FF Injuries and LODD in Canada
I'm going to a public hearing in a few weeks, where some very specific things will be addressed. Namely the lack of investigation, reporting and access to firefighter injuries and LODD on a national level in Canada, and the 500K the Federal Gov can't come up with for WMD/Terrorism training.
For those that don't know there was a proposal put to the federal gov shortly after 911, where every firefighter in Canada could be trained on WMD/Terrorism for 500K CAD, through a US program. The gov didn't exactly veto it, because it is still floating around the hill, but they didn't approve it. Given that the federal gov just allocated 10 Million more to amatuer sports, I sorta want to know why they can't come up with 500K for the people that risk their lives to keep the citizens of our country safe.
I spoke with the FC office here in BC, the database they have is only current to 2000, if you want any informattion from them, you have to request it in writing. There is no online access to it. There are no investigations into ff death unless it is requested by the dept. Which means if there is a misappropriation of funds ie funds were allocated for new regulators but those regulators were never purchased, and the funds went into someone's pocket, no one will find out about it. If a ff is asked to trial new equipment, and the equipment malfunctions, if an investigation isn't requested no one finds out about it, including the manufacturer etc.
I also spoke with WCB here in BC and even through worksafe, if you try to do a search for injuries, LODD and occupational disease specific to firefighting, the only tthing you get is a statistical page which really isn't that current, and doesn't contain the actual cause of death.
I spoke with the Federal Gov, there used to be an entity called Dominion (something I don't remember the rest) they at one time compiled the information on a national level, but they no longer exist. The Federal Gov stated to me that it was up to each Province to compile and send out the information.
The IAFF has the information for union members. There is nothing that tracks the vollie depts, and there is no information exchange between the two.
Why am I rambling on like this, because I need some help. I need to know if other provinces have a system in place that if something happens the information is either readily available to any dept, or the public. If investigations into LODD are done without having to make a request for them. If there are bulletins sent out, or some kind of information exchange system in place to warn other depts if a ff contracts a disease through contact, has equipment failure etc.
Also if the information is readily available would you post a link please. Right now I am looking at mostly US LODD to use as examples, simply because the information isn't that readily available in BC. In talking with WCB I discovered the information exchange, within the WCB dept that actually oversee's firefighting in this province isn't that great. The dept is seperated into regions, and information isn't necessarily passed between the two.
I would appreciate any help that anyone can give, the more information I have the better armed I'll be.