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First Nations 10 times more likely to die in house fires: report


An internal federal government report says almost half the First Nations across Canada have "little to no fire protection" and rely too heavily on poorly trained volunteer firefighters.

The 2011 report examining insurance coverage for First Nations communities, obtained by The Canadian Press through Access to Information, says the number of fire-related deaths on reserves is a concern.

The report says only 56 per cent of First Nation sites across Canada have adequate fire protection the vast majority because they rely on a neighbouring municipality.


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