Thank you ScotiaMcLeod Charitable Foundation for your generous donation to the SVFFA which will send fire departments that are in most need of training, that cannot easily afford training, to attend one of SVFFA's semi-annual fire schools. $1,500 will be granted twice per year, and will cover all costs associated with attending the school: school registration fees, mileage to and from the school as well as lodging during the weekend. ScotiaMcLeod Charitable Foundation's generous donation will allow for this scholarship program to run for five years!
The new 2019 SGI rate is $937.65.
Remembering Kenton Dell, Pilot Butte FD,
Who passed away unexpectedly,
February 12, 1996 - October 20, 2018
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the family, friends, and fellow Firefighters.
****NOTE: The Pump Operations course is full and not accepting any more students.
The course list and registration package is now available for the 2018 SVFFA Fall Fire School in Estevan, SK on Oct. 26-28, 2018!
Go to the Education/Training page to download the information packages for the Fall Fire School!
We are excited to announce the 2018 CVFSA Annual Conference and AGM will be hosted by Lesser Slave Region Fire Services in Slave Lake, AB. This years conference dates are September 27, 28 and 29th. The link listed below has all the conference details and registration information. Act quickly as the conference is already 50% sold out. We look forward to seeing you in Slave Lake in September! Conference details and registration info.
The Government of Canada established the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders to recognize their service and sacrifice in keeping Canadians safe. Through the Memorial Grant Program, families of first responders who die as a result of their duties will receive a one-time lump sum, tax-free direct maximum payment of $300,000.
The SVFFA would like to thank the Blue Mountains Fire Department for the letter of condolences that they sent to all the First Responders in Saskatchewan.
A big thank you to the Mosaic Company for their $10,000 donation to the SVFFA our the CISM team!!
If you look up at the top navigation bar you will see a new link between News and Education and Training: the Events page!
To help clear up the clutter on the News page and to make the events easier to read we have created a new Events page. Check it out! It has a purpose built layout so you can see all the important information about the event one quick glance. You'll be able to see the event name, location, date/time, and more!
If you use Google Calendar or have an Apple device you can even click a link to put the event into your personal calendar! Never miss another fundraising, curling, or appreciation event!
Thank you to the Town of Balgonie and the RM of Edenwold #158 for their support of the CISM/CISD resolution.
March 14, 2018
From the desk of the President
Saskatchewan Volunteer Firefighters Association (SVFFA)
Dear SVFFA members:
It is with a sense of disappointment that I find myself writing to you all today. As you may or may not have been aware, the SVFFA and SAFC had put forth a resolution to the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, (SUMA), as well as the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, (SARM), asking for a one time per capita funding of fifty cents per Saskatchewan resident. This money was being asked for from the two associations to help make sure that our peer counselling program, CISM/CISD peer support, can continue without having to be funded from our own pockets.
Sadly the resolution was defeated at SUMA due to a wording error which presumed that SUMA would tell SARM what they have to do. As we all know this was not the proper wording and as such the resolution was defeated at SUMA. We then rewrote the wording to be specific to SARM and at the convention in Regina today, the resolution was soundly defeated by 85% of all voting members. The concerns that were brought forth against the resolution were as follows:
- If a SARM member does not want to pay the fifty cents per capita are there sanctions against that RM?
- What happens down the road if this is a onetime assessment, will we be knocking on the door again for more money in the next few years?
- SARM insurance has a clause for paying for PTSD treatment so why would they have to add this?
- And the biggest and loudest concern was that SARM does not feel that this is their problem to worry about, it should be coming from the province to make sure it is always funded.
I am not going to argue any points in this letter, but rather I am going to suggest to all that read this, maybe we should start writing to either WCB to add the ability to bill for debriefing/defusing/peer counselling, or start writing or emailing our elected officials to make the funding for this available through either health, SGI or some other department.
I will take this time to personally thank all the board members of the SVFFA and SAFC for their work on this matter and furthermore I feel we need to thank the Town of Balgonie council for backing the amendment at SUMA, and thank the council of the RM of Edenwold for backing the resolution at SARM. Without these two councils stepping up we could not have moved this ahead. Having said that you as members now need to step up with other volunteer firefighters and start a letter writing campaign to bring awareness to this matter.
I remain positive that we will find some way to get the support that is badly needed for volunteer fire services in our province, it is just going to take a little bit longer and more hard work from our side, but that is OK because we are volunteer firefighters and we always get it done.
Yours in firefighting
This letter below was from Estevan Fire Chief Dale Feser from a meeting with SGI that your SVFFA President, Doug Lapchuk, also attended:
I would to provide you three with a debriefing as to the outcome of the SGI meeting held in Regina this past Monday in regards to the SGI Municipal Fire Services Compensation for Motor Vehicle Collision Responses.
Those in attendance heard SGI’s response to the Dillon Consulting report post SUMA conference and directive given by the minister of relation to the report.
SGI has agreed to consolidation of the productive and non-productive call criteria which means that all work being done on/at an emergency scene as a result of a motor vehicle collision will be considered productive and paid at the current productive rate of $913.00/Hr, prorated after the first hour in 15 minutes increments.
After voicing this to the attendees, I took the liberty to again read the SAFC’s official response letter to the report in its entirety to argue for a non-productive rate to be still applicable and payable at half the current productive rate (CPI included) when fire incident command has made the decision to stand down any further response so that wages of responding firefighters would be at least covered in that aspect to avoid any further financial burden of the municipalities.
All in attendance agreed to this, however SGI requested further assistance from the SAFC and the SVFFA in determining proper language reflecting this for their new policy.
I agreed to offer assistance in this on behalf of the SAFC as the SVFFA also offered their help in this matter on a consultation basis to SUMA and SARM as they will have the final say in the wording.
SUMA and SARM were both very grateful that we would help them out in this area.