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April 28, 2010
By Laura King


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I’m from Sydney, Nova Scotia, so stories from there always pique my interest. Cape Breton Regional Municipality Fire Chief Bernie MacKinnon has had his hands with a rash of arsons, controversy over the closing of the Ashby fire station due to mold and differences of opinion over the potential location of a new fire hall. Fire stories from across the country come directly to my BlackBerry and this morning’s headline was a doozy: Police investigate after fire truck stolen and burned in Cape Breton . . . What next?

Another
fire death in Toronto last night. That’s 10 this year.

I didn’t
get to see Chief Richard Marinucci of the Northville Township Fire
Department
in
Michigan and national chairman of
the
Everyone Goes Home program in
Indianapolis last week but there’s a
good
story about his presentation at Firehouse.com, and a video interview,
that’s
worth checking out.

As many
of you know, Everyone Goes Home is a U.S.-based initiative of the
National
Fallen Firefighers Foundation to prevent line-of-duty deaths and
injuries. There
are lots of useful resources for your department at www.everyonegoeshome.com

The
always entertaining Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder of the Loveland-Symmes
Fire Department
in
Ohio – he of
Firefighterclosecalls.com
and The Secret List – speaks Saturday at the Ontario Association of Fire
Chiefs
conference. His topic: Not Everyone Goes Home.



Speaking
of line-of-duty deaths, the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation
announced
last week that its list of fallen firefighters has surpassed the 1,000
mark.
The CFFF is asking all Canadian fire departments and associations for
names of firefighters
who have died in the line of duty since 1848. All names will be included
on the
fallen firefighter memorial, which is expected to be unveiled in
Ottawa in 2012.

 


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