Combat Challenge Team Wins World Championship

Combat Challenge 30In November the Hamilton Fire FIghters Combat Challenge Team travelled to Phoenix Arizona for the World Championships.  After a successful year in Canada, the team won the World Championship.  As well, Justin Couperus became the indivdual World Champion. 

On January 21st the Team was recognized at Hamilton City Council for their great accomplishment.

The Team as pictured are: Brendon Spferazza, Mike Jones,Neil Hubley Louis Boiteau, Paul Davis (Founder of Combat Challenge) Dean Morrow, Mike Cascioli, Danny Folino and Justin Couperus.

Congratulations to the Team for a job well done.

Fraternally, Executive Committee.

2014 Charity Golf Classic

DSC 0036 2On September 3rd the Hamilton Professional Fire Fighters Association held its Annual Charity Golf Classic at Glendale Golf and Country Club. Around 100 golfers enjoyed great weather and golf to assist with our charities. This years charity recipient was once again Ronald McDonald House of Hamilton as we continue our $50,000 commitment to them.  We would like to thank all the sponsors and golfers who made this such a successful day. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Yours truly, Hamilton Professional Fire Fighters Association

 

76th Annual Pensioners Banquet

DSC 0105 2On October 23rd the Hamilton Professional Fire Fighters Association held its 76th Annual Pensioners Banquet.  Over 200 Retired and Active fire fighters honoured 23 new Retirees.  Special guests included OPFFA District 4 V.P. Carmen Santoro, IAFF 13th District President Emeritus Bruce Carpentar and Thorold Fire Fighters President Rick Honsberger.  Special recognition was given to our oldest Retiree Tom Keirny and Fred Engelbrecht.

Also at the Pensioners Banquet, the first Annual Walter Baumann Award was presented.  Brother Baumann died one year ago and the Hamilton Fire Fighters developed an award to hounour his achievements and dedication to the Membership and the entire Labour Class.  This years recipient was Colin Grieve.

The Executive Committee congratulates Brother Grieve, thanks all our new Retirees for their years of service to the Community and wishes them a long and healthy retirement.

Fraternally, Executive Committee

Hamilton Fire Fighters Assist RMH

RMH 2Families staying at Ronald McDonald House Hamilton need more than a place to lay their heads while supporting their sick child. Our families need the nourishment of a nutritiously prepared meal to give them the energy and strength they need to be strong for their child.

The ‘Meals that Heal’ program offers families a home-cooked meal seven nights a week. The RMHH in-house Chef will prepared a bistro menu with the assistance of The Hamilton Professional Firefighters Association. “We all have little ones, being far away from home caring for a loved one is a stressful enough situation, we had no problems getting members to step up.” said Dave Christopher, member of HPFFA.

 

HPFFA has National Champion

Varied 107 2The Hamilton Firefighters Combat Challenge Team has had a great year so far with the most podium finishes of any team in Canada. We recently returned from the National Championships in Edmonton, Alberta where we finished 2nd in team time (sum of top 3 times from our 5 man team, Louis Boiteau, Justin Couperus and Dean Morrow). Only 5/10th of a second separated us from the top team. We also finished 3rd in the relay, getting beat out of the tournament by the eventual winners from Kamloops.

The big news out of Edmonton though is new National Champion Louie Boiteau. Louis had been posting some very fast times all year, never once over 1:20. On the Thursday wildcard day in Edmonton, Louis ran a personal best 1:14.51. On Saturday, finals day, in the pouring rain when every race was slow, Louis ran a 1:14.81 but incurred a 2 second penalty leaving him with a 1:16.81. Louis raced in the second to last race. In the last race, the two competitors both ran a 1:15 but both incurred the same penalty leaving them with a final time of 1:17 and Louis as the new National Champion. After the race, Louis thanked his team and his training partners in a TSN interview, to be aired later this year.

This is a significant accomplishment because these are the fastest athletes/firefighters from across Canada. These athletes train as if they were professionals. Louis has had a personal trainer all year and has been on a very strict with his diet.

Right behind Louis though is Justin Couperus. Louis and Justin had been trading personal best times for the last two years and have a friendly rivalry. Justin finished 6th with a time of 1:17.63. Less than a second separated the top 7. Justin is poised to become the next National Champion, assuming Louis allows it. Written: Dean Morrow

 

5th Annual Chili Festival

Varied 119 2Thank you to the thousands that came out to the Hamilton Firefighters Chili Festival in Confederation Park.

Friday night Food Truck Throwdown saw Curbside Crepes win for best truck decoration, Dirty South take home the award for best item (pulled pork taco), Gorilla Cheese win for most unique and newcomer Jonny Blonde win the prize for best overall Food Truck.

Our annual Firefighters Chili Cook-Off was held on the Saturday with top prize of Best Chili going to Jack Astor's, Centennial Parkway, Best Booth to The Collins Brew House and People's Choice to Station 6 Middleton/Hamelin.

Those in attendance on Sunday where treated to an awesome final race which saw Hamilton narrowly defeat Longueuil for the relay race championship.

Many thanks to our sponsors for helping us make this event a possibility; Marz Homes, Leggat Auto Group, Al-Care, Bomb Energy, Aaron’s, Popeye’s, Samuel, Morison Insurance, Molson, The Hamilton Spectator, Starfield, OLG, Corus Radio, Masonry Works, CCMPA, The City Of Hamilton and The Hamilton Conservation Authority. Thanks again Hamilton for making this our greatest Chili Fest yet!

 

Bayfront Builders Challenge

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On Sunday June 2nd, a Hamilton Fire Fighter Team consisting of Larry Rees, Craig Shaw, Justin Couperus and Eddie Davies participated and won the first annual “Bayfront Builders” Challenge.   Each team had approximately 3 hours to construct a 6' x 8' shed. Once completed, the team's finished product was judged by a panel of industry experts on overall design, workmanship and proper finishing techniques.

Threshold School of Building is a non-profit organization that teaches basic building and employability skills to youth with barriers to employment in the City of Hamilton.  These skills are taught through a combination of hands-on instruction in our workshop and on-site at projects for non-profit and community organizations.  To date, Threshold School of Building has completed over 40 community projects, the majority of which are found within the City of Hamilton's Priority Neighbourhoods.  Projects not only build skills and experience but instill a social conscience in our youth.  Since 2001, over 300 new construction skilled workers have graduated from Threshold's programs. 

Thanks again to Larry, Craig, Justin and Eddie for participating in this event and congratulations on the win.

Charity Golf Classic 2013

DSC 0087bOn May 30th the Hamilton Ptofesional Fire Fighters Association held its Annual Charity Golf Classic.  The tournament drew over 100 golfers who enjoyed a great day at Glendale Golf and Country Club.  This years proceeds went to Ronald McDonald House Hamilton as part of our continued support.  Thanks to all those who attended and see you all next year. Check photo gallery for complete coverage.

Brother Barclay wins Award

HAMILTON, ON – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Local Hamilton firefighter, Jim Barclay, has won a special volunteer appreciation award for his work with Ronald McDonald House Hamilton (RMHH) as the “Meals that Heal” Dinner  Jim works in the new culinary kitchen at RMHH with Chef Shawn Rocchi, as a ‘second in command’ to prepare, cook and serve meals to families staying at the House. Jim also assists staff and other volunteers in meals-related events and special occasions for RMHH.

Jim is a local firefighter who loves to cook both at home and at the fire station. While he has a full-time job and a very busy family life, Jim finds time throughout the week to give back. Since joining RMHH on July 3, 2012 Jim has worked 210 volunteer hours, an unprecedented number of hours in seven months for any volunteer within this timeframe – let alone someone with a demanding career and engaged family life.  “Jim demonstrates a selfless commitment to RMHH and is genuinely interested in contributing his time and efforts to help us collectively fulfill our mission. He is a representation of what true community service means and we are better House for having the privilege to learn and work alongside him,” says Chantell Tunney, Executive Director at RMHH.

The award comes from the national charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, as part of a volunteer appreciation pilot program. Through the generosity of a Ronald McDonald House supporter, Jim has won a ski trip for two to Mont Tremblant with accommodations at the Fairmont Chateau Tremblant.

“As a local Hamilton firefighter his story, commitment, compassion and caring in life, in work and at Ronald McDonald House Hamilton is truly wonderful. Congratulations to Jim for making a difference with his life through his contributions to RMH Hamilton,” said Cathy Loblaw, President & CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada.

About Ronald McDonald House Hamilton Ronald McDonald House Hamilton (RMHH) serves as a regional resource for hundreds of families of critically-ill children who are being treated at Hamilton hospitals. RMHH has recently expanded from a 15 bedroom home to a 40 bedroom House and reopened in the spring of 2012 to serve more families in their time of need. RMHH strives to provide families in crisis a home to everyday moments when life is far from ordinary. www.rmhhamilton.ca

The Executive Committee on behalf of the entire Membership congratulates Jim on this well deserved award.  We are proud to work alongside of you. 

Fraternally, Executive Committee

2013 Charity Ball

TDSC 0126 2his past Saturday the Hamilton Professional Firefighters Association presented their 3rd annual Hamilton Firefighters Charity Ball. This year marked a move to a new facility, the Sheraton Grand Ballroom, to accommodate the growing demand for tickets to this annual event.

Several local dignitaries, including Mayor Bob Bratina and Dr. Anthony Lombardi, were in attendance as Hamilton Firefighters presented over $15,000 to local Food and Nutrition programs as well as a reconnect with the Hamilton Burn Unit. Beneficiaries this year included Food4Kids, Inner City Breakfast Program and Franklin Road School Nutrition Program.

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Lombardi and his $1 per jacket contribution from donated winter jackets, in which he collected 1451 jackets, Hamilton Firefighters were influenced to reconnect with our old partners at the Hamilton Burn Unit and renew a partnership of funding.

Thank you to those who attended and supported our 3rd annual Firefighters Charity Ball, this year we were a sell out with 350 guests in attendance. Your continued support enables us to make donations such as these at our annual events. The 4th annual Hamilton Firefighters Charity Ball will take place on Saturday, February 8th, 2014. Check out www.firefightersforcharity.com for all the event details in the coming months. Complete photo coverage in the gallery.

2012 Pensioners Banquet

DSC 0163 2The 75th Annual Pensioners Banquet was held on October 4th at MarquisGardens. With nearly 270 Active and Retired Fire Fighters and Guests, it was the biggest banquet to date. The Executive Committee and the Membership congratulate our new Retirees on their retirement, and thank them for their years of dedication and service to our Community. Complete photo coverage in the gallery section.

Fraternally, Executive Committee

Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial

Brothers and Sisters:

The Hamilton Professional Fire Fighters Association will be attending the Annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Service at Queen's Park on Sunday September 30th.    

The Memorial is located at the Queen’s Park Circle and College Street.

Any Member wishing to attend, please contact the Alarm Room by September 26th. Depending on the numbers, we may get a bus to attend. We will be departing around 10:00 a.m. on September 30th.

Fraternally, Executive Committee

HPFFA Medal Ceremony 2009

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New Transfer Policy

In order to fill the vacancies created by moving Station 24 to a 24/7 service and the first part of the filling of Station 20, a new transfer policy has been created. It is important for all Suppression Members to familiarize themselves with the new policy and make your decision in the appropriate timeframes.  Below is the policy as set down by Administration in consultation with the Association.

 

Outlined is the two-phase process that will be followed to determine the movement of personnel to facilitate the staffing of one full-time apparatus at Station 24 Waterdown, an interim two-person emergency response vehicle for Station 20 that will operate out of Station 3 and filling of the resulting vacancies and transfers required to place the 29 recruits at Stations 1, 6, 9, 11 and 8.

 

Phase One

 

The filling of the required positions at:

      Station 24 - four (4) Captains and sixteen (16) firefighters.

      Station 3/20 - four (4) Captains and four (4) firefighters.

 

  • The personnel who are currently assigned to Station 24 on Platoons E and F will be given the opportunity to indicate their desire to stay at Station 24.  If their desire is to stay, they will be required to submit a Transfer Request Form indicating the Platoon that they would like to be assigned to. The current Station 24 personnel will be distributed over the four (4) platoons in order to maintain operational effectiveness.
  • Any personnel (job wide) interested in transferring to Station 24 or the positions for Station 3/20 are to state their intention to transfer by submitting a Transfer Request Form to identify the location and the Platoon that they would like to be assigned to.
  • The available positions for both locations will be filled based on the following:  Captain positions by seniority in the rank and Firefighter positions by job seniority.
  • In the event that there are not enough people interested in moving into one of the remaining open positions for Station 24 and Station 3/20, Management will fill the positions based on reverse seniority in the rank or job seniority, respecting an appropriate blend of rank to meet operational effectiveness and safety.
  • Personnel who are transferred during this process to Station 3/20 to staff the two-person emergency response vehicle will be automatically transferred to Station 20 once the station is open.
  • Any personnel currently assigned to Station 3 who are interested in a position at Station 3/20 will need to apply using the process identified above.

 

 

  • Given the Officer vacancies resulting from the above process, the number of Officers required to fill the vacancies will be identified from the current promotional list and will be assigned to a corresponding Platoon.
  • Recruits will be assigned to a Platoon.
  • The revised Platoon lists will then be created for the holiday draw.

 

Phase One will take place between October 4, 2007 and noon (12:00 p.m.) on October 18, 2007.  All Transfer Request Forms must to be sent to my attention via fax (905) 546-3344 or personally delivered to Fire Administration, 2nd floor, 55 King William St.  E-mails will not be accepted. Personnel wanting an acknowledgment of receipt are to indicate on the Transfer Request Form a phone number where they can be reached.

 

Phase Two

 

Once Phase One is completed, the vacancies resulting from the above transfers will be identified and the following process will take place:

 

  • An All Personnel Notice will be sent out identifying vacancies resulting from Phase One as well as identifying the number of spots required at Stations 1, 6, 9, 11 and 8 by Platoon in order to accommodate the recruit class of 2007.
  • On a Platoon basis, personnel will be given the opportunity to identify their interest in transferring into one of the vacancies.  The available positions within the Platoon will be filled based on the following:  Captain positions by seniority in the rank and Firefighter positions by job seniority.
  • In the event that not enough people volunteer to be transferred to accommodate the recruits, Management will identify the personnel in Stations 1, 6, 9, 11 and 8  that will be moved based on reverse seniority and the vacancy that they will be filling, respecting an appropriate blend of rank to meet operational effectiveness and safety.

 

All transfers from Phase One and Phase Two will take effect as of January 1, 2008.  The recruits will be assigned to a station upon graduation in early December 2007.