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
Written by CBC News
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
Written by CBC News
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
Written by The Canadian Press
Dec. 20, 2018, Revelstoke, B.C. - A transport truck loaded with parcels has gone up in flames in southeastern B.C.

The RCMP say the truck was fully engulfed when crews reached it east of Revelstoke at about 8:30 p.m.

It was hauling parcels for courier company UPS, but police say the cab and trailer were reduced to little more than charred metal and nothing could be saved.

The driver told police he saw sparks coming from under the dash of the cab before the flames broke out.

He said he jumped from the still-moving truck, which rolled to a stop in a ditch with the burning trailer blocking the Trans-Canada Highway.

Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky says the remains of the trailer have been pushed off the road and traffic was moving with minor delays.

He says the wreckage will be removed later.
Written by CBC News
Dec. 20, 2018, Bay Roberts, N.L. - A man was found dead after a fire in a storage container at the municipal garage in Bay Roberts on Wednesday, according to the RCMP. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by Global News
Dec. 20, 2018, Kelowna, B.C. - A home across from Kelowna General Hospital sustained considerable damage when a vehicle fire spread to the structure on Wednesday night. Global News reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Canadian Press
Dec. 19, 2018, Robb, Alta. - Evacuation notices have been lifted in a few small Alberta communities after an out-of-season wildfire that threatened them was brought under control.

Alberta wildfire information officer Caroline Charbonneau says strong winds with gusts up to 100 km/hr on Friday night blew trees onto roads and blocked access for crews fighting the flames east of Jasper National Park.

Yellowhead County says its peace officers went door-to-door in the communities of Robb and Mercoal on Friday to let residents know to be ready in case an evacuation was necessary.

But Charbonneau says the area received close to five centimetres of snow overnight, bringing the fires under control.

Another small blaze further north near Marlboro also burned overnight Friday but was extinguished Saturday morning.

Wildfire season for Alberta officially ended Oct. 31, but Charbonneau says there hasn't been much snow, and that combined with warm temperatures lately have left the area very dry.

"When we were dispatched for the call, the crew had a hard time reaching the fire because of the high winds and the debris on the road," Charbonneau said Saturday.

"A lot of trees were falling over. Lots of debris on the roads, which caused a lot of issues for us."

Yellowhead County said on Facebook that its crews, working with Parkland County, have now finished clearing fallen trees that were blocking roads in the Robb and Mercoal area.

It said its firefighters and peace officers, which had been on-scene overnight, are now standing down.

Charbonneau said the overnight snow made it hard to tell how much land had burned in the blaze that threatened the communities, but later in the afternoon a news release from the province estimated the fire had consumed 434 hecatres.

The release said it appeared that few flames were visible.

Winter fires aren't common, Charbonneau said, but they do happen from time to time.

"We've had winter fires in the past, some fairly large winter fires. And these fires are often sustained by chinook conditions," she explained.

"They're very warm winds, they dry up the ground. We lose most of our snow on a windy warm day."
Written by CTV News
Dec. 19, 2018, Saint John, N.B. - There's increasing concern for neighbourhood safety and the safety of firefighters after another suspicious fire in the old north end of Saint John. CTV News reports. | READ MORE

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