Media Advisory - Fire Fighters from around North America to honour Vancouver Fire Fighter at memorial service on Wednesday, September 5



    VANCOUVER, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Hundreds of professional fire fighters from
Canada and the United States will pay tribute at a memorial service at 10 AM
tomorrow, Wednesday, September 5, 2007 for Vancouver Fire Fighter Robert E.
Hall. He passed away Monday, August 27 from one of the seven types of cancers
recognized as an occupational disease associated with long-term employment as
a firefighter. He was 51.
    An Acting Captain with Vancouver Fire Fighters' Local 18, and proud union
leader, Hall was a past secretary treasurer of Vancouver Fire Fighters' Local
18. He served as secretary treasurer of the British Columbia Professional Fire
Fighters Association for four terms, from 2000 to 2007.

    CANCER PRESUMPTION: One of Robert Hall's accomplishments as a fire
fighter was the role he played in lobbying for advancing the causes of fire
fighters, especially for cancer presumption. He helped to develop the
strategies to work with the Provincial Government.
    Hall was on hand in October 2005 when the British Columbia Government
passed legislation that recognizes certain cancers as occupational diseases
associated with long-term employment as a firefighter. These are: primary site
brain cancer, primary site bladder cancer, primary site kidney cancer, primary
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, primary site ureter cancer, primary site colorectal
cancer and primary leukemia.

    PERSONAL INFORMATION: His wife Katty, children Michael, Andrea, Yasmine,
Leila and Spencer, parents Douglas and Hazel, sister Maureen and brother Skip
survive Robert Hall.
    Robert was passionate about many things in his life: family, friends,
music, his job as a fire fighter, and his motorcycle. He was especially proud
about being a father and friend to his five children.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions in Robert's memory to the BC
Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund, the BC Cancer Agency, or the Canadian
Cancer Society Diamond Ball are gratefully accepted.

    
                         MEMORIAL SERVICE INFORMATION

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    Wednesday, September 5, 2007      MEMORIAL SERVICE for Vancouver Fire
                                      Fighter Robert E. Hall
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    8 AM                              FIRE FIGHTERS MUSTER - Fire Fighters
                                      from across Canada and the United
    Number 7 Fire Hall                States join Vancouver and B.C.'s fire
    1090 Haro Street                  fighters for a formal march to Robert
    Vancouver                         Hall's Memorial Service
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    9 AM                              FIRE FIGHTERS MARCH TO SERVICE - From
                                      Fire Hall 7 to St. Andrew's-Wesley
    From 1090 Haro Street to          United Church, Corner of Burrard and
    St. Andrew's-Wesley United        Nelson
    Church, Nelson Street at the
    Corner of Burrard
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    10 AM                             MEMORIAL SERVICE - St. Andrew's Wesley
                                      United Church
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    11:30 AM (Approximately)          SERVICE ENDS
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    11:45 AM to 12:45 PM              MEDIA CONFERENCE regarding Fire
                                      Fighters and Cancer - Available for
    Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel        Interview:
    Gulf Islands Room B, C & D        -  Harold A. Schaitberger, General
    1088 Burrard Street                  President of the International
    Vancouver BC                         Association of Fire Fighters, which
    (604-331-1000)                       represents more than 280,000
                                         professional fire fighters and
                                         emergency medical personnel in every
                                         state in the U.S. and in Canada.
                                      -  Lorne West, 6th District Vice
                                         President. From Surrey Fire
                                         Fighters' Local 1271, West
                                         represents professional fire
                                         fighters from Alberta, British
                                         Columbia, Northwest Territories,
                                         Saskatchewan, and Yukon.
                                      -  Al Leier, President for BC
                                         Professional Fire Fighters'
                                         Association. A fire fighter from
                                         Prince George Fire Fighters' Local
                                         1372, Leier represents British
                                         Columbia's more than 3,400
                                         professional fire fighters from
                                         48 communities in the province.
                                      -  Rod MacDonald, President of
                                         Vancouver Fire Fighters' Union Local
                                         18, which is British Columbia's
                                         largest fire fighter local, with
                                         more than 800 members.
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    TELEVISION CAMERAS: The family of Robert Hall has requested that only one
television camera have access inside the church. Global TV will cover the
memorial service, and a pool of footage will be made available from Oliver
Lum. Please contact him directly for a feed at 604-422-6494.

    RADIO BROADCAST: Access to a live radio feed is available, and must be
organized in advance of the service by 9 AM, Wednesday, September 5. Please
contact Margo Bates or Tammy Charles at 604-536-9501.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Margo Bates or Tammy Charles,
OFFICE/MOBILE: (604) 536-9501

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