Volunteer firefighters sued over hotel fire in Manitoba
The owner of a hotel in The Pas and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries are suing the town's volunteer fire department and the town after the Town Centre Hotel was completely destroyed by fire. Click here to read more.
Fire-proof sensor can track firefighters in burning buildings
Reseachers at McMaster University have come up with a motion-activated, fire-proof sensor that can track firefighters and others working in environments where they are not easily seen. (Thanks to Chief Janine Caldbeck of the Thetis Island Fire Department for...
Retirement homes owner fined more than $200K for fire code violations
PG&E says its equipment probably ignited Camp fire
PG&E Corp. says its equipment probably ignited the Camp fire, the deadliest fire in California history. The utility has declared bankruptcy. Click here to read more.
Kamloops Fire Rescue’s 911 system takes technological leap
Kamloops Fire Rescue is the first in the province to implement Next Generation 911, which could eventually allow residents to text or share photos or videos in an emergency situation. Click here to read more.
Toronto Fire lays charges against city and construction company
After three of four exit doors at Toronto's Union Station were blocked, causing a massive crowd leaving a concert to exit through a single set of doors Toronto Fire Services laid charges against the City of Toronto and Bondfield Construction. Click here to read more.
Tragic Halifax fire could lead to new safety measures
Phil Rizcallah, director for construction research and development with the National Research Council of Canada, says the Halifax house fire that lead to the deaths of seven children could lead to changes to the national building code.
Former fire chief sues City of Vernon
Edmonton homeowner gets $13,000 bill from fire department
Why firefighters carry toys in Nova Scotia fire trucks
Most Nova Scotia fire trucks carry stuffed animals with them to comfort and calm children in traumatic situations. Click here to read more.
Fire retardant exposure linked to DNA modifications
Researchers at Emory University report that exposure to Polybrominated Biphenyl (PBB), an endocrine-disrupting fire retardant, apparently leads to hormone-related DNA modifications. Click here to read more.
University installs tamper dye in residence fire alarm pull stations
Queen's University Residence Sociey has added tamper dye to fire alarm pull stations in its residences to combat malicious fire alarms. Click here to read more.
Firefighters’ motorcycle club Florian’s Knights controversial
After a Burnaby firefighter and member of the Florian's Knights motorcycle club appeared in a social media post with three members of the Hell's Angels concerns were raised. British Columbia's Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth,for one, said it was "disturbing on...
Creston Council receives Technical Building Advisory Committee recommendations
At a meeting held on January 22 Creston Council received recommendations from the Fire Hall Technical Building Advisory Committee, with Ernie Polsom of FireWise Consulting Ltd. presenting the update. Click here to read more.
Five years after L’Isle Verte fire half of Quebec seniors’ homes still without sprinklers
Quebec legislation passed in 2015 after a horrific fire killed 32 people in a seniors' residence in L'Isle Verte requires all such residences to have automatic sprinklers installed by the end of 2020. To date only about half of the residences have met that...
Chicago rail operators light tracks on fire to keep trains running in extreme cold
Richmond BC conference addresses first responder mental health
The B.C. First Responders' Mental Health Committee, chaired by WorkSafe BC, recently brought around 350 people together in Richmond BC to work towards removing the stigma of mental illness often experienced by first responders struggling to deal with extraordinary...