Firefighters, district reach new deal

A new collective agreement has been ratified by the District of Mission and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4768.

  • Nov. 23, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Mission Firefighters and the district have come to an agreement.

A new collective agreement ratified by the District of Mission and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4768 provides long-term cost certainty and enhancements to Fire/Rescue services for the community through 2019.

The contract is in-line with recent arbitrated agreements throughout the province, providing a 2.5 percent annual wage increase. It also provides the district the flexibility to move incrementally toward a 24-hour model staffed with career firefighters by the year 2020, providing enhanced safety and security for the community.

“I’m pleased to have achieved this agreement. The district has gained excellent language to significantly reduce overtime cost and to maintain staffing flexibility,” said fire chief Larry Watkinson.

“Our experience with large scale incidents, especially in the day time when our paid-on-call fire fighters are at work highlights the need for additional career fire fighter coverage, and the importance of our dedicated paid-on-call firefighters. This contract really strengthens our ability to serve the community and it provides certainty for both the district and our crews over the long-term.”


Just Posted

Police investigate sexual assault of teen girl in Abbotsford

Incident occurred Wednesday night along Oriole Crescent

Bad behaviour to lead to expulsion at Abbotsford council

New rules lay out how a member can be booted from a meeting

More extreme weather beds needed in Mission

Council allocates another $5,000 to help keep people safe, warm and dry

Input sought for road works for Maple Ridge

Consultation on Haney Bypass upgrades

Trial begins for man charged with 2010 murder of Mandy Johnson

Langley single mom was fatally shot while in vehicle in Abbotsford

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

B.C. commuters vote to rename bus service to ‘Jeff’

The company asked and the people of Facebook answered

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Sexsmith set to suit up for Giants

Vancouver signs ninth overall pick in 2017 WHL bantam draft

Women’s March Canada Fraser Valley slated for Saturday morning

It’s a march for women’s rights and social justice for the most marginalized

White Rock plans to effectively ban legal pot dispensaries

Opponent says the plan is inspired by ‘a real right-wing mentality’

Most Read