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Posted by web-chief on Jun 1, 2012 @ 8:33AM

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TORONTO, ON - In his May 30 letter to the National Post, OPFFA president Fred LeBlanc makes some valid points, but also some that are of dubious validity or at least coloured by association politics. Specifically;

“The OPFFA supports the sprinklering of all seniors’ residences in the province, and we have never advocated against this. What we do advocate is caution against the view that sprinklers are the complete solution to ensuring safety in seniors’ residences or any other structure.”

Excellent. Right on. Sprinklers are one part of a comprehensive fire protection strategy.

“Sprinklers may buy firefighters time by suppressing fire, but they don’t suppress the resulting smoke, which is the real killer in structural fires.”

True and false. Sprinklers buy time for firefighters and occupants, by suppressing fire AND the resulting smoke. Less fire produces less smoke. Yes, smoke is the real killer, and the effectiveness of sprinklers in reducing loss of life is largely due to their ability to reduce smoke propagation.




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Ontario municipalities oppose IAFF two-hatter policy
Posted by web-chief on Sep 19, 2014 @ 1:16PM

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TORONTO, ON - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) wants the province’s firefighting legislation amended so that career firefighters who work part time in their home communities can not ...[ read more ]

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Former chief suing fire department for 'wrongful actions'
Posted by web-chief on Sep 19, 2014 @ 8:51AM

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SHUBENACADIE, NS - The former chief of the Shubenacadie and District Fire and Emergency Services is suing the fire department he used to lead and its current chief...[ read more ]

Source: The Chronicle Herald (click for full story)
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Fire destroys landmark Grand Beach bakery
Posted by web-chief on Sep 19, 2014 @ 8:50AM

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GRAND BEACH PROVINCIAL PARK, MB - A fire claimed a landmark building near Grand Beach Provincial Park as the former Grand Marais Bakery was destroyed on Thursday afternoon...[ read more ]

Source: The Winnipeg Free Press (click for full story)
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Firefighters battle early morning truck fires
Posted by web-chief on Sep 19, 2014 @ 8:49AM

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MONTREAL, QC - Two trucks were heavily damaged in criminally set fires in St-Léonard early Friday morning.

Witnesses called 911 at 3:15 a.m...[ read more ]

Source: The Montreal Gazette (click for full story)
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Warehouse collapse injures three people
Posted by web-chief on Sep 19, 2014 @ 8:49AM

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NEWELLTON, NS - A construction worker in southwestern Nova Scotia was taken to hospital with serious injuries on Thursday after the roof on an partially built warehouse collapsed on him in a tangled h...[ read more ]

Source: The Canadian Press (click for full story)
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Blaze consumes historic Manitoba hotel
Posted by web-chief on Sep 18, 2014 @ 8:16AM

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DAUPHIN, MB - Firefighters are bringing in heavy equipment to pull down part of the burning Towers Hotel in Dauphin, Man., to protect nearby buildings, the town’s fire department says...[ read more ]

Source: Global News (click for full story)
Fire crews battling Winnipeg industrial blaze
Posted by web-chief on Sep 18, 2014 @ 8:15AM

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WINNIPEG, MB - Emergency crews are at the scene of a fire at New Flyer Industries in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg police said the call came in just before 7 a.m...[ read more ]

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Woman's death in garage fire deemed suspicious
Posted by web-chief on Sep 18, 2014 @ 8:14AM

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PICKERING, ON - Police have deemed the death of a Pickering woman killed in a garage fire “suspicious...[ read more ]

Source: The Toronto Star (click for full story)
Windsor firefighters respond to camper fire
Posted by web-chief on Sep 18, 2014 @ 8:12AM

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THREE MILE PLAINS, NS - A suppertime emergency call saw Windsor firefighters and members of the RCMP rush to a property in Three Mile Plains...[ read more ]

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Following in the footsteps of a fundraising champion
Posted by web-chief on Sep 18, 2014 @ 8:02AM

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SIMCOE, ON - Three years ago, Salt Spring Island firefighter Travis Guedes championed a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness at his fire hall...[ read more ]

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Editor's blog - FireCon and Fire-Rescue Canada
Posted by web-chief on Sep 18, 2014 @ 7:55AM

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OTTAWA, ON - The demographics may be radically different at the FireCon training weekend and the CAFC's Fire-Rescue Canada conference, but as editor Laura King writes from Thunder Bay and Ottawa, a lo...[ read more ]

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Arbitrator awards airport firefighters nine-per-cent raise
Posted by web-chief on Sep 17, 2014 @ 2:29PM

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OTTAWA, ON - An arbitrator has awarded 21 firefighters who work for the Ottawa International Airport Authority a pay raise of nine per cent over three years, retroactive to 2011...[ read more ]

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Union turns up the heat on two-hatters
Posted by web-chief on Sep 17, 2014 @ 8:53AM

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TORONTO, ON - The union representing Tom Hunse wants him fired...[ read more ]

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Iqaluit garbage dump blaze finally out
Posted by web-chief on Sep 17, 2014 @ 8:52AM

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IQALUIT, NU - A long-smouldering dump fire in Iqaluit, dubbed the “dumpcano,” is finally out. The smoky blaze had been burning on the south side of the Nunavut capital since May...[ read more ]

Source: The Canadian Press (click for full story)
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Construction work sparks fire at Winnipeg pool
Posted by web-chief on Sep 17, 2014 @ 8:51AM

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WINNIPEG, MB - Two people were taken to hospital as a precaution after a fire was sparked at Margaret Grant Pool in Winnipeg.

Emergency crews were called just after 10 a.m...[ read more ]

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Pickering garage fire leaves one person dead
Posted by web-chief on Sep 17, 2014 @ 8:51AM

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PICKERING, ON - One person is dead after a garage fire broke out in Pickering Monday night.

Pickering Fire Chief John Hagg says the fire started just before 8 p.m. on Sept...[ read more ]

Source: Durhamregion.com (click for full story)
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