National standards for fire safety are vitally important: KFB captain

By Marc Lalonde  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Kahnawake Fire Brigade wasn’t a part of last week’s inaugural First Nations First Responders Gathering held in Ottawa last week because of a scheduling conflict, but federal conferences that seek to promote fire safety with national standards are important for many First Nations, a KFB captain said Tuesday. “I do know we would have liked to be there but other issues came up,” said KFB Captain Wihse Stacey. “If you’re going to go sit at a national table and help to get people all on the same page as far as building codes, it’s a good opportunity.” No kidding. In Canada, Indigenous people are 10 times more likely to die in a fire than non-Native people. The three-day gathering was held in…

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