Applications for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2020 now open
Community groups across Canada can now apply for funding to support Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activities. The funding can be used from May 5, 2020, to October. Click here to read more.
CO detectors to be mandatory in all Quebec schools
After a gas leak in an elementary school sent 35 children and four adults to hospital the Quebec Education Minister announced that carbon monoxide detectors will be mandatory in all educational institutions in the province. Click here to read more.
Miami-Dade FD demonstrates proper use of decontamination wipes
New law allows firefighters to “double-hat”
Polish officials shut down 13 escape rooms after teens die in fire
After five teenage girls died in a fire in a locked escape room Polish officials have shut down 13 escape rooms. The girls were the first known deaths in an escape room. Click here to read more.
PG & E could be charged with murder; augmented reality for firefighters
Ontario launches barn fire safety campaign
Perth East and West Fire Departments and Ontario Fire and Life Safety Educators have launched a province-wide barn fire safety campaign. Statistics from the Ontario Fire Marshal show there were over 750 barn fires in Ontario between 2013 and 2017 causing over $180...
Cladding manufacturer claims other materials responsible for spread of Grenfell fire
The firm that manufactured the cladding used on Grenfell Tower claims other materials used on the building were reponsible for the rapid spread of the catastrophic fire. Click here to read more.
Boston’s vintage fire boxes still work
Boston has over 1,000 fire boxes from the mid-19th century that can still be used to summon the fire department today. Click here to read more.
Many Ontario nursing homes still lack sprinklers that became mandatory on January 1
Although automatic sprinklers became mandatory for Ontario retirement and nursing homes on January 1, 2019 many homes across the province are non-compliant. Click here to read more.
Survivors of Paradise Fire recall the day their town burned
In this fascinating long read survivors of the Paradise Fire talk about the day their town burned. Click here to read more.
Vancouver boy youngest recipient of fire department bravery award
When RJ Pena was just seven years old he was playing with his toys at his multi-generation family home when he heard the smoke alarm and smelled smoke. His quick actions to save the lives of his elderly great grandparents and call 911 have earned him the...
Ground water contamination from firefighting foam continues to spread
The Rideau Valley Marketplace in Smith Falls, ON burned to the ground on November 6, 2016. Two years later toxic chemicals from the firefighting foam used to battle the fire have appeared in well water half a kilometre away. Click here to read more.
Coral Springs Fire Department Christmas lights
Fire Chief calls for mandatory carbon monoxide alarms after recent incidents
Surrey's Fire Chief, Len Garis, has asked the provincial government to make carbon monoxide detectors mandatory after several recent incidents of CO poisoning in BC. Click here to read more.
Some BC First Nations carry huge debts after wildfires
Many BC First Nations that stayed behind to try to stop wildfires from burning through their communities are still waiting to be reimbursed by the provincial and federal governments. Some First Nations are carrying debts in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Click...
Manitoba signs deal with private company to operate its water bomber fleet
The Province of Manitoba has struck a deal with Babcock Canada Inc. to take over operation of its water bomber fleet. The Province will retain ownership of the airplanes. here to read more.
Colorado fire department finds new way to help frequent callers
The Greeley, Colorado Fire Department is using a crew consisting of a paramedic, a crisis intervention counselor and social workers to help deal with a growing problem of 911 calls that are not emergencies. Squad 1 responds in a Chevy Suburban rather than a fire truck...