Ottawa could do more to equip volunteer crews to fight wildfires: firefighter association president

This summer, the federal government has started to fund Canada-wide training focused on fighting wildfires. 

Distributed through a pilot program run by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), the funding is for full-time municipal firefighters and volunteer rural firefighters primarily tasked with putting out fires from buildings like homes, sheds and barns.

However, some say more still could be done to train and fund specialty equipment for firefighters who aren’t part of provincial wildfire services, particularly volunteer crews that are resource-strapped.

Ken McMullen, president of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, says a significant percentage of the country is covered by volunteer firefighting forces.

“Geographically, over 80 per cent of Canada is protected by a volunteer or composite

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