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April 16, 2014 Canada’s Fire Chiefs Pay Tribute to Jim Flaherty

Last week, the country lost a political icon with Jim Flaherty’s sudden and tragic death. To most Canadians, Jim Flaherty was the Finance Minister who steadily steered Canada through the great recession. To Canada’s Fire Chiefs, he was a friend of the Fire Service and a champion of Canada’s career and volunteer firefighters.

April 7, 2014 Minister Blaney renews funding for hazardous materials training for first responders

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced a funding extension to the International Association of Fire Fighters, Canada (IAFF/Canada) to deliver hazardous materials response training until 2016.

April 4, 2014 Building codes may be imposed on First Nations

Ottawa is open to the possibility of implementing national building codes on First Nations as a fire safety measure, Saskatchewan’s minister of Government Relations said after a meeting in Regina with Bernard Valcourt, the federal minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC).

March 27, 2014 Fire chief in Ottawa to discuss fire safety

Dufferin Caledon MP, David Tilson, met with Caledon Fire Chief David Forfar in Ottawa Tuesday during the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs’ annual day on Parliament Hill.

March 24, 2014 CAFC partnership with 1-800 Board Up Canada / Fire Chief Recruiters Canada
February 24, 2014 Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

CAFC today announced it has received $75,000 US as part of the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Public Safety and Security Institute. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc.

February 18, 2014 Feds lack information on rail safety: report

Just more than 400,000 railway cars loaded with dangerous goods travelled through Canada last year, but no one at Transport Canada knows exactly where they went, what they contained or what route they took, a federal government report has found.

February 18, 2014 Budget 2014: Highlights for the CAFC

Summa Strategies has put together a summary document that quickly highlights the Conservative government’s main themes, as well as a few things that will be of interest to the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. In particular, the Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit takes a victory lap as it is identically copied for a new Search and Rescue Tax Credit

February 14, 2014 Report on oil shipped by rail calls for emergency response plans, funding

Ottawa should require detailed emergency response plans when as little as one tank car of highly volatile oil is shipped by rail, according to a report issued in the wake of the Lac-Mégantic derailment.

January 24, 2014 L’Isle-Verte seniors’ home fire raises ire over sprinkler regulation

A deadly fire at a Quebec seniors’ home is raising questions about the patchwork of rules around sprinkler use across the country, especially in buildings that house vulnerable seniors.

For years, fire safety advocates have been calling for sprinklers to become as widespread as fire alarms. It’s believed the combination of fire alarms and fire sprinklers can cut the risk of deadly home fires by 80 per cent.

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