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IAFF Recovery Center - Treatment Makes you stronger

Exclusively for IAFF members.

It’s okay to ask for help.

Treatment for successful recovery from substance abuse, PTSD and other co-occurring behavioral health issues.

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Local 485 member helps again with Skylon Tower Cancer Climb

Well done Local 485 Matt Simatovic. Great work once again.

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2017 Telecommunicators Week

To all the great Fire Communicators at Local 485. Dispatching a massive area from Fort Erie to Long Point. They always remain calm and professional in all situations. #publicsafety #ivegotyourback911

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SCFD Combat Team Supports Children's Health

On March 15th, the Local 485 Combat Team of St Catharines Professional Firefighters presented OneFoundation for Niagara Health System with a cheque for $4500!

These funds were raised through the team's 2017 SCFD Combat Calendar sales and will help purchase rocking chairs for the Children's Health Unit at Niagara Health. These rocking chairs will help provide comfort to some of Niagara’s tiniest patients, and their families, for years to come.

Thank you so much for your support and for helping us build a healthier Niagara! #SCFDCombat

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Smoke Alarm Safety

Fire deaths in the Province of Ontario have seen a 100% increase in 2016.

Test your detectors and have an escape plan and practice your plan.

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Recruits Compete in 5km Race

Recruits competed in a 5km race while in their bunker gear. The recruits raised over $2000 for Gillian's Place. Nice work boys!

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NFPA 1710 - The Industry Standard for Career Fire Departments

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Local 485 Combat Challenge Team donating

Local 485 Combat Challenge Team dropping off donations at the St. Catharines General Hospital

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St. Catharines Fire Department - More Holiday Tips

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St. Catharines Communications deal with multiple structure fires

St. Catharines Communications had to deal with 3 separate structure fires on December 13th.

Norfolk Fire department had a serious house fire in the Courtland area.

St. Catharines had a large Greenhouse fire in St. Catharines which required mutual aid from Lincoln and Thorold Fire.

Pictured above is the multiple fatality house fire in Port Colborne.

See attached links for more information regarding all 3 fires...



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Local 485 Boot Drive

Thanks to all spectators of the Grape and Wine Parade with making the Local 485 Boot Drive for Community Care a huge success!

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Local 485 and the Terry Fox Foundation.

Local 485 helping out the Terry Fox Foundation.

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IAFF Introduces New Cancer Awareness and Prevention Resource

Understand your cancer risk, know the exposures to carcinogens
on the job and reduce your risk of occupational cancer with the new
IAFF fire fighter cancer awareness and prevention training course.
This new resource, developed in conjunction with the
Fire Fighter Cancer Support Network, is designed to
help members avoid and decrease individual risk
factors for cancer.
In addition to understanding why fire fighters are at increased
risk of cancer, this new training will:
Describe the most prominent types of cancer that affect fire fighters
Identify the top carcinogens in the fire fighting environment
Review the major routes of exposure to carcinogens for fire fighters
Encourage behavior changes that can reduce the risk of developing cancer

Start the cancer awareness and prevention training course.

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Busy Day for St. Catharines Fire Communications

Large Barn fire in Thorold on Saturday July 16,2016.

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Local 485 donates to Red Cross to assist Fort McMurray

Firefighter Joe Cheliak (pictured w/bike) donated the bike for a raffle. Local 485 raised $460 for the Red Cross to assist the Fort McMurray Fund. Local 485 also donated $1000 from their Benevolent Fund. Both amounts were matched by the Federal Government. #ymmfire #fortmacfire

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PTSD Resource Toolkit

First responders are at least twice as likely to suffer from PTSD. There’s no need to suffer in silence. The help you need is here. This website offers resources and services for the First Responder community to understand the various steps of a PTSD program from managing a crisis through to implementing best practices into an existing program.

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2016 IAFF Canada Legislative Conference

More photos available in our Photo Gallery in the album titled:

2016 23rd IAFF Canadian Legislative Conference

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Ontario passes legislation to give first responders WSIB coverage for PTSD

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.


Carmen Santoro
President, OPFFA

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