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


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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Posted by web-chief on Mar 30, 2015 @ 8:09AM

SIKSIKA NATION, AB - Three people were found dead in a fire in a First Nation community east of Calgary...[ read more ]

Source: The Canadian Press (click for full story)
Firefighters rescue couple from escarpment
Posted by web-chief on Mar 30, 2015 @ 8:08AM

HAMILTON, ON - Hamilton firefighters used ropes and harnesses to rescue a couple stuck down an escarpment embankment near the Devil's Punchbowl Sunday afternoon...[ read more ]

Source: The Hamilton Spectator (click for full story)
Townhouse fire kills 10 year old boy
Posted by web-chief on Mar 30, 2015 @ 8:05AM


A 10-year-old boy died, and three of his siblings and his mother are in hospital after a two-alarm townhouse fire in Scarborough on Saturday morning...[ read more ]

Source: The Toronto Star (click for full story)
Man suffers burns in Windsor blaze
Posted by web-chief on Mar 30, 2015 @ 8:04AM

WINDSOR, ON - One person was rushed to hospital with burns after a house fire in south Windsor Sunday night.

It broke out on Spago Crescent around 6:30 p.m...[ read more ]

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Body found in home gutted by fire
Posted by web-chief on Mar 30, 2015 @ 8:03AM

AJAX, ON - A man’s body was discovered at a house in Ajax after firefighters knocked down a blaze that had fully engulfed the home early Sunday morning...[ read more ]

Source: The Toronto Star (click for full story)
Motorists endangered firefighters, home
Posted by web-chief on Mar 27, 2015 @ 8:36AM

FREDERICTON, NB - The Fredericton Fire Department says impatient motorists endangered the lives of firefighters and jeopardized a couple's home in Lincoln earlier this week...[ read more ]

Source: CBC News (click for full story)
Fire plan makes no sense: union
Posted by web-chief on Mar 27, 2015 @ 8:35AM

CORNWALL, ON - A consultant's report that could shape Cornwall's fire department for the next 15 years is flawed and "doesn't make sense", according to firefighter representatives...[ read more ]

Source: The Cornwall Standard-Freeholder (click for full story)
Winnipeg crews battle multiple blazes
Posted by web-chief on Mar 27, 2015 @ 8:34AM

WINNIPEG, MB - Two children escaped a fire by leaping out of the window of a burning Young Street apartment on Friday morning...[ read more ]

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Barn fire kills 1,500 hogs
Posted by web-chief on Mar 27, 2015 @ 8:33AM

BRANDON, MB - About 1,500 hogs are dead after a fire razed a barn near Kola Tuesday night...[ read more ]

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Fatal Hamilton fire deemed homicide
Posted by web-chief on Mar 27, 2015 @ 8:29AM

HAMILTON, ON - The fire that claimed the life of a 26-year-old Hamilton woman has been ruled a homicide, and now the man she lived with is facing second degree murder charges, police announced Thursda...[ read more ]

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Toronto firefighter honoured for vacation rescue
Posted by web-chief on Mar 26, 2015 @ 8:23AM

TORONTO, ON - When Toronto firefighter Jason Gilbert saw a swimmer being pulled out to sea by a riptide off a beach in Costa Rica, he knew what to do...[ read more ]

Source: The Toronto Sun (click for full story)
Halifax councillors debate fire station closures
Posted by web-chief on Mar 26, 2015 @ 8:19AM

HALIFAX, NS - Halifax Regional Council spent hours debating closing several fire stations Wednesday, but only approved one amendment...[ read more ]

Source: CBC News (click for full story)
Hamilton house fire claims woman's life
Posted by web-chief on Mar 26, 2015 @ 8:16AM

HAMILTON, ON - The cause of a fatal east end blaze has not yet been determined Thursday, hours after a fire claimed the life of a woman and destroyed a house in the city's industrial core...[ read more ]

Source: The Hamilton Spectator (click for full story)
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