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May 30, 2017

Body of missing B.C. chief found

RCMP have confirmed that Cache Creek, B.C., Fire Chief Clayton Cassidy was found dead Saturday night. Around 10:30 p.m., members of Ashcroft Fire Rescue alerted the RCMP that they had found Cassidy's body in the creek during a daily patrol of the area. Cassidy had been missing since May 5, and was presumed dead after several days.

First Nations reserves lack adequate fire protection

An Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada audit has found that 53 First Nations reserves lack adequate resources to fight fires. The internal audit identified 14 “underserviced” sites Saskatchewan and Manitoba and 39 “limited service sites” in Ontario and British Columbia. The executive director of the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada told CBC News he believes the number of communities in need of greater fire protection is much higher.

Toronto recycling facility fire declared out

A massive six-alarm fire at a recycling facility in an industrial area near the Toronto waterfront, which began early last Thursday, was officially put out on Sunday, according to Toronto Fire Services.

Arson suspected in Ottawa row house fire

Arson investigators with Ottawa Police Service are looking into the cause behind a $1-million fire in a suburban neighbourhood southwest of the city. Sixteen homes, which were under construction, burned to the ground early Monday morning.
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Building resilience: Core principles to overcoming PTSD

Like a sturdy structure, resilience takes lots of strength, time and hard work to build. In the June issue of Fire Fighting in Canada, firefighter David Gillis and Ruth Lamb, a first-responder resilience expert at Langara College in British Columbia, write about daily practices that firefighters can use to build resilience. » Read more

NFPA sprinkler stipend program comes to Canada

The National Fire Protection Association is expanding its stipend program to get Canadian departments involved with sprinkler safety education. In the June issue of Fire Fighting in Canada, the NFPA's Canadian regional director, Shayne Mintz, explains how fire departments can get involved. » Read more
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FDIC Atlantic

June 2-4, 2017
Location: Wolfville, N.S.
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Fire Chiefs Association of B.C. Fire Expo

June 3-8, 2017
Location: Vernon, B.C.
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