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Written by Carey Fredericks
Winnipeg-based Fort Garry Fire Trucks (FGFT) officially opened its new, $7 million, 50,000-squaret foot plant on Friday with a grand-opening celebration. FGFT has increased its workforce by about 20 per cent to 100 employees and says it is ready to meet the needs of today's fire service. Photos by Catherine Connolly.
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
Deputy Fire Chief Dwayne MacIntosh of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) welcomes a group of firefighter hopefuls to the first of four Firefighter Career Expos in 2013. The event on Saturday at the GTAA's Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) was hosted by founder Kory Pearn and featured speakers Jesse Cooke of Twist Sports Conditioning in Whitby, Ont., Jason Lloyd of Firefighter Academy and GTAA Fire Chief Mike Figliola. Photos by Olivia D'Orazio.
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
Feb. 21, 2013 – Canadian fire-truck builder Pino Natale of Dependable Emergency Vehicles has been named Spartan Emergency Response Vehicles' (ERV) salesperson of the year.
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
Jan. 9, 2013 – The Fire Chiefs Association of British Columbia (FCABC) is partnering with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to study fire-service training programs and delivery in order to develop a safer, stronger and more resilient fire service.
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
pierce-100years-hires_10848195Jan. 8, 2013 – Pierce Manufacturing has launched an interactive website to commemorate its 100th anniversary. The special site features an interactive historical timeline, a 100th anniversary video, a photo contest, limited-edition merchandise and information about upcoming events.
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
More than 1,000 fire and emergency services personnel were involved in last week's mock-disaster exercise that affected the Bruce Power nuclear generating station and surrounding communities. Firefighters from the Saugeen Shores Fire Department, along with members of the Ontario Provincial Police disaster-response teams, ran several evolutions at a home that had been struck by a tornado as part of the exercise. Photos by Laura King and Catherine Connolly.
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
Oct. 16, 2012, Toronto – Darch Fire Inc. and the Toronto Pearson Airport Fire Department jointly held an apparatus showcase on Oct. 12.
Written by Carey Fredericks
Fire Fighting in Canada contributors Tom DeSorcy, Les Karpluk and Rob Evans
with editor Laura King at Fire-Rescue Canada. Photo by Vince MacKenzie.

Written by Carey Fredericks
Participants in the Fire Fighting in Canada/Canadian Firefighter/Firehall Training
 Day 2012 after a full day of learning in auto extrication, forcible entry,
firefighter survival and residential fire at the Waterloo Region Emergency
Services Training and Research Complex. Photos by Laura King

Written by Olivia D'Orazio
Sept. 17, 2012, Aurora, Ont. – Fire-service icon Robert Sutphen, who died Sept. 10 at the age of 89, was a pioneer of customer service in the fire-apparatus industry.
Written by Carey Fredericks
Photos by Laura King.
Written by Olivia D'Orazio
Ladders Up volunteers and organizers celebrate the evening's success: More than $26,500 was raised for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Written by Laura King
May 16, 2012 – A volunteer fire chief in rural Saskatchewan is the 2012 recipient of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Service Association’s (CVFSA) Lifetime Achievement Award.
Written by Carey Fredericks
The sold-out 2012 Career Expo in Cambridge, Ont.,
on Saturday drew prospective firefighters from across southwestern Ontario.

Written by Carey Fredericks
The annual OAFC send-off banquet was more special for us than usual –
editor Laura King was honoured with the OAFC President’s Award,
recognizing her hard work in bringing the myriad issues that are front and
centre for the Ontario fire service to light. Photo by Alan Hooper.

Written by Carey Fredericks
Tim Beckett, president of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs,
pauses while OAFC first vice-president Kevin Foster lays a wreath
during the annual Ontario Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial ceremony
at Queen's Park Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of firefighters attended
the ceremony to honour those who have died in the line of duty or
from work-related illnesses. Twenty-four names were added to the
monument. The monument now has 553 names etched in stone to
remember those who have given their lives for the citizens of Ontario.
Photo by John Riddell.

Written by Carey Fredericks
Former Fire Chief Gilles La Madeleine (right), CFO of the Beloeil Fire Service in Quebec, accepts the award of Full-time Fire Chief of the Year from Jim MacLeod (left), of Fire Underwriters' Survey, at the closing ceremonies of CAFC 2011 Wednesday evening. Fire Chief Charles Boyte (not pictured), CFO, Fire Chief of Pender Island Fire Rescue in British Columbia, was named Canada's Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year. Photo by Tim Beckett.
Click below for more photos from Calgary.

Written by Carey Fredericks
Winnipeg firefighter Jay Shaw, a regular contributor to Fire Fighting in Canada, was in New York City for the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Jay and his travel companions, Winnipeg firefighter Phil Kennedy and Calgary firefighter Darren Tomczak, toured the city, visited fire halls, met dozens of Canadians firefighters in New York to pay tribute to the 343 firefighters lost on 9-11, and had experiences they will never forget. Read Jay’s blog on our home page.
Written by Carey Fredericks
Firefighters Speak Up, March 27, 2010. Click here for more photos.
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