4th Annual Stair Climb – Canadian Fallen FireFighters Foundation

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Where: The Lethbridge Center Tower       4th Ave and 5th St. South

(The downtown Bay mall by the TD bank)

When: Sunday, October 26

Time: 2-5pm

Click here for participation forms

WHO: Members of IAFF local 237 as well as the general public are invited to participate in this event in a gesture to observe and honour those brothers & sisters and victims that were lost on September 11 at the site of the WTC attacks.

WHAT: The idea of this stair climb is to retrace the ascent (and descent) of the 110 stories of the WTC – this equals 10 “laps” of The Lethbridge Center Tower.

Members can approach this task in anyway they prefer; gym strip, turn-outs, team, timed, etc., but please take your own level of fitness and comfort into account.

You are not obligated to get pledges to participate in this event but if you can convince friends and family to support your climb through any sort of donation it would be much appreciated. Here is a pledge form.

Please RSVP mark.matheson@lethbridge.ca of your intent to climb and indicate if you require any equipment

Forms for the stair climb

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McHappy Day 2014

Lethbridge Firefighter’s Charities helped out with McHappy Day May 7th at westside McDonald’s. Almost 20 off shift Fire/EMS personnel sold raffle tickets, helped serve food and drink, and gave tours of our antique fire truck at the event. One dollar from every McCafe Drink, Happy Meal, and Big Mac sold at all Lethbridge McDonald’s locations was donated to the Family Centre Society of Southern Alberta and Ronald McDonald House Charities. This year McHappy Day in Lethbridge raised $19,613. GOOD JOB Lethbridge!

For more photos click here (Sparky gets arrested…)

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Muscular Dystrophy Rooftop Camp Out

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From March 27-30, five Lethbridge Firefighter/Paramedics will be on the roof of Toys “R” Us in downtown Lethbridge to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. This is the first time Lethbridge Fire Fighters’s Charities has participated in a such an event. For three days these firefighters will have to brave the elements, with temperatures falling to -15 C, while trying to achieve their goal of “filling the boot” with $10,000.

CTV news caught up with the Lethbridge Fire Fighters who are on the roof of Toy “R” Us.

Lethbridge Firefighters, Local 237, are a part of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) which consists of almost 280,000 professional fire fighters and paramedics from across Canada and the US. Since 1954, the IAFF and its tens of thousands of members have donated nearly $275 million to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The contributions of fire fighters has gone towards research efforts to eradicate nearly 40 neuromuscular diseases, buying equipment used to help those with MD, and to improve the quality of life for people affected by muscular dystrophy.

On Saturday, Sobeys will be putting on a BBQ from 11:30am-1:00pm. For $5 you get a hotdog, a bag of chips, and a pop. The money collected from the BBQ will go directly into the fire boot. Please stop by for a visit and make your donation to Muscular Dystrophy  Canada and get these firefighters off the roof. For those who are unable to make it down to Toys “R” Us, you can still donate by clicking on the following link:



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A special thanks to Honkers Pub & Eatery for supplying hot meals to the firefighters during the 72 hours camp out.

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IAFF Local 237 Year in Review 2013

IAFF Local 237 had an active member line of duty death this year.  Captain Jon Enander passed away April 28, 2013.  Numerous Uniformed members from across the province attended the line of duty service on May 4, 2013.


Lethbridge Fire Department Honor Guard, Pipes and Drums Band and members of IAFF Local 237 accompanied Jon Enander’s Family to the Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Colorado Springs.  Captain Jon Enander’s name along with 156 other Brother and Sisters were added to the wall at this year’s Memorial.



Our Collective agreement expired in June of 2012.  We established our bargaining team and had several negotiation meetings throughout the year. We anticipate signing a new agreement in 2014.

IAFF Local 237 hosted the Alberta Fire Fighters Convention in May.  Fire Fighters from 17 communities across Alberta met to discuss Fire Fighting and EMS issues in Alberta

AFFA Fall Meeting: AFFA Members met in Edmonton to discuss Alberta Fire Fighter and EMS issues.  We also met with several of the Alberta Fire Chiefs and had good discussions on PTSD.

The Alberta Fire Fighters formed a Pension Task force to address upcoming proposed Pension changes.

This Task force met with the government to express concerns and solutions to Pension issues

Members of the Executive also attended Interest arbitrations hearings in Medicine Hat, Calgary, and Edmonton

Educational Symposiums and conferences that IAFF Local 237 attended were:

IAFF Canadian Legislative Conference. This conference gives Canadian fire fighters a chance to meet and discuss key legislative issues and to conduct lobby meetings with our members of Parliament and senators.

IAFF Western Canadian Conference.  We attended this year’s Western Conference held in Edmonton.  This Conference keeps Western Canadian IAFF locals updated on their local issues.

IAFF Redmond Symposium and EMS Conference.

The IAFF and the John P. Redmond Foundation have been on the frontline of every major health and safety initiative in the fire service. The IAFF Redmond Symposium reflects our commitment to explore the cause of every IAFF member’s death, injury or illness and address solutions to further protect our membership.

In 2013 three members from the local attended this symposium in Denver Colorado.  One of the keynote speakers was retired US Army Four – Star General Barry McCaffrey. General McCaffrey addressed the delegates on leadership and the importance of taking care of your well being.

Key topics at this year’s Symposium were Fire Fighters and Paramedics responding under fire, Response to Mass Causality events and NIST Field experiments on Fire Behavior and Tactical Considerations

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IAFF Local 237 is proud to represent the Professional Fire Fighters, Paramedics, and Communication specialists that serve the citizens of Lethbridge



Rob Chollak


IAFF Local 237



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