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Plan for Every Season Theme of 2024 Emergency Preparedness Week

Posted on Monday, May 06, 2024 09:59 AM

Emergency Preparedness Week, which runs from May 5 - 11 this year, promotes safety and preparation to the public. This year, the theme is Plan for Every Season, highlighting the differences in emergencies between spring, summer, fall and winter.

Examples of seasonal emergencies could include flooding, major winter storms, forest fire smoke and tornados.

“It’s important that people have a plan to deal with an emergency in every season,” said Dennis Brescacin, Community Emergency Management...

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New Deputy Fire Chief Appointed

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2023 12:32 PM

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Chief Greg Hankkio is pleased to announce that Martin Hynna is the successful candidate for the position of Deputy Fire Chief. Hynna started on October 27.

“I’d like to officially welcome Martin to his new role and thank him for his unwavering commitment to our team and the community overall,” said Hankkio. “I have the utmost confidence in Martin’s expertise and look forward to his continued leadership as Deputy Fire Chief.”

Hynna has been with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue...

Ten new firefighter recruits graduating

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2023 04:21 PM

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is welcoming ten new firefighters to the job, at a graduation ceremony to be held this evening at the Fire Training Centre.

The graduation ceremony is the culmination of 14 weeks (over 500 hours) of training and education in:

  • Firefighting Operations
  • Rope Rescue Operations
  • Aerial Ladder Operations
  • Hazardous Materials Operations
  • Medical “First Responder”
  • Wildland Firefighting
  • Water Rescue Operations
  • Auto Extrication Operations
  • Resilient Minds Training

“We recognize the hard work and...

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Avoid A Recipe for Disaster this Fire Prevention Week

Posted on Friday, October 06, 2023 01:13 PM

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is reminding everyone to stay fire safe when cooking as part of Fire Prevention Week 2023.

Cooking remains the leading cause of residential loss fires in Ontario, but by following a fire safe recipe, disaster can be avoided. Adding an ounce of prevention is the not-so-secret ingredient that will ensure your meal is one to remember.

Unattended cooking, distractions, and being under the influence of alcohol or other substances leaves you unprepared to act in the event of...

New fee for firefighters to respond to broken gas lines

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 09:35 AM

A growing number of calls involving homeowners and contractors hitting natural gas lines while digging has led to Thunder Bay Fire Rescue now charging to respond to this type of call.

If a homeowner or contractor has not requested a locate, and a gas line is severed or damaged, Fire Rescue will charge the current MTO Rate for each response vehicle that is sent to the specific call. The current fee is $543.03 per hour, per vehicle.

It’s the law for homeowners and contractors to have a utility line...