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Posted On Friday, April 30, 2021

Starting on May 1, outdoor burning hours will revert to the pre-pandemic, original permitted hours of 5 pm to 12 am daily after being extended on a short-term basis.
“The outdoor burning hours were extended from 12 pm to 12 am to allow families to have fires during the day while it was still light out,” said Fire Chief Greg Hankkio. “We’re going back to original hours as the days are becoming longer.”
He added that residents should still be...

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Posted On Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is reminding residents of the potential risks of fractal wood burning after they responded to a medical call on the weekend for an electrocution death caused by the process.
Fractal wood burning, also called Lichtenberg, is an artistic process that burns lightning or tree-like figures into wood using high-electricity voltage generators or similar components. The wood is soaked with a chemical solution.
There are hundreds of instructional videos...

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Posted On Tuesday, February 02, 2021

The City of Thunder Bay has requested immediate assistance from the Province for additional funding, support for staffing and social services for individuals experiencing homelessness and precariously housed in Thunder Bay.
To support the City’s request for assistance, the Mayor is declaring a state of emergency specific to health and social services in relation to COVID-19 as it pertains to isolation supports required for vulnerable populations, such as people who are...

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Posted On Monday, February 01, 2021

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue launched the 2021 Firefighter recruitment process today with a few changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are pleased to announce that our recruitment process has officially begun,” said Fire Chief Greg Hankkio. “Our focus this year is to find operational savings through attrition, while at the same time maintaining adequate staffing levels within our professional fire service to meet the needs of the community.” 
He...

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Posted On Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Starting on Dec. 17, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue will extend the outdoor burning hours from 12 pm to 12am daily until May 1, 2021. The current outdoor burning hours are 5 pm to 12 am daily.
“The outdoor burning hours were extended to allow families to enjoy time outside during the day while it is still light out,” said Fire Chief Greg Hankkio. “Outdoor burning permits are still required, and all permit rules and regulations still apply.”
He added that...

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