OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Mike Gallagher, business manager of
Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, says the
union is grateful to the helicopter team from CFB Trenton that rescued
a union member who was trapped on a crane high above a massive fire in
Kingston on Wednesday.
"On behalf of Local 793 and our 13,000 members across the province, we
are grateful to the search and rescue team from CFB Trenton that
rescued our member and no doubt saved his life so he can be with his
family this Christmas," said Gallagher. "The team members responded
quickly and should be commended for their actions."
Gallagher said that Sgt. Cory Cisyk, a search and rescue technician who
lifted the operator to safety, the helicopter pilot, Capt. David Agnew,
and the rest of the crew which included flight engineer, Cpl. Iain
Cleaton, Capt. Jean-Benoit Girard-Beauseigle and Master Cpl. Matthew
Davidson, deserve congratulations for their quick and decisive actions
in a very difficult situation.
"I believe that the members of the helicopter crew should receive a
commendation for their efforts. It might have been a routine rescue for
them, but they helped save a member's life and it was special to us."
"If it were not for the quick actions of the helicopter crew, this could
have been a terrible tragedy."
Gallagher said he is concerned at how quickly the fire spread and, as it
was a block of student housing being constructed with wood that burst
into flames and started the blaze, the focus should be on the building
code and the use of timber as building material for those types of
"As terrible as this was, imagine the consequences if the building had
been completed and students were living inside it when the fire
occurred. The consequences could have been tragic."
The 144-unit building was being built by Stelmach Property Management,
owned by Patry Inc. Developments.
Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers represents
thousands of highly-skilled crane and heavy equipment operators across
Ontario. The union has a head office, banquet hall and training campus
in Oakville, and another training campus in Morrisburg.
SOURCE: International Union Of Operating Engineers - Local 793
For further information:
Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher
905-469-9299, ext. 2202