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Robson FD named fire department of the year by MD Canada

Robson FD named fire department of the year by MD Canada

Robson Fire Department, which recently held its sixth annual Boot Drive to raise funds for muscular dystrophy, has been named "Fire Department of the Year" by Muscular Dystrophy Canada.  Click here to read more.

9/11 compensation funds running out

9/11 compensation funds running out

The growing number of people registered as having 9/11-related illnesses is putting pressure on the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Click here to read more.

Daily fire truck inspection rule unnecessary?

Daily fire truck inspection rule unnecessary?

An Alberta Transportation requirement that all vehicles over 11,794 kg be inspected daily has led to increased overtime for some volunteer fire departments. Click here to read more.

Volunteer firefighters sued over hotel fire in Manitoba

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

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...

Toronto Fire lays charges against city and construction company

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

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.

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.

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