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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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IVEGOTYOURBACK911 is selling tshirts to support Fort McMurray. Anyone interested in purchasing a tshirt click on link:


If not interested in purchasing a shirt. You can also donate to assist the firefighters via:

Local 485 has already donated $1000 towards the cause...

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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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Skylon Stairclimb for Children's Cancer

Firefighter Matt Simatovic with his family and other firefighters with MPP Wayne Gates and Standard reporter Grant Lafleche.

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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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Hair Cut for Cancer

Devon McGrath got her hair cut by Abby Alice Knight in front of her schoolmates at Riverview School in Chippawa on Friday April 1, 2016. The five-year-old volunteered to donate her cut hair to Wigs for Kids, an organization that provides hair replacement systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to medical issues like chemotherapy. Mike DiBattista/Niagara Falls Review/Postmedia Network

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St. Catharines Fire Fighters rescue teen from gorge

A 17-year-old girl was rescued from DeCew Falls gorge Sunday evening after falling and suffering several injuries.

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Firefighter Cookbooks Still Available!

Local 485 is selling cookbooks with the proceeds going to the Niagara Children's Centre & Community Care. Still have plenty available. Order yours today!! Contact us at website@iaff485.org.



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Lending a Hand

Members of IAFF Local 485 lending a helping hand in the community.

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