Who’s Advice Would You Take?

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TOWN-HALLThe fight is on between the firefighters of Sault Ste. Marie and the Chief and Council.

On Sunday night the firefighters held a town hall meeting and had their expert, Patrick Burke, speak to a packed room of concerned citizens. Mr. Burke advised the audience on what to do about the current situation and the mistake that council has made by endorsing the Chiefs staffing proposal.

He spoke of the litigation that council faces, and of what should have been done before the proposal was endorsed. He stated that a comprehensive risk assessment should have been completed before any decision was made, and to depend on advice of the NFPA.
The firefighters are concerned about the safety of citizens and firefighters, while it seems that the concerns of council and the chief lie with the $800,000 that will be saved.

Council say that they have an expert in their Chief and the Firefighters are convinced that they have the man that knows enough to advise Council on what decision to make concerning the staffing of the Fire Services Department.

You be the judge. Following are the resumes of both the Chief and Mr. Patrick Burke:

Mr. Patrick Burke:
1992 Law Society of Upper Canada Called to the Ontario Bar
1991 Bar Admission Course Law Society of Upper Canada
1990 University of Windsor – LL.B.
1972 Labour College of Canada – University of Montreal – Diploma in
Labour Studies
1971 University of Windsor – B.A. Sociology
1964 Corpus Christi High School – Windsor Separate School Board Secondary
School Graduation Diploma
WORK EXPERIENCE
2011 to Present Fire Services Consultant
2010 November 30 – Retired as Fire Marshal
2006 December – Province of Ontario – Appointed Fire Marshal
2003 City of Niagara Falls – Appointed Community Emergency Management
Coordinator
2002 March – Niagara Falls Fire Services – Appointed Fire Chief
1994 April – Windsor Fire Department – Appointed Deputy Fire Chief
1993 Windsor Fire Department – Qualified as Captain
1993 Windsor Fire Department – Promoted to Lieutenant
1992-1993 Vucinic, Dobrowoiski – Barrister and Solicitor
1990-1991 Vucinic, Dobrowolski – Articles of Clerkship
1989 Windsor Fire Department – Qualified as Lieutenant
1968-1993 Windsor Fire Department – Fire Fighter
1967 City of Windsor Assessment Department Junior Assessor
1967 City of Windsor Finance Department Finance Clerk
1966 Chrysler Canada Ltd. Assembly Worker, Office Clerk
COMMITTEES AND DIRECTORSHIPS
2007-2010 Co-Chair – Provincial Advisory Group on Marijuana Grow Operations
and Clandestine Labs
2004-2006 Member of Maritime Security Committee (New York State/Ontario)
2004-2006 Member of Ontario WSIB Firefighters Primary Prevention Committee
2004-2005 Member of Niagara Falls Community Centre Steering Committee
2003-2005 Member of the Provincial Emergency Management
Advisory Committee
2003-2005 Member of Ontario Incident Management Working Group
2001-2010 Government Relations Committee – Canadian Association of Fire
Chiefs
1999-2005 Urban Fire Services Committee Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
Legislative Committee – Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
WSIB and Pension Committee – Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
1996-2002 Professional Standards Setting Body Ontario Fire Service
1995-2001 Law and Security Advisory Committee St. Clair College
Training Committee – Essex County Fire Chiefs Association
1994-1998 Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Board Member
1996-2001 MEDA Charitable Trust Board Member
1981-1991 Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) Board
1989-1991 OMERS Realty Corporation Director
OMERS Management and Budget Committee
1987-1991 OMERS Investment Committee
Member and Chair of Senior Management Search Committee OMERS
and OMERS Realty Corporation
1990 OMERS Outside Investment Managers Selection Committee
1984 Fire Service Occupational Health and Safety Steering Committee
1982 Ontario Government Auto Extrication Committee
OFFICES HELD
2008-2010 Past President – Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
2006-2008 President – Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
2001-2006 Vice-President – Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
1986-1993 Past President – Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association
1989-1990 Chair – Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS)
Board
1987-1988 Vice-Chair – OMERS Board
1982-1986 President -Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association (OPFFA)
Vice-President Windsor Professional Fire Fighters Association
1981-1982 Executive Vice-President – Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association
1978-1981 District Vice-President _Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association
1975-1979 Special Representative of the OPFFA on the Application of the Anti-
Inflation Act
1972-1979 Secretary – Windsor Professional Fire Fighters Association
1970-1972 Board Member – Windsor Professional Fire Fighters Association
MEMBERSHIPS
Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners (Retired)
Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (Retired)
Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (Retired)
International Association of Fire Chiefs (Retired)
International Association of Fire Fighters (Retired)
National Fire Protection Association (Retired)
Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association (Honourary)
Kitchener Professional Fire Fighters Association (Honourary)
Law Society of Upper Canada (Retired)
Canadian Bar Association (Retired)

SSM Fire Chief Mike Figliola:
2004 to present
Deputy Fire Chief , Fire & Emergency Services
Toronto Pearson International Airport
2001-2004
Toronto Fire Services
1985-2001
President, Canadian Airport Fire Protection Association
Chair, Emergency Medical Committee, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
2003-2007
Zone Representative, Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
2006
Member, Emergency Services Committee, International Association of Emergency Managers
2005-present
Member, ULC Committee on Fire Fighting Foam
2006- 2008
Master of Business Administration, California State University (MBA)
Bachelor of Science, University of Waterloo (B.Sc.)
Bachelor Of Physical and Health Education, McMaster University (BPE)
On Sunday night the firefighters held a town hall meeting and had their expert, Patrick Burke, speak to a packed room of concerned citizens. Mr. Burke advised the audience on what to do about the current situation and the mistake that council has made by endorsing the Chiefs staffing proposal.
He spoke of the litigation that council faces, and of what should have been done before the proposal was endorsed. He stated that a comprehensive risk assessment should have been completed before any decision was made, and to depend on advice of the NFPA.
The firefighters are concerned about the safety of citizens and firefighters, while it seems that the concerns of council and the chief lie with the $800,000 that will be saved.

1 COMMENT

  1. Just an FYI…According to Chief Mike Figliola’s LinkedIn page his MBA is from California Pacific University (not California State University). California Pacific University is an unaccredited distance-education (correspondence) school based in California.

    “California Pacific University is approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. California Pacific is not, however, accredited by any higher education accreditation organization recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.” Wikipedia

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