12th Annual Kitchener Fallen Firefighter Memorial Day
Line Of Duty Death - Platoon Chief Bert Kummer (Retired)
Parade departs City Hall @ 12:45 hours sharp (12 pm muster on College St.) Memorial Ceremony @ 13:00 hours Fellowship & Complimentary Finger Foods immediately after @ McCabe’s Irish Pub & Grill, In the Cork Room - Dress Uniform attire.
September 11th - Solemn Observance
Sept 11th - Solemn Observance
WHERE: Located @ the Kitchener Fallen Firefighter Memorial (101 Queen St. N) in front of the 9-11 commemorative feature of the World Trade Center steel beam & bronze commemorative helmet.
WHEN: From 08:45 until 9:11
WHAT: Brief welcome & comments by KPFFA Treasurer Daryl Greb & Fire Deputy Chief Rob Martin. Bouquet of flowers laid and candle lit. Fire and other emergency response personnel present will stand sentry post (rotating) during the observance. Concludes with thanks for attending in remembrance.
September General Meeting
The September General Meeting will be held on Tuesday September 20th at HQ in the Training Room. The meeting will begin at 7:30pm. All business from the last meeting in June to present will be discussed. New members will be sworn in at this meeting as well.
2016 KPFFA Retirement Banquet
The Annual KPFFA Retirement Banquet will be held at the Golf Steakhouse on Thursday September 29th.
Drinks at 6pm
Supper at 7pm
We will be honouring 5 of our members this year as well as our Retirees.
Congrats to: Captain John Pullman, Captain Mike Reinhardt, Communicator Jen Gazellone, Captain Peter Marck, and !st Class Firefighter Mike Zarzycki.
KPFFA Charity Golf Tournament
To our brothers and sisters and city staff we are proud to announce that on June 27th, The Kitchener Firefighters held our 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament. We raised money for a local children’s charity. Clarky’s Kids (Children battling Cancer).
We would like to Thank all who were involved from volunteers, to participants, sponsors and of course Rebel Creek Golf Club for hosting. Also a big thank you to the rest of the Kitchener Firefighters and Fire Department for their support!
So here we go, The grand Total raised in our second year is….
On behalf of Matt Martin and Myself, we are very proud and very thankful for all of the support! The Kitchener Rangers and the Charity Clarky’s Kids are thrilled with all of the contributions over the years. This has been a huge step and improvement from last year’s total of $10,300. With the continued support we hope to keep the ball rolling and continue to raise the bar year after year.
The official cheque presentation will be at the Kitchener Rangers game (Clarky’s Kids Night) near the end of October. Come check it out.
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Congrats to Mike Zarzycki
Congrats to Mike on completing his career with the Kitchener Fire Department. Mike completed 28 years with the KFD at Station7 on June 30, 2016. We wish Mike, and his family the best on their new adventures.
Congrats to Peter Marck on completing 40 years of service with the Kitchener Fire Department at Station 2 on June 30, 2016. You will be missed. Peter we wish you, and your family all the best on your new adventures.
Passing of Retiree Graham Shaffer
SHAFFER, Graham Edward Peacefully passed away at the St. Mary's General Hospital in Kitchener with family by his side on Monday, June 27, 2016. Beloved husband to Judith (nee Muter) loving father of Kyle (Marylou) and Todd (Lisa). Sadly missed by his grandchildren Shaun Craven, Kyle Jr., Taylor, Jocelyn, and Austen. Survived by sister Ruth Mary Ariss (Hugh), Graham will also be sadly missed by his faithful companion "Benji". Predeceased by his parents Edward and Viola Shaffer and one brother in infancy. Graham was a devoted and proud member of the Kitchener Fire Department, and will be remembered for his love of animals. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to share fond memories of Graham at the Memory Gardens Funeral Home (2723 Victoria St. N., Breslau) (519-904-0400) on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 2 - 4 p.m. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the KW Humane Society. A book of online condolences may be signed at www.memorycemetery.ca
Just a reminder that our final meeting before the summer break will be on Tuesday June 21st at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm. All business from the previous month to the present will be discussed.
Obituary for Peter Palubiski
Obituary for Peter Palubiski
Palubiski, Peter Paul
After a brave and courageous battle with cancer, Peter peacefully passed away on Monday, May 16th at home at the age of 64, surrounded by family.
Loving husband of Gabriele Palubiski (nee Rothammer) for 44 years. Proud father of Dionne Felder (Roy), Dan Palubiski (Megan) and Natalie Hatt (Charles). Devoted grandpa of Payton and Hudson Felder, and excited to learn about the arrival of baby Hatt and baby Felder this fall. Brother of David Palubiski (Winnie). Survived by his mother-in-law Thea Rothammer and his many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Peter and Agnes Palubiski, his sister LeeAnn, brother-in-law Gordon Dennis and father-in-law Karl Rothammer. Peter proudly served his community as a member of the Kitchener Fire Department, retiring after 28.5 years of dedicated service. From an early age Peter had a passion for the great outdoors. This led him to his hobbies of hunting and fishing, which he enjoyed with his many friends and family.
Peter's family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary's R.C. Church (56 Duke St. W., Kitchener) on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Cremation has taken place. A reception will follow at the Henry Walser Funeral Home. Interment to take place at St. Joseph's cemetery, Kingsbridge at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Joseph's Kingsbridge Community would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Our deepest appreciation to Dr. Gurbin, Ann Becks and all the wonderful VON nurses who cared for Peter.
Visit www.henrywalser.com for Peter's memorial.
The May General Meeting will be held on Tuesday May 17, 2016. It will begin at 7:30 pm in the Training Room at HQ. All business from the last meeting to present will be discussed. Also there is a LOU attached for members to review. Please post in all divisions, and all Fire Stations. This will be put to a vote at the meeting in May.
911 Waterloo Region Emergency Services Ball Tournament
PTSD for Ontario's First Responders
Ontario recognizes PTSD as work-related for first responders
Police, firefighters and paramedics with post-traumatic stress disorder will no longer have to prove it was caused by tragedies they handled on the job, erasing a major roadblock to prompt treatment.
MPPs from all parties unanimously passed a law Tuesday recognizing the disorder as a work-related illness, which advocates hope will ease a spate of suicides among first responders.
“This is going to save a lot of lives,” said Carmen Santoro, president of the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association.
Once the bill receives royal assent — expected soon — the onerous process in which first responders had to detail how they were traumatized by grisly events in the course of their duties should draw to a close.
“They won’t have to re-live it. They won’t have to go through ‘which date did you see that victim at a scene?’ It’s presumed to have happened on the job because of the number of times we’re exposed to those incidents,” Santoro added, noting his and other groups will be watching the Workplace Safety Insurance Board closely.
“It should be automatic. We’ll see how it goes.”
Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown said “too many people are struggling, fighting with WSIB to get treatment” under the current rules.
Labour Minister Kevin Flynn said it was “gratifying” to get all-party support and noted first responders are twice as likely to get PTSD as other workers.
He rejected a push to broadly cover nurses and other workers, such as child protection staff, probation and parole officers and provincial bailiffs, as requested by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
“Where a nurse is engaged in a first-responder situation, which we believe they are in corrections, we’ve extended the coverage.”
The law also applies to correctional officers in jails and dispatchers for police, fire and ambulance services. Alberta and Manitoba have similar legislation.
“We will continue to lobby the province to follow Manitoba’s lead and include all frontline workers,” said OPSEU president Warren “Smokey” Thomas. “Workers in many occupations face trauma at work.”
New Democrat MPP Cheri DiNovo — who has introduced five private member’s bills in the last seven years to extend automatic recognition of PTSD coverage to first responders — said she was disappointed the legislation did not go further.
“We would like to see some broadening of the scope.”
Still, DiNovo said, the law is a step forward toward the goal of getting first responders treatment as quickly as possible.
“They want to get back to work and they can get back to work. That saves money.”
For the firefighters, Santoro said he wishes the law would allow the cases of first responders who have been rejected over the years to be re-opened.
Flynn hopes the bill’s passage will ease the stigma of PTSD and help first responders to come forward for help when they need it, which a new $300,000 advertising campaign encourages them to do.
“It’s a mental health issue . . . society just hasn’t paid enough attention to mental health issues in general,” he told reporters.
“If we can prevent people from getting PTSD…we think that is the preferable route.”
Also under the legislation, employers must submit PTSD prevention plans to the government and there will be an annual summit on the disorder where experts, employers and first responders can exchange new ideas and best practices.
“It can be managed, it can be dealt with in a good way, in a meaningful way, but at this point in time it’s incurable,” Flynn added, noting some first responders carry the effects for the rest of their lives
The April General Meeting will be held at HQ in the Training Room on Tuesday April 19th starting at 7:30 pm. All info from the last meeting to present will be discussed.
Bill 163 passes Third Reading
As you may be aware, the Ontario Legislature today passed Bill 163, which adds PTSD to our list of presumptive legislation. This is a significant step forward for the mental health of our members, and I am pleased that all three parties at Queen’s Park voted in favour of it.
I will forward a final copy of the Bill once it is published, but in the meantime, I wanted to offer my congratulations to all of us for the work we did to move this issue forward at Queen’s Park.
My thanks especially go out to Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn, Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services Yasir Naqvi, and the staff at Queen’s Park who made this day possible.
Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association
The March General Meeting will be held on March 22nd at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm.
2015/16 Tri-City Fire fighter Hockey league Champs
Annual Boot Drive Cheque Presentation for MD
Congratulations to Joel and Bengt for organizing the Annual Boot Drive for MD. Along with KPFFA Members and Conestoga Pre Service Students there was $11,595.00 raised for Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks to the public for all of their support with this event.
Kitchener firefighters at the Waterloo region bowl for kids benefiting big brothers, big sisters.
Kpffa raised $720 and had a great day!
Bill Duncan Charity Hockey Tournament
The following will be the times that the Kitchener Teams will be playing on Thursday and Friday.
915am KFD McDonald vs Brantford Fire @ Sportsworld
12pm KFD Palmer vs Burlington Fire @ Sportsworld
1pm KFD Competitive vs Toronto Fire@ Sportsworld
3pm KFD McDonald vs KFD Palmer(this ones for bragging rights) @Activa Sportsplex
315 KFD Competitive vs Hamilton FD@ Activa Sportsplex
Friday(all games at Sportsworld)
10am KFD Palmer vs Brantford
1015 KFD McDonald vs Burlington Fire
11am or 1pm(depending on first day) KFD Competitive
Feel free to stop by and cheer on our different teams and support our raffle prize table.
Congrats to the Stairclimbers in Raising over $14,000 for the Lung Association
The results are. Highlights are:
The stairclimb raised over $14,000 net dollars (Goal was $10,000).
Blue's Crew won "Highest Fundraising FD".
Rob and Peggy Stiles on site supporting "Blue's Crew".
Mark Hebscher made a cameo appearance (apparently is a hard core stairclimber).
Blue's Crew won perpetual trophy for "Fastest Fire Dept. Team" because -
Eric Mayne won Fastest Under 40 FF (and first overall FF). Only climber under 4 minutes.
Bengt Nyman placed second Under 40 FF and second overall.
I was third overall (first Over 40 FF).
Chad Annis rounded out the Fastest FD Team with his 4th place Under 40 FF.
Keith Palmateer 2nd Over 40 FF.
Cliff Konrad 3rd Over 40 FF.
And First timer PB's by;
Nick Dorken 10th overall.
Justin Myles 13th overall.
John Advento 14 overall.
Chris Vaux 16th overall.
Thank you to everyone who supported this climb, either financially (Chief Rehill and everyone who sponsored a climber) through donations, volunteering (Ves!) or by accepting this challenge by climbing the 533 steps!
KPFFA Charities Committee
On Behalf of the Kitchener Firefighters Charities Committee we would like to send out a recap of 2015. We would first like to send out a big thank you to all those members that have contributed time and money to our numerous charitable events.
For all who do not know, the committee has a mandate to raise money for Local Children’s Charities. We also participated in numerous events throughout The City of Kitchener. We have Multiple Annual Events run by our members such as The Bill Duncan Memorial Hockey Tournament, The Kitchener Firefighters Charity Golf Tournament and of course The MD Boot Drive which contributes nationally.
Some of the Charities we have supported over the last year include Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Waterloo region, Children’s Wish, Pride Stables, Skate 48 and of course Clarky’s Kids(Children fighting with Cancer).
We are proud to announce that in 2015,The Kitchener Firefighters raised just over $30,000 for different charities. Of that total, just over $18,000 went to these local Children’s Charities. We have numerous events lined up for 2016, and we are always looking for volunteers, charitable ideas. If you would like to participate please feel free to contact the committee, we are always looking for new members or just helping hands at events.
Once again, thank you to all of the Members of the KPFFA! We are very Proud of these accomplishments, if I have forgotten anything or anyone I apologize. We look forward to another great year and hope to keep raising the bar!
Steeltown Firefighter Stairclimb
Daryl Mallett has organized a Stair Climb in support of The Lung Association please see the following and go to the link below.
Steeltown Firefighter Stairclimb