It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our Administrative Officer and dear friend Mr. Kevin Connolly.
Kevin passed away at home surrounded by family and friends.
Although never a firefighter, Kevin had been associated with the fire services for many years and there was never enough that he could do for departments or firefighters.
His work for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, whether in his role as Administrative Officer or as an Ambassador was a real passion and inspiration, and he took great pride in the work of the Foundation and his interactions with our families.
Although he is gone too soon from our physical presence, he will always be with us in the work we do.
During this time, as we endeavor to ensure business continuity, we ask you to please be patient with any delayed responses and we promise that we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Rest in Peace Kevin.
OCTOBER 30, 2023
The Toronto Fire Fighters Celtic Society Memorial Ride for the CFFF. A Brief History of How a Random Thought at the 2016 Canadian Memorial Has Evolved into Becoming the CFFF’s Largest Sponsor/Fundraiser.
Captain David Cossitt
President of the Toronto Firefighters Celtic Society
Initiator & Organizer of the Memorial Bike Ride to Ottawa
Toronto Fire Services Captain David Cossitt has always had a predisposition for community service, particularly through his involvement with The Toronto Fire Fighters Celtic Society where he serves as their current President. In his words:
“I had attended the CFFF Memorial in 2016 and was very disappointed with the showing of Firefighters at the service. I was thinking to myself, what can we do to try and bring awareness to the CFFF service. I was thinking of what other emergency services do and came up with the idea of a bike ride. I reached out a few fellow firefighters (who were cyclists) with the idea of a 2-day ride from Toronto to Ottawa. They didn’t think it would be possible to do. I said oh well I’m doing it anyway.
I reached out to the Toronto Association and Department for support as well as a couple of sponsors to help cover some costs. I restricted it to Toronto only riders the first year as I was flying by the seat of my pants, we had 13 riders the first year.
My original objective was to raise $10 000.00 the first year, boy was I disappointed as we raised $5500.00. But 12 of the 13 riders had never been to the Memorial that year so I guess that was a positive to the event.
As the size of the ride has grown, I think more and more people have heard about the ride and have become interested in the ride and the cause for what we ride for. This is by far not an easy ride and is a huge commitment. Many riders have shared their stories of the ride and the friendships that have been gained while spending three days in the saddle along side fellow firefighters that they have not known before.”
This of course is an example of David Cossitt’s legendary modesty and out of the box thinking about how he can make a difference. He has done this throughout his career which led him to take on the mantle of President of the Toronto Fire Fighters Celtic Society which of course makes broader community contributions to worthwhile Fire causes such as Camp Bucko, but none has taken more of his time than the annual CFFF Bike Ride which has now become the largest fundraiser the CFFF benefits from, all because of one Toronto Fire Fighter’s original vision.
Becoming the largest fundraiser for the CFFF is something that I am most proud of and would be considered a highlight of the ride. The ride has brought over 200 Firefighters together over the 7 years that have developed friendships and I hope lifelong relationships that will help make the bond amongst Firefighters and their families stronger.
As the ride has grown there have been many challenges, this would include getting support vehicles and drivers, finding hotels that can accommodate us and finding enough sponsors to help offset the cost of the ride, so it can continue to grow. Each year there are always weather challenges and route changes due to construction along the way. With the help of the various Police Departments and Fire Departments along the way it has become much easier.
At least for next year the size of the ride will be limited to the current size, Max. 75 riders. This year was a big adjustment from the 56 riders in previous years and I think a few things need to be ironed out to make the group size manageable.”
For those of us who have witnessed the logistical challenges, the time involved is like a full-time job and some. Bottom line, over the 7 years of the ride, David and his team of cyclists have raised over $360,000 making the Toronto Fire Fighters Celtic Society the CFFF’s largest benefactor/sponsor.
For more information on the Toronto Fire Celtic Society or to further support its activities, including the Annual Memorial Ride, refer to the links below or follow them on your preferred social media platform.
Group Picture at the Memorial Monument on September 8, 2023
The “Original Six” Toronto Fire Services Participants have never missed a year since the inaugural Memorial Ride
(From Left to Right)
It now takes a village to support the current number of participants who volunteer their personal time to ensure the safety and wellness of the cycling team. Thank You!/
From Left to Right
Shaun Ruddy (Chair of the Annual Toronto St. Patrick’s Parade)
OTTAWA, ON – In a significant step towards strengthened support for families grappling with loss, the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF) has announced its collaboration with Wounded Warriors Canada.
Following last month's National Firefighter Memorial weekend in Ottawa, this strategic alliance paves the way for Wounded Warriors Canada to amplify its national mental health provider role. This collaboration will prioritize the distinct mental health needs of the spouses and children of fallen firefighters.
President of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, David Sheen, stated, "Our Foundation's commitment has always been clear: to honour, remember, and support the fallen and the families they left behind. The alliance with Wounded Warriors Canada deepens our resolve to provide critical support to these families in their moments of need."
Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada, added, “Through our ten-year history, our guiding principle has been to honour the fallen and help the living. This partnership is the embodiment of that effort. Providing innovative and culturally specific mental health support to the family members of the fallen is a core value in our spectrum of care. Above all, partnerships are vital – no single organization can do this important work alone. We look forward to working with the Canadian Fallen Firefighter Foundation now and in the years to come.”
Given recent studies, the new partnership between the CFFF and Wounded Warriors Canada takes on an added urgency. With 34% of Canadian firefighters screening positive for PTSD symptoms, the mental health crisis among these first responders cannot be understated.
About the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation: The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a registered, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to honouring Canada’s fallen firefighters. The Foundation honours all types of firefighters, whether volunteer/part-time, paid/full-time, industrial, military, urban, rural, wildland, airport, or marine.
About Wounded Warriors Canada: Wounded Warriors Canada is a national mental health service provider dedicated to serving ill and injured Trauma Exposed Professionals (TExPs) and their families. The organization offers a range of clinically facilitated training and counselling programs specifically developed to support the unique needs of Veterans, First Responders and their families. Their programs support individuals, couples, spouses, surviving family members, and children of those who serve or have served our country and communities.
CFFF: Contact Kathryn Hendrick at email@example.com [GM1] or (416) 277-6281
Wounded Warriors Canada: Matt Wocks, firstname.lastname@example.org, 647-572-4627
Introducing Our New 2023 CFFF Challenge Coin!
We are proud to introduce our brand new 2023 challenge coin. The new coin, designed by Toronto Fire Fighter Mykhail Baehr, incorporates the CFFF Ribbon logo, a depiction of the Fire Fighter statue at the National Memorial with the Memorial Monument gracing the background and the name of the 10 Provinces and the three territories engraved around the perimeter of the coin. The coin is beautifully embossed and depicted in 4 colours.
The coin is available for a cost of $20.00 at the CFFF store, and will also be available for purchase at the merchandise store at the September Memorial at the Delta Ottawa City Centre.
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The Foundation would like to thank the following companies and organizations for sponsoring this year’s memorial ceremony. / La Fondation tient à remercier les compagnies et organisations suivantes pour leur commandite de la cérémonie commémorative de cette année.
CEREMONY PARTNERS / PARTENAIRES DE LA CÉRÉMONIE
Association des Pompiers de Montréal Inc. / Montreal Firefighters Association
COMTECH FIRE CREDIT UNION
M&L Supply Fire & Safety
PLATINUM HELMET SPONSOR / COMMANDITAIRE CASQUE PLATINE
Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre Inc. / Centre interservices des feux de forêt du Canada inc.
In loving memory and with grateful appreciation for Colonel (Ret) Cheryl D. Lamerson, Ph.D., CD2
GOLD HELMET SPONSOR / COMMANDITAIRE CASQUE OR
BRONZE HELMET SPONSOR / COMMANDITAIRE CASQUE BRONZE
Fire Marque Inc.
Ottawa Delta Hotel
Saturday Meet & Greet Sponsor
Vans provided by
The 2021 ceremony was held on the 12th of September, Firefighters’ National Memorial Day at the national memorial site in Ottawa. Members of the Foundation, Ottawa Fire, Montréal Fire and National Defence Fire Service came together to honour and remember all of our fallen. We all hope that the 2022 ceremony will bring us all together again in order to celebrate with our families of the fallen.
Lambton College is hosting the 2021 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb that will help fund the programs provided by the NFFF and CFFF to support the families of fallen firefighters and the FDNY Counseling Services Unit. The stair climb is a way to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live on September 11, 2001. Each participant pays tribute to a FDNY firefighter by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.
For more information, donate or register, please visit the Lambton College web page at https://nfff.akaraisin.com/ui/lambton The event will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena 1455 London Road, Sarnia, ON.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Kathryn Hendrick 416-277-6281
On May 4th, International Firefighters’ Day and in honour of the world’s firefighters, Niagara Falls will be transformed into an incredible, red colored water and light masterpiece on both sides of the American Canadian border -- and the CN Tower Toronto will be illuminated in red rotating every half hour in honour of the occasion.
“All Canadians are deeply grateful to the brave women and men who put their lives on the line every day for the protection of life and property,” said David Sheen, president of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “An illuminated Niagara Falls, a wonder of the world shared by Americans and Canadians alike, will serve to recognize our brothers and sisters on both sides of the border who dedicate their service, whether they are full-time, volunteer, military, wild land, or industrial firefighters. In all cases, these individuals risk the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.”
International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time where the world recognizes and honours the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters are acknowledged for their contributions. International Firefighters ’Day is observed each year on the 4th of May.
“On this date, we call on citizens in North America to remember all firefighters who paid the ultimate price to protect their communities,” said Troy Markel, Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in the United States.. “They served with great honour, and their bravery will not be forgotten. I hope we can all show our support and appreciation to the firefighters worldwide who continue to protect us so well throughout the year.”
The Falls will be illuminated red between 10:00 and 10:15 p.m. that evening. The two sister organizations are very pleased to have jointly made this significant recognition a reality.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation extend their sincere gratitude for the red illuminations provided courtesy of The Niagara Falls Illumination Board and the CN Tower.
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About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. Our mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, provide resources to assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.
About the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a registered, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to honouring Canada’s fallen firefighters. The Foundation honours all types of firefighters whether volunteer/part-time, paid/full time, industrial, military, urban, rural, wildland, airport, or marine. The Foundation’s directors, who volunteer their time, include members from all areas of the Canadian Fire Service as well as representatives from the business community.
2021 CFFF Memorial Weekend - Cancellation
The circumstances of the current worldwide pandemic have, once again, caused the Board of Directors of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF) to have to consider the viability of our Annual Memorial Weekend.
Last year, when we had the sad responsibility to announce the cancellation of our Memorial Weekend, I don’t think any one of us envisioned that we would once again be faced with that critical decision, but situation and circumstances bring us to that point.
It is with a profound sense of sadness that we now advise that this year’s Memorial Weekend is similarly cancelled.
The Board of Directors continue to feel it is our duty to protect the health and safety of our families and colleagues while upholding our mission to Remember, Honour and Support our fallen.
Because of this our plans will change, from an in-person gathering at the Canadian Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa, to an online ceremony which will be broadcast through our Facebook page. Details on the 2021 virtual Memorial ceremony will be available closer to the date at www.cfff.ca.
Flags, as always, will fly at half-mast on September 12, which is Firefighters’ National Memorial Day, when all firefighters across Canada are recognized for their sacrifice, dedication, and bravery, particularly the fallen.
We remain hopeful that our in-person congregation for the Canadian Firefighters Annual Memorial Ceremony will resume in 2022, on the September 10-11 weekend, with the families from 2020, 2021 and 2022 taking part.
We thank everyone for your continued remembrance and honouring of the fallen along with your unwavering support of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation
The Stair Climb was another success raising over $2000 this year!
Erik Prain, owner of Bunker Gear, wanted to do something to help remember those that have fallen in service to their communities, so he did. Teaming up with Fireground, they designed a custom T-Shirt and Hoodie and for every one of them sold, 100% of the profits would be donated to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The campaign was titled “4THEFALLEN” and it worked! The Foundation is proud to be associated with great people like this and we hope to see future endeavours benefitting our Fallen and their families. Special thank you to Loyalist Fire Department for their amazing work helping Bunker Gear organize the First Annual “WALK 4THEFALLEN.”
Seen below is Erik Plain donating a $4,000.00 cheque to Treasurer and Atlantic Director Bruce Paradis. Thanks to the Moncton Fire Department for allowing us to snap a pic!
The 2020 virtual memorial took place on the 13 September at the Canadian Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa. Foundation President David Sheen was joined by CFFF Directors John Sobey and Bruce Paradis; CFFF Ambassadors CWO Martin Rousseau and Mark Prendergast as well as Ottawa, Gatineau and National Defence Fire Service members to honour our fallen. The Foundation was honoured to have musicians from Ottawa Fire to round out the ceremony all while maintaining pandemic regulations.
For the full ceremony video, go to our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/aETV8bOOp_w
In September, the crew from Memorial Ride decided to go ahead and do a shortened ride that was pandemic friendly. Riding from Oakville to Toronto wasn’t the challenge they had accepted but it was, nonetheless, a ride for the Fallen which raised more than $23,000! Thanks to Dave Cossitt and all the riders that stepped forward to make this happen and a big thank you to all of their supporters.
2020 CANADIAN FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL SERVICE
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation will conduct a solemn service to honour and remember all those firefighters that have given their lives in service to Canadians.
Join a small contingent of Foundation and local firefighters as we honour, virtually, those that have been engraved on the Canadian Firefighter Memorial. The ceremony will be live streamed (sponsored by M&L Supply) on the 13th of September at 1100 hours EST on the Foundation's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CFFF.FCPMS. We respectfully ask that the ceremony not be attended by those close to the memorial site in order to respect government guidelines during the pandemic.
Canadian Firefighters Memorial Ceremony Postponed in 2020
OTTAWA – For the first time in 17 years, Canadian firefighters who died in the line of duty will be honoured in a ‘virtual’ Canadian Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in 2020, instead of congregating in person on September 13.
Flags, as always, will fly at half-mast that day, which is Firefighters’ National Memorial Day, when all firefighters across Canada are recognized for their sacrifice, dedication, and bravery, particularly the fallen.
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline workers, families, and communities confront unprecedented risks,” said David Sheen, president of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “Families are faced with direct risks associated with frontline work while balancing employment and financial changes, home schooling, and vulnerabilities to COVID-19. The Board of Directors felt it was our duty to protect the health and safety of our families and colleagues while upholding our mission to remember, honour and support our fallen.”
Hosted annually by the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, hundreds of firefighters from each of the provinces and territories typically flock to Ottawa to attend the ceremony in a show of solidarity and commemoration. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, these plans will change, from an in-person gathering at the Canadian Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa, to an online ceremony which will be broadcast through YouTube. Details on the 2020 virtual Memorial will be available closer to the date at www.cfff.ca.
The in-person congregation for the Canadian Firefighters Annual Memorial Ceremony will resume in 2021, on the September 11-12 weekend, with the families from both this year and next taking part.
“To all families, colleagues, sponsors and donors, thank you for your continued remembrance and honour of the fallen along with your unwavering support in keeping everyone safe and healthy, and of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation,” added President Sheen.
The Canadian Firefighters Memorial, at the corner of Lett Street and the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway in Ottawa, is a permanent and public commemoration that honours the sacrifice of every Canadian firefighter who has died in the line of duty since 1848.
President Sheen’s video announcement is available here: https://youtu.be/zKtG7P4Z20w
Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation Special Release
As we travel through these challenging times, the Foundation is also experiencing angst as the board of directors looks towards future events. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Foundation has had to make the following decisions for the near future:
At this time, the Foundation hopes that the pandemic restrictions should be lifted by summer and that the ceremony will be held on the Firefighters’ National Memorial Day as planned.
The Executive will closely follow the situation and adjust as required to meet government requirements, and the advice of health care professionals. In the event that the ceremony must be postponed or cancelled due to public health concerns, an announcement will be promulgated no later than 60 days prior to the ceremony.
Our frontline first responders, are at the forefront of the efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus and impact community survivability. You selflessly serve others while contending with concerns for the potential health risk upon yourselves and your families
As a board of first responders, we urge all Canadians to follow the measures set down by their respective governmental bodies and together we can all beat this.
CFFF Director John Sobey met with officers and cadets of 872 RC Air Cadet Squadron recently to personally thank the members who have and continue to participate with the annual CFFF Memorial each September. The cadets assist the Foundation during the event by distributing memorial programs and water, assisting guests to seating, parking control, chair pick up and site clean after the ceremony! The 2019 presentation plaque was presented before the Squadron to Warrant Officer 1st Class Gluzman with Squadron Commanding Officer, Major Anica Boudreau. The Foundation is very appreciative of the support demonstrated each year by the young men and women of 872 Squadron.
Director Sobey presenting an appreciation plaque to Warrant Officer 1st Class Gluzman with Squadron Commanding Officer, Major Anica Boudreau for their excellent support each year.
During the week of November 18 to 21, Wildland Director James MacKinnon represented the CFFF at the Wildland Fire Canada Conference in Ottawa, Ontario. Held every two years, this conference brings together operational government agency fire mangers, wildland fire science researchers, policymakers, government executives, and industry vendors from across Canada and internationally. The goal of the Foundation is to maintain or increase the awareness within the wildland fire industry, to gain commitments from wildland fire agencies to send uniformed staff to the annual Memorial Weekend in Ottawa, and to develop corporate relationships as we pursue the Foundation’s goals. Thank you goes to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre for donating a wildland painting to be used as a raffle prize and appreciation goes to the conference organizers for generously providing booth space to the CFFF throughout the event.
Our own Wildland Director, James MacKinnon, attends the biennial Wildland Fire Canada conference in Ottawa in November
On September 29, 2019 Reebok CrossFit FirePower and the Milton Fire Department held a fun, unique fitness competition as part of their annual FIRE FIGHTER APPRECIATION DAY -FFAD. Proceeds went to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation to provide education and job training for families of fallen firefighters and contribute to the CFFF memorial weekend. The competition was open to the general public and all service personnel. Thank you to Andrea and George Savard for their continued support and raising awareness of the CFFF. They are true community partners of the fire service.
To date the Reebok CrossFit FirePower FFAD has raised over $75,000.00 for support of our Fallen families!
Shortly after the ceremony, members of the CFFF took the time to recognize the ongoing support of the Hotel of Record – Sheraton Ottawa. The CFFF has used the Sheraton since the inception of the memorial weekend in 2004, not only because it is the best deal for an Ottawa downtown hotel but, because of the staff. Every year, each member of their staff make it their sole purpose to ensure that the memorial weekend goes off without a hitch; from greeting and settling the families, serving up the family dinner, providing water for the parade on Sunday or sponsoring the ceremony each year, the Sheraton definitely looks after us.
Members of the CFF BoD present a thank-you plaque to the Sheraton Ottawa management team that help make each Canadian Firefighters Memorial the success that it is. (l-r) CFFF Treasurer Bruce Paradis, Group Reservations Coordinator Scott Eden, President of the CFFF David Sheen, General Manager Yolaine Charette, Director of Sales Amanda Lewicki and CFFF 1st VP Doug Wylie
At the Annual General Meeting in September, Director Wayne Jasper stepped down from the Board of Directors after giving his time to the Foundation for the last 12 years. Wayne joined the board in 2008 but was an avid supporter of the Foundation since 2004, attending every ceremony and taking on key roles. During his tenure as a director, Wayne took on the Line of Duty Death Chairman shortly after joining the board and carried on in this very integral position to 2018. Wayne also took on the web site redevelopment and all social media which, to anyone that has ever done this, is a tireless task for an organization as large as the CFFF. You may have also seen Wayne posting the Vigil at the ceremonies and issuing the Remembrance Medallions.
Wayne will be missed but, with his retirement from the NDFS and taking on new roles with the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department as Training Officer and now Deputy Fire Chief, we are sure that his plate is as full again as it was with us, thanks Wayne!
President of the CFFF David Sheen presents Director Wayne Jasper with a token of appreciation for his 12 years on the Board of Directors at the recent AGM in Ottawa.
In September of this year, a few days prior to the ceremony, bike riders from Toronto Fire and other departments came together after many practices to ride from Hamilton to the Canadian Firefighters’ Memorial in Ottawa. The ride has grown from 10 riders the first year to over 40 riders this year from seven different departments. This grueling 530 km journey was accepted by the riders including a firefighter from Newfoundland who was inspired after the 2018 ride. The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Celtic Society was and is the driving force behind this very successful fundraiser benefiting the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation; and their President, Dave Cossitt is the creator of this ride. Over the last three years, the Celtic Society has raised $43,000, with over $27,000 this year alone easily surpassing their goal of $15,000. The Ride is supported by numerous departments along the route who generously provide breaks, facilities and in most cases, financial donations. The CFFF would like to recognize and thank all riders, support personnel and those that donated, and we hope that this tradition can continue in the future!
2019 Memorial Ride participants in Hamilton before striking out to Ottawa
First riders arrive in Ottawa with a police escort.
In July, Foundation Director and Atlantic representative Bruce Paradis attended the 106th MFCA conference and trade show in Moncton, New Brunswick. The show was a great success over the two days and our thanks goes out to the organizers for their continuing support. Besides selling the normal merchandise, the Foundation was able to address a couple of line of duty death inquiries and also get the word out to the fire officers in attendance. This annual event is a great way to connect with all of the Maritime provinces as the attendance is from far and wide.
Director William (Bill) Stewart, former Fire Chief of Toronto and Director to the Foundation attended the Toronto Fire Services Memorial Service held on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the Harbour Front Fire Station. Bill had the honour as a Director of the Foundation in paying tribute to the Fallen members of the Toronto Fire Service. May they all rest in peace.
The following Toronto Firefighters names have been added to the Memorial;
District Chief Ken O'Halloran, died November 21, 2003
Fire Inspector Robert Fryday, died January 12, 2007
Captain Ron Milroy, died July 29, 2016
Captain James Lewis Brown, died December 3, 2017
Platoon Chief Thomas Thompson, died January 1, 2018
Captain George Bellinger, died March 9, 2018
District Chief Edward Batten, died October 16, 2018
Captain James McLaughlin, died November 1, 2018
Firefighter Scott Daly, died December 9, 2018
Firefighter Blair Gibson, died January 30, 2019
Director Stewart, former Fire Chief of Toronto Fire Services pays his respects at the TFS Memorial in June.
The annual pilgrimage to FDIC Atlantic took place on Saturday the eighth of June 2019 at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS. Thanks to the hard work of the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency (HRFE) Logistics and Training unit, the one-day event again topped all expectations with attending firefighters from across the Maritimes coming out to support the CFFF. While attendance was down somewhat for the classes, we didn’t really feel the crunch with line ups at each and every break to purchase CFFF wares and tickets for the evening’s festivities. Another big thank you to the organizing committee for allowing us to attend. Winners and sponsors were:
Globe boots (Globe and K&D) – Adam Woods
Cairns Traditional Helmet (MSA) – John White
White Bullard Traditional Helmet (Bullard and Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency) – Terry Nippard
LED Flashlight (MicMac Fire) – Ryan Lewis
CFFF Challenge Coin (CFFF) – Stephanie Hawky
CFFF Challenge Coin (CFFF) – Brittany Thompson
The 2019 FDIC Atlantic clan, Front (L-R) David Clements, Bryson Wilson and Basil Mitchel. Back (L-R) CFFF Director Bruce Paradis, Norman Lavoie and Myles Faulkner. Thanks to all those that supported the CFFF!
The 6 and 7 of June this year saw CFFF Director Charles Olsen attending the Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs Conference in Brandon, Manitoba.
Director Olsen and the CFFF would like to thank the Grand Valley Mutual Aid District for their hospitality during the event. The trade show booth was visited often by those attending the conference and we thank all of them who took the time out of their busy schedule to stop and help spread the word about the CFFF. With Manitoba as the 2019 Honorary Host of this years ceremony, there were many participants that stopped by the booth to enquire about the programs offered to the families of the fallen as well as the memorial weekend itself.
Charles Olsen, LODD Chairman and Manitoba-Saskatchewan Director for the CFFF mans the booth at the Manitoba Chiefs conference and trade show.
The Foundation was once again at the annual BC Fire Expo on the 2 and 3 of June 2019 in Penticton, British Columbia. First VP Doug Wylie and Director Wayne Jasper manned the booth and were, as always, swamped by those interested in the work of the Foundation. The booth was once again sponsored in part by Smith Brownlee & Associates, long time co-sponsors of the CFFF at the BC Fire Expo and Dave Mitchell and Associates, also co-sponsors and all are appreciated for their support.
One of our past family members was also able to stop by. Chief Dennis Allan Montgomery of the District of MacKenzie Fire Department was honored in Ottawa in 2009. Mrs. Sheila Montgomery has made several journeys back to Ottawa since her husband was honored and for the 10th Anniversary Sheila asked the Foundation if she could volunteer in any capacity to help the Fallen Firefighters Families, for 2019. It is always a pleasure to have family members come back and assist as they know first-hand what our families are going through.
In May, the Military Director to the Foundation, CWO Gerard Slaunwhite and his incoming replacement CWO Donnie Matthews donated the proceeds from the CWO Fund. The fund was established more than 20 years ago as a way to promote morale and fund retirement gifts with each CWO in the National Defence Fire Service contributing on an annual basis. With the decline in overall CWO positions in the RCAF, the Fire Service has seen over a 50% reduction in CWO positions and the remaining CWOs of the trade no longer saw it as feasible and decided to donate the balance of the fund to the CFFF. Thanks for thinking of our Fallen!
Caption – Gaétan Magnan, Administrative Officer of the CFFF receives a cheque from CWO Donnie Matthews and CWO Gerard Slaunwhite
Karen Suidan, a teacher with the Dolphin Senior Public School in Mississauga, was travelling to Ottawa with the school band for the national music festival called MusicFest Canada. Karen is the daughter of Captain William Terrell (Toronto Fire Services) who was added to the CFFF memorial wall during the 2017 ceremony. Karen contacted the CFFF to arrange for her students to visit the memorial on May 16th. Her plan was to have the students find her fathers name, and perform the Last Post followed with a moment of silence in honour of all fallen fire fighters.
Karen’s request was sent to CFFF ceremony director, John Sobey who contacted Karen and arranged to meet with her and students. Director Sobey who is also a member of Ottawa Fire Services arranged for a pump and ladder crew to attend the event in support of the special occasion. Following the small ceremony, director Sobey explained the background of the memorial site and the history of the CFFF. The Ottawa Fire crews took the time to show the students their apparatus and equipment.
The Foundation wishes to thank Ms. Suidan and the students from Dolphin Senior Public for taking the time to visit and pay their respects to all of Canada’s fallen fire fighters while visiting the nation’s capital.
In May, Cannery Brewing Co. owner Patt Dyck met with CFFF Director Wayne Jasper to provide their donation from sales of the last batch of Wildfire IPA. Cannery Brewing has supported the Foundation with this special brew for many years and we appreciate their continued efforts (and the beer!) from the Cannery Brewing Co.
A message from Cannery Brewing Co. owner Patt Dyck...
"As the wildfires have already started for the season, we want to take a moment to pause and recognize all of the firefighters and emergency service workers who work so hard to fight the wildfires here in the Okanagan, across the province and into Alberta and beyond. We are honoured to be able to support the great work of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation as we donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of our Wildfire IPA to this incredible organization each year."
FSANS annual conference was held the weekend of the 13-14 May 2019 in Truro, NS. The Foundation was invited to attend the trade show and Atlantic Director Bruce Paradis was happy to oblige. Many chiefs, officers and firefighters came by during the weekend to support and receive more information about the CFFF. The conference was another great success and we thank all those that showed their generosity!
Atlantic Director and Treasurer Bruce Paradis manning the
Foundation’s booth at the 2019 FSANS conference and trade show.
Many thanks to the FSANS committee for inviting the CFFF to attend.
From the 4-7 April, CFFF Director Charles Olsen attended the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs Conference in Moose Jaw, SK.
Director Olsen would like to thank Host Chief Rod Montgomery for the invitation to attend. The trade show booth was visited often and a big thank you to all who took the time out of their busy conference schedule to stop by the booth to help spread the word about the CFFF. Many of the participants stopped by the booth to inquire about the programs offered to the families of the fallen as well as the memorial weekend.
Caption – Director Charles Olsen at the SAFC conference in Moose Jaw.
Correcting an oversight and just making things right, the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation is very pleased to announce that one of our founders, and the first President of the Foundation Dr. Will Brooks, has been appointed as an Ambassador of the CFFF.
Undoubtedly, Will’s most cherished work has been that of Founder of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Along with Georges Potvin and Bill Williams, Will found the resources to start the ball rolling and host the offices of the Foundation in his home from 2002-2007.
We look forward to Will’s assistance and contribution as we continue to build the CFFF to Honour and Remember our Fallen, and Support those left behind.
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation today announced it has received a grant for $60,000 USD from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Through the grant, the CFFF will help fund scholarships, bursaries and support programs for children and spouses of fallen firefighters, as well as honouring and remembering the fallen.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as the CFFF, which support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of the Motorola Solutions Foundation”
said David Sheen, President of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
“Support such as Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided, will aid us in our efforts to honour and remember fallen firefighters, and to provide crucial support to those left behind.”
This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help more than 3 million students, teachers, first responders and community members around the globe. There is a specific focus on providing grants to programs that
impact underrepresented populations, including females, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans and others.
“The Motorola Solutions Foundation is honored to and privileged to support the work of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We believe in organizations that are fostering innovation, building partnerships and driving change, and we’re proud to be part of the positive impact they’re making in communities.”
For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants program, visit: motorolasolutions.com/foundation
About the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a registered, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to honouring Canada’s fallen firefighters.
The objectives of the Foundation are:
About the 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 foundation 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 in science, technology, engineering and math. For more information on Motorola
Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: http://www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation
Recently, CFFF director, John Sobey was invited by 872 Squadron (Kanata), Commanding Officer, Captain Anica Boudreau to attend the squadron’s closing parade evening to say “thank you” to the air cadets who participated during the 15th annual CFFF Memorial ceremony, Sunday, September 9th. Each of the fifteen cadets received a CFFF pin and the squadron CO was presented an appreciation plaque and a token donation cheque towards upcoming squadron events.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets is comprised of young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who can participate in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities and learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship. Director Sobey was also asked to address cadets that were attending leadership training that evening.
CFFF Director John Sobey presents Foundation pins to each of the cadets.
872 Squadron (Kanata) Air Cadets offer their assistance each and every ceremony and fill many needs of the CFFF. Director Sobey addresses the Cadets offering the Foundations’ appreciation for their continuing efforts.
Shortly after the annual memorial, the Foundation was invited to attend the unveiling of the firefighters’ stamp in Halifax, home to the country’s oldest fire department. Thursday, the 13th of September was the day that the firefighters’ stamp was shown to the public.
“The stamp depicts a determined firefighter up close as two firefighters battle an inferno in the background. The image is intentionally universal, in order to reflect part-time or full-time professionals or volunteer firefighters in any community. They all save lives and protect property and the environment with their skills and courage” (CPC)
It was an honour to attend such a recognition event and we hope that all Canadians have the opportunity to collect (or use!) the firefighter stamp as well as all of the first responder series.
The CFFF attended the public unveiling of the new First Responders stamp recognizing firefighters.
CFFF Atlantic Director Bruce Paradis and Friend of the Foundation Dave Clement attended the 2018 unveiling of the Firefighter stamp.
The 2018 Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation AGM took place in Ottawa, ON September 10th resulting in the following changes to its directorship.
After 10 years in the position of President and 15 years on the board, CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick announced his retirement from the board. The CFFF would like to extend its sincerest thanks to Captain Robert Kirkpatrick for his dedication to moving the CFFF forward to where it is today.
As a result of President Kirkpatrick's retirement from the board, current Secretary David Sheen was subsequently nominated as the new President and acclaimed to the position. Congratulations go out to out new President David Sheen.
David Sheen's vacated position of Secretary has beeen filled by Dr. Lori Gray. Congratulations and welcome to the CFFF Executive.
After 12 years as LODD Application Committee Chair, Wayne Jasper has stepped down from this position and the role of LODD Application Committee Chair will now be assumed by Saskatchewan Area Director Charles Olsen. Wayne will remain on the board as a Director at Large.
Volunteer Fire Services representative Martin Bell has also stepped down from this position on the board. The CFFF would like to welcome Martin's replacement District Chief Carl Pearson (Thorold, ON) as the new Volunteer Fire Services Representative.
CFFF Director at Large Arnold Lazare has been appointed to the new position of Aboriginal Fire Service Representative.
CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick presents out-going CVFSA Director Martin Bell with a framed portrait of the Canadian Firefighter Memorial. Big thank you to Martin for his years on the board representing Canadian Volunteer Firefighters.
CFFF Board of Directors at the annual general meeting with outgoing President, Robert Kirkpatrick and CVFSA Director, Martin Bell
As a tribute to the firefighters who risk their lives to keep Canadians safe, the Canadian government proclaimed the second Sunday in September of each year as Firefighters’ National Memorial Day in memory of firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty. The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation is reminding all fire service organizations that on Sunday September 9, 2018 all flags should be half-masted at all fire service stations in Canada to coincide with Canadian flags half-masted on all federal buildings and establishments.
The Government of Canada recognizes the dangers firefighters often face when carrying out their duties, and the ultimate sacrifice of firefighters who have given their lives in the line of duty. Firefighters’ National Memorial Day commemorates their courage, their selflessness, and their unwavering commitment to serving our communities.
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation will be conducting the annual memorial ceremony at the site of the Canadian Firefighters Memorial, in Ottawa, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday September 9. Visit the 2018 Ceremony Details for more info.
In July, the CFFF attended the 2018 Atlantic Fire Leadership Conference in Moncton, NB put on by the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association (MFCA). Atlantic Director Bruce Paradis and Director Wayne Jasper manned the CFFF trade show booth which was very well attended by members of the MFCA. Thanks to Conrad Landry and the Dieppe Fire Department for organizing the 104th annual conference and supporting the CFFF. We definitely look forward to next year’s event!
In June, Treasurer and Atlantic Director Bruce Paradis was honoured to attend the FDIC Atlantic event in Wolfville, NS. The actual Fire Department Information Conference takes place over three days at the Acadia University and is well attended by maritime firefighters.
Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency members Dave Clement, Basil Mitchel, Myles Faulkner, Bryson Wilson and Norman Lavoie have been organizing a one-day fundraiser for the CFFF at the FDIC for over 10 years. The FDIC attendees continue to donate more than any of our other tradeshow events and we sincerely appreciate this and hope that it continues!
The gang from Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) came through again for the CFFF at the 2018 FDIC Atlantic in Wolfville Thanks to (l-r) Basil Mitchel, Myles Faulkner, Bryson Wilson, Dave Clement, Norman Lavoie and all those that supported the event!
Photo credit Brian Taylor
Thanks to everyone who attended the Heroes Festival in Wasaga Beach Ontario on June 23/24. The event honoured first responders and the military with displays, demonstrations and a great air show featuring the Snowbirds. Thanks to M &L Supply and Mark Prendergast for providing excellent fire service specific demonstrations for the public and providing space for the Foundation.
The long and daunting 206km Trek is now behind me. It has been an emotional rollercoaster since leaving Grande Prairie Fire Department Station 1 on Saturday, June 9th. I had some really difficult moments such as running against 50km/hr gusting wind combined with cold hard rain, or starting days 2, 3, 4, and 5 with foot and leg injuries that were progressively getting worse (I’ve been told I hid it well).
Despite these, I also had some really high moments that made it all worthwhile. The overwhelming support from family, emergency services (fire, police and EMS alike), friends and the community at large was incredible. Running alongside other firefighters, RCMP, municipal employees, my father, and my brother helped me keep pace and encouraged me to keep going strong until the next checkpoint. Receiving messages of thanks from friends and family members of LODD firefighters put meaning to what I was doing.
So many high points in my journey carried me to the finish.
Together, we raised (so far) over $13,000 for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation while also bringing awareness to the importance of staying fit and healthy. It’s never too late to donate. You can do so at cfff.ca and if you wish to have your donation amount added to the Northern Trek total tally, mention “Northern Trek” in the message section of the donation form.
DC J. Bergeron
CFFF was presented a cheque for $50,848.14 from the "FUN" networking night held during the 2018 OAFC Trade Show.
Lead sponsors were AJ Stone and Safetek.
While there was no Ladders Up for the Foundation this year, the members of the OAFC really came through for the Foundation which was really appreciated!
CFFF Director John Clare receives a really big cheque from the OAFC with Chief Stephen Hernen, Huntsville, Bill Stone, A.J. Stone Co Ltd, Greg Rivers, Safetek Emergency Vehicles and Dan Stone, A.J. Stone Co. Ltd.
The CFFF was privileged to attend the Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs conference from May 31 to June 1 of this year, CFFF Director Charles Olsen made the trip to the host city of Selkirk, MB to get the CFFF word out to all attendees.
Director Olsen would like to thank all who took the time out of their busy conference schedule to stop by the booth to help spread the word about CFFF. Many of the participants stopped by the booth to enquire about the programs offered to the families of the fallen as well as the memorial weekend.
Charles was also able to “seal the deal” on the combined fire services of Manitoba participating as the Honorary Host for the 2019 Canadian Firefighter Memorial ceremony in Ottawa!
CFFF Director Charles Olsen at the MAFC Conference in Selkirk, MB. Thanks to all attendees that supported the Foundation.
CFFF Director Carey Taylor attended the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association trade show at the Edmonton EXPO Centre on May 27 & 28. While traffic was down this year, the awareness of the CFFF and our programs is definitely growing. Seeing firefighters from across the province wearing our clothing from previous years is great to see!! Thanks again to the AFCA for the complimentary booth. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year in Calgary.
CFFF Director Carey Taylor attended the 2018 AFCA in Edmonton and met many CFFF supporters
From April 12 to 15 of this year, CFFF Director Charles Olsen attended the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs Conference in Regina, SK. The theme of “One Team, One Vision” was reflected throughout the weekend with stories of the heroic efforts of the first responders that were called to duty in response to the Humboldt bus tragedy. The accident took place mere days before the opening ceremonies of the conference and the effects of that day were very present in the minds of all those in attendance.
A conference highlight was the keynote address given by retired Fire Chief Darby Allen, who spoke of the Fort McMurray wildfires.
The CFFF would like to congratulate Denis Pilon, Fire Chief in Swift Current, on being the recipient of the SAFC annual Fire Chief Award of Merit and wish him all the best on his retirement from the department later this year.
Congratulations also go out to Randy Ryba, with Regina Fire and Protective Services, who was presented with the Fire Prevention Award at this year’s conference.
Director Olsen would like to thank all who took the time out of their busy conference schedule to stop by the booth to help spread the word about the CFFF. Many of the participants stopped by the booth to enquire about the programs offered to the families of the fallen as well as the memorial weekend.
CFFF Director Charles Olsen mans the booth at the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs Conference in Regina, SK
In December, Director John Sobey presented 872 Air Cadet Squadron with a small token of appreciation from the Foundation. Each and every year, 872 Air Cadets step up to the plate and assist with the annual memorial ceremony. The cadets help with traffic and pedestrian control, pass out programs, ensure the bands and marching contingents are provided water and help with the ceremony take down. The value they provide each year is immense and saves the Foundation funds for family support programs. Bravo Zulu!
Caption – Directory Sobey presenting a thank-you plaque from the Foundation to 872 Air Cadet Squadron Commanding Officer Major Dave Burton with Captain Adrian Schmid looking on.
Caption – Director Sobey takes the time to present each cadet with a Foundation memorial pin.
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- $14.95 discount off the purchase of a 3 Pack.
- 1 FREE Training Kit with the purchase of 3 or more 3 Packs
- $5 off any other Rupture Seal product.
- $10 donation to CFFF for each 3 pack purchased.
For more information, go to http://fd.ruptureseal.com/ and don’t forget to use the promo code when ordering.
On October 24 & 25 the Hamilton Professional Fire Fighters Association held their annual charity hockey tournament. The two day event featured 24 teams from police, fire, EMS and correctional facilities competing in four divisions, A, B, C, and for the first time an all women's category. This year's event was another tremendous success with a portion of the proceeds going to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Ottawa– Nov 6, 2017 – The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF), today announced it has received a grant for $30,000 USD from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. The grant will be used by the CFFF to continue their Education Program for the children and spouses of fallen firefighters.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as the CFFF, which support and advance public safety programs and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives. This year, there was a focus on programming for women, underrepresented minorities, people with disabilities and veterans.
“The Foundation cannot support the families of our fallen firefighters without the help of great organizations such as the Motorola Solutions Foundation’, said Robert Kirkpatrick, president of the CFFF.
This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help over 3.4 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members across the globe. Each participant will receive an average of 200 programming hours from its partner non-profit organizations and institutions.
“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. As a technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.
About Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a registered charity which conducts the national firefighter’s memorial service bringing the families of the fallen together in Ottawa and provides family support to the children and spouses of fallen firefighters. For more information please call 613-786-3024
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 foundation 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 in science, technology, engineering and math. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation.
There was a special event at the Central United Church in Lunenburg, NS for “Mutual Aid”, an evening of music performed by the Bridgewater Fire Department Band and the 14 Wing Brass and Reed Band. There are also a few members of the CFB Stadacona Band on hand. This was a benefit concert of music and those who attended could give a free will offering that went in support of the work of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. (CFFF). Director Martin Bell got chance to speak on our need to Honour – Remember & Support the families of the Fallen. The good folks that attended raised $750.00 towards the Foundation.
Thank you to everyone who made this event a success. Tony Hunt – photo credit.
An invitation from the PEI Firefighters Association (PEIFFA) cannot be ignored! The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation was once again at the New London Fire Company attending the annual trade show and AGM. Sales and free information as to what we do were brisk and special thanks goes to the New London department for their generosity, winning the silent auction for a framed print of the CFM. 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. Thanks to Rod MacDonald, Chief Allen Cole and Tyler Campbell as well as the rest of the New London department for making this happen.
Rick Niblett, retired 651 military firefighter and the Deputy Chief at PEIFFA Fire School stop by the CFFF booth at the PEIFFA trade show. Thanks to Chief Cole and Tyler Campbell of New London and all those that supported the CFFF.
CFFF Director John Sobey was able to personally recognize the Ottawa Fire Service with their Fire Management Team for their committment to the 2017 Canadian Firefighters Memorial, from left to right is; Deputy Chiefs John Gillissie, Paul Hutt, Director John Sobey, Acting Chief Kim Ayotte, Nathan Adams and Deputy Sean Tracey.
This year, the Canadian Volunteer Fire Service Association held their annual general meeting in Wolfville, Nova Scotia on the 30 September and invited the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation to attend. Martin Bell, CVFSA Director to the Foundation was in attendance and also honored by the CVFSA for his years of dedicated involvement with their organization, congratulations Martin! The Atlantic Director for the CFFF, Bruce Paradis also attended and ran a CFFF kiosk for those attending. Sales of merchandise and donations from delegates and local firefighters made for an excellent weekend. Thanks to the CVFSA for continuing and excellent support!
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation enjoyed an excellent day with the Canadian Volunteer Fire Service Association. Thanks to all those that stopped by the kiosk and supported the CFFF on the 30 September!
CFFF Director Wayne Jasper was pleased to accept another generous donation on behalf of the CFFF from Cannery Brewing owner Patt Dyck generated from their sales of their limited release Wildfire IPA. The CFFF is extremely grateful to have an ongoing relationship with the Cannery Brewing Co. You can find this awesome beverage at the locations listed in this link: https://www.cannerybrewing.com/locations/68-wildfire-ipa
Show your support for the CFFF and enjoy a great beverage at the same time!
It was a beautiful morning to kick off Milton Fire Department’s annual charity car wash in support of FireFighter Appreciation Day 2017!
Training Station 1 on Steeles Ave, Milton was the site of the car wash. Traffic was plenty and handled with ease by the 40+ firefighters & FFAD friends volunteering their time, hand washing, rinsing and towel drying from 10 am to 1pm.
The day has raised $2865 for the Canadian Fallen FireFighters Foundation!
Many thanks to all Miltonians and beyond for coming to support, bring coffee and snacks, and special sincere thanks to Winston from Winnies Jerk in the TSC parking lot for surprising all the firefighters and volunteers with full lunch from his food truck!
CFFF president Robert Kirkpatrick recently visited the fire crews at Bruce Power in Tiverton, ON to present the 2017 Platinum sponsor thank you plaque for the 7th time. Pictured, in front of one of the Bruce Power pumpers and their Memorial, accepting the plaque for Bruce Power is Fire Chief Brian Cumming and some of the on-duty firefighters. Bruce Power is the longest participating Platinum Sponsor of the CFFF and we sincerely appreciate their generosity to help us operate the ceremony and provide support for the families of the fallen.
REGINA — Canadian flags will now fly at half-mast in an annual solemn day of honour as firefighters across Canada are recognized for their sacrifice, dedication, and bravery. The second Sunday of every September, beginning September 10 on the day of the annual Canadian Fallen Firefighter Foundation (CFFF) Memorial Ceremony, was designated today as ‘Firefighters’ National Memorial Day.
Led by the joint efforts of the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the CFFF, the news of the official designation of Firefighters’ National Memorial Day was received warmly by the families of all firefighters across Canada and those who have lost their loved ones in the line of duty.
CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick and CAFC President Ken Block with Minister Goodale for announcement.
“This is a significant milestone to have an annual day dedicated to those who have fallen in the Canadian fire service, and to also recognize the loss to their families and loved ones,” said Captain Robert Kirkpatrick, president of the CFFF. “The Government of Canada has demonstrated that they truly appreciate the sacrifice and commitment of firefighters in this country.”
In March 2017, Minister Goodale announced the Community Heroes Benefit, a compensation fund for families who have lost a first responder in the line of duty. The designation of Firefighters’ National Memorial Day is further testament to the value the federal government places in the role of the firefighter.
On Sunday, September 10, Minister Goodale will deliver the keynote address in Ottawa at the 2017 Canadian Firefighters Annual Memorial Ceremony where families of the fallen from across Canada will be in attendance and recognized for the sacrifice of their loved one lost in the line of duty.
The Board of the CFFF is deeply committed to the families of the fallen and engages with them on an ongoing basis. The Foundation is all-inclusive in its recognition and support of the fallen, whether they are volunteer, who represent eighty percent of all firefighters, full-time, military, wildland, or industrial firefighters.
Your Worship, distinguished guests from Regina and across the country.
Bonjour tout le monde.
Good morning everyone. It is a great privilege to be back once again at Fire Hall #5 in Regina this morning, surrounded by some of Canada's finest, the brave and selfless women and men who put their lives on the line every day to protect all of us. Greetings and good wishes from Prime Minister Trudeau and the Government of Canada, and indeed I'm sure I bring with me the gratitude of the whole country for the sacrifices that you and your families are called upon to make.
That includes the heroic work of your colleagues in British Columbia this year, and particularly around Kelowna this morning, and in Fort McMurray last year, and in Northern Saskatchewan the year before that and in communities across the country every day, fighting fires and keeping people safe.
These efforts have been recognized around the world and have demonstrated in spades the tenacity and courage and skill of Canadian firefighting services. On behalf of all Canadians, thank you.
In addition to members of Regina's Fire and Protective services who are with us this morning, I am very pleased to be joined by several other representatives of the firefighting community across the country. Lloyd Zwack is the President of the Saskatchewan Professional Firefighters Association and he is also representing here today the International Association of Firefighters; Edmonton Chief Ken Block is here as President of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs; Richard Kent is Vice-President of the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada; Graham Pawlett and Troy Mutch are President and Vice-President of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Service Association.
Serge Poulin is representing the indispensable Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. The President of the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs, Ken Eskra from Churchbridge is here. So is Chief Dale Feser from Estevan, and of course Robert Kirkpatrick, President of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Bob, the tireless work of your organization has been instrumental in making today's announcement possible. Thank you for your determined advocacy, your passion, your dedication to preserving and celebrating the memories of those who have served and fallen in this noble and essential calling.
September 11th, of course, holds huge significance for firefighters everywhere. Every year, on the second Sunday in September, as close as possible to the 11th, the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation has organized a very moving ceremony to honour brave firefighters who have given their lives in service to us all and they've done that every year since 2004. People from across Canada gather on that day, the second Sunday in September, at the impressive memorial site in Ottawa to remember and pay tribute and to share the pride and the grief felt by the families and friends of firefighters who were killed in the line of duty.
Local services have long been held in memory of fallen firefighters in communities across the country. But Canada has never had a formally established national day designated to honour and remember the sacrifices of firefighters. Until now. Today, I am pleased to announce that the Government of Canada proclaims the second Sunday in September of each year to be Firefighters’ National Memorial Day, beginning on Sunday, September 10th, 2017.
Et je le répète en français : Le deuxième dimanche de septembre chaque année sera officiellement le Jour commémoratif national des pompiers.
On my recommendation through Order in Council, the Governor General has directed that a proclamation be issued immediately to this effect. In addition, each year on that day, the Canadian flag will fly at half-mast on all federal buildings and establishments, including the Peace Tower, from sunrise to sunset. Half-masting is a rare honour, and it's my hope that when Canadians see the flag lowered every year at the local post office or on the RCMP detachment, as well as on Parliament Hill, it will cause them to ask why, and then inspire them to think of the firefighters at work in their communities and the ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
In my Public Safety portfolio, I have a lot of tough things to deal with. But one of the upsides is getting to know and to work with firefighters and emergency workers of all kinds. And we've been pushing an agenda to support their needs, renewing national funding for the heavy search and rescue teams across all the regions of Canada; creating a new compensation award to help the families of first responders who lose their lives in the line of duty; working with Public Safety, Health Canada and other federal departments, as well as provinces and territories, to install a truly national action plan to better cope with post-traumatic stress injuries; developing better communications systems to function during emergency responses; improvements to the building code; and so on.
There is a lot to get done. But we've got momentum and great support from Canadians because they recognize, from coast to coast to coast, this vital fact:
While most people are doing their best to escape a disaster and get out of harm's way, first responders like firefighters are running directly into it, and they do that to protect people, to save lives with the full knowledge that something bad might happen. When tragedy strikes, the grief felt by a firefighter's family and colleagues is shared by the whole country. And that's why we need Firefighters’ National Memorial Day, to come together to remember and mourn together, to support one another and to celebrate those wonderful lives.
And now, that day is officially proclaimed. It will be my honour to join all of you in Ottawa on Sunday, September 10th, 2017. Thank you very much.
The largest fire conference in Atlantic Canada is the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association, attended by representatives from all four Atlantic provinces. The 2017 conference was in Moncton NB from the 9th to the 12th of July. The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation was invited to speak and run a kiosk for the event thanks to Conrad Landry, Chief of Dieppe and host for the conference. It was a very successful three days and the opportunity to speak to the delegates on the roles of the Foundation was very much appreciated. We hope to see everyone there next year!
Maritime Fire Chiefs Association conference was a great success for the Foundation and we hope to see everyone again next year.
Our annual pilgrimage to Wolfville Nova Scotia for the Fire Department Information Conference or FDIC Atlantic took place in June. The continuing support of both the organizers that provide our space and the Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) folks, namely Dave Clement and his clan, raised a significant amount of funds for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF) in less than eight hours! Of course, this would not be possible without the recurring support of the many firefighters that attend each year. Thanks to everyone and we hope that you keep up the excellent support!
The CFFF joined forces with the Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) folks for the annual FDIC Atlantic (2017). Thanks to (l-r) Bruce Paradis, Myles Faulkner, Dave Clement, Norman Lavoie, Bryson Wilson and Basil Mitchel and all those that supported the event!
CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick represented the Foundation at the annual Fire Fighters Association of Ontario and Ontario Fire College Memorial Service Saturday, June 24th. Special thanks to the FFAO for all their hospitality and all those who attended.
Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick and CFFF Ontario Director John Clare represented the Foundation at the Toronto Fire Services Memorial Service on Sunday, June 25th. President Kirkpatrick laid the CFFF wreath during the memorial service which saw 18 new names added to the Toronto monument.
Photo credit: Larry Thorne
CFFF Attends Alberta Fire Chiefs Association Trade Show CFFF directors Carey Taylor and James MacKinnon attended the AFCA trade show in Red Deer June 11 and 12. Thank you to all who stopped by the booth and supported the Foundation by purchasing T-shirts and raffle tickets. Congrats to Alan Adam from Trochu, AB on winning the axe raffle. Thanks also to Blair Peden from Awards and Trophies HQ for the amazing prize!
CFFF Director Wayne Jasper along with CFFF Chaplain Bruce Rushton attended the FCABC in Vernon, BC. The CFFF congratulate Smithers Fire Chief Keith Stemko on winning the commemorative CFFF Fire Axe generously donated by Blair Peden at Awards and Trophies HQ.
The Comtech Fire Credit Union 5th Annual golf Tournament for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation was held on May 29th at Royal Woodbine Golf Course in Toronto. A beautiful day and great golf was enjoyed by all. Thanks to all the sponsors, participants, and prize donators for making a successful day. Special thanks to Master of Ceremony Kevin Connolly and all the staff at Comtech Fire Credit Union for running the event.
The weekend of the 27 May saw the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Fredericton, New Brunswick for the New Brunswick Association of Fire Chiefs(NBFCA) annual conference. Some space issues at the venue were easily overcome since the Foundation and MD Canada usually find themselves side by side at these events, we just got a little closer! The weekend was a great success with many supporters and the chance to discuss the Foundation work with folks. Many thanks to the NBAFC for their continuing support.
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation enjoyed a great weekend in Fredericton, NB at the annual NBAFC conference on the 26 and 27 May 2017. Sharing is caring - Atlantic Director Bruce Paradis and Shelley McWilliams, Revenue Development Manager for Muscular Dystrophy Canada (Atlantic) shared a booth at the recent NBAFC. Thank you to the organizers and all those that stopped by to support the Foundation!
Ladders Up raises a record $41,040 for the CFFF! Special thanks to Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, the Ladders Up Committee- M&L Supply, A.J. Stone Ltd., Canadian Safety Equipment, VFIS, Firefighting in Canada, and all those who attended, purchased equipment throughout the year, or donated to the silent auction. Thanks also to the great entertainment from “Better Under Fire” and the Mississauga Fire Services Pipes and Drums. Congratulations to the winner of the trip to Florida donated by Fort Garry Fire Trucks and all the other great prizes.
Thanks to everyone for helping us Support the families of the fallen. Please visit the CFFF at booth 431 at the OAFC trade show.
The CFFF attended the Northern H.E.A.T. conference and trade show the first week of May in Peace River, AB. This has grown into one of the top training and conferences in Alberta. Lots of new and familiar faces dropped by the CFFF booth to say hello and get info on the CFFF mandate. The CFFF would like to thank Northern H.E.A.T. For their generous donation of booth space and funds from the sale of the conference challenge coin.. High Level Fire Chief Rodney Schmidt presents CFFF Director Wayne Jasper with a donation from the event Challenge Coin sales. Thank you to the organizing committee for all their hard work. From left to right: Julien Bergeron, Jeff Green, Randy Schmidt, CFFF Director Wayne Jasper and Derian Rosario.
From left to right: Julien Bergeron, Jeff Green, Randy Schmidt, CFFF Director Wayne Jasper and Derian Rosario.
Fire Chief Pierre Voisine (left), Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, recently made a cheque presentation to Captain Robert Kirkpatrick, President of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation for over $9200 on behalf of the CAFC and the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council from the proceeds of their Remembrance Candle sales which wrapped up last year. The Foundation thanks the Council and the CAFC for all their efforts to help the Foundation Honour-Remember-Support our fallen and their families.
CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick attended the Ontario Legislature today with the Rea and Walter family for the second reading of the Rea & Walter Act. MPP Randy Pettapiece's private members bill for the identification of buildings with lightweight truss construction. The Act is named after North Perth District Chief Ken Rea and Firefighter Ray Walter who died in the line of duty in 2011 in Listowel, ON. The Foundation supports any initiative for the safety of firefighters.
OTTAWA – Families who have lost one of their own in the line of duty as a Canadian firefighter will receive federal government compensation for the first time in Canadian history through the Community Heroes Benefit, according to the 2017 federal budget announced yesterday.
“Compensation to the families of our fallen firefighters is a meaningful gesture that will be deeply respectful and consoling in their time of need,” said Captain Robert Kirkpatrick, President of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “The Community Heroes Benefit shows that the sacrifice of the fallen to their country and community is sincerely appreciated by the Government of Canada.
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has advocated for the Community Heroes Benefit, particularly following his keynote address and personal time spent with families of fallen firefighters at the Canadian Firefighters Annual Memorial Ceremony in 2016.
“The Board of the CFFF looks forward to working with Minister Goodale in developing the details of the Community Heroes Benefit,” added Captain Kirkpatrick. On behalf of all the families of fallen firefighters, the Foundation extends its sincere thanks to the Minister and his government for listening to the needs of the fire service.”
The Board of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF) is deeply committed to the families of the fallen and engages with them on an annual and ongoing basis. The Foundation is all-inclusive in its recognition and support of the fallen whether they are full-time, part-time, volunteer, military, wildland, or industrial firefighters.
(L-R) Captain Bob Kirkpatrick, President, CFFF; The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; Doug Wylie, 1st Vice President, CFFF
Please contact: Kathryn Hendrick, CFFF Communications, 416 277 6281 or email@example.com
As 2017 begins the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation looks back on another year. The Foundation honored twelve families at the annual ceremony in September which was hosted by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management for the Province of Ontario as they celebrated 100 years in existence. Fifty-four fallen were added to the memorial wall. The 2016 ceremony was held on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and we remembered the 343 New York firefighters lost that day as well.
The Foundation was honoured to have the new Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honorable Ralph Goodale, attend our weekend activities and support the Foundation and our families.
The 2017 ceremony will take place at the Canadian Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa on September 10 hosted by Halifax Regional Fire Rescue as they remember the 100th anniversary of their nine firefighters killed at the Halifax explosion in 1917 , which also killed approximately 2,000 people and injured an estimated 9,000 others.
With the great help of our sponsors and donators, the Foundation continues to provide support for the families of our fallen with many programs. Our education program saw two new four-year scholarships awarded and several families sent to Camp F.A.C.E.S. last summer. Please visit our website at cfff.ca for details of all our activities.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, I wish all our supporters and families a safe and prosperous 2017.
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation continues to HONOUR, REMEMBER, and SUPPORT with its 2016 CFFF/ Doug Lock Memorial Scholarship Awards this week in two Canadian cities.
On November 11, 2016 the Beamsville Firefighters Association (part of the Town of Lincoln, ON Fire Department) held their annual turkey raffle for several charities. The Association recently made a significant donation to the Foundation from a portion of the proceeds at the event which was recently accepted by President Robert Kirkpatrick at the Beamsville fire station. Thank you Beamsville firefighters!
The CFFF would like to extend its thanks to the Copper Mug Pub and the Cannery Brewery in Penticton, BC for the generous donation following the Copper Mug Pub's Wildfire IPA cask night. The Copper Mug Pub made the donation based on each glass of Cannery Brewery Wildfire IPA sold that night.
Patt Dyck from Cannery Brewing presents the donation to Director Wayne Jasper from the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
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.
Fire Services Credit Union] Fire Services Credit Union
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.
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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
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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
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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
On August 31st at 0900 hours the Ride of Respect commenced their long journey from Vancouver to Ottawa, led by organizer Surrey Firefighter, Tim Baillie.
They were escorted by the Canadian Border Services to the Peace Arch at the B.C. / Washington State border, where photos were taken. Two Surrey Fire Department engines led the departing group from the Peace Arch to the Surrey City border as they left for Ottawa.
Riding her Harley is Karen Glendinning, widow of Surrey Captain Pat Glendinning. Pat's name was added to the Memorial Wall after passing in 2008. Also riding along with Tim and Karen are Brian Green, Ray Smith, and Jory Robinson. They hope to reach Ottawa by Sept. 7th or the 8th, in time for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters unveiling of the Memorial.
In the center is Karen Glendinning, to her right is Tim Baillie, to her left is Brian Green.
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.
More information on this event is available by Clicking Here!
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
CFFF Ceremony Chairman, Director John Sobey thanks Hulse, Playfair and McGarry for the use of their Chapel for ceremony weekend.
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.
CFFF in Calgary at CAFC 2011
President Robert Kirkpatrick, 1st Vice President Doug Wylie, and Directors Carey Taylor and Chad Sartison manned the CFFF booth at the CAFC Fire Rescue 2011 conference and trade show. Many other Directors representing their areas of the CAFC were also in attendance.
President Kirkpatrick addresses the delegates.
A special presentation was made to District Chiefs Gerald Green and Joe Armstrong of the Saint John Fire Department for acting as host at the 2011 annual memorial ceremony in Ottawa.
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!
On Saturday, September 10th, 2011, the Red Knights Motorcycle Club PEI
Chapter 1 hosted a 9/11 memorial motorcycle ride with
all donations to be forwarded to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters
Foundation. 90 bikes joined in the run and raised a total of
$1000 for the CFFF. Thank you for this generaous donation!
Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks which claimed thousands of lives and continues to have a significant impact around the world as the war on terrorism continues and issues around security remain in the forefront.
In memory of the lives lost and changed forever from the events of September 11th, Bruce Power made a $10,000 donation to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation on behalf of our employees.
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation was created to honour and remember firefighters killed in the line of duty and to support their families. One of the major initiatives of the Foundation is the construction of a national memorial which will be officially unveiled in Ottawa in 2012.
Robert Kirkpatrick, left, President Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Captain Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services accepts a cheque for $10,000 from James Scongack, Head of Corporate Affairs, Bruce Power to mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.
The CFFF would like to extend thanks to Troy Mutch and Commercial Solutions Inc. for their donation of $5150. Troy presented the executive and directors of the CFFF with the check following the 2011 CFFF Memorial Ceremony.
From Left to Right: CFFF Secretary Tim Hinds, CFFF President Robert Kirkpatrick, Troy Mutch, CFFF Director Wayne Jasper
For 31 years, the annual Mesachie Lake Firefighters Tournament and Auction has raised over $500,000 to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Canada. At this year's tournament, a new tradition was started by Cowichan Bay Fire & Rescue. A check for $100.00 was presented to the CFFF in the name of Tyler Knott, this years Mesachie Tournament MVP. It is hoped that this will continue in subsequent years with other tournament participants donating as well.
Congratulations Tyler on winning the MVP award and thanks for supporting the CFFF! Best of luck to all the Mesachie Group participants in the coming years!