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  • Who We Are

    A Message from the President:

    The British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Association is an organization that is comprised of the 53 locals who represent the professional men and women fire fighters of this province. All 53 locals are members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (I.A.F.F.), the parent organization which serves the more than 18,000 Canadians for whom fire fighting is a career. There are approximately 3,900 career fire fighters in B.C.

    The professional fire fighters in your community are trained to provide many services other than the traditional role of fire suppression. They work daily to hone their skills in such disciplines as High angle (hi-rise), Tower crane, Mountain, and Confined-space rescue; Hazardous materials response; Heavy rescue (industrial type accidents); Auto extrication (motor vehicle accidents); First Responder emergency medical response; Fire safety inspections; Fire prevention education programs and other critical tasks relating to emergency response and emergency rescue.

    The BCPPFA is committed to providing services and resources to the leaders of our locals, and to actively work with governments and other agencies so that our members and the citizens they serve are protected and cared for.

    BCPFFA President

    Gordon Ditchburn

    A Message from the Secretary Treasurer:

    The British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Association (BCPFFA) is committed to advocating for public safety and best fire safety practices. We are the united voice of all professional fire fighters in the municipalities of British Columbia and Yukon. The BCPFFA is a grass roots association made up of elected representatives who work full time as fire fighters. We have frontline experience and expertise to bring a fire fighters perspective to issues that affect the public safety as well as our member’s safety.

    The BCPFFA meets with Provincial and Federal governments to bring awareness to our issues and commit to working in a positive & collaborative manner to provide high-quality results to benefit all. The BCPFFA is a non partisan organization who will work with any elected official regardless of their political affiliation. Our issues are contained to the greater good of the public and fire fighters themselves.

    The BCPFFA provides career fire fighters with the highest level of service and expertise to assist them in all aspects of their professional lives.  We provide service to our 53 Professional Fire Fighter Locals and ensure that pertinent information is provided to our affiliates in a timely and accurate manner.

    This service comes in the form of research, distribution of information, and representation at all government levels. 'Hands on' assistance is provided through representation at the local level with local problems - negotiations, grievances, health and safety, pensions and in educating fire fighters to prepare for effective collective bargaining and the administration of their collective agreements.

    Our Executive Board members are available upon request to provide advice and direct representation in negotiations, grievances, and presentations to local city council. For specific issue advice (i.e. Health and Safety, WorkSafe, Pensions) the BCPFFA has a number of members who serve on standing committees to assist our members with these specific concerns.

    BCPFFA Secretary Treasurer

    Todd Schierling

    BCPFFA 2016-2018 Executive Board

    Gordon Ditchburn - President

    Gord Ditchburn was acclaimed as the new president of the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Association during the organization's convention in Las Vegas in 2016.

    Ditchburn rose to the rank of lieutenant within Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services.

    In the past, he has been vice president, executive vice president, and president of Local 18, which represents Vancouver firefighters.

    Ditchburn has also served in many different capacities on the executive of the BCPFFA including Executive Vice President and Secretary Treasurer.

    In Gords off time (which is rare) he can be found enjoying time with his precious family, entertaining guests and the occasional round of golf.

    Todd Schierling - Secretary  Treasurer

    Todd was hired with Surrey Fire Service in 1996 and is  acting captain in fire suppression. He served  on the Local 1271 board since 2006 as a Hall Rep, Trustree, Registrar, and Treasurer repsectively. During his executive tenure, he also served as Executive Director of the Surrey Fire Fighters' Charitable Society managing fundraising, program development. Todd sat on several committees with his Local such as Benefits, Bargaining, Political Action, Multi-Media outreach, and numerous charity commitees. Todd was appointed as BCPFFA finance committee in 2014, and was elected as BCPFFA Secretary-Treasurer in August 2016.  

    Todd enjoys playing fire dept hockey, softball and a round of golf. Over the years Todd has found time to coach his two daughters in soccer and basketball, and spending time with family. 

    Todd looks forward to working with his BC team and the Local leaders of the BCPFFA. 

    Mike Rispin - VP Vancouver Island

    Mike was hired with the Nanaimo Fire & Rescue in 1996. He began his career as an inspector before moving to a Fire Fighter/Dispatcher, permanently in fire suppresion as a Fire Fighter and advancing through the Officer ranks to now Captain. Since 2001, Mike has served his members of Local 905 beginning as trustee, Vice President, and now in his fourth term as President.

    Mike enjoys a good round of golf, playing frequently, spending time at his cabin or relaxing in Mexico.

    Now (2016) in his third term on the BC Executive, Mike serves as your Executive Vice Preident. Mike's experience serves him well as Co-chair of the Education, Legislative, and Constitution & Bylaws Committee's respectively.

    Cory Parker - VP Lower Mainland 1

    Cory was hired with Richmond Fire Rescue in 1991,  and is a Captain in Fire Suppression.  Having been active within his own Local for the majority of his career, Cory served as a shift representative, Treasurer, Secretary and has been Local President since 2009.

    Cory has served on various committees for the BCPFFA in the past and held the postion of Trustee 2010-2016. He looks forward to serving in his new role of Lower Mainland VP and continuing to work on behalf of all firefighters in British Columbia.
    Fred Wilkinson - VP Northern BC

    Fred was hired with Prince George Fire Rescue in 1994.  He moved through the ranks to where he now serves as both an Acting Captain and when necessary Acting Assistant Chief. Fred devoted 14 years to his membership in a variety of capacities on the Executive. Fred is in his fourth term as Vice-President serving his members in the North Region. Fred can often be found travelling the province in support of his kids in their many sports. Fred's roles and responsibilities on the BC Executive include Education, Emergency Disputes Fund and Constitution & Bylaws Committees respectively.
    Clay Murrell - VP Kootenay

    Clay has been with the Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Service since 1990, and is the senior Captain. Clay has served in most capacities on his Local's committees and Executive with the last six as their President. Clay was acclaimed to his third term on the BC Board recently and proudly serves the members of the East and West Kootenays.

    When not promoting Fire Fighters and their Profession, Clay can be found team roping, spending time at his cabin or enjoying the outdoors. Clays responsibilities on the BCPFFA Executive include the Web & Social Media Committee and Co Chair of the EMS Committee along with ongoing projects.

    Brent Bond -  VP Okanagon

    Brent is a Captain in the Vernon Fire Rescue and has been serving the citizens of Vernon since 1998. Always active in is Local, Brent has served as Local 1517 President since 2007 and now in his second BCPFFA term representing the Okanagon as their Vice President. Part of Brent's other commitment to the community includes coaching hockey and soccer. Brent serves the greater membership with his work on the Education and Constitution & Bylaws Committees, as well as a number of ongoing projects.
    Mike Mcnamara  - VP Fraser Valley


    Mike was hired by the Surrey Fire Servce in 1994.  He has been with the Surrey Union Executive for the past 10 years and currently serves as the President, Local 1271.  In March of 2015 he was acclaimed to the position of BCPFFA Fraser Valley Vice-President.  Mike sits on the Mental Health Task Force, Bargaining and Legislative commitees.  

    Mike enjoys playing fire dept. hockey, soccer.  He takes time to go camping with his family and taking his children fishing and quading. 

    Rob Weeks - VP Lower Mainland Vancouver

    Rob Weeks was hired in 2005 by Vancouver Fire / Rescue. Rob is currently President of Local 18, President of the Vancouver Fire Fighters' Charitable Society, a Trustee for the Municipal Pension Plan, and the Lower Mainland VP for Vancouver on the BCPFFA board. When not representing the interests of his members, Rob can be found in the great outdoors hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
    Steve Farina - VP Lower Mainland 2 

    Steve began his career with Coquitlam Fire Rescue in 1997, was elected to the executive board of IAFF Local 1782 in 2005 and was promoted to Captain in 2015. Steve currently sits on the BCPFFA's Mental Health Task Force and represents the BCPFFA on the WorkSafe BC's First Responder Task Force on Mental Health. He also sits on the BCPFFA's OHS committee. Steve looks forward to continuing the work of past VP Brian Leavold in representing the Tri-cities, North Shore, Squamish and Whistler Locals.

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