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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.

Phone chargers recalled over fire and electric shock risk

Phone chargers recalled over fire and electric shock risk

Health Canada has issued a recall for several brands of uncertified cell phone chargers that pose an "unacceptable risk of electric shock or a fire if used". More than 1.5 million chargers are included in the recall. Click here to read more.  

Calgary upholds seven minute fire response target

Calgary upholds seven minute fire response target

Calgary's city  council has decided against increasing its fire response target from seven minutes to ten. Calgary's fire chief was concerned the longer response time could result in a higher risk for people and property. Click here to read more.

Calgary contractor calls for mandatory boiler inspections

Calgary contractor calls for mandatory boiler inspections

After being called in to inspect the boilers at an Airdrie apartment building where a young boy died after being exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide a Calgary contractor is calling on municipal and provincial authorities to make boiler inspections mandatory....

Fire Chief suggests innovative way to create more parking spaces

Fire Chief suggests innovative way to create more parking spaces

Surrey's Fire Chief, Len Garis, has suggested reducing the size of fire hydrant no parking spaces by half would allow firefighters appropriate access while dramatically increasing the number of street parking spaces in Metro Vancouver. Click here to read more.

Up to Code makes life easier for Medicine Hat landlords

Up to Code makes life easier for Medicine Hat landlords

The city of Medicine Hat has introduced a publicly available registry of secondary suites that have been inspected by fire officials who ensure the suites comply with building codes. Thirty-five landlords have applied to the program and another 50 applications are...

March in fire history – the Happy Land fire

March in fire history – the Happy Land fire

On March 25, 1990 an arson fire killed 87 people trapped in the unlicensed Happy Land Social Club in the Bronx, New York City, seventy-nine years to the day after the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist fire. Click here to read more.

Side by side sprinkler demonstration, Langley

At the Home and Family Sprinkler Summit in Langley presenters carried out a live burn demonstration of side by side structures - one equipped with sprinklers and one not. The results were dramatic. Click here to read more.

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