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District FN firefighters receive training

Seven district First Nations' firefighters recently graduated from the Six Nations fire training academy.

Fire departments from Rainy River First Nations, Naicatchewenin First Nation, Big Grassy First Nation, Eagle Lake First Nation, and Couchiching First Nation are working to improve their services in a bid to raise the number of volunteers and make their communities safer.

Inaugural ice-fishing derby a success

The Rainy River Recreation Centre hosted its first annual ice-fishing derby on Saturday (Feb. 10), which drew 153 registered participants.

The derby featured a 50 percent payout, with the other 50 going towards youth programming at the centre.

Prizes (both cash and donated items) were given to the top four participants for walleye, northern, and the kids' division.

Smoke alarms save lives

After a series of fatal fires in Ontario in early 2018, the Chapple, Emo, La Vallee, and Alberton Fire & Emergency Services are pleading with district residents to put an end to further tragedies by following simple life-saving and prevention strategies in the home.

On Jan. 8, a house fire in Oshawa claimed four lives, including two children.