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					                                      CITY CLERK

Clause embodied in Report No. 7 of the Community Services Committee, as adopted by
the Council of the City of Toronto at its Special Meeting held on July 30, 31 and August 1,
2002.




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                  Fire Fighter International Exchange Program
(City Council at its Special Meeting held on July 30, 31 and August 1, 2002, adopted this Clause,
without amendment.)

The Community Services Committee recommends the adoption of the following joint
report (June 10, 2002) from the Commissioner of Works and Emergency Services and the
Fire Chief:

Purpose:

The purpose of this report is to inform Council of the Fire Fighters International Exchange
Program and to seek Council's approval for Toronto Fire Services’ continued participation in the
Exchange Program.

Financial Implications and Impact Statement:

There are no financial implications associated with the approval of this report.

Recommendations:

It is recommended that:

(1)    the City be authorized to participate in the Fire Fighters International Exchange Program;

(2)    for the purposes of Recommendation No. (1), the City be authorized to enter into Fire
       Fighter Exchange Agreements with The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association,
       interested City fire fighters, other fire fighter employers, other professional fire fighters’
       associations or unions and interested employees of other fire fighter employers, provided
       that those other parties are each eligible and qualified to participate in the Fire Fighters
       International Exchange Program in accordance with the program’s requirements and to
       participate in any such exchange in accordance with any applicable City guidelines,
       policies and programs;
Toronto City Council                              2                         Community Services Committee
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(3)      the agreements referred to in Recommendation No. (2) have terms and conditions
         substantially as set out in this report and otherwise have terms and conditions in the
         interests of the City satisfactory to the Commissioner of Works and Emergency Services,
         the Fire Chief and, in the case of indemnification and insurance matters, satisfactory to
         the Manager of Insurance and Risk Management and be in a form satisfactory to the City
         Solicitor;

(4)      the Fire Chief be delegated the authority to execute the agreements referred to in
         Recommendation No. (2) on behalf of the City; and

(5)      the appropriate City officials be authorized and directed to take the necessary action to
         give effect thereto and to take any action required to be taken thereunder.

Council Background:

Historically, the majority of the fire departments of the former Scarborough, North York, East
York, Toronto, and Etobicoke participated in an International Fire Fighters Exchange Program.
The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association was awarded a “Letter of Intent”, from the
Board of Arbitration September 14, 2000, Arbitrator Martin Teplitsky, allowing employees of
Local 3388 to apply to participate in the Fire Fighters International Exchange Program.

Employees participating in this program do so voluntarily and are governed by an agreement
setting out the terms and conditions of the exchange. Besides the exchange employees, fire
fighter employers and professional fire fighters’ associations or unions are parties to the
agreement. This documentation is substantially unchanged from the previous Fire Fighters
International Exchange Program.

Comments:

The Fire Fighters International Exchange Program provides fire and emergency services
employees an opportunity to exchange with another like employee in such places as Australia,
the United States, and the United Kingdom, for a one year period.

The purpose of the City’s participation in the Fire Fighters Exchange Program is to help develop
a valuable International Exchange Program for Toronto Fire Services at no cost to the City. The
program will:

(1)      satisfy the interests of the Fire Chief to enhance the Toronto Fire Services through the
         exchange of ideas and increase the morale of the department;

(2)      satisfy the interests of Toronto Fire Services staff to improve their skills while at the
         same time affording themselves and their family a dynamic life experience; and

(3)      satisfy the interests of The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association in offering its
         members a unique benefit, while at the same time protecting the integrity of the working
         agreement.
Toronto City Council                             3                         Community Services Committee
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Only full time Toronto Fire Services personnel in the Operations Section qualify for this
program. At this time one individual per command or four individuals per year are eligible to be
selected for the Exchange Program.

Requirements for Both Exchange Employees in the Fire Fighters International Exchange
Program:

Participation in and meeting the requirements of the exchange program are clearly the
responsibility of both exchange employees. In particular, they are responsible for the following:

-        any travel costs, accommodation arrangements, accommodation costs, mailing or other
         communication costs or any additional expenses incurred as a result of this exchange;

-        all financial banking arrangements that need to be made;

-        obtaining visas or permits that may be required by the exchange country;

-        filing special forms that might be required by the income taxing authority of the country
         in which they are ordinarily a resident and by the country to which they are exchanging;
         and

-        any schooling arrangements and scheduling that may be required.

The exchange employees and their respective families either exchange accommodations directly
or help each other arrange alternative living arrangements.

Both exchange employees must agree to be solely responsible for any additional out-of-country
health insurance, and all vaccinations required by the immigration authorities of the countries
involved.

In essence, those employees who apply realize they are personally responsible for resolving any
unforeseen problems that might arise during the exchange. While every attempt is made to assist
the applicant, it is the responsibility of the employee to work through the steps required to
finalize the exchange.

Entitlements and Requirements for Both Exchange Employees While Performing Duties for
Their Host Employers:

Applicants for the Exchange Program perform the duties of a First Class Fire Fighter during the
term of the exchange and exchange duty hours, working agreements and vacation for the term of
the exchange. Exchange employees do not exchange salaries. Their permanent employer will
continue to maintain all benefits and salaries without interruption, including any increments or
other salaries and benefits to which the exchange employee would normally be entitled. The
following also applies:

-        Both exchange employees will report to the Training Division for an induction training
         period to review competencies required to perform emergency response duties.
Toronto City Council                             4                        Community Services Committee
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-        Both Fire Services will provide “on loan” to the visiting exchange employee all of the
         necessary fire protection equipment and clothing required for fire fighters with the Host
         Fire Services who are assigned to similar duties.

-        Both exchange employees will assume the holiday leave, recreation leave, extra days off,
         sick leave and bereavement leave pursuant to the policy and working agreements of the
         Host Fire Services. Because of the unique circumstances of the exchange and the distance
         of travel, both employers will seek to make additional allowances for time off for
         exchange employees in the case of bereavement leave as deemed suitable by the Fire
         Chief of the Host Fire Services.

-        Both Fire Services will notify their respective Workers Insurance Company of the time
         period of exchange. Exchange employee will be entitled to accident compensation
         coverage to which they have been entitled had they not participated in the exchange.
         WSIB will cover employees who work one year out of the their home country.

A matter over which there has been and will likely continue to be negotiation in the future is the
indemnification of the various parties, because collective agreement indemnification
requirements and employer insurance coverages and requirements will vary from one employer
to another, let alone from one jurisdiction to another. Any such indemnities and insurance and
related releases and waivers should have terms and conditions in the interests of the City
satisfactory to the Manager of Insurance and Risk Management.

The purpose of the Fire Fighters International Exchange Program has proven over the years to
expand the practical experience and learning of the firefighter. The Fire Chief has final approval
of the applicant and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association is responsible for the
administration of the program.

Conclusion:

The Fire Fighters International Exchange Program provides a valuable opportunity for a small
number of Toronto Fire Services personnel who aspire to develop and enhance their fire services
experience from an international perspective.
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Contact:

Rick Simpson, Deputy Chief, Toronto Fire Services
Tel: 416-338-9054/Fax: 416-338-9060
E-mail: rsimpson@city.toronto.on.ca

				
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