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Spring Fishing Derby Cancelled

April 12, 2020

Reluctantly and with regret, due to the Coronavirus and the imposed social distancing policy, this years Firefighters Burn Fund and Canadian Muscular Dystrophy SPRING FISHING DERBY is cancelled. For all those who

have rented and placed deposits on cabins, please check with the resorts you booked with. For those of you who had sponsored family members and friends, please pass on this information to them.
Some of you have suggested postponing the derby until September. As I stated earlier this was my last derby and therefore, if someone wants to organize one in the fall free to do so.
To all those volunteers who gave so much of their time and effort over the years to make this derby the success it was,I say Thank You Very Much for all your help and hard work.
We had quite a run !!!  Take care and stay healthy.
Don Melnyk

Members Visit Brother Sterzer In Hospital

April 11, 2020

Earlier this afternoon, our members paid an important visit to one of our brothers battling COVID 19 in the St Boniface Hospital ICU.
We were proud to be able to show Brother Rick Sterzer that we remain by his side while he battles this terrible virus.
#NeverOffDuty #BrotherAndSisterhood

 

UFFW Response To WCB Misinformation

March 30, 2020

I wanted to send out an immediate notice about the issue of WCB coverage for our members and the Corona Virus.

Recent irresponsible posts and uneducated opinions shared on social media have created a unnecessary level of anxiety about WCB coverage for our members who have been diagnosed with The Corona virus.

Please read the following facts.

1. To begin with, your union is dealing with this issue, and let me assure you we have an expertise in dealing with WCB procedures and legislation that has come out of decades of advocacy on your behalf. We started to address this issue as far back as this February.

2. We are in constant discussions with our administration, and as recently as this morning. We are asking the administration to stop the inappropriate comments made by some members of our department.

We are asking the leadership of this city to send a message to all emergency service workers under its umbrella that if a police officer, firefighter, firefighter-paramedic or ambulance paramedic is diagnosed with the virus they would be supported in their WCB claims.

3. Our position is clear: there needs to be a presumption of any diagnosis for us and all health care workers that if we get the virus, it is presumed to have arisen out of our work.

4. WCB does go case by case and even without a presumption in place for this virus, we will still take cases forward and argue for WCB coverage. This is why we continue to push all members to document any and all relevant medical calls or possible exposures. This would be invaluable information later for WCB adjudication.

5. Again we remind our members to please not accept rumour or give credibility to social media posts concerning this pandemic. Statements such as a blanket statement that WCB would turn down all Corona virus diagnosis of health care workers is irresponsible and causes unnecessary fear and anxiety at a time where we need calm leadership.

If any members have any questions any time of day please call the UFFW COVID HOTLINE: (431) 374-1011

 

Alex Forrest
Captain, Winnipeg Fire Department
President, United Firefighters of Winnipeg
International Association of Firefighters
Canadian Trustee
204.791.4980
Aforrest@iaff.org

Attention: UFFW Retirees re: COVID-19

March 25, 2020

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