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Department of Natural Resources and Renewables firefighter Kalen MacMullin of Sydney, N.S., works on a fire in Shelburne County, N.S., in a Thursday, June 1, 2023 handout photo. Almost 700 international firefighters from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the United States are set to arrive in Canada over the next two weeks to help with an unusually severe start to wildfire season across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Communications Nova Scotia **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Nearly 700 more international firefighters coming to Canada to help battle fires

There are already more than 500 international firefighters, incident commanders and other workers in Alberta

 

Firefighters fighting a housefire on Plover Street in Kitimat on May 25, 2023 (Hunter Wild/Northern Sentinel).

Everyone safe after house fire

A house fire broke out at around 7 p.m. on Plover Street.…

 

A firefighter demonstrates the use of foam to put out a small blaze during an Emergency Preparedness Week event put on at Brookfield Mall on Saturday, May 12. (Black Press Media)

Firefighting foam ban possible as Canada looks at risks of ‘forever chemicals’

The draft report says there is growing evidence that the chemicals carry significant health risks to humans

 

A neighborhood is cut off from the city as a flooded river took out the bridge on Monday, May 1, 2023 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec. Funerals for two Quebec volunteer firefighters who died earlier this month during flash floods in the Charlevoix region will be private affairs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Funerals to be held for Quebec firefighters killed during floods in Charlevoix region

Their bodies were discovered about 500 metres apart in the Riviere du Gouffre

A neighborhood is cut off from the city as a flooded river took out the bridge on Monday, May 1, 2023 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec. Funerals for two Quebec volunteer firefighters who died earlier this month during flash floods in the Charlevoix region will be private affairs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
BC Wildfire Service has reclassified a fire north of Merritt, the Snake Road Wildfire, as being held. (BC Wildfire Service)

Wildfire north of Merritt being held

The fire is confirmed to be human caused

BC Wildfire Service has reclassified a fire north of Merritt, the Snake Road Wildfire, as being held. (BC Wildfire Service)
FILE - An aircraft drops fire retardant to slow the spread of the Richard Spring fire, east of Lame Deer, Mont., on Aug. 11, 2021. A legal dispute in Montana could drastically curb the government’s use of aerial fire retardant to combat wildfires. Environmentalists have sued the U.S. Forest Service over waterways being polluted with the potentially toxic red slurry that’s dropped from aircraft. Forest Service officials have acknowledged more than 200 cases of retardant landing in water. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Pollution lawsuit could curb use of aerial fire retardant in U.S.

Forest Service officials say retardant is sometimes accidentally dropped into waterways

FILE - An aircraft drops fire retardant to slow the spread of the Richard Spring fire, east of Lame Deer, Mont., on Aug. 11, 2021. A legal dispute in Montana could drastically curb the government’s use of aerial fire retardant to combat wildfires. Environmentalists have sued the U.S. Forest Service over waterways being polluted with the potentially toxic red slurry that’s dropped from aircraft. Forest Service officials have acknowledged more than 200 cases of retardant landing in water. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
Firefighters work on dousing the blaze. (Dave Eagles/KTW)

Grassfire now under control in Kamloops west end

Fire sparked in Strathcona Park

  • Apr 19, 2023
Firefighters work on dousing the blaze. (Dave Eagles/KTW)
Burnaby firefighter and former NHL player Ray Sawada, 38, passed away suddenly April 10, 2023 while playing a game of recreational hockey. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters. (Credit: GoFundMe)

B.C. firefighter and ex-NHL player Ray Sawada dies suddenly at 38

Burnaby firefighter leaves behind his wife and 2 young daughters

Burnaby firefighter and former NHL player Ray Sawada, 38, passed away suddenly April 10, 2023 while playing a game of recreational hockey. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters. (Credit: GoFundMe)
Port Moody Fire Rescue honoured Massimo Cerantola yesterday May 25 with a Medal of Merit. PortMoodyFireRescue@PortMoodyFR photo

B.C. firefighter honoured after being badly burned by car blast in off-duty response

Massimo Cerantola says he’s no hero after suffering burns to 41 per cent of his body

Port Moody Fire Rescue honoured Massimo Cerantola yesterday May 25 with a Medal of Merit. PortMoodyFireRescue@PortMoodyFR photo
Vernon Fire Rescue Services currently has 24 auxiliary firefighters, six on active duty, 13 in training and five on temporary leave (City of Vernon).

8 Vernon volunteer firefighters resign

City of Vernon has recently hired four new full-time firefighters

Vernon Fire Rescue Services currently has 24 auxiliary firefighters, six on active duty, 13 in training and five on temporary leave (City of Vernon).
Col. Al De Genova is taking the Tour of Honour Humvee across B.C. and as far north as the Yukon Territory, raising awareness and money for Honour House and Honour Ranch. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)

Tour of Honour supporting military, first responders kicks off in Chilliwack

The tour will raise awareness in places across B.C. and the Yukon for Honour House and Honour Ranch

Col. Al De Genova is taking the Tour of Honour Humvee across B.C. and as far north as the Yukon Territory, raising awareness and money for Honour House and Honour Ranch. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)
Kelowna fire truck. (File photo)

B.C. firefighter pleads guilty to voyeurism

A charge of voyeurism involves secretly observing or recording nudity in a private place

Kelowna fire truck. (File photo)
Tammy Young beams with excitement when she returns from her first call with the Salmon Arm Fire Department. (Photo contributed)

‘I fell in love with it’: Salmon Arm woman always wanted to be a firefighter

Fire department celebrates its female firefighters on International Women’s Day

Tammy Young beams with excitement when she returns from her first call with the Salmon Arm Fire Department. (Photo contributed)
Emergency crews have responded to a sink hole at Todd and Grantham roads in Kelowna March 7, 2023. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)

VIDEO: Sink hole caused by broken irrigation line closes Kelowna road

The intersection of Todd and Grantham Roads is closed to traffic

Emergency crews have responded to a sink hole at Todd and Grantham roads in Kelowna March 7, 2023. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
Firefighters from all across the province march along Menzies Street to the south lawn of the legislature in Victoria to honour those who died in the line of duty Monday (March 6). (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: B.C. firefighters honour fallen colleagues with cancer warning

The same gear that’s supposed to protect first responders is also killing them due to cancer, says firefighter

Firefighters from all across the province march along Menzies Street to the south lawn of the legislature in Victoria to honour those who died in the line of duty Monday (March 6). (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Police (green) and Firefighting teams at the Kitimat annual guns and hoses game (Hunter Wild).

Firefighters win Guns and Hoses Charity Match

Saturday, Feb. 18 saw plenty of excitement at the Guns and Hoses…

Police (green) and Firefighting teams at the Kitimat annual guns and hoses game (Hunter Wild).
Cameron St. Amand (left) competed as a finalist in the 2023 World’s Strongest Firefighter Contest, which involved doing a sandbag carry. (Special to The News)

B.C. firefighter competes in World’s Strongest Firefighter Contest

Cameron St. Amand was one of only two Canadian finalists in the competition

Cameron St. Amand (left) competed as a finalist in the 2023 World’s Strongest Firefighter Contest, which involved doing a sandbag carry. (Special to The News)
White Rock deputy fire Chief Norm MacLeod travelled to Turkey with Burnaby Urban Search and Rescue, following the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck on Feb. 6, 2023. (Contributed photo)

B.C. deputy fire chief recalls Turkey rescue efforts, ‘amazing’ resilience of those impacted

Norm MacLeod reflects on week in earthquake-ravaged Adiyaman

White Rock deputy fire Chief Norm MacLeod travelled to Turkey with Burnaby Urban Search and Rescue, following the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck on Feb. 6, 2023. (Contributed photo)
The newly built Nelson fire hall in 1913, with firefighting equipment powered by horses. Photo: Nelson Fire and Rescue

Nelson to replace B.C.’s oldest working fire hall made famous by Roxanne

The 110-year-old facility no longer meets standards

The newly built Nelson fire hall in 1913, with firefighting equipment powered by horses. Photo: Nelson Fire and Rescue
A woman sits on the rubble as emergency rescue teams search for people under the remains of destroyed buildings in a city in southern Turkey, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. White Rock deputy fire Chief Norm MacLeod has joined efforts to assist in the devastated country, as part of a Burnaby Urban Search and Rescue team. (Photo by Khalil Hamra, the Canadian Press/Ap)

White Rock deputy fire chief joins disaster-aid efforts in Turkey

Norm MacLeod part of Burnaby Urban Search & Rescue team that flew out Feb. 7

A woman sits on the rubble as emergency rescue teams search for people under the remains of destroyed buildings in a city in southern Turkey, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. White Rock deputy fire Chief Norm MacLeod has joined efforts to assist in the devastated country, as part of a Burnaby Urban Search and Rescue team. (Photo by Khalil Hamra, the Canadian Press/Ap)