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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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Firefighters injured battling Mississauga industrial warehouse blaze
Posted by MrFirefighter on Apr 23, 2014 @ 8:57AM

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Four firefighters have been injured and one of them is in critical condition after battling a three-alarm fire at an industrial storage warehouse in Mississauga, Ont., early this morning...[ read more ]

Source: CBC - Toronto (click for full story)
Toronto fire chief says 2014 was a "challenging budget year"
Posted by web-chief on Apr 22, 2014 @ 3:38PM

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TORONTO, ON - Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales says his service has endured a “challenging budget year” in 2014 in the wake of new budget cuts that came into effect Monday...[ read more ]

Source: The Toronto Star (click for full story)
Emergency crews frustrated by long train waits
Posted by web-chief on Apr 22, 2014 @ 3:36PM

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SASKATOON, SK - Increased train traffic through Saskatoon is causing major headaches -- for commuters and emergency crews...[ read more ]

Source: CBC News (click for full story)
No one injured in Orangeville house fire
Posted by web-chief on Apr 22, 2014 @ 12:06PM

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ORANGEVILLE, ON - Everyone was able to get out of a house that caught fire early this morning in Orangeville...[ read more ]

Source: CTV News (click for full story)
Ottawa construction worker dies after wall collapse
Posted by web-chief on Apr 22, 2014 @ 8:10AM

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OTTAWA, ON - A 45-year-old man is dead following a construction accident in Ottawa...[ read more ]

Source: The Canadian Press (click for full story)
Fire at Christmas tree farm sends firefighter to hospital
Posted by web-chief on Apr 22, 2014 @ 8:09AM

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BARRIE, ON - There’s widespread damage at a Christmas tree farm in Dufferin County after a big grass fire ripped through more than 50 acres Monday afternoon...[ read more ]

Source: CTV News (click for full story)
Barrie firefighters receive wage parity with police officers
Posted by web-chief on Apr 22, 2014 @ 8:09AM

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BARRIE, ON - Barrie firefighters are still without a contract, even after an arbitrator last week awarded them the same pay as police...[ read more ]

Source: Simcoe.com (click for full story)
Woman rescued from St. Catharines house fire
Posted by web-chief on Apr 22, 2014 @ 8:08AM

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ST. CATHARINES, ON - Emergency crews rescued a woman from a house fire in St. Catharines while another resident smashed through a window to escape the flames early on Tuesday morning...[ read more ]

Source: City News (click for full story)
Several people displaced by three house fires in Nova Scotia
Posted by web-chief on Apr 22, 2014 @ 8:08AM

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HALIFAX, NS - The Red Cross says five people were displaced by three residential fires in separate communities in Nova Scotia on Monday.

A fire reported at about 6 p.m...[ read more ]

Source: The Canadian Press (click for full story)
Firefighters stop spread of mobile home fire
Posted by web-chief on Apr 22, 2014 @ 8:07AM

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COWICHAN VALLEY, BC - Firefighters were able to prevent a blaze in the Shawnigan Lake Mobile Home Park on Monday morning from spreading, but the unit where it started sustained significant damage...[ read more ]

Source: The Cowichan Valley Citizen (click for full story)
Fire tears through barns near Tignish
Posted by web-chief on Apr 22, 2014 @ 8:06AM

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TIGNISH, PE - Fire departments from around the region were called to barns on fire along the Harper Road near Tignish Monday...[ read more ]

Source: The Journal Pioneer (click for full story)
Spryfield apartment fire leaves two people homeless
Posted by web-chief on Apr 22, 2014 @ 8:06AM

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SPRYFIELD, NS - A couple is Spryfield is temporarily homeless after a fire at an apartment on Herring Cove Road Monday afternoon...[ read more ]

Source: CBC News (click for full story)
Ottawa construction worker seriously injured in wall collapse
Posted by web-chief on Apr 21, 2014 @ 3:14PM

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OTTAWA, ON - A man is in serious condition in hospital following a construction accident in Ottawa...[ read more ]

Source: The Canadian Press (click for full story)
Fires in two B.C. regions force families from their homes
Posted by web-chief on Apr 21, 2014 @ 12:33PM

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BC - Two homes in separate regions of British Columbia have been gutted by early morning fires, but no one has been hurt.

Both fires broke out at around 6 a.m...[ read more ]

Source: The Canadian Press (click for full story)
Four Toronto fire trucks taken out of service
Posted by web-chief on Apr 21, 2014 @ 9:33AM

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TORONTO, ON - The City of Toronto will have four fewer fire trucks on the road as of Monday morning.

Two of the engines previously served in Scarborough, as well as one in Etobicoke...[ read more ]

Source: CBC News (click for full story)
Man charged in fatal Gananoque fire
Posted by web-chief on Apr 21, 2014 @ 9:32AM

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GANANOQUE, ON - A 23-year-old man has been charged in connection with a fatal fire Thursday morning that killed one and sent 11 others to hospital with smoke inhalation...[ read more ]

Source: The Gananoque Reporter (click for full story)
Orillia fire sends one person to hospital
Posted by web-chief on Apr 21, 2014 @ 9:32AM

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ORILLIA, ON - An early-morning fire was caused by a cooking accident, Orillia’s deputy fire chief says...[ read more ]

Source: CTV News (click for full story)
Officials warn that more flooding is possible in New Brunswick
Posted by web-chief on Apr 21, 2014 @ 9:31AM

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FREDERICTON, NB - Rising water levels across parts of flood-ravaged New Brunswick continue to cause problems during the spring melt, as people in P.E.I. also deal with their own water woes...[ read more ]

Source: CBC News (click for full story)
Man pulled from river dies in hospital
Posted by web-chief on Apr 21, 2014 @ 9:30AM

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ORILLIA, ON - A 65-year-old man has died in hospital after being rescued from the Black River near Sedowa late Saturday morning, states an OPP media release...[ read more ]

Source: The Orillia Packet (click for full story)
Propane tank explodes during Milton trailer fire
Posted by web-chief on Apr 21, 2014 @ 9:30AM

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MILTON, ON - Burlington fire crews had to use a nearby pond to extinguish a fire at a Milton campground...[ read more ]

Source: The Hamilton Spectator (click for full story)
Police investigating construction site fires
Posted by web-chief on Apr 21, 2014 @ 9:29AM

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OTTAWA, ON - Four recent fires at construction sites involving the same subcontractor are being investigated by the Ottawa police arson unit, which is trying to determine why the company appears to ha...[ read more ]

Source: The Ottawa Sun (click for full story)
Cause of Saskatoon strip mall fire remains under investigation
Posted by web-chief on Apr 21, 2014 @ 9:28AM

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SASKATOON, SK - The Saskatoon Fire Department was called to a strip mall on Sunday afternoon after reports of smoke coming from one of the businesses...[ read more ]

Source: Global News (click for full story)
Fire crews respond to early morning house fire
Posted by web-chief on Apr 21, 2014 @ 9:28AM

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WINDSOR, NS - A Windsor resident is homeless following an early morning house fire that saw area firefighters work feverishly to contain the flames from spreading to nearby properties...[ read more ]

Source: The Truro Daily News (click for full story)
Scarborough townhouse fire forces evacuation of complex
Posted by web-chief on Apr 21, 2014 @ 9:26AM

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TORONTO, ON - Flames ripped through a West Hill townhouse unit Saturday morning destroying the home and prompting the evacuation of the complex...[ read more ]

Source: The Toronto Sun (click for full story)
Firefighters respond to Welland grass fire
Posted by web-chief on Apr 21, 2014 @ 9:26AM

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WELLAND, ON - Ash rained down on dozens of people in Deere Street Park, and black smoke could be seen from miles away rising into the sky as Welland firefighters worked to extinguish a large grass fir...[ read more ]

Source: The St. Catharines Standard (click for full story)
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