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Child advocate calls on First Nations, Ottawa to make fire safety a priority

WATCH: In the wake of the tragic double fatal fire on a Saskatchewan First Nation this week, questions are being asked about the quality of volunteer firefighting right down to the equipment. Wendy Winiewski reports.

LOON LAKE, Sask. – Saskatchewan’s child advocate is calling on aboriginal and government leaders to work together to improve fire safety on reserves.

Bob Pringle says the deaths of two young children in a house fire earlier this week has added to his stress on the long-standing issue.

He says children have a right to be safe in their homes and adults need to stop finger-pointing about who’s responsible for fire protection.

A two-year-old boy and his 18-month-old sister were killed Tuesday in a fire on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan reserve.

The First Nation had a working fire truck, but no proper equipment or a trained crew to use it.

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The band had hired the volunteer fire department in a neighbouring village, but was cut off after it stopped paying its firefighting bills.