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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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Harold A. Schaitberger, who was re-elected today for the fifth time by acclamation at the IAFF 53rd Convention, will lead this union for another four years alongside newly elected General-Secretary Treasurer Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts. Schaitberger and Kelly were elected by acclamation and with a massive show of support and confidence by delegates at the 53rd Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Schaitberger and Kelly raised their arms triumphantly on stage, accepting the honor with humility and a deep commitment to continue to serve the International and its 302,000 members.

Taking the microphone, Schaitberger said, “Edzo, we are going to some great work together. Congratulations on your election.”

Noting that the IAFF is stronger than any other union, Schaitberger said, “I know that we have made a difference. But no matter how strong we get, I have vowed to never put this union in neutral. We always need to be faster and stronger. The 302,000 members of this union deserve the very best.”


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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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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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