Responding constructively to
dial 911 to get help in an emergency, you fully expect a quick response.
In the vast
majority of cases – from traffic accidents to heart attacks, from
hazardous spills to burning buildings – the first to the rescue will be
lives depend on them and they put their lives at risk for the rest of us
years, Canada’s firefighters have been asking three simple things from
the Government of Canada. They deserve a decent response.
That’s why I’ve introduced Private Member’s Motion M-388 in
the House of Commons. It
comes up for debate and a vote this fall.
18 firefighters die in the line of duty every year.
But there is nothing in place to help provide for their families if
they are killed or become permanently disabled while on the job keeping
Canadians safe. So Motion M-388 proposes a one-time $300,000 benefit for
firefighters (and for other “public safety officers”) who perish or
work as “first responders” during public health emergencies, like
influenza pandemics, firefighters will often come into contact with
infected individuals. Like
doctors, nurses and other front-line health workers, they need priority
access to vaccines and other medications to keep them as safe as possible
in the line of duty. Federal
guidelines don’t currently provide for this.
Motion M-388 corrects that defect.
while most people get out of burning buildings as fast as possible, a
firefighter’s job can be the exact opposite.
To save lives, they sometimes need to run right into the teeth of a
blaze. Certain building
materials and techniques can result in fires burning faster and hotter,
thus endangering firefighters’ lives, especially during
search-and-rescue operations. Motion
M-388 calls for firefighter safety to become an objective of the National
three modest proposals. They respond to thoughtful, rational requests coming from
Canadian firefighters. Please
encourage your Member of Parliament to support Motion M-388 – to help
look after the courageous firefighters who look after all of us in times
Goodale, PC, MP
Leader, Liberal Party of Canada