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Written by CTV News
Feb. 3, 2017, Barrie, Ont. - Barrie and Springwater fire services are warning businesses and home owners to be on alert for a fake fire inspector known to frequent the area. The fire department in Springwater was recently made aware of an unlicensed person claiming to be a fire inspector. The fire department said his license to inspect fire equipment has not been verified. CTV News reports. | READ MORE


Written by Maria Church
July 27, 2016 - Public education at the Calgary Fire Department has gone to the dogs – and it's helping draw attention to fire-safety messages. 

Paul Aziz, a community safety officer with the Calgary Fire Department, shared with us a fire-safety video that stars Flint, a retired search and rescue dog. The video has already been viewed almost 1,500 times on YouTube.

". . . we are finding it is getting the message across to kids as well as adults," Aziz said in an email, adding that he is more than happy to share the video with fire services across Canada.
Written by Haida Siegmann and Jennifer Dawkins
June 24, 2016, Vancouver - Many fire departments have a diversity agenda, but few have an outreach team to help encourage diverse communities to join fire services. What can those who are not decision makers do to further diversity in our departments? How about getting a group of your fire pals together, and creating a firefighting camp for teenage girls?

That is exactly what a group of female firefighters from the Metro Vancouver area did in 2011. Modeled after a similar program in New York state, Camp Ignite is an annual four-day/three-night camp in the Metro Vancouver area for teenage girls of all cultures. Now in its sixth year, Camp Ignite is organized by a volunteer committee of female firefighters and delivered in partnership with several fire departments as a co-operative instruction venture between volunteer mentors and fire department duty crews.

Up to 20 teenage girls complete the program annually. Participants develop new skills such as CPR and fire-extinguisher training, and, through participating in challenging fire-training scenarios, surpass their personal expectations, explore where they thought their boundaries were, and have the opportunity to surpass them. The young women climb a 100-foot aerial ladder, rappel down the outside of a building, ride a fire truck and take a hydrant, don a full hazmat suit, use auto-extrication tools on a wrecked car, as well search a smoke house, locate and rescue a victim. Completing those tasks can help boost a young woman's self esteem, and it's something they will never forget.

For the fire-department mentors, the opportunity to influence and support these young women is beyond fulfilling. To hear a young woman say that she can do anything she wants to do in this world fills a mentor with pride and helps keep the flame of passion for community service flowing. Many of these young women complete camp and want to be firefighters – how could they not!

Camp Ignite not only provides young women with opportunities to empower themselves, but they have fun, make new friends, and learn from strong female role models.
"Over the years I have had the privilege of receiving the guidance and mentorship from many men and women across the fire service," said former peer mentor Ashley Lewis. "Programs such as the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Youth Academy and Camp Ignite have allowed me to meet and learn from the men and women that have been my inspiration while pursuing a career in the fire service. I will be forever grateful for all the guidance I have received and aspire to be as great as the men and women who have inspired me."

Fire departments involved with Camp Ignite can participate by sponsoring a camper, hosting the event, and promoting their department to young women who may be interested in pursuing a career in fire fighting. A hosting department may have up to 30 young women and female firefighters on site participating in firefighting activities.

To date Camp Ignite has been hosted by 10 different municipalities in the Vancouver area with two new fire departments hosting in 2016 – Mission Fire/Rescue Service and Langley Township Fire Department. A live-fire training day is offered in conjunction with the Justice Institute of BC Fire & Safety Division at the Maple Ridge campus. The camp offers no shortage of opportunities to cultivate cultural growth in the fire service and showcase men and women working together successfully.

Each year the number of firefighting camps for young women taking place throughout North America grows. In 2013, Camp Ignite hosted a firefighter from Cal Fire – California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection – who was interested in organizing a program in her state. Camp Cinder is now in its third year in California. In 2015, a team from Spokane, Wash., visited Camp Ignite to look into starting a camp in the region. More and more people in the fire service recognize camps as an effective way to give back and be proactive in a diversity initiative.

Camp Ignite provides a venue that encourages more women to explore the fire service as a career choice, whether it is directly through participation, through conversations about the camp with family, friends and relatives, or as a result of raising the profile of women and men successfully working together in the fire service.

Will this grassroots initiative result in an organic increase in recruitment? Time will tell, but the young women who participate in Camp Ignite are moving into the fire services. Camp Ignite's first campers are getting serious about careers and a number of them are now volunteer firefighters, or are following a path to become first responders. Some former campers are exploring other male-dominated careers. A 2011 peer mentor, who is currently working as a volunteer firefighter, is in the final stages of the hiring process with a large career department – she will be the first participant of Camp Ignite to realize a position as a full-time firefighter.

Twenty campers may not sound like a large number, but it is significant, especially in a province that currently has about 80 female full-time firefighters. Camp Ignite is successful, and the results are making a difference, yet it is just one solution in a path to a diverse fire service. More importantly, Camp Ignite is a solution brought to you by the members of the fire service who are on the front lines supporting communities each and every day.

For more information about Camp Ignite, please visit www.campignite.com or follow on Facebook at CAMP IGNITE.


Haida Siegmann is captain of the fire prevention office for North Vancouver City Fire Department. Jennifer Dawkins is a firefighter for Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services.
Written by Maria Church
April 22, 2016 - Camaraderie, brotherhood and the passing on of knowledge were themes discussed at the second annual Honour Guard Convention held in Niagara Falls, Ont., in February.

Close to 60 firefighters from 14 departments took part in the convention – more than double the number of participants in the inaugural year.

Organizer Jan-Michael Reyner, a member of the Kitchener Fire Honour Guard in Ontario, said the event aims to celebrate the tradition of honour guards and to lend a hand to new departments.

"There are a lot of departments that are just getting involved in honour guard and they're just trying to get one established and there is no where to go to do that, whether it be learning about your uniform set up, your marching, the tools required," Reyner said.

Guest speakers included Tim Bohr, a 10-year firefighter with the Westbury Fire Department in New York, as well as Jordan Paris, a 14-year firefighter with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, and John Clare, Brampton district chief and a director with the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

The speakers emphasized the role of comradeship, passed on tips and lessons learned from years of service, and discussed the annual CFFF memorial service.

The convention included a uniform display and attendees were encouraged to bring a complete honour guard uniform and other items from their departments.

"I had all these tables set up to display things, and when I left the room at about 3 p.m. – the venue started at five – there were only two tunics hanging there," Reyner recalled. "When I came back down at 4:55, the whole room was full and they had actually used the tables that were supposed to have our food on for more display. It was a proud moment for me to see that there were so many more people who were that enthusiastic about bringing their stuff and showing it off."

Kitchener Fire Department Deputy Rob Martin said the only component missing at this year's convention was sponsorship from vendors.

"There's a lot of honour and tradition that goes into the fire service and the honour guard is really the tip of that spear representing us," Martin said. "When a vendor shows up and supports something like that, it's supporting the entire fire service."

Reyner hopes to grow the convention to include honour guards from departments across North America and is working on forming an organizing committee. The next convention will be held in February 2017.

Learn more about the honour guard convention at www.hgconvention.com
Written by Maria Church
April 5, 2016 - A partnership among Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies and the United-States-based National Volunteer Fire Council is once again giving away gear to 13 North American departments. Canadian Firefighter reports. | READ MORE
Written by Maria Church
April 5, 2016 - The Surrey Fire Service in British Columbia has created a brochure to teach firefighters what they can do to reduce their risks for cancer. Canadian Firefighter reports. | READ MORE
Written by Maria Church
Feb. 24, 2016 - An assistance-based program that offers low-income families and homeowners with physical barriers free combination smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms is helping a northern Ontario department keep its community and firefighters safe.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue partnered with Union Gas and the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council though Project Zero to launch the SAFE (Smoke/CO alarms for everyone) program late last year.

Union Gas donated $3,000 towards combination smoke/CO alarms that will be installed in about 100 homes in the community. Residents qualify for the program based on demonstrated financial or accessibility needs.

Ontario passed legislation in 2014 that requires all homes to have a working carbon monoxide alarm on every level.

Fire Chief John Hay said compliance in the community is growing, but increasing awareness of the dangers of CO is an ongoing challenge for the department.

"Any medical call we go to now, all our firefighters on their medical bags carry CO detectors; it's turned on before they go into the building," Hay said. "There have been firefighters and paramedics who have been hurt and hospitalized after going to a call for an unconscious [person] and finding extremely high levels of CO."

Hay said the SAFE program is also another method for fire prevention and public-education staff to engage with the community and encourage compliance.

"It does bring a little bit more awareness," he said, "but our prevention activities with our fire trucks with our suppression staff is getting the most value."

The SAFE program runs until the department hands out all its combination alarms, but Hay said he hopes to create a similar program in the future with other sponsors.
Written by Maria Church
Feb. 24, 2016 - Roomy is a good way to describe the new fire station that is now home to members of Belleville Fire & Emergency Services in Ontario.

Firefighters moved into the new 22,500 square-foot hall in June last year, and Chief Mark MacDonald said, they brought more than 60 years worth of equipment that was previously stored in a 5,000 square-foot station.

"It was an adjustment," MacDonald said. "Over the years you adapt to shoehorn in to fit what you can. You get used to being crammed in."

The new six-bay, two-storey station – one of four operated by the department – is now the operational hub and houses suppression, prevention, public education, administration and training staff all under one roof.

The building is the city's first post-disaster construction, is fully wheelchair accessible, and includes a storefront.

"We're finding people are really enjoying that they can come in the front door," MacDonald said. "There's a waiting area, there are meeting rooms, there are offices and everything is fully accessible with a full-size elevator."

Another addition is a hose tower that doubles as a five-storey training tower for high-angle rescues and high-rise ladder scenarios. The tower can also duplicate the Scott FireFit challenge. Belleville has an active FireFit team that has placed internationally in firefighter combat challenges.

The station is centrally located in the city, which has significantly decreased response times, MacDonald said. Most notably, crews are now closer to the 600-acre industrial park.

"Belleville is very active with economic development for industry," MacDonald said. "Quite often industry looks at emergency response capabilities for their insurance companies and they look to what services cities can offer . . . we were able to improve our response time and that's a big bonus for encouraging businesses to come to town."

The two-year project cost about $7.5 million, and stayed within budget, MacDonald said. The department is also building two more stations and both are expected to open within the year.
Written by Maria Church
Feb. 18, 2016 - Canada's Office of the Secretary to the Governor General is reminding fire chiefs to nominate members of their departments who have served 20 years or more for the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal.

According to the Governor General's office, more than 31,000 medals have been awarded since its creation in 1985. The medals are given to full-time and volunteer firefighters, as well as wildfire firefighters, who have served 20 years or more, to recognize their outstanding service to their communities and to the country.

"An important component of the Canadian Honours System, the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal is a tangible and lasting way to honour you, the men and women of our fire services, who dedicate yourselves to preserving Canada's public safety, thus improving the quality of your fellow citizens' lives and sense of security," the office states. "Not only is the medal intended to recognize your dedicated service, but it also pays tribute to your good conduct, industry and efficiency."

For more information on the program, and to access the new electronic nomination form, visit www.gg.ca/esm
Written by The Chronicle Herald
Feb. 8, 2016, Chester, N.S. - Chester's Fire Chief Dave Richardson says he fears for the future of his department if a fire services contract between the District of Chester and the Village of Chester isn't renewed by March 31. Chief Richardson says the Chester Volunteer Fire Department could be significantly reduced with higher costs to residents if the municipality has to use other departments to respond to fires outside the village. The Chronicle Herald reports. | READ MORE
Written by Maria Church
Fire Chief Laurie Saunders, a 37-year veteran and 10-year chief of the Berwick & District Volunteer Fire Department in Nova Scotia, has a few ideas as to why recruitment numbers are relativity high for his department.

"It's always been part of the backbone of the community," Saunders said. "There is a lot of pride within the members prior and the present members.

"Most people, they talk to the other firefighters so they have a pretty good idea before they even apply," he said.

The Berwick department turned 100 this year, on Jan. 20 to be exact, and its 50 or so members proudly celebrated the anniversary by swapping stories.

The department can trace its roots to 1915 when a group of concerned citizens met and pledged to spend no more than $100 toward fire equipment.

"It started off with just buckets and ladders," Saunders said.

In 1924 the department purchased its first motorized truck. That truck was restored several years ago and is now displayed at the hall.

Today, Berwick Fire serves about 7,000 people in about 160 kilometres squared, and averages 120 calls per year. The fire station, which was rebuilt in 2008, is a part of the Berwick town hall and houses two pumpers, two tankers, a heavy rescue, a light rescue and a personnel carrier.

The department's membership includes four women and, this year, two under-19 participants of a long-running junior program.

Nova Scotia Fire Marshal Harold Pothier and local chiefs attended the 100th anniversary banquet in January to help celebrate the thriving department.

"We're definitely proud of it," Saunders said. "Our veterans are just as active as our young people and we have two or three functions a year and they all sit down and swap stories. Everyone has a story."
Written by Maria Church
An Ontario city is testing an early-warning system that allows in-transit emergency vehicles to broadcast a warning to nearby cell phones.

Emergency services in Belleville launched a pilot program in late August using the BRAKERS Early Warning System, invented by local entrepreneur Tim Newman.

The system software works through cell phones using a downloaded app. Approaching emergency vehicles select a message that broadcasts to app users within a few hundred metres.

"It's an audible, verbal message, with the segment of a siren to begin with," Newman explained. "They can choose whatever message is appropriate to the situation."

Belleville Fire & Emergency Services and local police are participating in the pilot.

Fire Chief Mark MacDonald confirmed seven of the department's vehicles have the app – four front-line trucks and three squad vehicles. Volunteer firefighters were also encouraged to download the app for use during emergency calls.

"The nav systems in vehicles are all blue-toothed and programed for this kind of information input," MacDonald said, "so it seems like a very logical step to say, 'How about letting people know that emergency responders are coming.'"

The BRAKERS system is user-friendly for vehicle operators, MacDonald said, who are used to adjusting emergency lighting and task lighting when they get to a scene.

A programmable message – such as, "Volunteer firefighter approaching, please permit them to pass" – broadcasts on a loop with the press of a button.

The challenge, Newman said, is in convincing people to download the free app, and soliciting feedback. By mid-October, the combined downloads were approaching 1,000.

"I have several different marking things in mind to get people more involved," Newman said.

MacDonald, too, said it's hard to gauge success of the system without hearing first-hand accounts from app users.

In his view, the warning system holds the most potential for volunteer firefighters who often get tied in traffic when responding in their personal vehicles.

"The green lights have been in place for 25 years and people are still asking, "What are those green lights?'" MacDonald said. "We're hoping with this app it might bring an awareness level to people and make them think of it."

The pilot in Belleville runs until Jan. 1.

Find more information about BRAKERS at www.brakers.net
Written by The Movember Foundation
Movember is almost upon us, the month formerly known as November, which is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men's faces around the world, all in the name of men's health. During Movember Canadians band together in teams within their industry to create a network challenge at Movember.com. These networks create a fun and competitive environment that showcases the collective achievement of the industry while raising awareness and funds for men's health, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. To date, $175 million has been raised in Canada.

Oct. 13, 2015, Toronto - In 2014, the Toronto Fire Services was a part of Movember's Great Canadian Fire Challenge Network with 86 members. Led by acting captain of Toronto Fire Services and Mo Bro Gordon Chabot, the team raised $13,882, and had fun doin' good with fundraising activities that included direct donations, an annual challenge between Toronto Fire and Toronto Police, T-shirt sales and a shave-off party.

"Movember is effective, fun and impactful. It also supports causes that affect many firefighters," said Gordon Chabot, team captain of Toronto Fire Prevention. "Emergency responders have a stressful job, which affect both our physical and mental health. Growing moustaches together helps strengthen our bonds and gives us the opportunity to work together to make sure all men take better care of themselves."

Regina Professional Firefighters were also a part of Movember's Great Canadian Fire Challenge with 75 team members.

"For firefighters, getting involved in Movember is really a no-brainer. The hazards we are exposed to throughout our careers put us at a higher risk for getting prostate cancer (and other cancers) than the general public," said Mark Moroz, team captain for Regina Professional Firefighters. "We also experience a high level of stress over our careers and some of the emergencies we attend stay with us forever. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a real issue facing our nation's first responders, so it just makes sense for us to be a part of such an amazing charity tackling these tough issues. And finally, like fire fighting, Movember mixes serious business with a sense of humour, so we rock our cancer-fighting/mental-health awareness lip caterpillars with a smile and style!"

This year, the Movember Foundation is adding another way to champion men's health with the addition of MOVE – a 30-day fitness challenge to promote physical activity. For Mo Sistas, MOVE is a way to do something tangible in the name of men's health, and for Mo Bros it's a new challenge. Grow your Mo, MOVE, or take things to the next level and do both.

"It's exciting that there is going to officially be a new way to participate in Movember this year," Chabot said. "Personally, I'll commit to running with my dog, taking the stairs instead of the elevator and take my kids swimming every weekend. As a team, we plan to organize some MOVE events and a tug-of-war vs. Toronto Police and an axe-throwing competition."

"Physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle are imperative for firefighters," said Moroz. "I'd love to incorporate a move-for-MO session for our members that would encourage everyone to get active for at least 30 minutes while on shift and at home."

Chabot and Moroz chose to captain their teams because they felt it was important to encourage an enjoyable way to promote men's health within the fire department.

Movember provides a chance to bring health, humour and camaraderie into the workplace and to the community. The moustache is a great conversation starter and a great way to bring firefighters together.

From Movember 1, Mo Bros start clean-shaven and groom their way to a fine moustache. Mo Bros and Mo Sistas can also commit to MOVE with the 30-day fitness challenge.

"The main thing is to have fun and do good," Chabot said.

THE RULES
  1. Once registered at Movember.com each Mo Bro must begin Movember 1 with a clean-shaven face.
  2. Mo Bro's and Mo Sistas can also commit to the MOVE challenge and MOVE everyday of Movember.
  3. For the entire month of Movember each Mo Bro must grow and groom a moustache.
  4. Don't fake it. No beards, no goatees, no fake moustaches.
  5. Use the power of the moustache to create conversations about men's health and to raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.

Get involved. Sign up at Movember.com today.
Written by Maria Church
Sept. 14, 2015, Stratford, Ont. - An Ontario city has passed a bylaw requiring all applicable buildings to display decals that warn firefighters of truss and lightweight constructions.

City council in Stratford, Ont., adopted the bylaw on June 22 with a one-year compliance period for all commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential occupancies.

Stratford firefighter Mike Lukachko, the lead behind the bylaw proposal, believes it is the first of its kind in Canada and said it would not have been possible without support from many partners.

“The assistance and support we got from the local level, the provincial level, the international level, was tremendous,” Lukachko said.

The firefighter built his case around research and data provided by the United States-based National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Other essential information and support came from the Ontario Professional Fire Fighter’s Association, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the local union, and a local insurance company.

Lukachko estimates that there are about 900 truss and lightweight constructions in Stratford and they are often difficult to point out. Many storefronts have antique facades, but were renovated with less expensive lightweight components.

As part of the proposal to council, Lukachko determined that emblems for all 900 buildings would amount to just $3,400 – less than $4 per decal – and that the bylaw would not affect building permits or insurance rates.

“We were able to answer a lot of questions before (councillors) posed them,” he said.

Stratford Chief John Paradis said council unanimously supported the bylaw that improves firefighter safety and costs taxpayers next to nothing.

“They didn’t hesitate,” Paradis said. “They actually asked us, ‘What more can we do?’ It’s such a common sense thing because it costs so little.”

Both Paradis and Lukachko said they are more than willing to share the proposal and all relevant research with other departments to take to their councils.

“It’s just about keeping our firefighters safe,” Lukachko said.
Written by Maria Church
Sept. 14, 2015, Champlain, Ont. - Four recent recruits at L’Original Fire Department in Champlain, Ont., about 90 kilometres northeast of Ottawa on the Quebec border, are likely thanking their lucky stars – or their safety officer.

Thanks to L’Original firefighter and safety officer Dan Dupont’s application to the 2015 annual Globe Gear Giveaway earlier this year, the rookies are each being outfitted with a brand-new set of Globe’s state-of-the-art turnout gear.

The all-volunteer department with 26 active firefighters is one of the first three recipients chosen for the annual giveaway, a partnership among Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies and the National Volunteer Fire Council. A total of 13 departments in Canada and the United States will eventually be awarded four sets of turnout gear.

Dupont said in an interview that his department, like many others, is strapped for cash and usually forced to give new recruits old gear.

“It’s rare that rookies get new stuff,” he said. “They were so happy about it.”

Dupont said the department can now look at using its budget for needed ice and water equipment to respond to incidents on the Ottawa River.
Written by Maria Church
Fire Chief Paul Hurst is enormously proud of his new station – with good reason.

After a nine-year process, View Royal Fire Department in British Columbia cut the ribbon in June on a $7.49-million public safety building that not only consolidates the emergency services, building inspection and bylaw services, but will house the department’s volunteer firefighters.

The new station includes four one-bedroom rental suites on the grounds, as well as four units inside the building. Come September, the department will begin leasing the units to certified volunteer firefighters.

“It’s a game changer for response times,” Hurst said. “We will always have four to eight people in the building at all times . . . the community will see a drastic improvement in response times.”

It’s a win-win situation for the members and the department, Hurst said. Discounted rent helps out the volunteers since housing prices in the community are above average, and the rental agreements include maintenance duties associated with the station and the grounds.

The revenue generated from the rental units will go to offset the cost of utilities.

“For communities that don’t have a tax base to support a career department 24 hours a day, composite chiefs need to be creative in how we attract volunteers,” Hurst said.

The building itself, built by HCMA Architecture and Design, is also eye-catching, Hurst said, which adds to the community’s interest in the fire department.

With the bylaw and building inspection staff included – all under the umbrella of protective services – the public safety building operates with 30 volunteers, eight career staff and about 25 emergency program volunteers. It replaces a fire station that was built in 1957.
Written by Maria Church
If a cement truck collided with a passenger vehicle in your service area, would your members know what to do?

For the 80 firefighters who were at the sixth annual Big Rig Hands On Training Symposium (HOTS) in Nisku, Alta., in June, the answer is likely yes.

For three days, firefighters learned stabilization and extrication techniques for cab extrications, under-runs, overturns and dealing with cement mixers.

The event – hosted by the Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association and, this year, Leduc County Fire Services – is the largest heavy-vehicle extrication training in Canada.

Calgary firefighter and event organizer Randy Schmitz said it's important departments learn the differences between extricating passenger vehicles and big rigs.

“This course,” he said, “bring awareness to departments; they find out how underprepared they are when it comes to responding to an incident of that magnitude.”

Schmitz said most of the evolutions are designed for departments that don’t have access to heavy equipment. Firefighters are taught to use what equipment they have to execute the rescue.

Big Rig HOTS expanded three years ago to include a second training weekend in Strathmore, Alta., in September.

Learn more about Big Rig HOTS at www.albertavx.com
Written by Maria Church
Last winter, a group of visitors from Toronto drove an hour and half northwest to Roseneath, Ont., to go ice fishing on Rice Lake and became trapped on the thin ice. When the call came in to the local station, members jumped into their ice-water-rescue boat and came to the visitors’ aid.

Everyone was safe, said Alnwick/Haldimand Fire & Rescue Chief Dave Wright, but it might have been a different ending without the rescue boat.

Station 3 in Roseneath purchased the boat in 2001 with funds raised by the annual Golden Beach Car Show. Every year the show, hosted by Golden Beach Resort in Roseneath, draws thousands of community members and visitors in support of the volunteer firefighters.

This year’s show on June 21 brought in $6,300 for the Roseneath Firefighter’s Association. Over its 23 years running, the fundraiser has helped the station, through the association, purchase a search-and-rescue boat, specialty nozzles and helmet flashlights.

“It’s a huge benefit for us,” Wright said.

Bob Jenkins, a radio operator for Station 3, said it was a busy day for the 15 Roseneath members who came out. The firefighters participated by running a 50-50 raffle, a firefighter challenge for children and, new this year, a bouncy castle.

“We don’t mind doing it because we know the money is going back to our association,” Jenkins said. “I’ve been doing this for five years now and it’s a worthwhile cause.

“It’s good for the community, it’s good for the organizers and it’s good for us,” he said.
Written by CBC News
June 12, 2015, Ottawa - Ottawa firefighters are recommending opening a new station in Kanata North and consolidating two stations into a new one along the Cyrville corridor. The station location recommendations, presented by fire chief Gerry Pingitore at a technical briefing Thursday, say growth in Kanata North is spurring the need for the new station there. If approved, it would open in 2020. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by Simcoe.com
June 11, 2015, Barrie, Ont. - For the first time in more than a decade, the Barrie Professional Firefighters Association and the city have agreed to a multi-year deal. Simcoe.com reports. | READ MORE
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