CFFF Courage Vol.14 NA


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W ell, deep subject. Sometimes you just don't know how to start an article… The year 2018 was a busy one for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation and that was also true of the Atlantic Region. I was really impressed with the turnout of our regions' firefighters at the annual ceremony in September. Sadly, we said goodbye to Chief Assistant Fernand Thériault of the Ville de Caraquet Brigade des pompiers and Captain Brian Kingsbury of the Kentville Volunteer Fire Department. While both of these fine gentlemen were retired from their respective departments, their names were permanently engraved on the nations' memorial for those that have died in the line of duty. They will be remembered. The Honorary Host for the 2018 ceremony was the National Defence Fire Service which, as many know, was where I spent 36 years of my life, finishing in Greenwood, N.S. On a personal note, I could not have been happier to see their members, both Royal Canadian Air Force and Department of National Defence employees, filling the key roles of the ceremony weekend and marching proudly. Overall, they did an outstanding job and the Atlantic Region was well represented with NDFS firefighters from Gagetown, Halifax, Shearwater and Greenwood. Chimo! The Foundation attended a few events in the region starting with the always successful FDIC Atlantic in Wolfville. I must really tip my hat to Dave Clement and his gang from Halifax Regional who have operated the table and the raffle for years; it remains one of the most successful fundraising events at any of the tradeshows that we attend. We also attended the Maritime Chiefs event in Moncton which was again, another successful show and many thanks to Chief Conrad Landry for his invite and support. Looking forward to the 2019 event. The Foundation also made an appearance at the unveiling of the Canada Post First Responder stamps, specifically the Firefighter stamp honouring all firefighters in all walks of life across Canada. The event was in Halifax, recognizing that location as having the oldest fire department in the country and Halifax Regional did a great job as usual. The stamp is very impressive and something we can all be proud of. Over the past year, I have had a few inquiries as to whether we will honour a firefighter that has passed in the line of duty. Nothing has changed; we require the department to complete the recognition form on our site ( and submit it to our office in Ottawa. What I can say here is that we need facts to support any request. A workers' compensation claim that has been successfully awarded and recognizes the job of firefighting as being the primary reason for the LODD is the top of the list. The next best method is a published news story. This is one of the best ways especially if the individual made the ultimate sacrifice on the fireground. As an organization, we are constantly watching the news from all over Canada and pretty well know right away if it is an LODD. For those departments that do not have workers' compensation or have found a record of an LODD from a time before the depart- ment had coverage, a doctor's letter indicating that the LODD was attributable to our job will suffice in most cases. In any of these circumstances, make sure you contact either our LODD Chairman or myself so that we can assist you in any way we can because that is what we are here for. Remember, we not only honour our Fallen, we strive to support their families as best that we can with educational packages, special camps to cope with the loss and more. In closing this year, I want to acknowledge one of our Board members who has stepped down. Martin Bell from Conquerall Bank, N.S., has represented the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association to the Foundation with pride and dedication for the last six years. He has been a huge supporter of our mission and goals and always brought the full support of the CVFSA. Martin, we all miss you. His replacement, Carl Pearson from Ontario, has been a long-time supporter of the CFFF. Lastly, the Foundation was saddened to hear that we lost Fred Kennedy, retired fire chief of the Blackville Fire Department in N.B. and the representative to the Foundation for the CVFSA before Martin. Fred was a heck of a guy and I know that I miss him and his catch phrase, "that's a dandy!" Hope to see many of you this year around the area and maybe in Ottawa; plan a trip for the ceremony, you will never regret it. 67 News from the Atlantic Region By CFFF Treasurer and Atlantic Director Bruce Paradis, CWO (Ret'd), MMM, CD President Kirkpatrick recognizing Martin Bell's time he has spent with the Foundation.

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