Written by Global News
Mar. 22, 2018, Burlington, Ont. - Burlington firefighters battled a blaze at a recycling facility Wednesday afternoon. Just after 3:00 p.m., fire crews were called to the scene after a large pile of recyclables caught fire. Global News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Mar. 22, 2018, Moncton, N.B. - An employee at a Moncton wholesale bakery was hospitalized Wednesday night with severe burns to his arms and chest after a fire in a production machine. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CP24
Mar. 22, 2018, Toronto - No injuries were reported after an overnight fire Wednesday at a French restaurant in Baldwin Village. CP24 News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Mar. 22, 2018, Springhill, N.S. - Two people are dead in what RCMP are calling a "suspicious" fire at a home in Springhill, N.S. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Mar. 21, 2018, Dryden, Ont. - Volunteer firefighters in Dryden, Ont., say they are in a stalemate situation after city councillors voted down a proposal to hold a public discussion on what to do with the community's fire service. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Mar. 21, 2018, Toronto - Toronto firefighters are struggling to extinguish a fire Wednesday that erupted overnight inside a York automotive shop. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
March 21, 2018, Calgary - Calgary city council has decided to uphold the city's seven-minute response time target for fire service across the city. Council was looking at a proposal Tuesday to vary that target to 10 minutes for future new communities because the city can't afford to put a fully-staffed fire station in every new area that might be approved for development. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Mar. 21, 2018, Osler, Sask. - It's a total loss. That's what firefighters say of a large quonset containing semi trailers that caught fire at a dairy farm in the Osler area on Monday night. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Canadian Press
March 21, 2018, Springhill. N.S. - Nova Scotia RCMP say two bodies have been recovered from a home near Springhill that was damaged Tuesday in what they are calling a suspicious fire.

No details have been released about the victims.

Cumberland District RCMP say they responded to a call for help from Beaton's Lane just before 4:30 p.m.

Volunteer fire chief Stanley Hunter says fire caused internal damage to the home, but was extinguished quickly.

He says the Nova Scotia fire marshal's office is investigating and police have secured the scene.

The Medical Examiner's Service has also been called in, and the RCMP's major crimes unit is investigating.

"We have not determined the nature of it," Hunter says. "We put the fire out and the RCMP are in charge of it now."
Written by Blue Line
The University of Phoenix has released the findings from its 2017 survey on first responder mental health, which surveyed 2,000 American adults who are employed as firefighters, police officers, EMT/paramedics and nurses. The survey not only revealed that a high percentage of first responders are dealing with traumatic events in their line of work, but also that many are also experiencing negative mental health symptoms.

The findings show that while approximately half of first responders have participated in pre-exposure mental health training, the majority report that mental health services are rarely used at their organization. Data show there are resources available to first responders, but stigmas associated with mental health may be keeping them from getting the help they need.

Here is more data from the survey:

The majority of first responders (85 per cent) have experienced symptoms related to mental health issues.

It’s not surprising that the vast majority of first responders reported these symptoms, considering 84 percent have experienced a traumatic event on the job. Additionally, a third (34 percent) have received a formal mental health disorder diagnosis, like depression or PTSD.

For those that say they have been diagnosed with depression, nearly half cited incidents at work as a contributing cause.

The survey revealed that there are stigmas associated with seeking mental health help on the job. Of those that say there are negative repercussions for seeking mental help at work, the majority feel their supervisor will treat them differently. Other concerns are co-workers perceiving them as “weak” or resulting in them being passed over for promotions.

The majority of first responders have been exposed to trauma:
• 69 per cent have experienced lack of sleep
• 46 per cent have experienced anxiety
• 27 per cent of first responders have been formally diagnosed with depression

Communicating about mental health issues:
• 61 per cent of respondents feel comfortable talking to their supervisor about mental health concerns
• 42 per cent disagree that their supervisor openly discusses the importance of addressing mental health concerns
• 50 per cent of first responders believe their supervisor will treat them differently if they seek mental health help

This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Poll on behalf of University of Phoenix between Feb. 2-21, 2017 among 2,004 adults aged 18 and older.

This article was originally published in Blue Line on March 20, 2018 
Written by SooToday
Mar. 20, 2018, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. - Sault Ste. Marie City Council has directed Fire Chief Peter Johnson to maintain minimum on-duty staffing of 15 firefighters at all times.
Written by CBC News
Mar. 20, 2018, Clarence-Rockland, Ont. - There was likely no foul play involved in a house fire that killed one person in Clarence-Rockland, Ont., last week, investigators declared Monday. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CP24
Mar. 20, 2018, Nobleton, Ont. - A home under renovation in Nobleton has been completely destroyed by a fire that broke out late Monday night. CP24 reports. | READ MORE
Written by Lauren Scott
From April 2-6, Fire Fighting in Canada will be hosting Wildfire Week sponsored by Waterax. 

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Written by The Canadian Press
March 19, 2018, London, Ont. - The chief of the London, Ont., fire service has retired amid allegations that his department was plagued by harassment and retaliation.

The City of London announced Monday that Chief John Kobarda was retiring "effective immediately" after 27 years with the service, 14 of which were spent in the top job.

"As many will know, my plan was to retire this year," Kobarda said a statement from the city. "It has always been my desire to serve the best interests of the fire service and the community. With that in mind, I have decided that I will be stepping down today.''

The London Abused Women's Centre has, in little more than a week, received complaints from around 30 London firefighters - most of the them men - the organization's executive director Megan Walker said.

"It is definitely a culture of harassment, abuse and retaliation against those firefighters that have stood up for others that have been harassed and abused," Walker said.

Walker said the stream of complaints began after she met with London Mayor Matt Brown to discuss the harassment complaints of one firefighter earlier this month.

"It got out that one firefighter had submitted a letter and so others started to follow," she said.

The organization received harassment complaints from more than 60 other city employees, Walker added.

London Mayor Matt Brown declined to comment on the allegations or any steps the city was taking to address them.

Complaints from firefighters include women being discriminated against because of their gender and staff being shouted at by superiors. Firefighters who tried to stand up for colleagues facing harassment were subject to punishment, Walker said.

"There's a culture where there is no dialogue of communication, but rather one of screaming ... and demanding," she said. "If somebody ever were to make a mistake, they suffer horrendous repercussions, sometimes even having their responsibilities taken from them. So in some cases, they go to work and just sit there all day because there is nothing for them to do.''

Firefighters said their superiors were autocratic and micro-managing, said former London Professional Fire Fighters Association president John Hassa, who helped some of the complainants bring their allegations forward.

"Organizations like ours, because of the culture and nature of the work and the fact that you don't get to challenge your supervisor on scene maybe lends itself to that (sort of behaviour), but I think as a society we ought not to enable it,'' Walker said.
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