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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 Jul 24, 2014 @ 8:21AM

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ANCASTER, ON - Fire Chief Mark Mehlenbacher’s funeral was a lot like him: funny much of the time; serious when necessary; and filled with passion...[ read more ]

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Nackawic chief says all department gear is damaged
Posted by web-chief on Jul 24, 2014 @ 8:21AM

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NACKAWIC, NB - The Nackawic Fire Department is operational again, thanks to donations from other area fire departments and a new temporary fire hall location...[ read more ]

Source: CBC News (click for full story)
Senior's home owners file lawsuit against L'Isle-Verte
Posted by web-chief on Jul 24, 2014 @ 8:20AM

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MONTREAL, QC - A multimillion-dollar lawsuit has been filed against the Quebec town where 32 people died in a fire at a seniors' home last January...[ read more ]

Source: The Canadian Press (click for full story)
Fire forces evacuation of historic Sherbrooke Village
Posted by web-chief on Jul 24, 2014 @ 8:19AM

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SHERBROOKE VILLAGE, NS - A fire that threatened a historic schoolhouse at Sherbrooke Village on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore was extinguished Wednesday afternoon by volunteer fire fighters...[ read more ]

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Early morning blaze destroys home near Saskatoon
Posted by web-chief on Jul 24, 2014 @ 8:18AM

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SASKATOON, SK - An early morning fire has destroyed a high-end house just north of Saskatoon, with fire officials estimating damage at $1 million...[ read more ]

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Fire under power line causes power outages in Yellowknife
Posted by web-chief on Jul 24, 2014 @ 8:17AM

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YELLOWKNIFE, NT - A forest fire burning under the main transmission line between the Snare hydro facility and Yellowknife caused power outages in the city Wednesday afternoon...[ read more ]

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Massive blaze damages Kitchener condo complex
Posted by web-chief on Jul 22, 2014 @ 8:50AM

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KITCHENER, ON - No one was hurt in a fire that ravaged the downtown Kitchener condominium complex Victoria Common at St. Leger and Louisa streets early Tuesday morning...[ read more ]

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Man drives truck into Nackawic town hall, ignites fire
Posted by MrFirefighter on Jul 22, 2014 @ 8:49AM

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NACKAWIC, NB - A man is under arrest after driving his pick-up truck into the Nackawic municipal building and igniting a fire that damaged the building and several fire trucks...[ read more ]

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Crews struggle to contain in Conception Bay South forest fire
Posted by MrFirefighter on Jul 22, 2014 @ 5:28AM

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CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, NL - A fire that started in the Red Bridge Road area of Conception Bay South proved stubborn on Monday evening, as crews fought to extinguish it...[ read more ]

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Early morning fire damages Burlington grocery store
Posted by web-chief on Jul 21, 2014 @ 8:22AM

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BURLINGTON, ON - An early morning fire has caused $50,000 in damages to a Food Basics store in Burlington...[ read more ]

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Massive blaze levels Hamilton industrial strip
Posted by web-chief on Jul 21, 2014 @ 8:21AM

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HAMILTON, ON - Investigators from the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office will spend the next couple of days trying to determine the cause of a massive industrial blaze that lit up the night sky and wiped ...[ read more ]

Source: The Hamilton Spectator (click for full story)
Rain, cool weather aids battle against B.C. wildfires
Posted by web-chief on Jul 21, 2014 @ 8:21AM

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WEST KELOWNA, BC - Thousands of people displaced by a wildfire near Kelowna, B.C...[ read more ]

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Fire ravages Edmonton condo building
Posted by web-chief on Jul 21, 2014 @ 8:20AM

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EDMONTON, AB - A fire ripped through a west Edmonton condominium early Monday morning, forcing about 400 people from their homes...[ read more ]

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Collision, tanker truck explosion leaves one person dead
Posted by MrFirefighter on Jul 21, 2014 @ 6:45AM

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CHARLEMAGNE, QC - Quebec provincial police are investigating after a tanker truck exploded on Sunday near Charlemagne, killing one person and injuring others...[ read more ]

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