KPFFA


December General Meeting

The December General Meeting will be held at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm on Tuesday December 19th. All business from the previous meeting to present will be discussed. As well we will be voting on our Constitutional Amendments. These will be attached to this email so please post a copy in each division and station. 
17:01 Constitutional Amendments
To amend the Constitution a member will present his proposed amendment to the Secretary of this Association between October 1st and October 31st only. The proposed amendment shall by e-mail and shall refer to the Article number to be changed.  The proposed amendment shall be worded in the manner the member would like to see placed in the Constitution.  The proposed amendment shall also include the original wording if applicable with the proposed changes hi-lighted for comparison to the present/original wording. If the proposed amendment would cause changes in any other Article(s), the member must also outline those changes. The Secretary shall acknowledge to the sender by e-mail the receipt of the proposal.
 
The Secretary shall post copies of the proposed amendment at all fire stations at least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting in December and will require a two-thirds (2/3) vote to be carried.  These amendments as well as the Constitution shall be reviewed by the Policy Committee for their input and discussion at the meetings held to determine Constitution changes.


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KPFFA Christmas Party

The KPFFA Christmas Party will be held at the Golf Steakhouse on Monday December 11th. Drinks will start at 6 pm and supper at 7 pm.


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Fundraiser for Nutrition for Learning Program

One of our members Josh Bohnen is running a fundraiser to support Nutrition for Learning a children's breakfast program please see below.
 
I am sending this email to hopefully get some help regarding an endurance series that I will be partaking in. The event is in the second week of August and all of the money that I will be raising will be going directly to the Nutrition for Learning charity.  This is a charity that raises money to ensure that all school aged children in our community are getting wholesome and nutritious meals so that they are properly sustained throughout the day and can concentrate on being kids and learning.  These kids come from a variety of different socio economic backgrounds and in my experience in the program at Courland Public school benefit greatly from this program!!  I was also privy to just how expensive and difficult maintaining this program is.
 
Nutrition for Learning feeds over 19,500 children and youth in 142 schools (144 programs) in Waterloo Region from Elmira to Cambridge.  That is a staggering number of children in our community that are being directly supported by this charity!
 
The endurance event that I am partaking in is called the Endurrun the details of the event can be found here: http://www.endurrun.com/about/stages/
 
My Fundraising link can be found here: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/13994/the-endurrun-2018/pledge?type=participant&id=3175720
 
This is something in which I will keep constant updates and would really like the KPFFA, as well as, the City of Kitchener  to be at the forefront of as it will allow us to be highlighted in such a positive way within the community!
 
I would love help and input from you regarding exposing my cause to different groups if possible, and would really appreciate the ability to be able to send this link and email to the membership along with different departments in The City of Kitchener, I just wasn’t sure if that was appropriate without your permission.
 
Thanks again!!
 
 
Josh Bohnen


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Congratulations to Sister Sherry Waddell on her Retirement


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Congrats to Brother Paul Shantz on his Retirement


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Congratulations to Sister Sharon Musselman on her Retirement


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Congratulations to Brother Mark Priebe on his Retirement


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Congratulations to Brother Walter Waganka on his Retirement


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Congratulations to Platoon Chief Kevin Karley on his Retirement


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MD Boot Drive

On September 16, 2017, the KFD “Fill the Boot” for MD campaign took place raising…
 
$12,934!!!!
 
On behalf of those afflicted with this disease, and their families and care givers, the charities committee would like to thank all of our KFD volunteers (Alan Taylor, Shawn Matches, Daryl Greb, Jim Bolle, Jeff Johnson, Joel Perriman, Greg Toth, Ian Hawkins, Dan Martin, Darren Verge, Ryan Pitz, Jan-Michael Reyner), the Conestoga pre-service students, on duty crews who cycled through the venues, and fire management for their support with making the day a success. 
 
Thank you,
 
Patrick McDonald


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13th Annual Kitchener Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day

We would like to thank everyone that participated in the 13th Annual Kitchener Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Thanks to our dignitaries, college students, and the Memorial Committee for all their hard work on such a hot day.


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September General Meeting

The September General Meeting will be held on Tuesday September 19th at 7:30. The meeting will be held in the Training Room at Headquarters. All business from the previous meeting to present will be discussed. Please remember to submit all Collective Agreement proposals to the secretary by August 31st. The proposals will be read at the September Meeting.


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13th Annual Kitchener Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day

Sunday September 24th, 2017
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.


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2017 KPFFA Annual Retirement Banquet

The 2017 KPFFA Annual Retirement Banquet will be held at The Golf Steakhouse on Thursday September 28th.
Drinks at 6:00 pm
Supper at 7:00 pm.
We will be honouring 5 of our members this year.


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Passing of Gary Mann

Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the Mann Family at this very difficult time. Gary was a past KPFFA Member as well as Deputy Chief, and Interim Chief for the Kitchener Fire Department. He will be missed by all.

Date: Wednesday September 13th 
Location: Coutts Funeral Home 96 St. Andrews Street, Cambridge ON 
Visitation: 9am-11am
Funeral: 11 am


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Congratulations to our new CAO Dan Chapman


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September 11th - Solemn Observance

8:20am: Crews/Volunteers and Speakers arrive at the Memorial

8:35am:      Brief Welcome by Allan Taylor
                  Prayer Given by Padre Mike Zenker
                  Post Centuries and Honor Guard around memorial for 8:40am
                  Deputy Chief Martin and Honour Guard lay flowers on 9/11 Memorial

8:42am:      Silent Observence Begins 

9:11am:      Silent observance ends.
                  Pipes by Chad Gravill or Travis Fraser
                  Closing Remarks by Deputy Chief Martin


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Congrats to Brother Priebe on his Retirement


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Congrats to Platoon Chief Karley on his Retirement


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Kitchener Firefighters Charity Golf Tournament

Kitchener Firefighters Charity Golf Classic

Presented by Heffner Toyota & Chiefs Heavy Truck Collision



Date: Monday, June 26, 2017

Where: Rebel Creek Golf Club
Tee Time: Noon-Shotgun Format
Price: $150 per player
***This price includes 18 holes with power cart, snack, dinner, full use of practice facilities, day locker service and bag drop***
Silent Auction

This Texas Scramble tournament provides players and sponsors the opportunity to join us for a fun filled day of golf with community leaders from around the region and the chance to network with colleagues while supporting a great cause. This event will be held at Rebel Creek Golf Club an 18 hole championship course in Petersburg Ontario.


We, the Kitchener Firefighters are a team of highly trained caring professionals, committed to increasing safety and security, protecting and strengthen our community through education, prevention, rescue, fire suppression, and life support services. The goal of the Kitchener Firefighters Association is to focus on children in and around our community and to help provide a better quality of life.


We are proud to present the 2nd Annual Kitchener Firefighters Charity Golf Tournament. This is an event aimed at raising money for Clarky's Kids; a local children's charity. All proceeds raised in the name of this charity go directly to:

- The paediatric Oncology Clinic and Grand River Hospital
- Paediatric Oncology Financial assistance program (POFAP)
(the POFAP aids local families with the cost of food, accommodations and child care during their child's cancer treatment)

So now you know who we are, what we are trying to raise money for, and now you are asking yourselves HOW CAN I HELP THIS WORTHY CAUSE ???

Corporate Sponsorship
Register to Play (Foursome, Pair or Individual)
Make a Donation

For Details and Sponsor information please contact Craig or Matt at kitchenerfiregolf@gmail.com


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June General Meeting

The June General Meeting will be held on June 20th at HQ starting at 7:30 pm in the Training Room. All business from the past meeting to present will be discussed. This will be the last meeting before the summer break. We will resume again in September.


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May General Meeting

The May General Meeting will be held at HQ in the Training Room beginning at 7:30 pm on Tuesday May 16th. All business from the previous meeting to the present will be discussed.


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24th Canadian Legislative Conference

President Steve Jones and Secretary Brian Forbes are representing the KPFFA at the 24th Canadian Legislative Conference. We have recently achieved the PSOC Benefit as well as the PTSD Benefit for our members. We are still lobbying for the Fire Fighter Safety regarding the Building Code. Thanks to the IAFF and all of our members for working hard to achieve all of these benefits for our members and their families.


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April General Meeting 2017

The April General Meeting will be held at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm on Tuesday April 18th. All business from the past meeting to the present will be discussed.
 15:01 OPFFA Convention
The President, and Secretary, by virtue of their office, shall be a delegate to the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association Convention.  A third and fourth delegate shall be elected under the terms of Article 15:03 by secret ballot.
15:03 Delegate Criteria
Other than those Officers who may or must attend a Convention or Seminar, all others to be eligible to stand for election to attend the OPFFA Convention or Seminar, must meet at least one of the following criteria:
You must be:
a)a member of the present Executive Board
b)a member of a Standing Committee
c)a member who has submitted a resolution to be dealt with at the upcoming Convention or Seminar
d)a member who is on an OPFFA Committee
e)a member who intends to run for office on the OPFFA Executive Board
f)a member who fulfills special consideration as recommended by the Executive
g)a member who displays an interest in bettering the cause of the Association has good attendance at Association meetings.
h)Any member meeting at least one of these criteria and desires to attend as an alternate or additional delegate, may either be nominated by another member, or may nominate themselves in writing to the Secretary prior to the elections at the April General Meeting.


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Kitchener Firefighters Charity Golf Announcement 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s that time of year again……..
 
The snow will be gone?…..hopefully
The warm weather is coming?…Hopefully
Time to get out for a round of golf?……Definitely!!!!!!!
 
We the Kitchener Firefighters are Happy to announce the 3rd Annual Charity Golf Classic is Happening Monday June 26th, 2017 at Rebel Creek Golf Club.
 
After 2 Very successful years and raising over $53,000. We are back and looking to keep that total on the rise! All proceeds go directly to our Charity of Choice; Clarky’s Kids.
 
We couldn’t have done this without all of your support and help. So we are looking for golfers again this year. Are there any takers out there? Friends, family and co-workers are all invited. Please help us by spreading the word.
 
Here are the Details:
When: Monday June 26,2017
Where: Rebel Creek Golf Club
Time: 10am registration begins, Noon Tee off
Cost: $150 per player, Includes 18 Holes with Cart, Lunch, Snack, Dinner and full use of Practice facilities
Extras: Hole in One Contests, Silent Auction and Prizes
 
How do I pay? Players can pay by cash or Cheque ( Cheques are made payable to KPFFA Charities)
This is a first come first serve basis and we will be accepting teams/ players starting
 
Monday March 27, 2017
Payment required upon registering a team
 
If interested or have any questions please contact Matt Martin and Craig Jewett via kitchenerfiregolf@gmail.com
 
We look forward to seeing everyone on the Links!!!!


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March General Meeting

The March General Meeting will be held at HQ in the Training Room at 7:30 pm on Tuesday March 21/17. All business from the past meeting to the present will be discussed.


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2017 Annual Bill Duncan Hockey Tournament

Hey Everyone,
 
The final bill just arrived and we are proud to announce that we have surpassed our previous years donation for Clarkys Kids.  Our grand total for 2017 is……..
  
$11,695
 
On a more serious note………as many of you were aware (and for those of you that weren’t), David Clarkson made an appearance at the tournament.  He was very appreciative of the work that the organizers from the hockey and golf tournament have done for his charity over the past number of years.  He stressed the importance that Clarky’s Kids  would not be as successful as it was without the support from the department.
 
That being said, Matt, Craig, Jeff and myself feel similar but a little different.  We feel these tournaments would not be what they are today without the support from all divisions of the KFD.  From the management to the players to the volunteers to the retirees……these events would not be able to be pulled off without everyones help. .
 
From all of us……THANK YOU!
 
And until next year…..Keep your stick on the ice!


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2017 Annual Bill Duncan Hockey Tournament

Congrats to all teams that participated in the 2017 Annual Bill Duncan Tournament. All money raised from this event will be donated to Clarky's Kids.
Here is a picture of the Toronto Competetive Team. They played our Kitchener Team and won in overtime.


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February General Meeting

The February General Meeting will be held on Tuesday February 21st at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm. All business from last meeting to present will be discussed.


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January General Meeting

The January General Meeting will be held on Tuesday January 17th at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm. All business from the last meeting to present will be discussed.


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Happy New Year 2017


Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy New Year.


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KFD Christmas Fundraiser

Hello KFD staff;
 
Thank you very much to all KFD staff who contributed to raising funds for MCC’s Hygiene Kits going to victims of this year’s Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. 
 
 
We passed our goal as your donations added up to $560.00! 
This will provide 112 Hygiene Kits to families left without basic hygiene products after the storm.
 
 
Thank you again for your generosity, and keeping others in your thoughts through this Christmas season.
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
 
Cliff Konrad


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Coins for Candy Fundraiser

Thank you to all who supported the Coins for Candy fundraiser for Mary’s Place.
 
All of the money raised through the sale of the candy plus the profits from the “tissue fund” in dispatch combined to a total of approximately $450. The items purchased were delivered to Mary’s Place on December 20th.
 
THANK YOU!
 
 
Sharon Musselman


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Merry Christmas

On behalf of the Kitchener Professional Fire Fighters Association I would like to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.


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Our Everyday Heroes

Thank you to Ken North and our KFD Chaplain Michael Zenker for volunteering to go visit the children at Grand River Hospital on December 9th.
 
This was our last visit for 2016. I would like to thank all those who have supported ‘Our Everyday Heroes’. We’ve had plenty of new and repeat volunteers and also some who have supported us through donations. The 3 stars for this half go out to Jan – Michael Reyner, Scott Woods and the two Sara’s from Dispatch.
 
Our next visit to the hospital takes place in the new year on Tuesday January 10th starting at 9:30 am for which we need two volunteers. You will be visiting the In - Patient, Out - Patient and Child Adolescent In - Patient Unit (CAIP) on this date.
 
I will be sending out a reminder email once we get closer to the date.
 
Please let me know if you would like to take part in this rewarding experience by emailing either myself or Dave Vaux.
 
Please visit our Twitter page, @Heroes_Our. Here you will find the most recent pictures from our visits.
 
Thank you.
 
Sincerely,
Dave Vaux and Bengt Nyman


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December General Meeting

The December General Meeting will be held on Tuesday December 20th at 7:30 pm in the Training Room at HQ. Constitutional Amendments will be put to a vote. Budget submissions due by December 31st for the 2017 KPFFA Budget.


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Passing of Retiree Philip Heinrichs

Heinrichs, Philip Owen (1924 - 2016)
With hearts full of love and wonderful memories we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Father, Husband and Grandfather on Monday, November 14, 2016 at St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener.
He was born 92 years ago in Kitchener, Ontario. Dear husband to the late Anne. Father to late Henry (Patricia), Barbara (Andy), Ralph (Liz), Jaqui (Randy), Keith (Annette) and Don. Predeceased by his parents, Henry and Ruona Heinrichs and siblings Yadah, Barbara, Mary and Rod. Survived by siblings Dan, Hubert, Dory, Bob and Willard. He was a grandfather of 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Philip was a proud retired captain of the Kitchener Firefighters and a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. He was a devoted volunteer at Freeport Hospital until a week before his passing. He travelled with his wife, Anne, visiting places like Egypt, Hawaii, and Scotland. They enjoyed spending time at their Conestoga cottage and winters in Florida, and visiting family and friends. Philip was a devoted member of the Carmel Church in Kitchener.
A memorial service will be held at Carmel New Church, 40 Chapel Hill Dr. Kitchener, on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home, (519) 749-8467. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario - Research or Phil and Anne Heinrichs Fund through the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home). Visit www.henrywalser.com for Philips memorial.


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Passing of Retiree Rick Hertel "Augie"

Hertel, Richard Henry
Surrounded by his family, Richard Henry Hertel, 67, passed away November 6, 2016 at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Richard is survived by his wife Carol, son Matthew and his wife Joanne, daughter Abbey and her son Nolin, brother, Bill and sister Jane and their families. Lovingly remembered by many cousins. Richard was a "very special" grandpa; Nolin will miss the tractor and golf cart rides with grandpa. Richard was a very proud member of the Kitchener Fire Department having retired in 2005 after 29 years. We have been blessed with awesome family and friends who were always there during Richard's eight year battle with throat cancer. Richard, known by many as Augie, Augie Doggie, Kick it Ricky and many others, could do anything.....build a house, carve a sign and whip up a great meal. He could hardly take a picture without a funny face and his dry humour made everyone laugh. Richard and Carol travelled every chance they could and always lived life to the fullest. This man just never stopped and that is one trait that made him so admired. Ricky gave so much to others and for that he will always live on....remember his motto, "enjoy each day" and he will live on in you. LTS (Life's too Short)
A special gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at Golf's Steak House, 598 Lancaster Street West, Kitchener, Ontario. Richard received excellent care from the London Health Sciences Centre Cancer Unit and the ENT Department (Dr Kevin Fung). Memorial donations to the ENT Dept., LHSC, would be appreciated by the family (cards available).
Online condolences and donations may be arranged through www.wmkippfuneralhome.com or by contacting Wm. Kipp at 519-632-8228.


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November General Meeting

The November General Meeting will be held on Tuesday November 15, 2016 at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm. All business from the previous meeting to present will be discussed.


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2017 KPFFA Executive and Committee Members

The Main Executive
President- Steve Jones
Secretary- Brian Forbes
Treasurer- Daryl Greb
V.P. - Alan Taylor

Directors
Blake Moggy
Chris Vaux
Kyal Aitken
Norm Harper

Policy Committee
Adam Leis
Bengt Nyman
Jeff Johnston

Health and Safety
Carlin Riley
Chris Vaux

Finance
Kirk Brumwell
Marc Auger


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October General Meeting

The October General Meeting will be held at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm. All business from the previous meeting to present will be discussed. Nominations for committees and the executive will be held at this meeting. All constitutional submissions should be submitted by October 31st to the secretary.


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KFD Firefit Results

KFD firefit results 2016 season
 
This season has come to an end this year, with a total of 5 individuals running individual races through the year and 6 firefighters competing in the relay at different events through the year. Our team is slowly growing and with that better results are being seen as we push each other harder in training and races. Below is a recap of all of the races our team competed in this year. We had personal bests by every member of our team this year. Personal bests are all highlighted and italicized. A big honorable mention is needed to Corey Gault, who was the 3rd fastest rookie this year. Without the penalty he would have been second only to Chris Crozier from Stratford, who broke the record for fastest rookie time EVER. So it says a lot about Corey’s potential for next year as I expect him to lead the way.   It was a great year for the team with the most individual races completed in total by our team, showing the growing commitment to the team.
Wasaga beach
Justin Myles    1:40:59  
Corey Gault      1:41:97 
Darcy Martin    1:45:26 
Dan Martin       1:51:77 
6th place with a total team time of 5:07:82 
Relay placing – 4th place
 
Port elgin 
Justin Myles          1:32:17 
Dan Martin            1:38:94 
Corey Gault           1:45:33 
Nathan Klinkman 1:58:09 
Team time – 1st place 4:56:44 
Relay – 4th place  
 
Belleville  
Darcy Martin 1:32:87
 
Oshawa  
Nathan Klinkman 1:31:08 
Corey Gault            1:32:04 
Justin Myles           1:34:08 
Darcy Martin         1:35:86 
Dan Martin            1:38:21 
team time 5th place -  4:38:28 
Relay – honorable mention on this one
 
Nationals  
Corey Gault          1:24:86 plus a 2 second penalty (1:26:84) 
Justin Myles         1:30:97 plus a 2 second penalty (1:32:97) 
Dan Martin           1:34:68 plus a 2 second penalty (1:36:68) 
Darcy Martin        1:38:93
Team time -  7th in the country 4:36:49
 
Just a note that while Eric Mayne was unable to do individuals this year he was able to help us out with the relay on a couple occasions and is a key part of our relay team.  
 
All and all it was a successful year. I will follow up shortly with a second file which will outline our goals for next year as well as some possible team fundraising/sponsorship ideas we brainstormed this year.


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Boot Drive For Muscular Dystrophy

Congrats Joel and Bengt
Saturday Sept 17th was not dry, but awesome to be sure!
 
With help from On and off duty personnel, more than 20 Conestoga College Students and even a few members of the Wilmot Fire Department – Baden Station, we were able to collect $12,002 Canadian, along with $30 American, which by my calculation put us at about:
 
$12,041.56 in 5 hours.
 
Thank you to Kent Buchanan (you went above and beyond), Doug Voisin, Dwayne Quigley, Al Taylor, VEZ, Josh Bohnen and his daughter, Brad Murrell, Josh Jamieson, Jody Rank, Daryl Greb, Shawn Matches, Dave Bowman, Paul Koenig and Bengt Nyman for volunteering their off duty time on Saturday. I’d also like to thank Brian Forbes for taking time out of his schedule to take the money to be counted.
 
It is incredible to see what some volunteers; generous with their time and members of our community; generous with their finances can do in 5 hours. The volunteers were given a fresh purpose of why we do this each year, with some real life examples and the community responded once again seemingly getting this vision.
 
Stay tuned for a couple of the experiences that we had on Saturday that will begin to paint a picture for our members of why we do this, who the people are that we are trying to help, and the hope that these people have through efforts of Fire Departments like ours.
 
Have a great week!


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Ice Cream Fundraiser Results

This year’s sale of ice cream sandwiches raised $221.20 for Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.  Hundreds of ice cream sandwiches were sold to achieve this amount.  Thank you for your support. 
 
Yours Truly,
 
Kim Freeman


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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….

$20,259

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.

Please follow us and help spread the word:

www.kitchenerfiregolf.com

@kitchfiregolf

kitchenerfiregolf@gmail.com



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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.


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Congrats to Peter Marck

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.


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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


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June General Meeting

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.


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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.


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May General Meeting

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.


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911 Waterloo Region Emergency Services Ball Tournament


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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




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April General Meeting

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.


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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.

Fraternally,

Carmen Santoro

President

Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association


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March General Meeting

The March General Meeting will be held on March 22nd at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm.


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2015/16 Tri-City Fire fighter Hockey league Champs


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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.


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Bowl for Kids

Kitchener firefighters at the Waterloo region bowl for kids benefiting big brothers, big sisters.

Kpffa raised $720 and had a great day!


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Bill Duncan Charity Hockey Tournament

The following will be the times that the Kitchener Teams will be playing on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday

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.


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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!

Thank you!

Daryl Mallett


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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!


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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.


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February General Meeting

The February General Meeting will be held at Headquarters in the Raining Room on Tuesday February 16th starting at 7:30 pm. All information from the past meeting to the present will be discussed.


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January General Meeting

The January General meeting will be held on Tuesday January 19th at Headquarters in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm. The Annual Budget will be voted upon at this meeting.


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The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

Thanks to everyone that participated in the Food Bank Fundraiser. There were a couple of very generous donations, and I would like to thank those members, "you know who you are". We raised $1675.00 this year, and help make a difference for many families in our city.
Thanks again
Brian


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World Vision Water Filter Fundraiser

Congratulations to Cliff Konrad on his Fundraiser.

The membership's contributions have totaled $840.00!!

Cliff will ensure that this gets bumped up to ensure an even contribution of $850.00

…that is 17 Water Filters.

Over the next few weeks, every time you pour a glass of water, please think of the effects these gifts will have on 17 families who struggle for the basic need of clean water and the difference you have made.


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Hilbert Kummer LODD


Hilbert Henry Kummer Obituary

Date of Birth:

Tuesday, February 23rd, 1926

Date of Death:

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015


Funeral Home:

Henry Walser Funeral Home Ltd.
www.henrywalser.com

507 Frederick St.

Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA

N2B 2A5

Obituary:

Kummer, Hilbert Henry "Bert" (Retired Platoon Chief - Kitchener Fire Department)

Passed away at Innisfree House on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at the age of 89. Beloved husband of Doris for 67 years. Loving father of Brian (Alice), Bruce (Mary) and Gary. Grandfather of Brent and Randy (Cindy) and great grandfather of Tyler and Ashley. Survived by his sister Audrey. Predeceased by 11 brothers and sisters.

Bert's family will receive relatives and friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Funeral Service at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 248 Highland Rd. East, on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 11 a.m. Interment Memory Gardens. Reception to follow in the church hall. Special thanks to Dr. Claire Harlick, Dr. Donna Ward and all the home care nurses that cared for Bert. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Innisfree House would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

Visit www.henrywalser.com for Bert's memorial.


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1 dead following apartment fire in Kitchener

One person was found dead at the scene of an apartment fire in Kitchener’s north end Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were notified of an alarm ringing at King’s Tower on King Street West, near Grand River Hospital, shortly after 7 a.m.

“The alarm was coming from the third floor,” Kitchener Fire Department platoon chief Kevin Karley told CTV News.

King's Tower fire
Fire trucks are pictured outside an apartment building on King Street West in Kitchener following a fatal apartment fire on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015.

“Our crews went up to the third floor and discovered a fire in one of the apartment units.”

A man was found inside the unit and pronounced dead at the scene.

His name has not been released.

Firefighters also found a dog inside the unit. The dog appeared unharmed, Karley said.

Damage is estimated at more than $100,000.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation


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Kitchener Fire Fighters Donating Food to the Stuff a Bus

Kitchener Fire Fighters participate in the local Food Bank "Stuff a Bus Campaign". We would like to thank all the volunteers that make this event such a success. There has been a large amount of food and money raised already, and hopefully more to come.


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Christmas Wrapping at Harley Davidson

Thanks to Craig Jewett, Matt Martin, AJ Yoworski, Nathan Klinkman, and Jon Bonhert. The guys went to help wrap Christmas Gifts at the local Harley Davidson Dealership. We would like to thank the dealership for donating $150 to one of our many charities.


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Welcome to the Kitchener Professional Fire Fighter's Web Site

The Kitchener Professional Fire Fighters Association has 220 members in our Association. There are 187 members in Suppression, 12 members in Communications, 12 members in Fire Prevention, 3 members in Training, 3 members in Mechanical, and 3 members in Direct Detect. On our KPFFA Executive we have President Steve Jones, Secretary Brian Forbes, Treasurer Daryl Greb, and V.P. Rob Martin. We have 4 Directors, Norm Harper, Kyal Aitken, Blake Moggy, and Al Taylor. We are proud to serve the City of Kitchener with a population of approximately 233, 700. We would like to welcome our new Fire Chief Jon Rehill to our Department. We look forward to working with him as well as our New Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and Council.


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Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to Paris

France has declared a national state of emergency and has closed its borders after more than 120 people were killed in gun and bomb attacks in Paris.


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Lest We Forget

On this day, when we honour those who have fought for our country and our freedom, it's hard to find the words to express just what they have given each and every one of us.

So instead, we've turned to those who came before us — some speaking to heal a nation, others trying to make sense of the impossible events that had just occurred.

Remembrance Day isn't just about war and those we've lost, but about ideals and what we stand for. It's about respecting our past and looking hopefully forward, and more than anything, thanking those who have served.


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KPFFA Donates a Cheque to Clarky's Kids

Congratulations to Craig and Matt for running the 1st Annual KPFFA Golf Tournament. After a lot of hard work there was $10,300 raised for Clarky's Kids. Thank you to Craig, Matt, and everyone that made the day a success.


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November General Meeting

The November General Meeting will be held on Tuesday November 17th at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm. All business from the previous meeting to present will be discussed. The vote will be unveiled that night for the Executive and Committee Members.


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Thanks for a Great Year


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October General Meeting

The October General Meeting will be held on Tuesday October 20th at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm.
7:01 Nominations
Nominations for Executive Officers and Standing Committees whose members hold office by election shall be held at the regular meeting in October.
Also any submissions for the Constitution should be submitted to the Secretary no later than October 31st.
Also the LOU that covers the PC's involvement in the interviews will be voted upon as well.


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Happy Thanksgiving

On behalf of the Kitchener Professional Firefighters Association we would like to wish you and your families a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Day. To all our Brothers and Sisters working today be safe, and thanks for everything you do to keep us safe.


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Boot Drive for Muscular Dystrophy and "Stuff A Fire Truck" in support of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

What an awesome event on Saturday! Congratulations to the members of OUR Kitchener Fire Department and our Citizens for such a successful day in so many ways.

Gorgeous weather + 14 off duty personnel + 21 on duty personnel + 8 department vehicles + 4 Kitchener Rangers Players + 1 Kitchener Fire Chief + 1 Kitchener Fire Deputy Chief + 2 City Councillors + 1 Mayor + 1 Muscular Dystrophy Canada Representative + 2 Army Cadets + 1 Bagpiper + 16 Pre-Service Fire Students + 1 High School Student + 2 Locations = $11,535.36 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada AND 438 LBS. of food in support of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

A special thanks to Off Duty Personnel :
Darcy Martin, Dan Martin, Doug Voisin, Al Taylor, Rob Stiles, Jeff Johnston, AJ Yoworski, Pat McDonald, Shawn Matches, Dan Bodendistle, Walter Waganka and Craig Jewett.

Thank you also to On Duty Personnel:

Pump 1: Eric Gillard, Jerry Austin, Blake Moggy and Nick Dorken

Rescue 1: John Advento, Stacey Hemstock, Chad Annis and Mike Beckner

C23: Terry Gitzel (Thank you for organizing On Duty Crews)

Pump 5: Daryl Greb, Eric Parkinson, Brandon Marck and Lydia Wilcox

Pump 7: Mike Ogilvie, Andy Staller, Ed Lowry and Ian Sonneman

Thank you to Mayor Vrbanovic, Councillors Galloway-Sealock and Ioannidis, Fire Chief Rehill, Deputy Fire Chief Gilmore, MDC’s Carrie Gibson Kitchener Rangers #98 Elijah Roberts, #21 Nick McHugh, #5 Sean Allen and #7 Connor Hall, Travis our KFD Bagpiper, Choice Properties (Highland Hills Mall), Voisin Developments (Sunrise Centre), The Great Canadian Superstore (Highland Hills Mall) and TD Canada Trust (Highland Hills Mall)

Finally I’d like to recognize Bengt Nyman for his efforts during this last year in organizing details for the event and heading up our Sunrise Centre location this year.

WELL DONE EVERYONE!!

Joel Bromley


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11th Annual Kitchener Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial

Line of Duty Death- Fire Fighter Raymond Pauhl -(Retired)

Sunday September 27, 2015
Parade departs City Hall at 12:45 sharp. 12 pm Muster on College Street.
Memorial Ceremony at 1 pm
Fellowship and Complimentary Food and Drinks immediately after ceremony at McCabes Pub on King St.
Ceremony in Cork Hall Dress Uniform Attire.


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LODD IAFF Memorial in Colorado for Rae Pauhl


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September 11, 2001 Never Forget


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Port Elgin Fire Fit Challenge

This past weekend Justin Myles, Nathan Klinkman, Darcy Martin, Dan Martin, Ryan Pitz, Keith Palmateer, Daryl Mallett, and myself competed in the northern Ontario regional FireFit event in Port Elgin. Both Justin and Darcy posted personal best times of 1:35 and 2:00 respectively. As a team (top three individual times combined) KFD finished with bronze. However the undisputed highlight of the weekend was Keith, coming off a 17 year FireFit hiatus and Daryl, who brought his honed stair climbing technique, taking Gold in the X3 tandem race on Sunday. Well done Gents!

Nationals take place in Kitchener starting next Wednesday the 16th and continue until the 20th. Thanks again for the continued support and hope everyone gets a chance to stop by and check the event out.



Eric Mayne


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September General Meeting

The September General Meeting will be held on Tuesday September 15, 2015. The meeting will be held at HQ in the Training room starting at 7:30 pm. All business from the last meeting in June to present will be discussed. Our 6 new recruits will be sworn in as well that night.


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Congrats to the Kitchener Fire's Combat Challenge Team

Congratulations to the Kitchener Fire Combat Challenge Team. They just competed in a Fire Fit Competition and they had their best finish so far in the relay at 1:11. They are now qualified for the upcoming competition in Kitchener. From left to right we have Eric Mayne, Justin Myles, Nathan Klinkman, Craig Jewett, and newest member Darcy Martin.


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11th Annual Kitchener Fallen Firefighter Memorial

11 th Annual Kitchener Fallen Firefighter Memorial Day
Line Of Duty Death - Fire Fighter Raymond Pauhl (retired)

Sunday, September 27th, 2015
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.


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Have Fun Kids

Station 5 A2 reasponded to a Fire Alarm ringing the other night. On our way back to the truck we noticed a large group of neighbourhood kids playing basketball. Their net was mangled and the ball was in rough shape. Our crew chipped in and bought a new ball and net for them, and took it over tonight. The smiles on their faces made it all worth while.


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Congrats Mandy on Pan Am Gold Medal

Congrats to Mandy you made Canada and your City of Kitchener proud today as you won the Gold Medal in Boxing at the Pan Am Games.


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Combat Challenge

On July 4th Justin Myles and Eric Mayne travelled to Ingersoll to compete in the first Firefit Challenge of the season. It was an excellent organized event with a total of 107 competitors. Myles ran a solid 1:38, and Eric not far ahead at 1:32. The next event takes place in Point Edward July 18th and 19th. Anyone who would be interested in running please let either Eric or Justin know, more interest (this year especially with Nationals being hosted in Kitchener) would be great.


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Happy Father's Day


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KPFFA Charity Golf Tournament

Thanks to Everyone this Event has Sold Out Congrats to Craig and Matt!!

Attention all members, past and present

The Kitchener firefighters are proud to present our first Annual Charity Golf tournament. We are raising money For Clarky’s Kids.  We need your help if we want to make this a success! If you are interested in participating please contact either craig.jewett@kitchener.ca or matthew.martin@kitchener.ca

Date: Monday June 22,2015- Shotgun starts at noon

Where: Rebel Creek Golf Club

Price: $140 per player, includes 18 holes, cart, unlimited use of practice facilities, lunch, snack and dinner and locker service.

www.kitchenerfiregolf.com

Silent auction, prizes, golf contests

If anyone knows of any companies willing to sponsor please have them contact us by email.

Thanks

The Charities Committee

To read more go to KPFFA Golf Tournament under About Us.


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June General Meeting

The June General Meeting will be held on Tuesday June 16, 2015. The meeting will be held at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30pm. All information from the previous meeting to present will be discussed.


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Happy Mothers Day


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The Food Bank of Waterloo Region's "Dig In" program


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Notice for the April General Meeting



Dear Brothers and Sisters: The April General Meeting will be held on Tuesday April 21st at Headquarters in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm. All business from the previous meeting to present will be discussed. We will also have a secret ballot vote on who will be attending the OPFFA Convention in Ottawa this year, please see below.
15:01 OPFFA Convention
The President, and Secretary, by virtue of their office, shall be a delegate to the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association Convention. A third and fourth delegate shall be elected under the terms of Article 15:03 by secret ballot.
15:03 Delegate Criteria
Other than those Officers who may or must attend a Convention or Seminar, all others to be eligible to stand for election to attend the OPFFA Convention or Seminar, must meet at least one of the following criteria:
You must be:
a) a member of the present Executive Board
b) a member of a Standing Committee
c) a member who has submitted a resolution to be dealt with at the upcoming Convention or Seminar
d) a member who is on an OPFFA Committee
e) a member who intends to run for office on the OPFFA Executive Board
f) a member who fulfills special consideration as recommended by the Executive
g) a member who displays an interest in bettering the cause of the Association has good attendance at Association meetings.
Any member meeting at least one of these criteria and desires to attend as an alternate or additional delegate, may either be nominated by another member, or may nominate themselves in writing to the Secretary prior to the elections at the April General Meeting.

Sincerely and Fraternally
Brian Forbes
Secretary
Kitchener Professional Fire Fighters Association
brianfor@live.ca
519-501-4667


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Helmet Presentation to Mayor Vrbanovic from President Jones and Chief Rehill


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Congratulations on 30 Years of Service Brian Simms


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State of Our City Address

Each year, following completion of our budget process, Kitchener's mayor delivers the State of Our City address, on behalf of city council.

This is an opportunity for our elected officials to provide some context around the decisions they have made, along with the city's progress on citywide projects and initiatives.

This is a charitable event, with net proceeds of ticket sales donated to the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation.

Mayor Berry Vrbanovic's 2015 State of Our City Address was held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Kitchener Public Library central branch located at 85 Queen St. N., Kitchener.


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The March General Meeting will be held on March 17, 2015 at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30. All business from the previous meeting to present will be discussed.


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Special Meeting

The Special Meeting regarding LOU for Acting Captain and Captain will be at HQ on Thursday March 5, 2015 in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm. The second meeting for those who were working or could not attend will be on Friday March 6, 2015 starting at 9:00 am.


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In Memory of Doug "Spotter" Wendorf 1952-2015

Obituary for Douglas Wendorf

Wendorf, Douglas Frederick (Spotter)

Passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Toronto General Hospital at the age of 62.

Beloved husband and best friend of Judy Wendorf (nee Cowell).
Loving father of Todd Wendorf (Melissa Hansford), Geoffrey Wendorf (Shannon) and Timothy Wendorf.
Papa of Christa, Brent, Hanna, Summer and Whitney.
Dear brother of Brenda Berger (Carl).
Survived by his uncles Ward and Bob, his nieces and nephews and his cousins.

Doug was a firefighter for the City of Kitchener for 33 years and was a member of the Paris Port Dover Pipe Band.

Doug's family will receive relatives and friends from 2:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. Reception to follow. Cremation has taken place.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Highland Baptist Church would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

Special thanks to Doug's cousin Carol and Gary Price, our extended family and friends during this difficult time for their prayers, love and support.



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2015 Bill Duncan Memorial Hockey Tournament

This year we had 22 teams for the Annual Bill Duncan Tournament. In the Competitive division we had Waterloo Fire, Kitchener Fire 1, Toronto Fire, and Burlington Fire. In the Intermediate division we had Stratford, Cambridge, Sarnia, Toronto, Brantford, Niagara, Milton, Hamilton, Toronto C Shift, and Guelph 1. In the Rec division we had Ayr, Guelph 2, WREMS, Peel EMS, Kitchener Fire 2, Lambton EMS, Wilmot Fire, and Oxford EMS. We would like to thank everyone for participating in this Charity Event. All money raised will go to Clarky's Kids a local Charity.


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February General Meeting

The February General Meeting will be held on Tuesday February 17, 2015. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm in the Training Room at Headquarters. All business from the previous meeting to present will be discussed.


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Passing of Retired Firefighter Stan Aube



Aube, Stanley
October 3, 1928 - January 20, 2015
AUBE, Stanley Edward
At Groves Memorial Community Hospital, Fergus on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the age of 86. Husband of Dolores. Loving father of Lynn (Henry) Wichers, Paul (Diane) Aube, Nicole Aube, Peter Aube, and Allison Aube. Predeceased by son Roger Aube. Stanley will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He served as a Firefighter with the Kitchener Fire Department for 35 years. Family and friends will be received at Robert Ruggle Funeral Home, 617 King St. N., Waterloo on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 11-1pm. The funeral service will immediately follow in the chapel at 1pm. Interment Memory Gardens Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family and may be arranged by contacting the funeral home at 519 888-7700. Condolences may be made online at www.robertrugglefuneralhome.com


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New Fire Chief

Kitchener’s new fire chief focused on building ‘dynamic team’

 

Jon Rehill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click on the link below to read the article.

http://www.therecord.com/news-story/5262426-kitchener-s-new-fire-chief-focused-on-building-dynamic-team-/


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January General Meeting

The January General meeting will be held on Tuesday January 20th at HQ in the Training Room. The meeting will begin at 7:30 and all business from the December meeting to present will be discussed. The 2015 KPFFA Budget will be reviewed and voted upon at that meeting. If you put a submission forward please make sure you or a representative will be there to discuss your submission.


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Welcome Chief Rehill

On behalf of the KPFFA, I would like to welcome our New Fire Chief Jon Rehill to the Kitchener Fire Department.


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MD Boot Drive

We will be participating in the Annual MD Boot Drive on Saturday September 13th. It will be held at the Sunrise Center located at Ottawa and Fisher-Hallman. It will be starting at 9:30 members and volunteers can meet at the fountain at 9:15 for instructions. There will be people at all 3 exits of the mall. Last year was a huge success so let's make this event a bigger and better year. Thanks to Joel Bromley for organizing this event as well I would like to thank all the KPFFA members and volunteers who take the time to make a difference.


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KPFFA Memorial


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Everyday Heroes

On Ausgust 27th we visited the children at Grand River Hospital. Everyday Heroes is a program the Kitchener Fire Fighters and Knights of Columbus are involved with. Between the two groups we supply new toys, games, and gift cards to three different children's wards in the hospital. The program started with monthly visits, and we're happy to share we now visit the hospital every 2 weeks. Some kids are there for periodic treatments, others for short term and long term stays. We visit children of various ages, from a couple days old to teenagers. We spend time with them , playing games and just talking to them. We usually have two Fire Fighters and 1-2 members of the Knights. I would like to thank all those involved in this program as it makes the children`s day as well as ours. Dave Vaux organizes the volunteers for the Kitchener Fire Fighters and Brian Schmalz organizes for the Knights of Columbus. Please go to the following link for more information. Every Day Heroes


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September General Meeting

The September General Meeting will be held on Tuesday September 16th at Headquarters in the Training Room. It will begin at 7:30 and the Collective Agreement Submissions will be read at this meeting but not discussed. All information from the last meeting in June to present will be gone over. All members are encouraged to come to the meeting.


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Combat Challenge

Well done to our 2014 KFD Combat Challenge team so far this year. This is shaping up to be one our strongest overall teams in many years thanks to their hard work. At the Kitchener event our team placed a solid 5th and then improved last weekend in Hamilton to a 3rd place team overall!
This year’s team (with this year’s PB) consists so far of Eric Mayne (1:27), Nathan Klinkman (1:34), Justin Myles (1:35), Craig Jewett (1:484), Eric Baginski (1:488) and Ryan Pitz (1:55).
Way to go guys and thanks for representing the KFD so well, so far!
Cliff Konrad
For those of us still around this weekend, Moose Winooski’s in Kitchener be will hosting the 2014 Southern Ontario FireFit Championships held at Sportsworld Crossing & Moose Winooski’s and will feature not only competitions, but lots for family & friends including the Kids Zone, Molson’s Beer Garden & lots of food, and Sat. Movie Night with free hot dogs.

All proceeds will support Camp Bucko – (BUrn Camp for Kids in Ontario)!
Camp BUCKO provides an opportunity for children recovering from burn injuries to meet other children who share similar feelings and experiences in a camp environment. Camp gives these children temporary freedom from the everyday frustrations of being burned, a chance to share their stories and to bond with each other. Most of all though camp is a place to have fun and learn new things. It is a benefit for children in these circumstances to attend a program such as this to build self-esteem to cope with life beyond their burn injury.


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Text Messaging from UnionCentrics.com. Whether it's a member alert, meeting notification or emergency call back... now you can send a broadcast text message to your members. The message is delivered directly to their cellular phone... no internet access required, just a simple basic txt compatible cell phone.

This feature is seamlessly integrated into your site and is member authenticated. Members can simply edit their profile to opt in or out at anytime.

While broadcast email is great, it relies on the member to regularly check their email for news and updates. Broadcast text messaging goes directly to their cell phone and decreases delay in responding to your message.

No sending fees! Usually, technologies like this use third party providers and require sending fees on every message sent. One message sent to 500 members could become very expensive. Our system is built right into your members profile. Please note members receiving messages on the cell phone could incur fees from their cellular provider.


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