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
     

    BCPFFA EXECUTIVE BOARD

     

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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 president of the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Association at the 2016 BCPFFA Convention in Las Vegas and is now in his second term after acclamation at the 2018 Convention in Penticton. 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.

    Todd served on the executive board of Local 1271 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 is now serving his second term after acclamation at the 2018 Convention in Penticton. Todd enjoys family time and playing hockey and the occasional round of golf. 


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    Aaron Charlton

    VP VANCOUVER ISLAND

    Aaron was hired with the Saanich Fire Department in 1998, and is now the rank of Acting Captain in the suppression division. Aaron spent 12 years on his Local executive,  serving as Trustee, VP, Secretary and President.

    When not working Aaron thoroughly enjoys outdoor activities, mainly mountain biking and surfing,  as well as spending time with my family. 

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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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    Dean Aussem

    VP NORTHERN BC

    Dean was hired with Prince George Fire Department in 1994 and is a Captain.  Dean  served 18 years on the local executive as trustee, VP and 4 of them as President.  Dean served as Co chair of the local safety committee for approx 10 yrs. 

    Dean enjoy time in the outdoors fishing, hunting, and time on the boat. He also enjoys playing hockey.

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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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    David Burns

    VP FRASER VALLEY

    David was hired by the Surrey Fire Service in May 1989 and is a Captain / Acting Battalion in the suppression division. He has served as a local executive table officer since as Vice President from 2008 to 2016.

    David is the co-chair of the
    Surrey CISM and Members & Family Assistance Program and has been a team
    member of this program since 1991. In 2016 David became a master instructor with the
    IAFF in the Behavioural Health Peer Support Program and has taught to Locals across
    North America. He is also a member of the BCPFFA Mental Health Task Force

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    ROB WEEKS

    EVP 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.

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    Lee DePellegrin

    VP KOOTENAY

    Lee was hired with the Trail Fire Department in 2002 and is an Acting Captain in the suppression division. He served as Vice President of his Local executive, and became Local president in 2010

    Lee enjoys hunting, camping, skiing and coaching hockey. 

     

    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.