here to read more.
Montreal's fire service, currently overwhelmingly white and male, has plans to double the number of women and visible minorities on the front lines within three years and to triple those numbers in seven years. Click here to read more.
Changes to the BC Workers Compensation Act would designate PTSD and other mental disorders as "presumptive conditions" so firefighters, police officers, paramedics, sheriffs and correctional officers will no longer have to prove their PTSD is job-related. Click here...
The Creston Fire Hall Advisory Committee met recently to discuss recommendations made by FireWise Consulting Ltd. regarding issues around their current fire hall. Click here to read more.
BC fire chiefs and municipalities are warning that a lack of regulation and oversight of residential cannabis grow operations puts people at risk. Click here to read more.
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.
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.