OTTAWA -- Robert Kirkpatrick, president of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation and 32-year veteran Captain with the Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by His Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
In a statement from the Governor General of Canada website, “The Meritorious Service Decorations were established to recognize the extraordinary people who make Canada proud. Their acts are often innovative, set an example or model for others to follow, or respond to a particular challenge faced by a community. The best candidates are those who inspire others through their motivation to find solutions to specific and pressing needs or provide an important service to their community or country.”
Captain Kirkpatrick spearheaded a national fundraising and awareness campaign to establish the Canadian Firefighters Monument in Lebreton Flats in Ottawa in 2012. His Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada officiated the unveiling of Canada’s newest monument, recognizing the tireless efforts of the Board of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation and its president, Robert Kirkpatrick.
Captain Kirkpatrick worked closely with The Ministry of Heritage to provide partial funding for the new monument, a tribute to firefighters across Canada, 80 per cent of whom are volunteers, and in particular, to all those who have died in the line of duty since 1848.
The acclaimed author of several books -- Their Last Alarm, honouring Ontario’s firefighters, editions 1 & 2; Reflections of a Proud Heritage: History of the Oakville Fire Department and The Canadian Firefighters Memorial – Captain Kirkpatrick is also the recipient of:
“The Canadian Firefighters Memorial is a symbolic landmark in the heart of Canada’s Capital region where Canadians can now come to reflect and pay tribute to the men and women in the fire service who lost their lives while on duty to help in communities across Canada,” said Captain Kirkpatrick. “I am grateful to the long-serving directors of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation who led this initiative with me, and to the many sponsors and supporters, who have helped me accomplish an important mission for the fire service and citizens of Canada. “
Captain Robert Kirkpatrick received the Meritorious Service Medal on November 25, 2016 from His Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
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President Kirkpatrick recently presented a thank you plaque to Andrea and George Savard at Milton Reebok CrossFit FirePower for their successful fundraiser of approximately $10,000 for the Foundation.
CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick was the special guest of NFFF Chairman Dennis Compton (right in photo) at the 35th annual National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Ceremony in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Oct 8/9. The CFFF is grateful for all the support given by our counterpart in the United States. Special thanks to NFFF Executive Director Ron Siarnicki, Treasurer Seth Statler and Gordon Routley for their hospitality. The NFFF inducted 112 names to their memorial this year including 24 who died from Ground Zero illnesses.
The 6th annual Firefighter Appreciation Day (FFAD) to benefit The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation was held on Saturday, October 1st, 2016 at Reebok CrossFit FirePower in Milton, Ontario. Teams of men and women participated on a rainy day to challenge their strength, stamina, team work, and strategy. All events were designed to mimic scenarios that firefighters face in intense on-the-job situations and the tactics they use to perform their jobs on a daily basis.
With the support of the Milton Fire Department, Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Firefighters Association who donate supplies and equipment, teams were comprised of current firefighters and also civilians looking to test their fitness levels completing the events wearing full bunker gear and scbas.
This year the event raised approximately $10,000 bringing the 6 year total to well over $42,000 for the CFFF! This year’s event also included approximately $1500 from a car wash run by the Milton Fire Department on September 11th the day of the CFFF annual ceremony in Ottawa.
Special thanks to Andrea and George Savard at Milton Crossfit for their continued commitment to the CFFF and its goals. For more information on the events and photos, visit www.firefighterappreciationday.ca
After a quick hop over to Newfoundland for the CAFC in St. John’s, the Canadian Fallen Firefighter Foundation was in Prince Edward Island, more specifically – New London for the annual PEI Firefighters Association meeting and training weekend. Not our first time on the island and certainly not our last as the hospitality shown by the New London Fire Company was second to none. Many firefighters stopped by for information on the Foundation and the Canadian Firefighter Memorial in Ottawa. Thanks to all those that attended and we hope to see you again in the near future.
The New London and New Glasgow Fire Company Chief’s stop by the CFFF booth at the PEIFFA trade show. Thanks to Rod MacDonald, Vice-President of the PEIFFA for the invitation and thanks to all those that supported the CFFF.
The Canadian Fallen Firefighter Foundation recently attended the Canadian Association of Fire Chief’s conference (Fire Rescue Canada) in St. John’s Newfoundland. Perfect venue for a get together and Atlantic Director Bruce Paradis was busy discussing CFFF goals and family support with many who dropped by the booth on the trade show floor. The message at this conference was for departments to get out and look at their historic records for any Line of Duty Deaths that may have not been recognized to date. Interestingly, many of those that stopped by knew of names from their respective departments that are not on the Canadian Firefighter Memorial and hopefully those names will be submitted soon. Thanks to CAFC and all those that attended for supporting our worthy cause!
Derek Simmons, Fire Commissioner for Newfoundland and Labrador stopped by the CFFF booth looking for more information on the Canadian Firefighter Memorial.
CFFF Director Wayne Jasper attended the Cannery Brewing Co. earlier this month for the release of their 2016 Wildfire Black IPA and was honoured to accept a donation on behalf of the CFFF from Cannery Brewing owner Patt Dyck. The Cannery Brewing Co. continues to support the CFFF with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this limited release brew.
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Comtech Fire Credit Union announced today that the 2016 Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation Golf Tournament raised a total of $16,000, bringing our four year total contribution to the Foundation to over $61,000!
“The Foundation is extremely grateful for the partnership we have with Comtech Fire Credit Union”, said Captain Robert Kirkpatrick of Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services, and President of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “The annual golf tournament and yearly ceremony sponsorship is a great example of how much one organization can help the Foundation reach its goals to operate the national firefighters memorial ceremony and provide support programs for the families of fallen firefighters", added Kirkpatrick.
“Four years ago we decided to support a cause that is of fundamental significance to our members”, said Kevin Connolly, Chief Marketing Officer of Comtech Fire Credit Union. “The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation through its national support programs does exceptional work with the families of the heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting the public, and we are proud to support their work. We look forward to our fifth annual golf classic on May 29th, 2017 at the Markland Wood Golf Club where we will once again welcome our generous sponsors, Professional Fire Fighter Associations and fire fighter friends from across Ontario”, added Connolly.
Comtech Fire Credit Union, and its subsidiary Limestone, operates seven branches in the GTA, Kingston area and in Ottawa and serves the financial needs of 20,000 members and their families throughout Ontario. The Credit Union has close to $500 million is total assets.
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation was created to HONOUR and REMEMBER firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty and to SUPPORT their families. The CFFF is a registered charity and operates by fundraising.
It is with great sadness that SOPFEU announces that one of its forest fire fighters died late yesterday afternoon. He collapsed when fighting a fire in the Parc de Chibougamau sector.
Attempts were made to resuscitate him until the paramedics arrived. He was brought to the hospital in Roberval where he was pronounced dead.
It was Régis Tremblay's thirtieth season working for SOPFEU and the 61-year-old forest fire fighter was based in Roberval.
SOPFEU would like to express its sincere condolences to his family members, friends and colleagues. A psychological support program will be available for his family and co-workers.
The Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) will act according to its procedures.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Sunday 24 July, from 1400 to 1700 hours, and from 1900 to 2200 hours, and on Monday 25 July, starting at 0900 hrs at
Résidence Funéraire Lac St-Jean
611, chemin du Pont Taché Nord
The funeral service will be held on Monday 25 July, 2016, at 1030 hours, at St-Bruno church, followed by burial in parish cemetery. He is survived by his son Alexandre. He was the brother of: Alain Tremblay (Lucie), Dorys, Bernard, Donald and Édith (Jules). He also leaves behind many nephews and nieces, parents and friends. For those wishing to make a donation, you are invited to donate to the Fondation des maladies du cœur du Québec (Heart and Stroke Foundation, Quebec) 152 rue Racine Est, CP 8251, Chicoutimi, Québec, G7H 5B7.
To pay your respect to Mr. Régis Tremblay, go to www.residencefunerairelacstjean.com.
Funeral direction: Résidence Funéraire Lac St-Jean. For information: 418-668-8409, fax 418-668-9200, email : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our thoughts and prayers go out the family, friends and colleagues of Loyalist Fire Department Firefighter Patrick Pidgeon. Firefighter Pidgeon died from injuries sustained while fighting an apartment fire on Saturday, July 16.
Remembrance information is as follows:
Friday July 22nd from 1300-1500 and 1800-2100 James Reid Funeral Home
1900 John Counter Blvd.
Kingston ON K7M 7H3
Saturday July 23rd at 1300. Muster (location to be determined) at 1100hrs W J Henderson Recreation Centre
322 Amherst Drive, Amherstview, ON K7N 1S9
The Canadian Fallen Firefighter Foundation visited the Maritime Association of Fire Chiefs conference held in Sydney Nova Scotia from the 10 – 12 of July 2016. Atlantic Director Bruce Paradis had the honour of attending the 2016 conference in Sydney and meeting up with many old friends of the Foundation as well as making new ones. All in all, between donations and sales of CFFF swag, the MFCA came through with $900.00 for CFFF support to families! Well done to all and we will see you next year in Dieppe NB.
Once again the Canadian Fallen Firefighter Foundation attended the Fire Department Information Conference or FDIC Atlantic in June. With the never ending support of the Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) folks, namely Dave Clement and his clan, the CFFF raised over $3300.00 in less than eight hours! This would not be possible without the recurring support of the FDIC and the many firefighters that attend each year. Hats off to this annual event as it is the CFFF’s largest tradeshow fundraiser each year other than the Ladder’s Up for the CFFF!
CFFF Atlantic Director Bruce Paradis joined the Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) folks for the annual FDIC Atlantic (2016). This one day event for the CFFF is the largest supporter of all of our trade shows! Thanks to (l-r) Dave Clements, Myles Faulkner, Norman Lavoie, Basil Mitchel and sitting down is Bryson Wilson for their continuing support!
CFFF Directors Carey Taylor and Wayne Jasper attended the 2016 Alberta Fire Chiefs Conference at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary. Director Jasper was also the opening keynote speaker at the conference delivering a presentation on PTSD Awareness.
This year’s Ladders Up for the Foundation was held on April 30th at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs annual trade show and convention in Toronto. The Saturday night event and on-line auction raised more than $23,500 for the CFFF Education Fund for children and spouses of fallen firefighters. The five year event has now surpassed $134,000!!
(left to right) Ladders Up Committee member Kip Cosgrove presents the cheque to CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick (l) and Ontario Director David Sheen (r).
Photos of the Saturday event held in Toronto at the OAFC conference and trade show can be seen at:
Thanks to all those vendors who supplied merchandise for the auction and everyone who purchased online items and attended the party night. Special thanks to Manfred Kihn and the band “Better Under Fire” for the Saturday entertainment and the Toronto Services Pipe Band for playing. Our sincere appreciation for the Ladders Up committee of Mark Prendergast (M&L Supply) Kip Cosgrove (VFIS), Laura King (Firefighting in Canada), Catherine Connolly (Annex Publishing), Michelle OHara (OAFC), and David Sheen (CFFF) for their contribution to the Foundation and the Canadian fire service.
The Foundation would like to thank the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs for sponsoring our booth at the trade show and making the Ladders Up event an official part of their convention weekend. Thanks to everyone who dropped by our booth at the trade show and visited Directors, Sheen, Clare, Stewart and Ambassador Pape.
“thanks to all those who contributed”
The CFFF was happy to attend the Northern H.E.A.T. (Hands on Education and Training) conference put on by the Peace River Regional Fire Chiefs in Peace River, AB. Director Jasper was also one of a large group of top keynote speakers at this event.
Conference Speakers from Left to Right
Les Karpluk (Prince Albert Fire Chief Retired), Peter van Dorpe (Chicago Fire Department ) , Rich Graeber (California Department of Forestry), Mark Emery (Washington State Fire Commissioner), Wayne Jasper (CFFF Director)
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation annual fundraiser at the Mississauga Boston Pizza (Courtneypark location) was a great success. $4900 was raised during the evening event for Foundation programs. Thanks to event organizer, CFFF Ambassador Luigi Davoli along with Mississauga and Brampton firefighters for helping out Boston Pizza’s great staff.
Mississauga-Lakeshore M.P. Sven Spengemann and the Honorable Dr. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, dropped by to show their support of the things the Foundation does for the families of fallen firefighters across Canada.
CFFF Ambassador Luigi Davoli accepts the restaurant proceeds of the event from Boston Pizza franchise owner Jeff Dick and Emily Dick ( Marketing and Operations Manager).
On behalf of the CFFF, Director John Clare and President Robert Kirkpatrick recently accepted a large donation of approximately $14,000 from Madelaine Raiz, Chairman of the City of Brampton Employees’ Fundraising Campaign.
The Corporation of the City of Brampton with its employees are committed to supporting the community and fostering social responsibility. The City’s Employee Fundraising Campaign (EFC) is tasked with raising funds for organizations within the community that truly make a difference in people’s lives. In 2015, the EFC ran a series of events and programs to support 4 different charitable organizations including the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The event roster included: food festivals, a chocolate challenge, a casual dress day plan, a pancake breakfast, a community car wash, and many more. These events united city staff with local businesses and residents to successfully support and give back to our community.
The City of Brampton and its Fire & Emergency Services has always been a big supporter of the CFFF and acted as honorary host in Ottawa in 2009. The BFES honour guard has always assisted in the operation of the annual ceremony and other CFFF events around Ontario. Thanks again to the City of Brampton for their continued support which allows the Foundation to carry on its family support programs!
As 2015 ends the Foundation looks back on another year. The Foundation honored nine families at the annual ceremony in September. While the Foundation is excited to expand our family support programs to include a partnership with Camp Faces, we are saddened to see the loss of several firefighters in the line of duty including two from the wildland service in 2015.
It has also been a tragic year for people closely related to the fire service. Student Adam Brunt died training to become a firefighter and student Campbell Smith died in an incident unrelated to the fire service while studying to become a firefighter. The Foundation expresses its sincere condolences to these families and the families of all those who died in the line of duty in 2015.
The 2016 ceremony will take place on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 on September 11, 2016 at the site of the Canadian Firefighters Memorial. This year’s honorary host will be the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management for the Province of Ontario as they celebrate 100 years in existence.
On behalf of the Foundation we wish all our supporters and families a peaceful holiday season and hope all will stay safe.
Robert Kirkpatrick - CFFF President
Chris Francescone and his B platoon crew from Belleville Fire Department recently visited the offices of QBA Services in Belleville, Ontario to thank them on behalf of the CFFF for a decade of donating to the annual Courage magazine. The Courage magazine program through iMedia helps the Foundation carry on their family support programs.
CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick had the honour of presenting a CFFF scholarship award to Michael Gray. Michael is the son of Toronto Fire Services Acting Captain David Gray who died from a work related illness on March 9, 2010 at the age of 48. He joined the fire service in 1987. Michael, accompanied by his mother Carolyn, was presented the award at the Barrie (ON) Fire & Emergency Services HQ near their home. Michael is currently enrolled in the Paramedic Care program at Georgian College. The Foundation would like to thank all our supporters of the Education Fund and Barrie Fire Chief John Lynn and his staff for facilitating the presentation.
The 5th annual Lethbridge 9/11 memorial stairclimb went off without a hitch this past September. New this year was public participation and our community did not disappoint with 52 climbers registered to climb (and descend) the 110 stories. We use this distance as it marks the same height that the World Trade Center stood at before their collapse on Sept 11 2001. We do the climb primarily for awareness of all first responders that we've lost over the years; not just those on 9/11 - so that we never forget. Having such a great turn out from the public was very humbling.
We've also began to realize that we are able to run the event and cover all our costs at the same time so this year we've also been able to provide a modest donation to the CFFF. As always, we still had a fair amount of first responders climbing from many departments and agencies including police and EMS and of course firefighters from Nanton, Claresholm, Milk River, Raymond and Coaldale to name a few. Some of these are the toughest of the tough climbing with full turnouts and high rise equipment!
These 9/11 climbs are a very big deal in the USA but as far as we know, we are the only event in Canada that climbs the whole 110 stories for first responders. I would encourage anyone in their community to put one together. The experience is second to none. Our 2016 climb is already set to go on Sept 11 and we look forward to anyone in the area to come and climb with us. We will have a link for registration and information up in the new year.
CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick and Treasurer Bruce Paradis made the trip to Newfoundland for the Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Fire Services Convention Oct 2-5 in Gander. The Foundation had a productive two days at the trade show with President Kirkpatrick having the privilege of speaking at the opening ceremonies.
President Kirkpatrick and Treasurer Paradis with outgoing NLAFS President Vince MacKenzie.
The winner of the trade show raffle for a CFM print went to Glenn Hynes from the Arnold’s Cove Fire Department. Congratulations!
The CFFF attended the CAFC 2015 Conference held in Victoria, BC in September. CFFF 1st Vice President Doug Wylie and Director Wayne Jasper manned the booth with the help of director David Sheen who was in attendance at the conference. It was a pleasure sharing information about the CFFF with Fire Officers from across Canada and nice to see Past-Director Serge Tremblay, Retired City of Montreal Fire Chief. During the trade show portion of the conference, the CFFF was very proud to present to Courtney Hill, daughter of fallen firefighter Dave Hill from CFB Esquimalt the Doug Lock Memorial Scholarship for 2015. We were honoured to have Courtney spend some time with us at the booth. It was very heartwarming for many in attendance to meet Courtney as she was able to express how important their support of the CFFF can be in helping the families of the fallen.
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2015 Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation Golf Tournament raises $15,500
Sold-Out Event Brings 3 Year Total Contribution in excess of $45,000!
Toronto, Ontario, September 9, 2015:
Fire Services Credit Union announced today that after final reconciliations were done, the 2015 3rd Annual Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation Golf Tournament raised a total of $15,500 bringing our three year total contribution to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation to in excess of $45,000!
"The Foundation is extremely grateful for the partnership we have with Fire Services Credit Union", said Captain Robert Kirkpatrick of Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services, and President of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “The annual golf tournament and yearly ceremony sponsorship is a great example of how much one organization can help the Foundation reach its goals to operate the national firefighters memorial ceremony and provide support programs for the families of fallen firefighters", added Kirkpatrick.
"Three years ago we decided to support a cause that is of fundamental significance to our members", said Kevin Connolly, Chief Executive Officer of Fire Services Credit Union. "The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation through its national support programs does exceptional work with the families of the heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting the public, and we are proud to support their work. We look forward to our fourth annual golf classic on May 30th, 2016 at the Markland Wood Golf Club where we will once again welcome our generous sponsors, Professional Fire Fighter Associations and fire fighter friends from across Ontario", added Connolly.
Fire Services Credit Union operates two branches in Toronto and services the needs of 4,200 Fire Fighters and their families throughout Ontario. The Credit Union has in excess of $70 million is assets.
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation was created to HONOUR and REMEMBER firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty and to SUPPORT their families. The CFFF is a registered charity and operates by fundraising.
The Brampton Beast Hockey Club of the ECHL, (affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens & St. John’s IceCaps), is inviting all families of the fallen, supporters, and friends of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation to their CFFF fundraising home game on October 25, 2015 at 3pm at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, ON. A welcome BBQ will be held prior to the start of the game . Anyone interested in attending the complimentary event is asked to contact CFFF Director John Clare at: email@example.com
Proud affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens & St. John’s IceCaps
A public Celebration of Life has been scheduled for Wildland LODD John Phare
The celebration takes place from 1:00PM to 5:00PM, July 18th at the Gibsons and Area Community Centre Arena, Gibsons. BC.
CFFF Director Martin Bell (left) and CFFF Treasurer Bruce Paradis (right) man the CFFF information booth at the 2015 Maritime Fire Chiefs Association conference in Summerside, PEI. The CFFF would like to extend its thanks to the MFCA for donating the booth space and also thank all those that stopped by to say hello and purchase a t-shirt, etc in support of the CFFF.
Congratulations go to Summerside Firefighter Wally MacAusland, winner of the Canadian Firefighters Memorial framed print draw. Making the presentation to Wally (center) are CFFF Treasurer Bruce Paradis (left) and CFFF Director Wayne Jasper (right).
VICTORIA - Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson issued the following statement today, following confirmation of the identity of the contract tree faller who was killed yesterday while working on the Old Sechelt Mine wildfire.
WorkSafeBC, the BC Coroners Service and the RCMP are co-ordinating their investigative efforts to determine the circumstances that led to the Roberts Creek resident's death.
"On behalf of all British Columbians, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of John Joe Phare.
"This tragedy serves as a reminder of the inherent dangers associated with fighting wildfires - and the need for all British Columbians to do their utmost to prevent wildfires in the first place.
"We are saddened to lose a valued member of our firefighting family. I hope the thoughts and prayers of John's co-workers and of Sunshine Coast residents are able to provide his family and friends some comfort."
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
The funeral for air tanker pilot William Hilts, who died fighting a forest fire near Cold Lake, AB on May 22, 2015 will be held in Markdale, ON, Saturday July 18 at 2pm.
Members of the fire service are invited to attend at the Annesley United Church, 82 Toronto St S (Hwy 10), Markdale, ON N0C 1H0. (Click here for directions) https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Annesley+United+Churchfirstname.lastname@example.org,-80.645886,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xaa92533a2f890c6e
A visitation with family will precede the memorial service from 12-1:45 in the church. Members of Fire Service honour guards wishing to assist at the service and general uniform ranks planning on attending are asked to contact the CFFF at email@example.com in order to anticipate numbers. A reception following the service is planned.
Patt Dyck from Cannery Brewing was very honoured to present a cheque to Wayne, Doug & Brian from the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. They were in Penticton recently for the BC Fire Chiefs Convention and BC Fire Expo. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of our Wildfire IPA goes to support the amazing work of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. We've just brewed our 2015 Limited Release batch of Wildfire IPA and we expect it to be available mid-July!
FCABC Communications Director Tom DeSorcy presents a check for more than $4,000 to CFFF Director Wayne Jasper at the FCABC Banquet in Penticton BC. The 1st Annual FCABC Charity Golf Tournament was held at Summerland Golf & Country Club on the Saturday before the 2015 BCFireExpo and generated more than $4,500 including proceeds from a silent auction print! The CFFF would like to extend its thanks to everyone that came out to support this great event!
The CFFF attended the FDIC Atlantic on the 6 of June in Wolfville NS. Between raffle tickets and sales of merchandise, the participants of the FDIC raised over $3200.00 in only one day, a new record for this event, outstanding! Pictured from left to right are CFFF Director Bruce Paradis, David Clement, Myles Faulkner and Basil Mitchell from Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE). Missing from the picture is Norm Lavoie who also volunteered his time. Thanks to all who visited our booth and supported the Canadian Fallen Firefighters.
CFFF Director John Sobey (left) accepts a cheque for $10,000 from Ottawa Firefighter Derek Bowker who raised funds for CFFF and Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario through the 'Hockey For Little Hearts' tournament. Congratulations Derek and all those who supported the event!
William Alexander Garvie Hilts
1977 – 2015
William Hilts died on Friday May 22nd, doing what he loved, flying a water bomber fighting forest fires in northern Alberta. He was 38. He leaves behind his parents, Maria and Stewart Hilts, his younger brother Matthew and his wife Paula, his sister Katherine and her husband Darryl, his nephew Jaxson, and his grandmother Rosa Gallo, as well as many other aunts, uncles and cousins. He also leaves a very strong network of friends in BC and elsewhere, many with ties to the flying community.
William took his pilot training at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, later flying for Kenora Air Services, Turtle Airways in Fiji, Harbour Air out of Prince Rupert, and Wasaya Airways in northern Ontario. He worked his way to his dream job flying water bombers for Conair in BC and Alberta starting four years ago. He was part of the team fighting the Cold Lake fire when his plane went down.
I’m saddened to inform you that a contract airtanker fighting a wildland fire in the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range crashed yesterday, killing the pilot. The aircraft went down approximately 40 kilometres north of Cold Lake late this afternoon, and the pilot was the sole occupant.
The RCMP have not released the name of the pilot, pending notification of next of kin.
This accident is a reminder of the dangerous nature of our work. Each year, the department spends more than 30,000 hours in the air protecting the province’s natural resources, and every day hundreds of ESRD employees and contractors put their lives on the line to ensure public safety for all Albertans.
The department is co-operating fully with the RCMP, local authorities and investigators from the Transportation Safety Board. The department will also conduct an investigation into this accident.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the pilot’s family and friends. The safety of all ESRD staff and contractors involved in fighting wildland fires is also upmost in our minds.
Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
The CFFF Annual General Meeting was held in Ottawa on Mat 22, 2015 with all board members present.
From Left To Right: Martin Bell, Brian Hutchinson, Scott Marks, Lori Gray, James MacKinnon, Wayne Jasper, David Sheen, Sandy Lethbridge, William Stewart, John Clare, Bruce Paradis, Robert Kirkpatrick, Charles Olsen, Doug Wylie, Martin Rousseau, Carey Taylor & Tim Hinds. Missing fromk Photo is Mike McKenna, John Sobey and Arnold Lazare.
Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management Ted Wieclawek and CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick announced at the 2015 OAFC conference in Toronto that the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management for Ontario will host the Foundation's annual national memorial ceremony in 2016. The Foundation is excited to have the OFMEM act as honorary host as part of their 100th anniversary year.
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation held a fundraiser on Friday May 1 at the Courtney Park Drive location of Boston Pizza. The event raised $6000 for the Foundation. Special thanks to CFFF Ambassador Luigi Davoli from Mississauga Fire for organizing and operating the event which included a silent auction, raffles, with a percentage of food sales coming back to the CFFF. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie stopped by the event to make a special presentation to the Foundation. Thanks to all the Boston Pizza staff, Mississauga firefighters and recruits, Brampton firefighters, and all those who attended.
Captions: Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie makes the presentation to CFFF Ambassador Luigi Davoli (l) and President Robert Kirkpatrick (r).
Boston Pizza franchise owner Jeff Dick and Marketing and Operations Manager Emily Dick with CFFF reps and Mayor Crombie.
The CFFF attended the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs annual conference and trade show on April 16 and 17 in Swift Current Saskatchewan. CFFF Directors Carey Taylor and Charles Olsen (in photo) would like to thank to all those who attended and supported the Foundation!
The CFFF would like to thank all those who attended the Foundation’s booth at the Saskatchewan Volunteer Firefighters Association annual conference and trade show in Nipawin Saskatchewan on April 11th and 12th. Thanks to all those who purchased or donated at the booth manned by Foundation Director Charles Olsen.
CFFF Treasurer Bruce Paradis attended the Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia conference in Truro during the weekend of the April 11-12 2015. FSANS has been receptive and has supported the Foundation for the last two years. Thanks to all those who purchased CFFF merchandise or bought tickets for the draw of a framed image of the Canadian Firefighter Memorial at Dusk. The winner was Everett Gero of the Brookfield Fire Department. Thanks FSANS!
Everett Gero of the Brookfield Fire Department. - Print Winner FSANS
Harold Pothier, Fire Marshal of Nova Scotia visits Treasurer Bruce Paradis at the CFFF booth.
THe CFFF would like to extend its thanks to all our Supporters and Sponsors.
Volunteer Firefighter Brian Smyth passed away on Saturday, March, 7, 2015 after suffering a cardiac arrest while battling a residential fire near Cultus Lake on March 4, 2015. Brian joined the Columbia Valley Fire Department in 2008, and had been a very active member of the community. Growing up in the Chilliwack area, he played rugby, was a member of 4H, and an avid sailor with the Cultus Lake Sailing Club.
A full fire department honours funeral will be held for Brian on Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Chilliwack Alliance Church, 8700 Young Rd, Chilliwack BC. The funeral will begin with a formal procession starting at 11 a.m. (Route map to be confirmed).
Brian leaves behind his sister Sarah, nephew Andrew, grand niece Temika, as well as his fellow members of the Columbia Valley Fire Department.
Group rates have been negotiated at the following hotels. Please quote the Line of Duty Funeral when you reserve your rooms:
The Coast Hotel 604-792-5552
Best Western Rainbow Country Inn 604-795-3828
Hampton Inn 604-392-4667
Condolences may be sent to Fire Chief Mike Soth, Columbia Valley Fire Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
45950 Cheam Avenue
Chilliwack, BC V2P 1N6
The Foundation is very pleased to announce that Miss Em Maj of Mississauga ON was awarded the 2014 CFFF / Doug Lock Memorial Scholarship.
Miss Maj is the daughter of Barbara and Sylvester Maj. Acting Captain Sylvester Maj of the Toronto Fire Services died in the line of duty in July 2011. Em is attending Sheraton College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, ON in the General Art and Sciences program and aspires to become a writer after graduation.
(from right to left) CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick presents the Scholarship award to Em Maj with her mother Barbara.
The CFFF is proud to announce that the honourary host for the 2015 Ceremony will be the Saskatchewan Fire Service.
The 2015 ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 13 in Ottawa.
CFFF Directors Brian Hutchinson (left) and Wayne Jasper (right) also give their time on behalf of Muscular Dystrohy Canada. Most recently attending the Muscle Sense 2014 Firefighter Leadership Conference in Vancouver, BC.
Division Chief Gordon Routley, of the Montreal Fire Department, was recently named Canada’s Career Fire Chief of the Year by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. Gordon is also the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation liaison representative to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The award is sponsored by Fire Underwriters Survey® (FUS) a subsidiary of SCM Inc. and the prize of $3000 was graciously donated to the CFFF by Gordon. Congratulations to Chief Routley!
CAFC President, Chief Stephen Gamble makes the presentation to Chief Routley
As part of our SUPPORT for the families of Canadian fallen firefighters, the Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of a new fund to assist families with the funeral expenses for a line of duty death. Families may be eligible for funeral expenses or request logistical assistance for the actual funeral service.
For more information on the funeral fund or logistical assistance such as pins, pipers, honour guards, flags, CFFF rep. or chaplain to attend etc… please see our Family Support section.
On September 14, 2014 the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners were all in attendance at the Canadian Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Ottawa. The Council made a significant donation to the Foundation for the creation of an additional $3000 Education Bursary named after the Council to be awarded under the current bursary policy of the Foundation. Applications for this and other Education fund assistance is available on our website under Family Support services at www.cfff.ca
The Foundation is excited to partner with the CCFM & FC to continue the support to the families of our fallen. It was also an honour for the Foundation to have every Fire Marshal and Fire Commissioner from all the provinces and territories attend the annual ceremony.
Foundation President Robert Kirkpatrick accepts the education fund donation from the President of the Council, Fire Commissioner Duane McKay of Saskatchewan and the executive. From Left to right; Philippa Gourley (Secretary Treasurer), Trent West (Past President), Harold Pothier (1st Vice-President), Robert Kirkpatrick, Duane McKay, David Rositer (2nd Vice President)
During this year's CVFSA AGM in Ottawa, CVFSA Director Graham Pawlett presented CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick and 1st Vice President Doug Wylie with a check for $2500.00 from the sale of their annual challenge coin. The CVFSA has donated a total of $12,500 to the CFFF from the sale of their annual challenge coin over the past three years. We look forward to the issuance of their 2015 challenge coin and would like to extend out sincerest thanks for the ongoing support we receive from the CVFSA.
The Brampton Firefighters, long-time supporters of the CFFF, held a golf day yesterday with proceeds going to the Foundation. A total of $2,400 was raised in memory of Shane McCready, a Brampton FF, whose name graces the granite wall in Ottawa. Shane died at the very young age of 37 from an occupational illness.
Greg Enright, tournament organizer, ( pictured with John Clare CFFF Director) said 134 golfers turned out for the event and were very gracious with their donations in memory of Shane.
The CFFF wishes to thank Greg and all the Brampton Firefighters for the donation to the CFFF and their continued support of the Foundation.
On May 5, 2014 Jack Astor’s at Yonge and Bloor Streets in downtown Toronto hosted its 5th annual Bar Flair Competition with proceeds this year going to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
The restaurant and staff were festively decorated and dressed for this special event! Five teams competed for the first place prize and the title of Best Flair Team.
Staff was joined by a few firefighters who assisted with auctioning off some really great prizes and posed for numerous pictures with staff and guests.
The event raised close to $7000 for the Foundation. Special thanks to General Manager Martin Mazur and Kitchen Manager Kristen Saburn who organized the event.
CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick recently dropped by to thank staff and accept the donation.
To date, your purchase of "Fighting an Overwhelming Foe" custom cheques from ASAP Cheques, Forms & Supplies has raised more than $950.00 for the CFFF.
If more Firefighters, their associations and their friends decide to use these cheques, even larger donation amounts by ASAP Cheques can be provided to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. A major benefit for those who order the special CFFF cheques is that ASAP Cheques prices are 30% to 50% below bank prices.
For your cost savings and, to support the Foundation we would like to encourage every Firefighter Association in Canada to use the business cheque style for their various accounts.
The Fire Services Credit Union CFFF Golf Tournament was held on May 26, 2014 at the exclusive and private Markland Wood Golf & Country Club in Toronto. The first real warm sunny day to hit the GTA in 2014 met golfers on arrival. After a nice lunch, retired Toronto Fire Services Chaplain Ron Nickle led a short memorial service in front of Toronto and Mississauga pumpers with Mississauga and Brampton Fire Honour guards carrying the colours. Golfers were then piped down to their carts courtesy the Toronto Fire Services pipes. A great day of golf was followed by awards and silent auction in the clubhouse with FSCU CEO Kevin Connolly doing the honours.
More photos of the day can be seen at:
The Foundation would like to thank all those who participated. This year’s event raised over $14,000 for the Foundation! The FSCU is one of the biggest annual fundraisers for the CFFF and the Foundation is grateful for our outstanding partnership with FSCU!
This year’s Ladders Up for the Foundation May 3rd event and on-line auction raised more than $26,500 for the CFFF Education Fund for children and spouses of fallen firefighters.
(left to right) CFFF Directors Bill Stewart and David Sheen, Ladders Up committee members FFIC sales manager Catherine Connolly, M&L Supply's Mark Prendergast, VFIS's Kip Cosgrove, M&L's Randy Vilneff, OAFC's Mercedes Sturgess and CFFF treasurer John Clare show off the giant cheque.
Photos of the Saturday event held in Toronto at the OAFC conference and trade show can be seen at:
The ladders Up event has raised over $80,000 for the CFFF in just 3 years. Thanks to everyone who purchased online items and attended the party night. Special thanks to Manfred Kihn and the band “Better Under Fire”and especially the Ladders Up committee for their contribution to the Foundation and the Canadian fire service.
Saturday June 21 marked the Sarnia Saints Rugby Club’s 5th annual “Playing it Forward” charity benefit day with this year's recipient being the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, along with the Sarnia Professional Firefighters Association Benefit and the Point Edward Fire and Rescue.
The club raised money through a banquet dinner held at Jack Doyle's on Friday, June 13 as well as the auctioning of memorial jerseys that are worn on the day of the game. Organizer and Club president Chris Groombridge said that he has seen the benefit day grow tremendously over the last five years, and credits that to the level of support Sarnia has for its' community. “We're a sport club and our focus is sport but it's good to do something for the rest of the community,” he said. “Every year it just seems to be a little more successful and it's fun. We enjoy doing it.”
Saints' women's side player Myrissa Kendall is the daughter of firefighter Gary Kendall of the Point Edward Fire Rescue who died in 2010 during an ice water training exercise in the St. Clair River.
Myrissa was working towards a degree in Behavioural Sciences at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia at the time of the accident. Upon her return to school after her Dad’s funeral, she received the news that she’d be unable to complete her degree as she had missed so much time there. The Foundation was able to award an education bursary to Myrissa to help her finish her studies.
“I know I will never be able to repay what the Foundation has contributed to my family. I was able to finish off my degree and knowing I'm able to give some of that money back, I just can't express in words how much it means to me and how much it means to have the Saints supporting me,” she said.
The Executive and Board of Directors are extremely grateful to Mr. Groombridge and the Saints Club for having this fundraiser for the Foundation and their local fire services!
Special thanks to CFFF Ambassador Janny Elg for attending the event on behalf of the Foundation.
The 2nd Edition CFFF Challenge Coin featuring the Ceremony Bell and crossed Axe & Pulaski with the Lone Pine in the background is now available. Flipside features the CFFF logo. Don't be caught without one!
Price is $20.00 ea. including shipping anywhere in Canada.
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GBW Associates recently held a Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar in Peace River , Alberta where students and instructors held a raffle for the CFFF. Thanks to Fire Chief Derian Rosario, from Smoky River F.D. for co-ordinating the event and making the $300 presentation to President Robert Kirkpatrick at the Alberta Fire Chiefs Conference in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
The CFFF attended the annual Fire Department Information Conference (FDIC) Atlantic in Wolfville, Nova Scotia on the weekend of the 7 June 2014. The booth was manned by firefighters and long-time supporters from the Halifax Fire Department namely Dave Clement, Norman Lavoie and Myles Faulkner. Between raffles and the sales of CFFF items they were able to raise $2400.00 in only one day of operation! Thanks to all the supporters and the firefighters from Atlantic Canada that stopped by.
The gang at the CFFF booth at the FDIC in Wolfville NS. In the picture from left to right, Dave Clement, Norman Lavoie and Myles Faulkner.
The NBAFC was held the 30 May - 1 Jun in Dieppe NB. Hosted by the Dieppe Fire Department, the convention saw the Fire Marshal's office, Fire Chiefs and firefighters attending a well-organized meeting, training and firefighter games event at Crystal Palace.
CFFF Treasurer and CAFC Rep Bruce Paradis mans the CFFF booth.
The CFFF was there with space provided by the organizers and was able to talk to many departments that had questions as to our foundation and goals. Sales and donations for the event totalled $720.00 over two days to further foundation efforts. Our thanks go out to all attendees and the firefighters of Dieppe for putting on a first-class event and supporting the continuing efforts of the CFFF!
The Etobicoke Firefighters Curling League, comprised of firefighters from the Greater Toronto Area- GTA, Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan, Guelph and Hamilton announced at their yearend banquet, that they were graciously donating $2,014 to the CFFF.
Pictured for the cheque presentation are from left to right:
John Clare- Treasurer of the CFFF; Brampton firefighter Mike Wilson; Toronto firefighter Andy Stephenson- President of the curling league.
All are current and active members of the curling league. The CFFF thanks the Etobicoke Firefighters Curling for their donation.
The East Side Marios Event held at the Argentia location in Mississauga, ON was once again a big success.
CFFF Ambassador Luigi Davoli organized another great night in support of the CFFF.
Firefighters from Mississauga, Brampton, Pickering and the Fire Services college turned out to volunteer.
Total for the night was an amazing $5,322.69 for the CFFF.
Many thanks to all that came out and either lent a helping hand or supported this great event!
CFFF Ambassador Luigi Davoli graciously accepts the check from the night's fundraising activities. Pictured from left to right are Jenna Brown, Jon Wu (Owner), Luigi Davoli and Natalie Urbanski.
Final Alarm - Fire Chief Dave Evans (LODD)
The plans have been put in Place for Lac La Biche District Fire Chief Dave Evans service. The family has requested the service be full fire department honors with Dave’s helmet and badges being presented to them at the burial.
The wake for Dave will be Monday May 19th 2014 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Mission View funeral home in Lac La Biche located at 133 Sentinel Drive Sentinel Industrial Park Lac La Biche. The family has requested a public viewing and would appreciate firefighters attending. Lac La Biche County Firefighters will be present during the wake.
The funeral service is Tuesday May 20th 2014 starting at 12:00 noon the Devon room located in the Lac La Biche County Bold Center located at 8702 91st Ave Lac La Biche. This is again open to the public and the family would appreciate a showing from the fire service. The service will be immediately followed by a family greeting in the Devon room. Once the greeting is over the funeral procession will leave the Bold Center and proceed to the Fork lake cemetery.
CFFF Director Bruce Paradis attended the Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia conference on the 12-13 April in Truro NS. They provided space for the CFFF and welcomed us with open arms. Many departments know of the CFFF and we were able to determine in a few cases that they have some LODD that have never been reported. We will be working with them to correct that.
All together we raised $610.00 from FSANS!
Thanks for the support!
The CFFF would like to extend its thanks to the Big White, BC Fire Department. Through the BWFD Campout Fundraiser, they have successfully surpassed our record during previous fund raising events and raised $7,000.00 for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation is currently seeking a Director for Saskatchewan. Candidates may be current or retired members of the fire service. Interested candidates can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or visit us at the CFFF booth at the SAFC conference trade show April 3-4 in Saskatoon.
The CFFF would like to extend its thanks to the TFD Pensioners Golf Tournament for their generous donation following the tornament. Your donation is very much appreciated.
Fire Services Credit Union CFFF Golf Tournament (East) will take place on May 26, 2014 at the exclusive and private Markland Wood Golf & Country Club in Toronto. For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kevin Connolly at 416-440-1294 or e mail email@example.com.
Patt Dyck from Cannery Brewing (2nd from left) presents a cheque to local firefighters from BC's Wildfire Management Branch on hand to accept the check on behalf of the CFFF. Firefighters from left are Dale Bojahra, Jim Mottishaw and Trevor Lees. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Cannery Brewing's Limited Release Wildfire IPA and Wildfire IPA tshirts go to support the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The CFFF would like to extend our thanks to Cannery Brewery for their ongoing support!
President Robert Kirkpatrick recently spoke at the annual meeting of the Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association about the construction of the Canadian Firefighters Memorial. The group made a generous donation to the Foundation. GTMAA is an organization made up of volunteers who operate the canteen service for the Toronto Fire Services. Information can be found at www.gtmaa.com.
GTMAA President Gary Wignall makes the presentation to President Kirkpatrick.
Fallen Pickering firefighter honoured with street in his name
VERONICA HENRI Toronto Sun
First posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013 03:09 PM EST | Updated: Saturday, November 23, 2013 04:01 PM EST
PICKERING - Fallen firefighter Ray Zents’ name will live on along a brand new stretch of road close to where he saved many lives and property.
Ten years after his death from work-related cancer in 2003, a street in his name — Zents Dr. — was unveiled Saturday in the Brock and Taunton Rds. area.
The green sign is complemented by a Pickering Fire Services logo.
Under greying skies, about 20 firefighters and department brass joined Zents’ family as a firefighter ascended a ladder and brought the street sign to life.
Barbara Zents thanked everyone for honouring her husband’s memory and, while she appreciated the sign, she acknowledged her husband’s humble side.
“Ray is looking down at us and thinking, I wonder what all the fuss is about,” she told the gathering.
Zents is the first Pickering firefighter whose death has been recognized as occurring in the line of duty from cancer. It may have almost a decade to recognize his life was lost because of the hazards of firefighting, but time did not cloud the memories of colleagues.
“He had an amazing, calming nature on the guys in the trucks,” recalled Capt. John Mairs. “He would see a fire off in the distance and say, ‘We are just going to put it out.’”
Platoon Chief Ian Eibbitt agreed.
Zents was his senior in age and experience when they started working together, but their friendship grew and Zents became best man at his wedding.
“He bred confidence in those around him, because he was so calm. I could not ask for a better guy to work with,” said Eibbitt.
Premier Dalton McGuinty’s government passed legislation in 2007 requiring the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to recognize eight types of cancer as work-related for firefighters.
As the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association (OPFFA) continues to push for legislative changes, Colin Arnott, president of the Pickering Professional Firefighters Association, keeps a positive perspective and plans to pay tribute to more members of the service who died of work-related illnesses in upcoming ceremonies.
This beautiful hardcover edition tells the unique story of the building of the Canadian Firefighters Memorial along with other aspects of the work carried out by the CFFF to support the families of Canada's Fallen Firefighters.
To order your copy today, please call the CFFF office at (613) 786-3024 or send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order.
Price is $30.00 each including shipping direct from the CFFF office in Ottawa.
All proceeds go to support the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
On September 14, 2013 a small ceremony was held in Listowel, Ontario to unveil a new monument dedicated to the North Perth Fire Department’s Firefighter Raymond Walter and Deputy District Chief Kenneth Rea. The two firefighters died in the line of duty at a fire in Listowel on March 17, 2011. The new monument depicting a bronze statue of a kneeling firefighter sits prominently on the front lawn of the Town Hall. President Robert Kirkpatrick represented the Foundation and visited with the families who attended the 2012 Canadian Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Ottawa.
President Kirkpatrick visits with the Rea family following the dedication ceremony.
(Tiverton) Bruce Power in Tiverton is marking September 11th with a six-thousand dollar donation to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
The nuclear operator's President and CEO, Duncan Hawthorne, tells Bayshore Broadcasting News it's there way to pay tribute to the first responders who risk their lives daily.
Bruce Power has about 400 emergency services employees.
Hawthorne tells us it's a critical role and the largest employer in our region wanted to "say thanks to them and their colleagues."
President of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Robert Kirkpatrick, says they "appreciate Bruce Power's ongoing support" of the organization.
The foundation is a registered, non-profit charitable corporation.
Back on September 8th, the Foundation held a national ceremony honouring over 11-hundred Canadian firefighter who've lost their live in the line of duty.
Article by by Matt Villeneuve - Bayshore Broadcasting News Center
Penny-Lynn M. Rintoul of RZCD Law Firm LLP recently made a donation to the CFFF. Penny is legal counsel for the Fire Services Credit union and donated the funds through an initiative to get firefighters to make sure their wills and powers-of-attorney were up to date. The donation was made recently in front of her Mississauga office with the local pumper crew on hand.
Pictured left to right is; Mississauga firefighter Cyrus Pfuetzner, CFFF Chaplain Bruce Rushton, CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick, Penny Rintoul, Fire Services Credit Union CEO Kevin Connolly and Mississauga firefighter Cam Hazlewood.
We are proud to welcome the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA) as the honorary Host for the 2014 Canadian Firefighters Memorial. the Ceremony will take place in Ottawa on Sunday September 14th, 2014. Click here for details.
This year’s CVFSA Challenge Coin celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Canada Post stamp released on May 30th 2003.
• Only 1,000 coins minted
• Serial numbered
• A portion of the donations will go to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation
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East Side Mario’s restaurant at 3075 Argentia Road in Mississauga, Ontario held its annual fundraiser for the CFFF on May 10, 2013 with a portion of all food sales going to the CFFF.
Foundation Ambassador, Captain Luigi Davoli called on fellow Mississauga firefighters and current recruit class firefighters, who volunteered their time to serve food, raffle off gift certificates and run a silent auction. The event was a great success with over $5600 going to the Foundation.
Thanks to the entire staff at ESM and all those who attended!
Ambassador Davoli accepts the donation from restaurant owner Annie McCaughey, servers Vicky, Cheryl and Ximena.
CFFF Wildland Director Paul Buxton-Carr and LODD Committee Director Wayne Jasper met with The Cannery Brewing Company owners and staff in Penticton, BC during the BC Fire Expo.
The Cannery Brewing Company released Wildfire IPA with a portion of the proceeds going to support the CFFF. The directors were given a tour of the brewery and then presented with a generous donation by owners Patt and Ron Dyck.
Patt also joined CFFF 1st Vice President Doug Wylie and Director Wayne Jasper at the BC Fire Expo to announce the donation to those attending the conference and trade show. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone involved in making this a success. We look forward to making this an annual event.
Special thanks to our Wildland Director Paul Buxton-Carr and Kim Lawton at
DogLeg Marketing & Business Solutions who were instrumental in arranging everything.
For more info about the Cannery Brewing Company, visit their website.
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation celebrated 10 years of service on May 3, 2013 at their annual general meeting in Ottawa.
Directors of the Foundation; Front row left to right: Bill Stewart, Doug Wylie, Robert Kirkpatrick, Tim Hinds, Sandy Lethbridge, John Clare, Paul Buxton-Carr, Carey Taylor, Martin Bell Back row left to right: Scott Marks, Mike McKenna, Bruce Paradis, Wayne Jasper, John Sobey, Dave Sheen, Martin Rousseau.
On May 4, 2013 at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs annual convention and trade show, the second annual “Ladders Up for the Foundation” was concluded. The month long on-line auction and party night with live auction raised a total of $30,607 for the CFFF Education Fund!
Thanks to committee members Mark Pendergast from M& L Supply, Catherine Connolly from Firefighting in Canada, Mercedes Foulton from OAFC, Kip Cosgrove from Volunteer Fire Insurance Services, and CFFF representative Dave Sheen.
Treasurer John Clare and Director Dave Sheen operated the CFFF booth at the trade show Sunday and Monday. The Foundation thanks all those who attended the Ladders Up event and dropped by the CFFF booth!
At the OAFC closing night gala, President Robert Kirkpatrick was surprised with the Bill Williams Humanitarian Award for leading the challenge to build the Canadian Firefighters Memorial. The award is sponsored by Safedesign and named after their long-time employee. After some kind words from OAFC Past President Tim Beckett (Kitchener), Don King from Safedesign and OAFC President Kevin Foster (Midland) made the presentation in front of hundreds of Ontario fire chiefs and dignitaries.
The Ladders Up Committee makes the cheque presentation to President Robert Kirkpatrick (far right) and Treasurer John Clare (far left)
CFFF Director Dave Sheen thanks the crowd on behalf of the Foundation.
Dryden Deputy Chief Ken Kurtz (with helmet) acted as M.C. and auctioneer.
The Band "Better Under Fire" performed at the event.
Manfred Kihn from Bullard can be seen on the keyboards.
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation is proud to make availble copies of the documentary "We Were There - The Making of the Canadian Firefighters Memorial" on DVD. THis documentary offers an insight into the How and Why of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial from its early stages to completion and dedication in September, 2012.
Order your copies today at a price of $20.00 each with all proceeds going to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. To place your order, call the CFFF office at 613-786-3024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Great news! The Canadian Firefighters Memorial is one of five shortlisted memorial projects for the 2013 Architizer A+ Awards (selected from over 100 international entries in our category). In addition to the Architizer A+ Jury Award (which will be announced on March 19), the project is also eligible for the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award, where the public gets to vote.
People can vote for the Canadian Firefighters Memorial by visiting http://awards.architizer.com/public/voting/?cid=27. Voting runs from February 14th to March 8th.
Please note that if anyone is having trouble with their voting system, please contact Architizer support for assistance as follows:
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Ottawa – December 03, 2012 – The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, a registered charity that honours, supports and provides remembrance to firefighters who have died in the line of duty, today announced it has received $10,000 as part of the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Public Safety and Security Institute. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions Inc. Through the grant, the CFFF will continue to provide educational subsidies to families of firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Public Safety Grants aim to support safety education and training programs for first responders, their families and the general public in the United States and Canada.
“The Motorola Solutions grant will enable the Foundation to continue to support families of Canadian firefighters who have died in the line of duty by providing financial assistance by way of scholarships and bursaries” said firefighting Captain John Clare, Treasurer of the CFFF.
“Motorola Solutions is dedicated to helping people be their best in the moments that matter,” said Matt Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “Motorola Solutions Foundation aligns itself with this mission by supporting programs like the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.”
Through the Public Safety and Security Institute, the Motorola Solutions Foundation serves as an investor, convener and supporter of issues that affect the public safety of communities worldwide, providing leadership in the sector to drive innovation and grow and engage the network of those interested in these issues.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation provides grants around the world with an emphasis on programming in communities where Motorola Solutions has a significant presence. For 84 years, Motorola has worked side-by-side with law enforcement to develop the solutions that support its mission. Since 2007, the foundation has provided over $25M in grants to public safety organizations in the U.S and Canada.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/giving.
Thank you to Renee Mair and her organization Many-2-One www.many-2-one.org
The sale of Para Cord bracelets has raised hundreds of dollars for the CFFF.
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Renee Mair (second from left) with CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick and CFFF Treasurer John Clare. Photo courtesy of Laurie Latham.
CVFSA President Mike Purtill with CAFC President Robert Simonds, CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick and Minister of State Gordon O'Connor after receiving their medals September 8th 2012 in Ottawa at the CVFSA AGM.
The three National Presidents each received a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for the outstanding commitments to the Canadian Fire Service.
Gov. Gen. David Johnston honoured the nation’s firefighters on Sunday, thanking them for their willingness to go “the wrong way” into danger for the benefit of their communities.
He delivered his remarks at the unveiling of the new Canadian Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa, a monument intended to pay tribute to nearly 1,100 firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
In his prepared remarks, Johnston praised the firefighters’ “courage and dedication.”
He added that the fallen firefighters “represent an ideal of service and selflessness that is very rare and very precious.”
The newly built Canadian Firefighters Memorial sits at the corner of Wellington and Lett Streets, near a commemorative wall listing the names of firefighters who died while serving.
The memorial was designed by Canadian artist and author Douglas Coupland and Mary Tremain, a partner at PLANT Architect Inc.
Mary Day travelled to Ottawa with her son, Glen, to honour her husband, Archibald Hall, whose name is etched on the memorial.
“It’s hard to explain what it feels like today,” Day told CTV Ottawa as her son marvelled at the number of fallen firefighters.
“It’s amazing to see 1,100 names,” Glen said. “I can’t believe there would be that many.”
Karen Glendinning travelled from British Columbia on her motorcycle with two firefighters who worked with her late husband.
“He was a great friend, father,” she said. “Sadly, he didn’t become a grandfather until after he passed.”
The governor general spoke in Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats neighbourhood near the site of a massive fire that broke out in the spring of 1900, killing seven people. The spot is also close to the place where Captain John Lowry, an Ottawa firefighter, died while battling a blaze in 1896.
Johnston referenced these examples, pointing to the risks that accompany firefighting.
His comments came two days after a parade to honour Canadian firefighters who have died both on and off the job wound its way through Ottawa’s downtown core on Friday.
Present at the annual memorial event, now in its eleventh year, was Steve Kemp whose firefighter father died from leukemia he developed from exposure to toxic materials.
“You kind of think you're not risking your life everyday, but it was the choice that he made ages ago that really ended catching up to him and taking his life at the end,” he told CTV Ottawa.
Kemp’s story underscored a common message at the ceremony: not all firefighters die while battling fires or charging into burning buildings.
“Its risky work and I don't think people fully understand what really goes into being a firefighter,” said Kemp.
With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Norman Fetterley and Ellen Mauro
The CVFSA has produced a limited edition Challenge Coin honouring the dedication of the CFF Memorial. This coin is limited to only 500 coins with all proceeds going to support the CFFF. Priced at only $20 each, these coins are selling fast. Reserve yours today before they are sold out...
President Robert Kirkpatrick attended the graduation dinner for the Conestoga College Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training Program recently and accepted a donation of $3800 from Jeff Brydges (l) and Class President Aubrey Oldham (r). Students from the College sold calendars and handed out CFFF information at the St. Jacobs (ON) Market in May. Special thanks to the future firefighters for supporting the Foundation.
Several Dominos Pizza locations in Mississauga recently held a Customer Appreciation Day with $1 from every pizza sold going to the CFFF Education Fund.
The event featured truck visits by Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services. Thanks to Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services for participating and the great donation from Mississauga Dominos to the Education Fund to help the children of fallen firefighters.
Robert Kirkpatrick recently accepted the final donation of $2546 from Meadowvale store manager John Burns (l) and store owner Werner Lomker Sr.(r) who organized the event.
The crew from MFES Station 111 takes a time out for pizza.
FSCU has partnered with an experienced Ontario wills and estates lawyer, Penny Rintoul of RZCD Law LLP.
Penny has significant experience in preparing trust documents and providing wills and estates services to clients at every age and stage of life, and also provides legal services pro bono to a charitable foundation formed by Ontario Credit Unions and writes on philanthropic issues for the Foundation's newsletter. She has also conducted training for financial institution employees regarding the handling of the accounts of incompetent and deceased customers.
To contact Penny Rintoul, visit the FSCU Wills and Estate Planning page. Don't forget to mention you're a FSCU member for priority service!
Penny has agreed to make a $500.00 contribution to the Canadian Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation for the opportunity of bringing her professional services to FSCU Members. She is also offering a 15% discount of her legal fees for will preparation to firefighters.
CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick accepts a check for $500.00 from Penny Rintoul centre. Jeffrine Ojukwu; Fire Service Credit Union left.
The CFFF is sad to announce the passing of Former Treasurer Doug Lock. Doug left the Foundation in 2011 to battle cancer and passed away on March 30, 2012.
A celebration of Doug’s life will be held on April 14. information is available at http://kellyfh.ca/Kanata.
The Personal recently presented a cheque for $2,500 to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This was the direct result of their initiative from last fall, where they committed to donate $5 for every home and auto insurance quote provided to persons eligible under the CAFC insurance plan, from September 1 until December 31, 2011.
Fire chiefs, full and part-time firefighters, volunteer firefighters, fire department employees, and other CAFC members are all eligible for this voluntary benefit. For more details on this partnership, please visit www.thepersonal.com/cafc
PLANT Architect Inc. has received the CSLA Regional Honour Award (New Directions) for the Canadian Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa. On March 23, 2012, PLANT Partner Mary Tremain and PLANT Associate Vanessa Eickhoff attended the OALA President’s Reception and Awards Ceremony as part of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects’ 2012 Conference and AGM. Presenting the award was OALA President Glenn O’Connor.
CSLA Regional Honour Award (New Directions).
Canadian Firefighters Memorial, Ottawa. PLANT
In 2010, PLANT Architect won the two-stage, national competition to design a memorial that would honour fallen firefighters and provide a place for their annual Ceremony Service on Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats. Designed in collaboration with Canadian artist Douglas Coupland and situated across from the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Firefighters Memorial is part of an urban-planning memorial ensemble that features a 2 ½ times life-size bronze Firefighter, 20-metre Firepole, Dedication Pine Tree, Stone Memorial Wall and Sloped Grove. The design orchestrates a rhythm of remembrance while also creating a place for personal reflection. The project is slated for completion in June 2012.
OALA President Glenn O’Connor [left] presents the
CSLA Regional Honour Award to PLANT Associate
Vanessa Eickhoff [middle] and PLANT Partner Mary
CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick along with CFFF Director and Wildland Representative Paul Buxton-Carr attended the Helicopter Association of Canada Conference in Ottawa March 16-18.
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East Side Mario's Argentia is hosting a fundraiser night to remember. They will be donating 10% from all regularly priced sales. Enjoy prize draws and Fire Truck tours, Fire & CFFF awareness and happy hour from 5-6pm. There will also be a silent auction including a signed Toronto Maple Leafs hockey stick. Come out and meet the local firefighters!
Four CFFF board members have Just returned from Enderby BC Fire Department's LODD funeral for 25 year old Capt. Botkin. Over 1200 firefighters who never new Dan got to know a great man, husband and firefighter. It was an honour to attend! Please take the time to share our FB photo album with all those who could not attend. Our eternal condolences go to Miranda his wife of only 2 months and his devastated fire department who did the fire service proud with his funeral!
The Brampton Fire Fighters held a Gala night on October 14, 2011 at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton. It was a fun night to promote their latest project “Fire & Spice- Recipes to the Rescue” cookbook. The CFFF would like to extend their thanks to the Brampton Firefighters for their generous donation of $5,000.00
Pictured from left to right:
Brampton Fire Fighters -Brent Robillard, James Durrand, Joe Haynes, CFFF Treasurer John Clare, Steve Matthews, Cody Barteaux, Drew Huerter
For more information on the Brampton Firefighter's Fire & Spice- Recipes to the Rescue” cookbook and to find out how you can purchase a copy, please visit the Brampton Firefighters Website at www.bramptonfirefighter.com
In tribute to the men and women of the Fire Service, The Personal is donating $5.00 to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Association for every home or auto insurance quote provided by December 31, 2011.
The Personal partnered with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs to provide you with home and auto insurance at preferred group rates. Fire Chiefs, full and part time firefighters, volunteer firefighters, fire department employees and other CAFC members are eligible.
The partnership is about more than just saving you money on your insurance.
Photo Caption: President Robert Kirkpatrick presents an Apple IPad 2 to the winner of the e-mail contest; Cliff Rhodes, a Toronto Firefighter.
The Halifax 9-11 Memorial Ride took place on Saturday, September 10th, 2011 and raised just over $2000 for the CFFF. The showing of support was awesome as there were 370 bikes, 4 fire trucks and the HRM police bike brigade at the ride. They hope to achieve the same or even better next year! Thanks to everyone that attended for your support!