Vancouver Iaff Collective Agreement

George A. Richardson, an 18-year-old local member present at the IAFF Foundation, served for 36 years as IAFF Treasurer in Washington D.C and remains the IAFF`s longest-serving senior officer. We must not forget that Canadian firefighters have helped make this strong organization what it is today. During its long collaboration with IAFF, Local 18 has become a leader in collective bargaining, improving occupational health and safety, training initiatives, representing workers` interests, staffing and response times to more than 70,000 annual emergency calls. Local 18 has helped establish a public training program at the CPR and members support many rewarding charities through their Vancouver Firefighters` Charitable Society. Eighteen local members designed and produced the Hall of Flame Fire Fighters Charity Calendar, now in its 31st year of publication. Revenue from calendar sales is responsible for purchasing over $1,000,000 for various nonprofits such as the CKNW Orphan`s Fund, BC Children`s Hospital, BC Professional Fire Fighters` Burn Fund and more. Most importantly, Local 18 engages with those who engage with the public – the 775 men and women who make up the Local 18 Fire Fighters. Our local full-service union is associated with the Canadian Congress of Labour, the BC Federation of Labour, the Vancouver and District Labour Council and the BC Professional Fire Fighters` Association and engages on issues affecting their members on a daily basis.

We are very proud of our more than one hundred years of democratic and parliamentary tradition, which is the heart and soul of our governance. Local 18 shines as a beacon on the west coast of the continent. Firefighters were here during Pioneer Days, and firefighters are here in the presence of our modern technological society. Firefighters will continue to be here, as the citizens of the City of Vancouver move towards a future where they will certainly need enhanced and ongoing protection against Local 18. May this future remain proud for all. Since the 1886 fire that destroyed the city, Vancouver has become one of the most complex tower and upper town urban cities on our continent, which in the last century includes firefighters South Vancouver, Point Grey and University Endowment Lands. The 18 local firefighters protected Vancouver`s 44 square miles during its long-standing growth and will continue to ensure its strong professional presence as Vancouver grows into this new millennium.

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