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Written by CP24
Jan. 3, 2018, Scarborough, Ont. - Officials say they do not yet know what caused a fire at an Estee Lauder facility in Scarborough Thursday morning. CP24 News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Jan. 3, 2018, Kamloops, B.C. - An early-morning fire Wednesday at a Kamloops apartment building has sent five people to hospital and displaced 33. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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Jan. 3, 2018, Windsor, Ont. - Windsor fire crews are tackling a fire at El Mayor restaurant. Neighbourhood residents told CBC Windsor the fire broke out shortly after midnight, but police could not confirm what time the blaze started. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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Jan. 3, 2018, Calgary - A historic Calgary home suffered significant damage Wednesday in an early morning fire in the southwest community of Springbank Hill. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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Jan. 3, 2018, Pembroke, Ont. - A large fire at a lumber yard knocked out hydro equipment serving Pembroke, Ont., Wednesday night, briefly plunging most of the eastern Ontario city into the dark. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by Parrysound.com
Jan. 2, 2019, Muskoka Lakes, Ont. - A woman was rescued from a small landing after a fall and slide toward the icy waters below on Fish Hatchery Trail on New Year's Eve. Parrysound.com reports. | READ MORE
Written by Global News
Jan. 2, 2019, Edmonton - One person was taken to hospital after a New Year’s Day fire in Edmonton’s south end. Global News reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Times Colonist
Jan. 2, 2019, Saanich, B.C. - An unoccupied Saanich house was destroyed in a fire Sunday evening, but firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to nearby homes. The Times Colonist reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Dec. 31, 2018, Montreal - One man is injured and one woman missing after a major early morning house fire in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It started at around 4:20 a.m., Monday, in the one-storey residence, firefighters say. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Star Phoenix
Dec. 31, 2018, Saskatoon - Saskatoon firefighters pulled a man out of an apartment suite that was “fully involved” with fire on Saturday evening, the fire department said in a media release. The Star Phoenix reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Dec. 31, 2018, Parrsboro, N.S. - A 55-year-old man is dead after a camper trailer fire Friday evening in Parrsboro, N.S. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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Dec. 31, 2018, Gatineau, Que. - A fire at an adjoined gym and hotel forced 150 people onto the street on Saturday night as the building was evacuated. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Toronto Star
Dec. 28, 2018, Toronto - A firefighter is alert and conscious in hospital after he suffered smoke inhalation while responding to a four-alarm fire at an East York apartment building Wednesday morning. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Written by The London Free Press
Dec. 28, 2018, London, Ont. - A 29-year-old man is facing several charges after a house fire last week northwest of downtown that sent two people to hospital with minor injuries. The London Free Press reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Dec. 28, 2018, Edmonton - A fatal Christmas Eve fire at a west Edmonton group home for people with disabilities was accidental, fire officials said Thursday. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Dec. 21, 2018 - Firefighters continue to experience frequent nonfatal injuries, especially strains and sprains, according to a NIOSH study of injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Firefighting is an undeniably dangerous job where work can often lead to injury and death. Previous studies have investigated firefighter injuries, but these studies have been limited to individual departments, small groups of departments, or subsets within the firefighter workforce (e.g., wildland firefighter). The NIOSH study used a nationally representative sample of emergency departments to further our understanding of nonfatal injuries among firefighters.

Investigators looked at nonfatal injuries to firefighters, from 2003 through 2014, identified in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System occupational supplement (NEISS-Work). Administered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, NEISS-Work compiles work-related injury information from a representative sample of 67 emergency departments in the United States. To calculate average annual rates, labor force estimates for firefighters were obtained from the National Fire Protection Association.

In the years studied, approximately 351,800 firefighters received treatment in an emergency department for a nonfatal injury. This number translates to 260 injuries for every 10,000 firefighters, overall, including career and volunteer workers. Among career firefighters only, however, the annual rate jumped to 699, while volunteer workers had a rate of 39 injuries per 10,000 firefighters.

These findings highlight the importance of additional research and prevention needs in the areas of lifting techniques and body posture and movements. The next step for NIOSH is to use NEISS-Work to conduct follow-back surveys of injured firefighters to gather more details about their injuries and exposures. The information will be used to determine common injuries and exposures, assist in identifying subsets of the firefighting population who are at most risk for occupational injuries and exposures, and identify circumstances and activities that put firefighters at risk. These incident and circumstance details collected directly from firefighters are critical to better understanding and addressing health and safety challenges of this workforce.

More information is available:

Nonfatal Injuries to Firefighters Treated in U.S. Emergency Departments, 2003–2014
NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation And Prevention




Written by CBC News
Dec. 21, 2018, Baddeck, N.S. - Officials in Baddeck, N.S., have determined nearly all of the community's fire hydrants are functioning after a complaint that the hydrant closest to the Inverary Resort wasn't working during a blaze there in June. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Nelson Star
Dec. 21, 2018, Nelson, B.C. - A fire has caused between $40,000 and $60,000 in damages to the historic downtown building that houses several businesses and tenant units, including the Nelson Brewing Company. The Nelson Star reports. | READ MORE
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Dec. 21, 2018, Milton, Ont. - At least five horses were killed and dozens were rescued from a barn fire during a major overnight operation in Milton that involved stable staff, police, firefighters, paramedics and veterinarians. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by InsideHalton
Dec. 21, 2018, Oakville, Ont. - The Town of Oakville and the Oakville fire department are facing a $1.9-million lawsuit for alleged negligence in connection with a 2016 house fire. InsideHalton reports. | READ MORE

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