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

 

Sincerely:

Rob Chollak

President

IAFF Local 237

 

 

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Lethbridge Fire Fighter’s Charities 2014 Calendar

(Update February 2014) – Lethbridge Fire Fighter’s Charities is excited to announce that $40,000 was raised through calendar sales, the Average Joes “voting night”, and the with the help of North Lethbridge Scotia Bank.  We’d like to thank everyone who made the 2014 Fire Fighter Calendar a success. All proceeds will be donated to various local charities throughout Southern Alberta.

A thank you to the following Lethbridge businesses who sold the calendars: Average Joe’s Sports Bar,  Honkers Pub and Eatery, Esquires Coffee House, and Wal-Mart North & South.

We look forward to doing this again for 2015!

 

 

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Local attends Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Colorado Springs

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

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