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Posted: March 19, 2021

BCPFF thankful for COVID-19 vaccine inclusion

Letters to the Editor

BC Professional Fire Fighters (BCPFF) are committed to serving our communities and helping to keep British Columbians safe.

With yesterday’s announcement from the Ministry of Health, fire fighters across this province may continue serving their communities while knowing that they will soon be protected from the dangers that these environments present.

Advocating for the inclusion of B.C. fire fighters and first responder vaccinations in the early phases has been a priority of the BCPFFA since the onset of COVID-19 while respecting the ethical framework of vaccination which prioritizes the most vulnerable populations.

The BCPFFA gratefully acknowledges the Fire Chief’s Association of BC (FCABC), IAFF affiliates, and various partners for their collaboration and collective efforts in ensuring frontline responders are protected.

With the immunization of fire fighters taking place between late March and early April, fire fighters will continue to support the essential response architecture as first responders. Vaccination will prevent threats to emergency response, such as a reduced workforce that could negatively impact emergency operations and services to the community.

The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Association thanks Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry for their hard work and continued efforts in stopping the spread of COVID 19.

Gord Ditchburn,
BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Association

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