Laura King

Laura King

Laura King is the editor of Fire Fighting in Canada and Canadian Firefighter magazines.
@FireinCanada

April 10, 2014, Indianapolis – It’s remarkable how many Canadians are here in Indianapolis for the Fire Department Instructors Course (FDIC).
A year ago, a resort and conference centre in Stanhope, P.E.I., burned to the ground. North Shore Fire Chief Bob Morrison described the scene, the challenges – including high winds – and the lessons learned to editor Laura King in an interview during the 2013 Maritime Fire Chiefs Association conference in Summerside last July.
One of the perks of this job is the travel to conferences and trade shows across the country that allows me to visit towns and cities and get to know firefighters and fire officers from coast to coast to coast.
Jan. 28, 2014, Toronto – There has been lots of talk of sprinklers in the days since the fire in a seniors home in L’Isle-Verte, Que., killed as many as 32 people. That’s good. It’s also tragic that more people had to die before Quebec politicians started talking seriously about better fire-protection measures for vulnerable citizens.
But sprinklers alone won’t solve the problem.

laura-kingJan. 24, 2014, Toronto – A CBC reporter called me yesterday – one of a handful of reporters looking for background for stories about the tragic fire in L’Isle-Verte in which at least five seniors were killed.

I’ve written a lot about Elliot Lake, most of it in blogs on our websites (www.firefightingincanada.com and www.firehall.com).
Dec. 19, 2013, Toronto – I happened to be in Ottawa on the weekend when two university students were killed in a house fire. Those two fatalities and three more in Loyalist Township on the weekend brought the number of fire fatalities in Ontario this year to 72, eight more than in the same period last year (not including fire fatalities on First Nations).
Dec. 19, 2013, Toronto – I happened to be in Ottawa on the weekend when two university students were killed in a house fire. Those two fatalities and three more in Loyalist Township on the weekend brought the number of fire fatalities in Ontario this year to 72, three more than in the same period last year (not including fire fatalities on First Nations).
Nov. 28, 2013, Toronto – Ah, technology.
I was a bit under the weather on the weekend after three days in Niagara Falls for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs mid-term meeting; I blame it on the perpetual mist in the air – the spray from the falls that coats your eye glasses and car windshield – but I’m sure lack of sleep (does anyone sleep well in hotels?), too many handshakes, and re-circulated air had something to do with it.
Nov. 20, 2013, Niagara Falls, Ont. – A bit of an update to yesterday’s post but don’t worry, more generalities and fewer details and acronyms.
Nov. 19, 2013, Niagara Falls, Ont. - By the time you read this I will be well caffeinated and sitting in a conference room with fire chiefs from across Ontario learning about the integrated risk management (IRM) system.
Nov. 13, 2013, Toronto - Yesterday, in Elliot Lake, the lawyer for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs expanded on the association’s written summation; today, I will do the same.
Nov. 12, 2013, Toronto - This morning, in Elliot Lake, Ont., lawyers for the parties involved the rescue portion of the inquiry into the collapse of the Algo Centre mall in June 2012 give their final summations.
Nov. 6, 2013, Toronto - I wasn’t sure how to react when I saw the headline on our website yesterday afternoon: Prince George fire halls to install female washrooms. I figured the department had been under pressure to get with the program and was playing catch up – to use not one, but two clichés.
Oct. 15, 2013, Toronto – I spent Fire Prevention Week on Vancouver Island, (ostensibly) on vacation enjoying big mountains and big trees, and spending time with big hockey-player son, a blue-liner for the Jr. A Cowichan Capitals.
Ian Bolton approached me more than a year ago, out of the blue via e-mail, about writing for our magazines.
Sept. 25, 2013, Regina – Not to gush, but we’re pretty pleased about our publishing partnership with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
Sept. 10, 2013, Elliot Lake, Ont. – I’m back in Elliot Lake this week to hear HUSAR’s Bill Neadles testify – he’s on the stand now (check back later for a story). And while I can’t be here every day, I have been paying rapt attention to the testimony, and it’s worth reviewing.
Sept. 5, 2013, Toronto – There was some interesting news today out of the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal: Trevor Bain, the assistant deputy fire marshal, is leaving the OFM.
Sept. 5, 2013, Toronto – So, it turns out, the friction between the members of the OPP’s rescue team, known as UCRT, and the Toronto-based HUSAR team who were searching for victims of the Algo Centre mall collapse in Elliot Lake last summer wasn’t as bad those of us paying close attention had been led to believe.

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