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Red Deer fire chief says a request will be made to the city to hire more staff in 2023. (File photo)

Red Deer fire department to request funding for more staff

Staffing challenges becoming more common

 

One of Red Deer’s fire trucks was unavailable for calls for two seven-hour periods on the weekend. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer fire truck off duty twice on weekend because staff unavailable

‘Unique and outside the norm,’ says deputy chief

 

Firefighters-Cancer 20220505 Vancouver firefighter Jenn Dawkins, shown in a handout photo, lobbied for breast cancer to be included in British Columbia’s legislation as a presumed occupational illness covered by the province’s health and safety agency for workers. Three years later, she would be diagnosed with the disease that is a top killer of firefighters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-David Harcus

Firefighters say recognition of their cancer risk is tough battle across Canada

British Columbia recently amended the Workers Compensation Act to include three more cancers

 

Fire officials embrace prior to a funeral service for Baltimore City Fire officials Lt. Paul Butrim, firefighter/paramedic Kelsey Sadler and EMT/firefighter Kenny Lacayo, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in Baltimore. The three fire officials died while responding to a vacant row home fire. A fourth firefighter was injured during the blaze. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Thousands honor fallen Baltimore firefighters at memorial

Thousands honor fallen Baltimore firefighters at memorial

Fire officials embrace prior to a funeral service for Baltimore City Fire officials Lt. Paul Butrim, firefighter/paramedic Kelsey Sadler and EMT/firefighter Kenny Lacayo, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in Baltimore. The three fire officials died while responding to a vacant row home fire. A fourth firefighter was injured during the blaze. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Baltimore City firefighters embrace at the scene of a vacant row house fire in Baltimore, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Chief: 3 Baltimore firefighters killed in vacant home blaze

Chief: 3 Baltimore firefighters killed in vacant home blaze

Baltimore City firefighters embrace at the scene of a vacant row house fire in Baltimore, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Firefighters pay their respects to fireman Pierre Lacroix during a visitation Thursday, October 28, 2021 in Montreal. Lacroix drowned during a rescue operation in the Lachine Rapids last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Final farewell for Montreal firefighter Pierre Lacroix, who died during water rescue

Final farewell for Montreal firefighter Pierre Lacroix, who died during water rescue

Firefighters pay their respects to fireman Pierre Lacroix during a visitation Thursday, October 28, 2021 in Montreal. Lacroix drowned during a rescue operation in the Lachine Rapids last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Sundre Fire Department’s snowbulance can be outfitted with wheels or skis and is designed to transport patients out of remote areas. (Photo by Sundre Fire Department)

Sundre firefighters roll out their ‘snowbulance’

Trailer designed to transport patients out of remote areas

Sundre Fire Department’s snowbulance can be outfitted with wheels or skis and is designed to transport patients out of remote areas. (Photo by Sundre Fire Department)
Red Deer Emergency Services responded to an explosion at a duplex on Rupert Crescent Saturday morning. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Firefighters respond to explosion in Red Deer early Saturday morning

There was an explosion at a Red Deer duplex in the Rosedale…

Red Deer Emergency Services responded to an explosion at a duplex on Rupert Crescent Saturday morning. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
A helicopter drops a bucket of water on the Chuckegg Creek wildfire west of High Level, May 25, 2019. AUPE says since the provincial government adopted the 1GX pay system, firefighters have reported constant pay problems, particularly when working evening and weekend shifts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Government of Alberta, Chris Schwarz

UPDATE: Province unprepared for wildfire season, says AUPE

Pay system problems impacting firefighters

A helicopter drops a bucket of water on the Chuckegg Creek wildfire west of High Level, May 25, 2019. AUPE says since the provincial government adopted the 1GX pay system, firefighters have reported constant pay problems, particularly when working evening and weekend shifts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Government of Alberta, Chris Schwarz
Penhold's volunteer firefighters responded to a structure fire on Monday. There were no injuries. (Contributed photo).

Firefighters respond to a commercial structure fire in Penhold

Penhold firefighters responded to a commercial structure fire on Monday evening. At…

Penhold's volunteer firefighters responded to a structure fire on Monday. There were no injuries. (Contributed photo).
Members of Penhold Volunteer Fire Department are among volunteer firefighters around the province waiting to be immunized. (Photo from Facebook)

UPDATED: All firefighters in Alberta deserve to be immunized

Penhold fire chief advocates for volunteer firefighters

Members of Penhold Volunteer Fire Department are among volunteer firefighters around the province waiting to be immunized. (Photo from Facebook)
Penhold Fire Chief Jim Pendergast has added his voice to those who want firefighters/first responders to be included in Alberta’s first round of vaccinations against COVID-19. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Central Alberta firefighters want to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in first phase

They are usually the first responders at health emergencies

Penhold Fire Chief Jim Pendergast has added his voice to those who want firefighters/first responders to be included in Alberta’s first round of vaccinations against COVID-19. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Sundre’s former fire chief Marty Butts spoke to the crowd who came out to support him Wednesday night. (Photo contributed)

Sundre residents gather to support former fire chief

A huge crowd came out in support Sundre’s former fire chief Wednesday…

Sundre’s former fire chief Marty Butts spoke to the crowd who came out to support him Wednesday night. (Photo contributed)
An image of what Clearwater County’s proposed fire hall and municipal services building in Leslieville could look like. Graphic from Clearwater County

$4.3M Leslieville fire hall project approved

New public services building and fire hall has been criticized by taxpayer group

An image of what Clearwater County’s proposed fire hall and municipal services building in Leslieville could look like. Graphic from Clearwater County
Taxpayers group questions cost of proposed Leslieville fire hall

Taxpayers group questions cost of proposed Leslieville fire hall

Clearwater County Taxpayers Association says possible $5.1-million price tag too high

Taxpayers group questions cost of proposed Leslieville fire hall
Heather Smith, United Nurses of Alberta president, said the union will be asking Alberta Health Services about access to hotel rooms for staff working with COVID positive patients. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Heather Smith, United Nurses of Alberta president, said the union will be asking Alberta Health Services about access to hotel rooms for staff working with COVID positive patients. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Alberta fire chiefs meet in Red Deer

Alberta fire chiefs meet in Red Deer

Annual conference for fire chiefs focused on leadership and building together

Alberta fire chiefs meet in Red Deer