Editor's Blog
Written by Laura King
May 2, 2012 – Fire departments should not be prosecuted for alleged violations of health and safety guidelines issued by the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) that have no basis in legislation, says the defence lawyer for the Meaford and District Fire Department.
Written by Laura King
April 30, 2012 - The trial on the remaining charge against the Municipality of Meaford and its fire department over two firefighter injuries in the response to a restaurant fire in 2009 resumes today in provincial offences court in Owen Sound.
Written by Laura King
April 24, 2012 - Looks like Vince MacKenzie (Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L.) was officially the last fire chief to arrive home from Indianapolis, having landed at about noon Monday in Gander after his 11 p.m. flight from Halifax was cancelled Sunday night due to, ahem, crew issues.
Written by Laura King
April 20, 2012, Indianapolis - You’d think that being stateside with 30,000 or so fire personnel from all over North America that you would be unlikely to run into people from say, Burlington, Ont.,  or, King Township, neighbours to the west and northeast of where I’m based in Oakville, Ont.
Written by Laura King
April 18, 2012, Indianapolis – If you’ll pardon the pun, Chief Steve Kraft from Richmond Hill, Ont., was on fire this morning when he delivered the keynote address here at the opening session in Indy.
Written by Laura King
April 11, 2012 – A week from today is the official opening of FDIC 2012 and, for the first time, a Canadian fire officer will give the keynote address.

Written by Laura King
March 23, 2012 – Lots to catch up on today . . .

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First, congratulations to the British Columbia Association of Fire Chiefs for its launch yesterday of what it hopes will become a national smoke-alarm movement.
Written by Laura King
March 9, 2012 - As was astutely pointed out to me last evening by a habitual reader of the Fire Fighting in Canada website, there’s a trend in the headlines.
Written by Laura King
March 5, 2012 - A bit of a mish mash for a Monday in March . . .
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First, congrats to Alex Burbidge, who becomes fire chief in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., next month.

Burbidge is a platoon chief in Vaughan, Ont., and yes, his little brother, Bryan, is the chief in King Township, Ont.
Written by Laura King
March 1, 2012 - Will the other shoe drop?

It’s a valid question, and it’s being asked across Ontario today after news broke Wednesday that the prosecution has withdrawn two of three remaining charges against the municipality of Meaford and its fire department.
Written by Laura King
Feb. 16, 2012 – Sometimes, because of its sheer size and population, things happen in Ontario that are important to the rest of the Canadian fire service. As Laura King writes in her editor’s blog, the Drummond report on Ontario’s precarious financial situation, and other political issues, is likely to weigh heavily on the minds of the province’s fire chiefs.
Written by Laura King
Feb. 9, 2012 - As I’ve said before, it’s always good to get away from the office and try new things, challenge ourselves, meet peers, and, for me, learn more about fire-service issues, politics and people.
Written by Laura King
Jan. 30, 2012 – Some of you have asked about the December and January issues of our magazines. We’ve switched to a new mailing system and this has caused some glitches, along with some time-of-year issues, so please bear with us. The January issue – with the amazing photo on the cover of the fire at the White Point Beach Resort in Nova Scotia – will arrive any day now!
Written by Laura King
Jan. 23, 2012 – Two fires. Two fatalities (one confirmed, one presumed). Two elderly occupants. Within spitting distance of each other in southwestern Ontario this weekend: Friday night in Halton Hills, and Sunday morning in Mono Mills.
Written by Laura King
Jan. 5, 2012 – As part of our commitment to provide readers with the best fire-service coverage in Canada, we’ve made some changes to our e-newsletters that we hope you will find helpful.
Written by Laura King
Jan. 3, 2012 – Along with several fire fatalities in the last two weeks (tragically, I count 11 since Christmas eve), we were busy over the holiday sharing news on our website and our Facebook and Twitter feeds about two line-of-duty deaths.
Written by Laura King
Dec. 14, 2011 – The fire service in Ontario is more complex than it is in some other provinces. I’ve had numerous calls and e-mails since I blogged about and reported on the Meaford trial last week, many from fire personnel in other provinces looking for an explanation of the charges and the potential outcome. The crux of the issue, as many understand it, is twofold: performance assessment and an uneven playing field.
Written by Laura King
Dec. 9, 2011 - It’s been an interesting week. As I said Wednesday, all eyes in the Ontario fire service – and clearly elsewhere too – are on the trial in Owen Sound over charges under Occupational Health and Safety legislation against the Municipality of Meaford and its fire department. (I won’t repeat the details. You can read more here.)
Written by Laura King
Dec. 9, 2011 - It’s been an interesting week. As I said Wednesday, all eyes in the Ontario fire service – and clearly elsewhere too – are on the trial in Owen Sound over charges under Occupational Health and Safety legislation against the Municipality of Meaford and its fire department. (I won’t repeat the details. You can read more here.)
Written by Laura King
Dec. 7, 2011 – All eyes in the Ontario fire service are on provincial offences court in Owen Sound this week, where the trial resumed over charges laid under the Occupational Health and Safety Act against the Municipality of Meaford and its fire department.

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