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The BCPFFA

The British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Association is an organization that is comprised of the 53 locals who represent the professional men and women fire fighters of this province. As such, all BCPFFA resources are available through your local executive.  

All 53 locals are members of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

 
 

What We Do

    • Assistance with contract negotiation, grievance arbitrations, union business  and membership issues.
    • Access to key information on wages, benefits and working conditions to use in negotiations, arbitration and other meetings with local decision-makers.

    • Up to date online resources to address and assist with issues and challenges facing affiliates and members.

    • Assistance developing union messages and communications to members, the media, elected officials, decision-makers and the public.

    • Legal representation against unfair discipline for union-related activities.

    • Expert municipal financial analyses, GIS mapping and EMS system evaluation and other data resources to help educate decision-makers about public safety and the importance of adequate staffing levels.

    • Provides financial assistance for small locals to attend educational training and conferences.

    • Provides locals with financial help for bargaining arbitrations.

    • The BCPFFA hosts the largest Affiliate Leadership Training conference in Canada – union leadership training to make sure your Local Officers have the skills and knowledge to represent you.

    • Work with the provincial government to recognize and improve fire fighters’ health and safety for all of British Columbia’s professional fire fighters.

    The BCPFFA lobbies for:
    Safe staffing levels
    Funding for training and equipment
    Workplace and employment rights
    Pension, retirement and health care benefits
     

    Executive Team

     

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    GORD DITCHBURN

    PRESIDENT

    Gord was hired in 1998 by the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and today holds the rank of Captain.

    Gord has served as president of Local 18, BCPFFA vice president, executive vice president, and Secretary-Treasurer. Gord.was acclaimed as the new president of the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Association at the 2016 BCPFFA Convention in Las Vegas

    In Gord's off time (which is rare) he can be found enjoying time with his precious family, entertaining guests and the occasional round of golf.

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    TODD SCHIERLING

    SECRETARY-TREASURER

    Todd was hired with Surrey Fire Service in 1996 and is acting captain in fire suppression.

    He served on the Local 1271 board from 2006 to 2016 holding positions of Trustee, Registrar, and Treasurer respectively. During his executive tenure he also served as Executive Director of the Surrey Fire Fighters' Charitable Society managing fundraising, program development. Todd was appointed as BCPFFA finance committee in 2014, and was elected as BCPFFA Secretary-Treasurer at the 2016 BCPFFA Convention in Las Vegas.

    Todd enjoys family time and playing hockey and the occasional round of golf. 


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    MIKE RISPIN

    VP VANCOUVER ISLAND

    Mike was hired with the Nanaimo Fire & Rescue in 1996. He began his career as an inspector before moving to a Fire Fighter/Dispatcher, permanently in fire suppression as a Fire Fighter and advancing through the Officer ranks to now Captain. Since 2001, Mike has served his members of Local 905 beginning as trustee, Vice President, and now in his fourth term as President.

    Now (2016) in his third term on the BC Executive, Mike serves as your Executive Vice President. Mike's experience serves him well as Co-chair of the Education, Legislative, and Constitution & Bylaws Committee's respectively.

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    CORY PARKER

    VP LOWER MAINLAND

    Cory was hired with Richmond Fire Rescue in 1991,  and is a Captain in Fire Suppression.  Having been active within his own Local for the majority of his career, Cory served as a shift representative, Treasurer, Secretary and has been Local President since 2009.

    Cory has served on various committees for the BCPFFA in the past and held the postion of Trustee 2010-2016. He looks forward to serving in his new role of Lower Mainland VP and continuing to work on behalf of all firefighters in British Columbia.

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    FRED WILKINSON

    VP NORTHERN BC

    Fred was hired with Prince George Fire Rescue in 1994.  He moved through the ranks to where he now serves as both an Acting Captain and when necessary Acting Assistant Chief. Fred devoted 14 years to his membership in a variety of capacities on the Executive. Fred is in his fourth term as Vice-President serving his members in the North Region. Fred can often be found travelling the province in support of his kids in their many sports. Fred's roles and responsibilities on the BC Executive include Education, Emergency Disputes Fund and Constitution & Bylaws Committees respectively.

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    CLAY MURRELL

    VP KOOTENAY

    Clay has been with the Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Service since 1990, and is the senior Captain. Clay has served in most capacities on his Local's committees and Executive with the last six as their President. Clay was acclaimed to his third term on the BC Board recently and proudly serves the members of the East and West Kootenays.

    When not promoting Fire Fighters and their Profession, Clay can be found team roping, spending time at his cabin or enjoying the outdoors. Clays responsibilities on the BCPFFA Executive include the Web & Social Media Committee and Co Chair of the EMS Committee along with ongoing projects.

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    BRENT BOND

    VP OKANAGAN

    Brent is a Captain in the Vernon Fire Rescue and has been serving the citizens of Vernon since 1998. Always active in is Local, Brent has served as Local 1517 President since 2007 and now in his second BCPFFA term representing the Okanagan as their Vice President. Part of Brent's other commitment to the community includes coaching hockey and soccer. Brent serves the greater membership with his work on the Education and Constitution & Bylaws Committees, as well as a number of ongoing projects.

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    MIKE MCNAMARA

    VP FRASER VALLEY

    Mike was hired by the Surrey Fire Servce in 1994.  He has been with the Surrey Union Executive for the past 10 years and currently serves as the President, Local 1271.  In March of 2015 he was acclaimed to the position of BCPFFA Fraser Valley Vice-President.  Mike sits on the Mental Health Task Force, Bargaining and Legislative commitees.  

    Mike enjoys playing fire dept. hockey, soccer.  He takes time to go camping with his family and taking his children fishing and quading. 

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    ROB WEEKS

    VP VANCOUVER

    Rob Weeks was hired in 2005 by Vancouver Fire / Rescue. Rob is currently President of Local 18, President of the Vancouver Fire Fighters' Charitable Society, a Trustee for the Municipal Pension Plan, and the Lower Mainland VP for Vancouver on the BCPFFA board. When not representing the interests of his members, Rob can be found in the great outdoors hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

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    STEVE FARINA

    VP LOWER MAINLAND

    Steve began his career with Coquitlam Fire Rescue in 1997, was elected to the executive board of IAFF Local 1782 in 2005 and was promoted to Captain in 2015. Steve currently sits on the BCPFFA's Mental Health Task Force and represents the BCPFFA on the WorkSafe BC's First Responder Task Force on Mental Health. He also sits on the BCPFFA's OHS committee. Steve looks forward to continuing the work of past VP Brian Leavold in representing the Tri-cities, North Shore, Squamish and Whistler Locals.