MNR shutting down the KL fire base

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MNR shutting down the KL fire base

Post by Riskynet » Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:04 pm

MNR cutting 14 jobs and will no longer operate fire base in KL starting with the 2014 fire season.

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Post by JohnW » Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:51 pm

No more fires for them I guess. [sad

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Post by Riskynet » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:14 pm

I think it's the wrong place for the provincial government to cut funds where there is millions of trees to burn. Northern Ontario gets it again. Just dumb. [fist

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Post by Riskynet » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:49 pm

Oh by the way Kegan, you just had your 9000 post.

Congrats [woot

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Post by Loco101 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:16 am

Congrats Kegan on reaching 9000.


I'm also very surprised that the KL base will be closed. If I'm not mistaken, that crew worked on the Rae Hill fire in 2012.

Here is OPSEU's news release and it sounds like some positions in Timmins and other places will be cut.

OPSEU | Government cuts to firefighters in Kirkland Lake and Pembroke leaves many unanswered questions

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Post by JohnW » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:01 am

Perhaps they will be re-hired for Bear Patrol after the fancy committee starts meeting?

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Post by Riskynet » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:31 am

The closure of the Kirkland Lake and Pembroke fire bases will result in the loss of 14 and 20 seasonal fire staff positions, respectively. Four full-time warehouse staff will be laid off in each of Chapleau, Cochrane, Wawa and Timmins.
[dumb They have one good fire season and they figure they don't need the extra staff. What's next ???

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Post by FrancoFun » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:54 am

I guess they figure since most of the bush around KL burned last summer, they won't need to use the base for a while.

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Post by Riskynet » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:28 pm

MNR Minister Orazietti defends fire plan


KIRKLAND LAKE - The Minister of Natural Resources David Orazietti has responded strongly to suggestions that the closing of bases in Kirkland Lake and Pembroke will negatively impact the province's ability to respond to forest fires.

The Minister, who was responding to comments by Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP John Vanthof, also took exception to the number of jobs that would be eliminated by changes to the province's forest management plan.

Orazietti disagrees with Vanthof' assertion that 40 to 45 fire management jobs have been cut. The minister says in fact the MNR has redeployed 34 seasonal positions, and will be hiring an additional 14 season people for the 2014 fire season in the North East.

With the Kirkland Lake and Pembroke fire bases being consolidated into the remaining 33 bases only one full-time position has been cut.

For the past 10 years Orazietti says the government has been strategically concentrating its resources to take advantage of its strengths, which include the province's ability for rapid response across the province with a mobile and flexible fire-fighting force.

Orazietti says more than 90 percent of the crews that protected Kirkland Lake during the 2012 fire came from other parts of the province.

“Our government's top priority is public safety and we will continue to protect people, property and protect natural resources from forest fires. I am proud of our firefighters, who put their lives on the line and are recognized internationally for their ability to protect Ontario from forest fires,” said Minister Orazietti.

He also notes the government continues to invest in the Forest Management Program, including $47 million in capital expenditures for upgrades in Sudbury, Armstrong and Haliburton. As well $8.5 million was invested in a new flight simulator facility for CL415 Water Bombers in Sault Ste. Marie. This will be used to train all of Ontario's fire crews.


http://www.northernnews.ca/2013/11/21/m ... -fire-plan

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Post by Riskynet » Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:36 pm

The Temiskaming Mayors Action Group has written the Minister of Natural Resources asking him to reconsider closing the Kirkland Lake MNR Fire Base.

The letter tells Minister David Orazietti, that Timiskaming is an area about the size of France and is comprised mostly of forests and lakes. It also has smaller cities, towns and villages throughout the district.

TeMAC contends the decision to close the MNR Fire Base in Kirkland Lake was not well thought out and that safety should be the utmost in making decisions to withdraw services. In the letter written by Kirkland Lake Mayor Bill Enouy, who is chair of the group, it states: “I think and understand that the Minister acts on advice when signing off on this kind of decision.

I also understand that when senior public servants are asked to cut, they become territorial and protect their best interests – not necessarily the best interest of the big picture.”

TeMAG points out to Minister Orazietti that two years ago major forest fires threatened both Timmins and Kirkland Lake at the same time.

The Minister made it clear in the House that outside experts crews were brought in to the combat station. What the mayors say the minister failed to do was indicate was who the initial crews were and what their role was in stopping the initial growth of the fires.

As well the Minister did not mention it was local crews that doused several medium sized fires that sprang up on the south side of town at the same time the huge fire north of town was ragging.

Finally the letter states, "Cochrane and Timmins are both 90 miles from Kirkland Lake. They are closer to each other than they are to Timiskaming.

The amount of money saved by cutting 14 part time fire fighters and one half full time is miniscule compared to the damage which will occur from our next major fire or even small fires which spring up every fire season.”

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