Department of Community Services

Fire Marshal's Office

News and Statements of Yukon's Fire Marshal

April 3, 2014 - Lenovo Recalls Battery Packs for ThinkPad Notebook Computers Due to Fire Hazard

This recall involves Lenovo battery packs sold with ThinkPad notebook computers. For details, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website.

Battery recall

March 26, 2014 - There are new medical requirements for all Yukon community volunteer firefighters. To learn about your responsibilities and for details including timelines for medical examinations visit the new section of our website.

Firefighter medical requirements

February 19, 2014 - The latest edition of "Hoselines" is now out. Providing an overview of fire service events and issues, Hoselines is written and produced by volunteers with the Association of Yukon Fire Chiefs.

September 20, 2013 - West Dawson Fire Investigation Update

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June 17, 2013 - The Fire Investigation Summary for the fire incident on the Old Alaska Highway on April 22, 2013 has been released.

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June 5, 2013 - The Fire Investigation Summary for the fire incident in the Takhini River Subdivision on March 31, 2013 has been released.

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July 30, 2012 - Safety Alert: PRO Auto Xs Automatic Guns and Shroud Kits Metallic Labels

This safety alert concerns PRO Auto Xs Automatic Paint Spray Guns. It has been recently discovered that a revised version of the Graco branding label on the gun shroud cover is conductive. This label can build up a charge that can arc to the ground manifold, potentially igniting any flammable fumes that may be present. Please see the full safety alert for more information.

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 May 8, 2012 - Yukon government strengthens fire-fighting capacity in Yukon

The Yukon Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) will receive a major investment to provide additional resources and training for fire departments around the territory, Community Services Minister Elaine Taylor announced today.

An additional $1.9 million is being invested this year in the Yukon Fire Marshal’s Office. Plans for the funding include an increase from two to four deputy fire marshals which doubles the capacity to undertake life safety inspections, fire investigations, fire prevention, training for Yukon firefighters and providing the necessary oversight to ensure national standards are maintained. A mobile live fire training facility will be added to an enhanced firefighter training program, bringing Yukon firefighting services into the 21st century. FMO fire departments will also receive new equipment for firefighters and two new fire trucks this fiscal year.

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May 3, 2012 - Ibex Valley Fire Department responds to two vehicle fire calls

On Wednesday afternoon, May 2, 2012, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Ibex Valley Fire Department responded to a reported vehicle fire on the North Alaska Highway near the Takhini River Bridge.  The Ibex Valley fire department dispatched two fire trucks and five firefighters to the scene. A one-ton Dodge pick-up truck had caught fire. There were no injuries and the fire was quickly contained and extinguished.

Fire crews en route back to the fire hall then stopped to assist a second vehicle that had a transmission failure which had started a small fire in the vehicle undercarriage. Fire crews quickly extinguished this small fire as well.  There were no injuries and limited damage.

The Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Yukon motorists to slow down when approaching emergency vehicles working on Yukon highways.

March 30, 2012 - Yukon Fire Marshal's Office Report  Released

The Yukon Fire Marshal’s Office report into the carbon monoxide deaths at 1606 Centennial St. in Whitehorse, Yukon on January 29, 2012 is now available. The report is available with agreement of Yukon’s Chief Coroner whose investigation is ongoing. The Fire Marshal’s Office investigation report will form part of the Coroner’s findings.

Statement by Yukon's Fire Marshal on the investigation report - March 30, 2012 

Fire Marshal's Report 

March 2, 2012

Conclusions of Fire Marshal’s Office investigation into the Centennial Street fatalities 

February 16, 2012

Carbon Monoxide safety sheet 

August 24, 2011

Condolences on Tagish Fire Chief's Passing