IAFF Local 237 Year in Review 2012

A major project of renovating our local office building was started in 2011.  This renovation was completed in 2012, and we had our grand opening in September.  Our new office building will give us the ability to host our membership meetings, labour management meetings, training seminars, as well as small social functions. 

 Our new Collective agreement was signed in May of 2012 and it expires June of 2012.  We anticipate starting negotiating early in 2013.

 Executive members attended our provincial convention in Red Deer which had a day dedicated to IAFF Affiliate Leaders Training. This training provides affiliate leaders with the skills needed to build their local union. We will be hosting the Alberta Fire Fighters Convention in 2013.

 IAFF Local 237 in cooperation with Fire Administration worked on reactivating the Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and made available a CISM Basic Peer Support training course.

 Members of the Executive, Honor Guard and the Pipes and Drums band attended the IAFF Memorial in Colorado Springs. I accepted the flag on behalf of the Family of Deputy Fire Chief Ted Bochan who passed away in 2011 in the Line of Duty.  I later presented the Flag to the Family at a small ceremony back in Lethbridge.

Other 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 their members of Parliament and senators.

 AFFA Fall Meeting.  AFFA Members met in Edmonton to discuss Alberta Fire Fighter issues and concerns.  Members attending had the pleasure of Premiere Alison Redford addressing the delegates.

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

 Canadian Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Two members of the Honor Guard attended the unveiling of the Memorial in Ottawa.

 IAFF International Convention. This convention is held every 2 years and it sets the Direction of the IAFF for the next 2 years.  This year’s convention had United States Vice President Joe Biden attended and addressed the Delegates and President Barack Obama spoke to IAFF delegates by telephone.

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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