Fire Fighters Association 2018

Municipal Election Candidate Questions

 

Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to participate in this survey.  As stated earlier, it is my hope you share ALL candidate responses with ALL your members so they can make a TRULY informed decision on who THEY would like to have on the next city council.  

Andy Wolff, Current River Ward Candidate 

1. Frontline Fire Fighting Capabilities 

A) The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710 Standard states that 90 per cent of the time, four fire fighters should be on scene of a residential structure fire in four minutes of receiving the call, and 15 to 17 in eight minutes in order to constitute adequate protection of the public. Do you believe our city should be working toward this standard? Why, or why not? 

YES.  IT IS IMPORTANT OUR COMMUNITY CAN FEEL SECURE KNOWING, THESE SERVICES ARE READY TO HELP THEM IN AN EMERGENCY.   

(B) Fire protection is not just a cost to the city and its taxpayers, but an investment in the community. Adequate fire protection, as described by NFPA 1710, saves lives, reduces property loss, reduces the economic impact of commercial and industrial fires by minimizing job losses and reduces residential and commercial insurance rates. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why?

 YES. THE RATIONAL HAS BEEN ALREADY STATED IN YOUR QUESTION.  

(C) In your view, what things should the city consider when making decisions about the number of fire fighters on duty, the number of fire apparatus in service and the number of fire stations in the city?

CITY COUNCIL NEEDS TO SET UP A COMMITTEE WITH QUARTERLY MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM CITY COUNCIL, MANAGEMENT, LABOUR AND CITIZENS TO DETERMINE WHAT RESOURCES THE FIRE DEPARTMENT NEEDS.

 (D)  What changes, if any, do you think need to be made to the city’s fire service?

THIS WOULD NEED TO BE RESEARCHED WITH A TYPE OF COMMITTEE AS MENTIONED IN QUESTION (C).

 (E) Who do you think city council should consult on issues that involve fire protection, fire department capabilities and overall public safety? (Check all that apply)

 ü  Fire Chief

ü  Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office

ü  Fire fighters (association)

ü  The public

q Taxpayer’s association

q Chamber of Commerce

q Private consultants

q Insurance grading organization

(F) Many municipalities have reached out to the Minister of Labour to change the arbitration system in Ontario.  If elected will you support fire and police by ensuring the current balanced dispute resolution process is not skewed against emergency services workers?

 IT IS INTERESTING IN THE LAST ELECTION, YOU ENDORSED ALL THE INCUMBENTS ON CITY COUNCIL.  THIS IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:

1.   FIREFIGHTERS DO HAVE THE GIVEN RESPECT OF THE COMMUNITY AND SHOULD NOT USE THIS STATUS TO MANIPULATE PUBLIC OPINION FOR POLITICAL REASONS.  THEY ARE THERE TO SERVE THE PEOPLE AND SHOULD ACCEPT THEIR CHOICE OF CITY COUNCIL, NOT MANIPULATE THE PUBLIC

2.   THE STRENGTH OF YOUR ASSOCIATION IS IN ITS MEMBERSHIP, NOT YOUR AGENDA.  YOU WOULD BEST SERVE YOUR MEMBERS BY PROVIDING THEM INFORMATION ON HOW EACH CANDIDATE RESPONDS TO THIS SURVEY.

FURTHER MORE, IT WAS THAT INCUMBENT COUNCIL YOU ENDORSED THAT FAILED TO DIRECT ADMINISTRATION TO PROPERLY NEGOTIATE A CONTRACT WITH YOUR ASSOCIATION.  IN ADDITION, WITH THE DIRECTION OUR NEW PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IS TAKING, IT WILL BE VERY UNLIKELY THIS LEGISLATION WILL CHANGE TO BENEFIT YOUR ASSOCIATION.  AS A CITY. WE STAND ALONE ON THIS MATTER.  ON MY WATCH, I WILL NOT ALLOW ADMINISTRATION TO NEGLECT ANY NEGOTIATIONS WITH YOUR ASSOCIATION.  IF EXTREME MEASURES NEED TO BE TAKEN, IT WILL BE TO FREEZE THE WAGES OF ALL OF SENIOR ADMINISTRATION UNTIL A FAIR SETTLEMENT IS ACHIEVED WITH YOUR ORGANIZATION.

2. EMS 

(A) What is your current understanding of the role that the city’s full-time fire fighters currently play in the delivery of Emergency Medical Services?

THERE MAY BE TIMES WHERE FIREFIGHTERS PERFORM THE DUTIES OF MEDICAL FIRST RESPONDERS; ESPECIALLY, WHEN EMS IS NOT READILY AVAILABLE TO RESPOND TO MEDICAL EMERGENCIES.

(B) Knowing that our city’s fire fighters have existing medical skills, are strategically positioned throughout the city and often arrive on the scene of medical emergencies before ambulance-based paramedics, do you support:

ü  Studying how the expanded use of existing on-duty fire fighters could improve response times and improve patient care in a cost-efficient manner

q Leaving things as they are

q Reducing the number of medical calls fire fighters respond to in order to save fuel and reduce the possibility of road accidents involving emergency vehicles

q Unsure / would like additional information

 C) What changes, if any, do you think need to be made to the way Emergency Medical Services as delivered in our city?

THE SAME APPROACH NEEDS TO BE TAKEN WITH FIRE FIGHTING WHERE WE NEED TO CONSULT WITH MANAGEMENT, LABOUR, CITY COUNCIL AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

3. General 

A) What are your priorities for the city and its residents if elected?

 COMMUNICATION

DISCLOSE ALL INFORMATION REGARDING CLOSED DOOR MEETINGS BARRING ANY LEGALITIES

PUBLISH ALL VOTING RECORDS OF CITY COUNCIL

HAVE THE MAXIMUM OF 5 WARD MEETINGS PER YEAR

INFORM RESIDENTS VIA A QUARTERLY REPORT

COMPETENCY

IMPLEMENT ALL THE THINGS A SINGLE COUNCILLOR CAN DO

RESPOND TO ALL QUESTIONS, CONCERNS AND REQUESTS FROM CITIZENS, ACT ON THEM AND OBTAIN FEEDBACK

CONVICTION

PROPOSE A MONEY-FOR-VALUE AUDIT OF CITY FINANCES

THOROUGHLY SCRUTINIZE ANY RESOLUTION BROUGHT BEFORE CITY COUNCIL

FIGHT FOR THE THINGS THAT WILL PROVIDE SECURITY, GOOD HEALTH AND HAPPINESS TO ALL CITIZENS

(B) What in your view are the qualities that make you a worthy member of council?

 I AM A GOOD COMMUNICATOR THAT LISTENS TO THE NEEDS AND CONCERNS OF THE CITIZENS 

ALL THE OBJECTIVES I PLAN FOR ARE SET TO TASKS THAT WILL GET DONE

 I REALIZE THERE NEEDS TO BE A BETTER APPROACH TO RESOLVING THE PROBLEMS OUR CITY FACES TODAY AND WE WILL NEVER BE SUCCESSFUL, UNTIL WE HAVE EARNED THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE  

 


On Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 11:11 PM firstvice tbpffa.com <firstvice@tbpffa.com> wrote:

Dear Current River Councillor Candidate, 

With the 2018 municipal election fast approaching, Thunder Bay Professional Fire Fighters Association is taking the opportunity to learn about each of the various election candidates. We are asking that you fill out the attached short survey by September 30th and email it back us. We wish to see your stances on fire fighter specific issues, your goals and visions for the City of Thunder Bay. Thank you for your cooperation and best of luck in the upcoming election. 

Sincerely, 

Robert Sheppard

1st Vice President

Thunder Bay Professional Fire Fighters Association

 

Andy Wolff
Candidate, Councillor
Current River Ward 
(807)683-7670



Email: electandywolff@gmail.com