Fire crews from Bradford, Ont., a small community near Highway 400 that runs between Toronto and Barrie (the main route for city folks to get to ski country in the winter and cottage country in the summer) had their hands full yesterday with a series of crashes caused by whiteouts and slippery conditions.
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs is getting some support in its call for mandatory sprinklers.
The vote for our January cover of Canadian Firefighter turned into a regional battle between search and rescue team members in Manitoba and Halifax.
With unusual weather in much of the country this week, firefighters have surely encountered some interesting calls.
Few stories are as bizarre as that of Alan Kaddatz, the fire chief in Wheatland, WI, who answered a page and ended up too close for comfort to a tornado. You can read his account in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.
If your department had any unusual experiences this week let us know.
Jan. 4, 2008
Further to yesterday’s posting about the 1998 ice storm, which Environment Canada climatologist David Phillips calls the storm of the millennium, reporter Peter Ray with The Canadian Press in Montreal narrates a great video look back at the storm here, with fabulous photos of crippled hydro towers and ice-crusted roads and trees. The video takes a moment to load so be patient – it’s worth it.
There is, of course, no such thing as a routine emergency. Those words are an oxymoron – every emergency brings its own set of unique challenges that test first responders. Some, however, are more challenging than others.
Now that the turkey and holiday treats are gone and we all begin the slow trudge through winter, I want to wish all of our readers Happy New Year with a sincere wish for health and happiness in the months ahead.
There has been lots of talk about personal safety systems for firefighters. A 51-year-old firefighter in downtown Brooklyn escaped from a burning building on Jan. 1 using the new rope mechanism.
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