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September 26, 2017

Calgary crews rescue police from river

Firefighters rescued four people from Calgary’s Bow River after a police boat capsized on Sunday afternoon. Police told The Calgary Herald fire crews were called to respond to Harvie Passage just before 1:30 p.m. Sunday. According to police, two civilians and two officers were on board the Calgary Police Service marine unit boat for a ride-along when the engine malfunctioned and the boat flipped.

Niagara-on-the-Lake supports two-hatters

The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., is showing its support for two-hatter firefighters by making a donation to the Association of Ontario Municipalities (AMO) to help cover legal costs. Last week, council approved the $2,000 donation to aid volunteer firefighters who are being charged by the union. The town is asking the AMO to establish a fund to assist two-hatters in other Ontario communities.

Four-alarm fire sends three Montreal firefighters to hospital

Montreal firefighters were called to a four-alarm fire at a condominium complex in the Pierrefonds around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Operations Chief Martin Galarneau told CTV News at least 75 firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. Three firefighters were sent to hospital after suffering heat stroke.
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Online course offers chiefs evidence-based model

In the September issue of Fire Fighting in Canada, Surrey, B.C., Fire Chief Len Garis looks at a new online course offered by the University of the Fraser Valley, intended to help community leaders make better decisions using data. » Read more..

Buy-in is critical for training standard

In Ontario, there is no standardized testing for emergency service call-takers and dispatchers. Fire Fighting in Canada columnist Sue Dawson says all emergency service personnel must buy-in to adopting standardized testing, in order for this to change. » Read more...
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Winnipeg firefighter charged with sexual assault

A Winnipeg firefighter has been arrested after three girls accused him of incidents of sexual abuse, which span the past 16 years. The girls were aged 12 to 18 years old at the time of the alleged incidents. Manuel Ruiz, 52, faces a slew of charges, including sexual assault of a child, forcible confinement and luring a child. » Read more...

Apartment fire leaves dozens homeless

Police are investigating a suspicious fire that damaged a two-storey apartment building in Dartmouth, N.S., leaving about a dozen tenants homeless early Sunday morning. No injuries were reported, but some residents were treated for smoke inhalation. The cause is under investigation, but police told The Canadian Press the fire appears to be to be suspicious. » Read more...

British Columbia politicians participate in firefighter training

As British Columbia's worst wildfire season on record comes to an end, several provincial politicians and government workers were in Vancouver on Monday to suit up in turnout gear and learn fire fighting basics. Vancouver Fire Battalion Chief John Mantei told CBC News the event is an opportunity for the public to understand some of the hazards firefighters face on the job. » Read more...

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October 16-20, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
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October 24-25, 2017
Location: Leduc, Alta.
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