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Negative Facebook post about Windsor fire dispute puts  Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association member in the hot seat


NOVA SCOTIA — A rogue comment made on the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA) Facebook page may land one member in hot water.

The post, which appeared in mid-August, explains the three motions West Hants council made on Aug. 11 pertaining to them severing ties with the Windsor Fire Department (WFD).

The post then states: “While the CVFSA have watched this heated contract dispute for nine or more months, we chose to not voice any opinion but were very set back by some recent happenings after a recent fire in the Town of Windsor.”

The post then makes an unfounded allegation about the Windsor Fire Department and goes on to chide Windsor Fire Chief Scott Burgess on his handling of the fire services dispute.

The post wraps up with a link to the municipality's website.

Although Burgess did not want to comment on the issue, when pressed, he said there's still “possible pending legal issues” against the person who made the post.

The chief, who said he was surprised by the comment, said it was more than just a personal attack.

“I can say it affected the Town of Windsor, it affected me, personally, and it affected our department.”

He said he respects the CVFSA and has long supported their efforts.

“All I can say is the CVFSA, once informed, reacted professionally and removed the comments,” said Burgess.

According to the CVFSA's website, it is “a national organization created to benefit the community by maintaining and strengthening Canadian volunteer fire services through the provision of education and training, administration and organizational standards for volunteer firefighter units.”

When contacted for comment, Paul Maynard, the Nova Scotia director of the CVSFA, said they are looking into the issue.

“We acknowledge receiving a complaint from the Windsor Fire Department with respect to a social media post. This complaint was passed along to the CVFSA president and is currently under review and will be discussed at a board of director's meeting next week,” Maynard said.

He also noted the comment was immediately removed when it was brought to their attention.

The executive meeting will be held Sept. 10-11 in Ottawa.

The name of the individual who made the post has not yet been publicly released.

 

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