SGI Agrees to Single Rate for Vehicle Extrication/Fire Suppression
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.