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CFFF scholarship award presented to Michael Gray

Posted on: November 10, 2015

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.

5th Annual Lethbridge 9/11 Memorial Stairclimb Supports the CFFF

Posted on: November 5, 2015

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 visits Newfoundland

Posted on: October 14, 2015

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!

2015 Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation Golf Tournament raises $15,500

Posted on: September 9, 2015

Fire Services Credit Union] Fire Services Credit Union
Press Release
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.

Brampton Beast Hockey Club of the ECHL - CFFF Fundraising Game

Posted on: September 1, 2015

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:

Proud affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens & St. John’s IceCaps

Celebration of Life Scheduled for Wildland LODD John Phare

Posted on: July 16, 2015

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.

Click here for Google Map of the location.

CFFF Attends the 2015 Maritime Fire Chiefs Association Conference

Posted on: July 14, 2015

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).


Posted on: July 6, 2015

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."

Media Contact:

Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-5261

Funeral Service for William Hilts

Posted on: June 23, 2015

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),-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 in order to anticipate numbers. A reception following the service is planned.

Cannery Brewing Company continues their support of the CFFF

Posted on: June 15, 2015

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!

1st Annual FCABC Charity Golf Tournament Raises More Than $4,500

Posted on: June 12, 2015

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!

CFFF attended the FDIC Atlantic

Posted on: June 6, 2015

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.

Hockey For Little Hearts tournament raises $10,000 from Ottawa Firefighter Derek Bowker

Posted on: June 2, 2015

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!

Alberta LODD ANOUNCEMENT - Follow-Up - William Hilts

Posted on: May 27, 2015

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.

LODD ANNOUNCEMENT - Alberta Air Tanker Crash

Posted on: May 23, 2015

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.

Bill Werry
Deputy Minister
Environment and Sustainable Resource Development


CFFF Annual General Meeting held in Ottawa on May 22

Posted on: May 22, 2015

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.

OFMEM act as honorary host of the 2016 ceremony as part of their 100th anniversary year.

Posted on: May 6, 2015

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.

Boston Pizza event raises $6000 for the Foundation.

Posted on: May 2, 2015

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.

Additional Photos of the night can be seen by clicking here.

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.

CFFF Attends the SAFC 2015 Conference

Posted on: April 25, 2015

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!

CFFF in Saskatchewan

Posted on: April 24, 2015

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 attended the Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia Conference

Posted on: April 15, 2015

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.

View the new CFFF Information Video

Posted on: April 14, 2015

THe CFFF would like to extend its thanks to all our Supporters and Sponsors.


CFFF Yearbook Volume 10 Digital Version is now available

Posted on: March 26, 2015

The CFFF Yearbook Volume 10 Digital Version is now available online!

Line of Duty Funeral Annouced for Firefighter Brian Smyth

Posted on: March 12, 2015

Line of Duty Funeral - Brian Smyth

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 or by mail to:

45950 Cheam Avenue
Chilliwack, BC  V2P 1N6

2014 Bursary Award Recipient

Posted on: March 8, 2015

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.

Honourary Host Announced for the 2015 Ceremony

Posted on: January 23, 2015

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 also give their time in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Posted on: October 21, 2014

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.

Gordon Routley named career Fire Chief of the Year by CAFC

Posted on: October 21, 2014

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

Announcing the CFFF / Gertrude Agnes Behring Fund for the Fallen

Posted on: October 15, 2014

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.

Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners help to support the families of the fallen

Posted on: October 15, 2014

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

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)

CVFSA Presents Cheque to the CFFF

Posted on: September 18, 2014

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.

Brampton Firefighters Raise $2400 for the CFFF

Posted on: September 17, 2014

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.

Jack Astor’s gives back to CFFF

Posted on: September 3, 2014

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.

ASAP Cheques Continues to Support the CFFF

Posted on: August 14, 2014

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.

Click here for full details on how to get your custom checks and support the CFFF at the same time!

FSCU Annual Golf Day for CFFF

Posted on: July 20, 2014

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:!i=3274581238&k=LjfxmFt

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!

2014 Ladders Up a Great Success!

Posted on: July 20, 2014

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.

Playing It Forward for the CFFF

Posted on: July 17, 2014

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.

2nd Edition CFFF Challenge Coin Now Available!

Posted on: June 25, 2014

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.

Order yours by contacting the CFFF office at

Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar students and instructors held a raffle for the CFFF

Posted on: June 23, 2014

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.

CFFF Attends FDIC Atlantic 2014

Posted on: June 20, 2014

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.

CFFF Attends New Brunswick Association of Fire Chiefs Convention

Posted on: June 3, 2014

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!

Etobicoke Firefighters Curling League Donates to the CFFF

Posted on: May 24, 2014

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.

East Side Marios Event Raises $5300 for the CFFF

Posted on: May 20, 2014

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)

Posted on: May 16, 2014

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 attends Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia Conference

Posted on: April 18, 2014

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!

2013 CFM Ceremony DVD's Now Available

Posted on: April 5, 2014

DVD's of the 2013 Canadian Firefighters Memorial Ceremony are now available. Cost is $20.00 per DVD. Please contact the CFFF Office to order yours at

BWFD Campout Fundraiser Generates $7000.00 for the CFFF

Posted on: March 22, 2014

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.

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CFFF Seeks Director for Saskatchewan

Posted on: February 16, 2014

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  and/or visit us at the CFFF booth at the SAFC conference trade show April 3-4 in Saskatoon.

9th Edition of Courage Magazine Released

Posted on: February 13, 2014

The 9th Edition of Courage Magazine is now available for online reading... Click Here to view this edition along with all the past editions of Courage Magazine.


TFD Pensioners Golf Tournament Supports the CFFF

Posted on: February 7, 2014

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.

Registration is now open for the Fire Services Credit Union CFFF Golf Tournament (East)

Posted on: January 14, 2014

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

Registration is now open!

Cannery Brewing Co. continues to support the CFFF

Posted on: January 4, 2014

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!


GTMAA supports the Fallen

Posted on: November 27, 2013

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

GTMAA President Gary Wignall makes the presentation to President Kirkpatrick.


Fallen Pickering firefighter honoured with street in his name

Posted on: November 25, 2013

Fallen Pickering firefighter honoured with street in his name


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.

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Canadian Firefighters Memorial Book Now Available

Posted on: October 6, 2013

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  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.

Listowel remembers the fallen

Posted on: September 18, 2013

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.

Bruce Power donates $6,000 to Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Posted on: September 14, 2013

(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 donates to the CFFF

Posted on: September 12, 2013

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.

2014 Ceremony Host Announced

Posted on: September 9, 2013

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.

CVFSA Releases Limited Edition 2013 Challenge Coin to Support the CFFF

Posted on: June 20, 2013

2013 Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association Challenge Coin.

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

Email to reserve your order.

2013 CVFSA Challenge Coin

East Side Mario’s CFFF Event Raises $5600 for the CFFF

Posted on: May 28, 2013

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.

Hey badda bing badda boom!

Cannery Brewing Supports the CFFF

Posted on: May 24, 2013


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.


CFFF Celebrates 10 Years!

Posted on: May 11, 2013

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.

Ladders Up For the Foundation Raises more than $30,000

Posted on: May 5, 2013

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.


We Were There - The Making of the Canadian Firefighters Memorial

Posted on: April 13, 2013

Now Available - Order Your Copy Today!

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 for more information.

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CFF Memorial Nominated For Award

Posted on: February 15, 2013

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 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:

Kara Cleary
Manager, Customer Service



Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Public Safety Grant

Posted on: December 4, 2012

Grant to support safety, education and training programs.

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.

About Motorola Solutions Foundation

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

Many-2-One Raising Funds for the CFFF

Posted on: November 22, 2012

Thank you to Renee Mair and her organization   Many-2-One
The sale of Para Cord bracelets has raised hundreds of dollars for the CFFF.
Check out the link below to purchase a Para Cord Bracelet and support the CFFF.

Link to Bracelets:

Link to Giveaways:

Renee Mair (second from left) with CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick and CFFF Treasurer John Clare. Photo courtesy of Laurie Latham.



Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals Presented

Posted on: September 14, 2012

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,

Posted on: September 9, 2012

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

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CVFSA Challenge Coin in Support of the CFFF

Posted on: August 26, 2012

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...

Click here to download the order form!

CFFF Attends Graduation Dinner For Conestoga College

Posted on: August 1, 2012

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.

Dominos Pizza Locations in Mississauga Support the CFFF

Posted on: July 25, 2012

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 Offers New Wills and Estate Planning Services

Posted on: May 8, 2012

New: Wills and Estate Planning Services

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

Posted on: April 6, 2012

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

The Personal Insurance Company donates to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Posted on: April 4, 2012

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


Canadian Firefighters Memorial Wins Award

Posted on: March 29, 2012

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
Architect Inc.






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
Tremain [right].

CFFF Attends the Helicopter Association of Canada Conference

Posted on: March 27, 2012

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.


More information on this event is available by Clicking Here!

East Side Marios Fundraiser - April 2012

Posted on: February 24, 2012

Join us Friday April 27th (5-10pm) in Support of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation at East Side Marios Argentia Location (Mississauga, ON)

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!

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CFFF Attends Memorial for Fallen Enderby, BC Firefighter

Posted on: January 14, 2012

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!

Brampton Firefighters Present the CFFF with $5000.00

Posted on: January 12, 2012

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

Brampron Firefighters Present the CFFF with a cheque for $5000

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


Brampron Firefighters Present the CFFF with a cheque for $5000


The Personal partnered with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs helping the CFFF

Posted on: October 20, 2011

The CFFF would like the thank The Personal and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs for their ground breaking program!  

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.

Call or CLICK HERE today to save money and help the CFFF! What could be better?


CFFF presents iPad to CFFF newsletter subscriber !!!!!

Posted on: October 11, 2011


Congratulations go out to Cliff Rhodes, winner of our email subscription contest.  

Thank you to everyone that entered.

Photo Caption: President Robert Kirkpatrick presents an Apple IPad 2 to the winner of the e-mail contest; Cliff Rhodes, a Toronto Firefighter.

Halifax 9-11 Memorial Ride a great success!

Posted on: September 13, 2011

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!