Olivia D'Orazio

Olivia D'Orazio

April 24, 2014, Carleton Place, Ont. – Eastway Emergency Vehicles said Thursday that Leslie Clark has joined the company’s sales team. 
April 24, 2014 – Environics has improved its ChemPro 100i gas detection device with a brighter display. The new display has a whiter contrast, making it easier to see the device's graphics. The ChemPro also has improved buttons with better tactile feedback, offering greater ease of use when wearing gloves. For more information, visit www.EnvironicsUSA.com.
The Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums perform at Stop, Drop, Rock 'n' Roll at FDIC in Indianapolis. Editor Laura King is at the conference and trade show. Follow her tweets here and read her blogs here. For more photos from FDIC, visit the Fire Fighting in Canada Facebook page.
Photo by Laura King.

Fire crews are battling a massive fire at a century-old church in Aurora, Ont. The blaze, which is believed to have started in the roof, has drawn crews from Richmond Hill, Aurora and several of the departments that make up York Region. See the story here.
Photo by Olivia D'Orazio

April 10, 2014 – An upgrade to Environics' ChemPro100i gas detection device enables it to detect and identify more unknown gases and vapours, including chemical warfare agents and common toxic industrial chemicals, including ammonia and chlorine. The upgrade, which expands the device's library of known gases and vapours, is free of charge to existing ChemPro100i customers. To learn more, visit www.environicsusa.com.
April 2, 2014, Toronto – Ottawa has extended funding for a program that provides free hazmat and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) response training for Canadian firefighters.
On Thursday morning, a six-alarm fire destroyed a mattress factory in Toronto. More than 130 fire trucks and about 430 firefighters were on scene through to Friday. The blaze caused an estimated $6 million in damages. Click here to see our photo gallery of the blaze.
Photos by David Ritchie.
March 25, 2014 – Dover, N.H.-based Air Vacuum Corp., the manufacturer of the AIRVAC 911 engine exhaust removal system, will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Friday.
Fire chiefs from across Canada wrapped up three days of meetings with government departments, ministers, MPs and senators Wednesday during the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs government relations week. For a wrap of the week from Twitter posts, click here, and to see photos from last night's reception in the Speaker's Lounge in the Centre Block on Parliament Hill, click here.
Photo by Laura King

Ottawa Fire Chief John deHooge was honoured Wednesday by city council with the 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Award. The award recognizes a city employee who demonstrates a strong commitment to fostering a positive and respectful work environment and who provide services that reflect the city's diversity. DeHooge received the award from Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson (second from left) and city manager Kent Kirkpatrick (right), along with Steve Kanellakos, deputy city manager of operations (left), and Councillor Marianne Wilkinson (centre).
Photo by Charles Bordeleau

In this video supplement, Fire Fighting in Canada columnist Mark van der Feyst describes the most efficient way to pull a flat load off of a fire truck.
Read the full article here.
The nine municipalities that make up York Region in Ontario teamed up to put together a junior firefighter day for 54 grade-three students, as part of the region's fire protection strategy.
Read the full story here.

Fire Fighting in Canada editor Laura King sat down with Volunteer Vision columnists Tom DeSorcy, the fire chief in Hope, B.C., and Vince MacKenzie, the chief in Grand Fall-Windsor, N.L., to get a coast-to-coast perspective on the Canadian fire service.
Video highlights from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs 2012 Fire-Rescue Canada conference in St. John's, N.L.
Prince Edward and Hastings counties Module A training on June 14, 2012
Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services conference in Gander June 17-20, 2011
Toronto-based firefighter gear distributor, Safedesign Apparel Ltd. officially celebrates its 25th anniversary on Saturday. The company, headed by Bill Sparfel (bottom row, second from left), updated its slogan – Safe and sound for 25 years – to reflect this milestone. Sparfel told Fire Fighting in Canada that the company plans to "revel in our 25 years of history." See the March issue of Fire Fighting in Canada for more.
Feb. 26, 2014 – Kussmaul Electronics has released a combined 40-Amp battery charger and 20-Amp low-ripple battery saver. The automatic modified three-step device does not interfere with radios and other mobile devices. It also features a one-hour boost voltage for rapid battery recover, an automatic current limit and AC input circuit breaker protection. For more information, visit kussmaul.com.
Feb. 24, 2014, Cambridge, Ont. – Potential firefighters need to understand and embrace the shift toward fire prevention, public education and code enforcement if they expect to get hired, fire-service leaders told participants at the 10th Firefighter Career Expo on Saturday.
Feb. 4, 2014 – On Jan. 23, a fire destroyed a seniors' home in L'Isle-Verte, Que., killing at least 28 residents; another four people are missing and presumed dead. The tragedy has spawned discussions about the importance of sprinklers and the difficulties of legislative change. We've compiled an extensive list of those conversations, from news stories and our Fire Fighting in Canada bloggers.
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