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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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Posted by web-chief on Aug 20, 2014 @ 8:57AM

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WINDSOR, ON - An overnight blaze that sent a Windsor woman to hospital caused an estimated $150,000 in damage

Windsor fire rescued a woman and two dogs after they arrived at the house i...[ read more ]

Source: The Windsor Star (click for full story)
Fire service merger 'won't fly', says Thorold chief
Posted by web-chief on Aug 20, 2014 @ 8:56AM

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THOROLD, ON - The future of Thorold’s fire service remains unclear, with the status quo being called unworkable but with residents having no stomach for contracting out the service to neighbouring St...[ read more ]

Source: Niagarathisweek.com (click for full story)
Body discovered at scene of Prince Albert fire
Posted by web-chief on Aug 20, 2014 @ 8:55AM

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PRINCE ALBERT, SK - Prince Albert Police on Tuesday morning announced that a deceased person was found inside a home that was the scene of a house fire on Monday night...[ read more ]

Source: The Prince Albert Herald (click for full story)
Blaze damages Corner Brook home
Posted by web-chief on Aug 20, 2014 @ 8:54AM

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CORNER BROOK, NL - Fire caused moderate damage to a two-apartment house in Corner Brook Tuesday night.

Two women inside the house got out safely...[ read more ]

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Fishing vessel catches fire on Fraser River
Posted by web-chief on Aug 20, 2014 @ 8:53AM

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VANCOUVER, BC - A fishing vessel with three people on board caught fire on the Fraser River near the Pattullo Bridge Tuesday morning...[ read more ]

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Safety measures to blame for Lac-Megantic tragedy: report
Posted by web-chief on Aug 19, 2014 @ 10:12AM

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LAC-MEGANTIC, QC - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says many factors contributed to the Lac-Megantic train derailment in 2013, including lax safety measures at the company that owned the run...[ read more ]

Source: The Canadian Press (click for full story)
Report into Lac-Megantic tragedy to be released Tuesday
Posted by web-chief on Aug 19, 2014 @ 8:53AM

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MONTREAL, QC - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is to release its final report Tueday on the catastrophic train derailment in Lac-Megantic in 2013...[ read more ]

Source: The Canadian Press (click for full story)
Firefighters storm city hall to protest pension reforms
Posted by web-chief on Aug 19, 2014 @ 8:53AM

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MONTREAL, QC - Dozens of Montreal firefighters and municipal employees protesting pension reforms stormed city hall Monday night, pushing past security guards trying to hold the doors closed and marau...[ read more ]

Source: The Montreal Gazette (click for full story)
Cost of first responders unsustainable: AMO president
Posted by web-chief on Aug 19, 2014 @ 8:51AM

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LONDON, ON - The president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario says the cost of first responders — fire and police — in the province is not sustainable...[ read more ]

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Train delays in emergencies a matter of life and death: chief
Posted by web-chief on Aug 19, 2014 @ 8:50AM

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SASKATOON, SK - In an emergency, every second counts, and a train crossing delay can put peoples’ lives at risk, according to Saskatoon Fire Department Chief Dan Paulsen...[ read more ]

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Children suspected of starting school fire
Posted by web-chief on Aug 19, 2014 @ 8:50AM

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SALMON ARM, BC - RCMP and the fire department in Salmon Arm continue to investigate a fire at an elementary school believed to have been started by children aged 10, 8 and 6...[ read more ]

Source: The Province (click for full story)
Four firefighters taken to hospital after collision with van
Posted by web-chief on Aug 19, 2014 @ 8:49AM

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WINDSOR, ON - Four Windsor firefighters were taken to hospital after a collision between a fire truck and a van Monday morning...[ read more ]

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Young woman dies in Meaford apartment fire
Posted by web-chief on Aug 18, 2014 @ 2:38PM

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MEAFORD, ON - Police say the 18-year-old woman who sustained burns in a Meaford apartment fire Thursday night has died as a result of her injuries.

Foul play is not suspected, Const...[ read more ]

Source: The Owen Sound Sun Times (click for full story)
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Posted by web-chief on Aug 18, 2014 @ 9:04AM

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TORONTO, ON - As I write this, my arms, legs and core are all a little sore, but it’s the kind of sore you wake up to the morning after a good workout...[ read more ]

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Fort Resolution house fire claims life of teenage girl
Posted by web-chief on Aug 18, 2014 @ 7:45AM

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FORT RESOLUTION, NT - A house fire in Fort Resolution, N.W.T., Friday claimed the life of a teenage girl...[ read more ]

Source: CBC News (click for full story)
Fire crews to use controlled burns to battle B.C. wildfires
Posted by web-chief on Aug 18, 2014 @ 7:44AM

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HOUSTON, BC - Firefighters will be using controlled burns to battle fires in some parts of British Columbia...[ read more ]

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Engine repair linked to fire in Lac-Megantic disaster
Posted by web-chief on Aug 18, 2014 @ 7:44AM

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OTTAWA, ON - About 200 kilometres before an ill-fated oil train was left idling on the main track near Lac-Mégantic, Que., Transport Canada conducted a routine inspection and allowed it to proceed...[ read more ]

Source: The Globe and Mail (click for full story)
Suspicious blaze damages Timberlea home
Posted by web-chief on Aug 18, 2014 @ 7:43AM

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TIMBERLEA, NS - Firefighters are on the scene of suspicious house fire in Timberlea Monday morning.

Crews were called to the burning two-storey home off St...[ read more ]

Source: The Chronicle Herald (click for full story)
St. John's house fire sends three firefighters to hospital
Posted by web-chief on Aug 18, 2014 @ 7:42AM

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ST. JOHN'S, NL - Firefighters from several departments battled flames for almost four hours at a house fire in St. John's on Saturday night...[ read more ]

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