Volunteer fire chiefs reinstated
The Connaught district fire chief along with the chief and deputy chief of the Timmins volunteer firefighters have been reinstated following a review of their termination last month.
District Chief Kris Ouellette, of the Connaught service, was terminated in early October, about a week after District Chief Daniel Savard and District Deputy Chief Maurice Lagace of the Timmins volunteers were dismissed from their positions.
All three appealed their terminations, prompting a review by the city’s head of personnel.
They were notified on Wednesday that their appeals were successful.
“The review of all three dismissals did not uphold the terminations,” Dave Landers, the city’s chief administrative officer, told The Daily Press. “District Chief Kris Ouellette, District Chief Daniel Savard, and District Deputy Chief Maurice Lagace have been fully reinstated with the fire service and notice to the fire service employees and volunteers were sent out yesterday (Thursday).”
Their resumption of duties is effective immediately.
A source close to the situation in Connaught told The Daily Press last month the termination of the chief there related to a long-standing practice of allowing the volunteers to claim a rebate on things like clothing and gas.
After the chief there was fired, the Connaught volunteers walked out en masse, filing their resignations in protest, with the view their chief had been “wrongfully terminated.”
The eight volunteers agreed to return to work after an emergency meeting with Landers and Mayor Steve Black.
Landers said during the chiefs’ month-long absence, the captains filled in to oversee hall operations and training.