Kirkfield firehall rocked by mass resignations

By Kirk Winter

Five of the six will resign effective Jan. 1. File photo.

At a meeting on Dec. 19, six of Kirkfield’s 17 volunteer firefighters announced they are resigning from the force. Five of the six will resign effective Jan. 1, 2023.

One of the six, who acts as union representative, plans to stay on until a new collective agreement is negotiated with the city. These six individuals collectively take with them over 190 years of service to the Kirkfield community as volunteer firefighters. Their mass departure leaves the hall that averaged 200 callouts a year in pre-COVID times with a roster made up of four veteran volunteers and seven new recruits who joined the force just this year.

Bob Winsor, one of the six, left a brief note on the Kirkfield Community Facebook page on Dec. 20, informing the community of his decision.

“Over the last 14 years,” Winsor said, “I have had the opportunity to be part of the Kirkfield Fire Department. If it was the middle of the day or night if the pager went off, we would respond to help our neighbours who were having a bad day. Over the past three years fire administration and human resources at the City of Kawartha Lakes has treated several firefighters poorly. Last night, myself and several senior firefighters resigned.”

When asked for comment on the resignations at the Kirkfield Firehall or the status of fire service in Kirkfield and area as of January 1, KLFS chief Terry Jones said little in the way of specifics citing employee privacy issues.

“We cannot comment on the employment details of identifiable individuals,” Jones said.

“Please be assured that we have emergency protocols in place to respond to fire calls and other types of emergencies,” Jones continued. “While we have employees who are leaving the service, we have also hired new volunteer firefighters to that station (Kirkfield) bringing our number of employees to the 2021 level. Ongoing recruitments efforts continue with our next intake in the spring.”

“While we regret all resignations from our service, we respect the decisions of the firefighters, we thank them for their service and we wish them all the best,” Jones said.


  1. Wallace says:

    The Feds have no money for Ontario …Ukraine gets it all.

  2. Lynda says:

    Ontario has not spent all the money it got from Federal
    Watching too much Fox News ?

  3. Glenda Barry says:

    The comment about Ukraine having all our money is spot on. Feds gave150 million dollars to Ukraine to assist in rebuilding something or other. That gift would have gone a long way in health care. I think we should look after our people firstly.

  4. Tullius says:

    “Rebuilding something or other”? Talk about blind and insensitive to the world. It’s not an either / or question. And health care money is given to and spent by the provincial government, not the feds. If you want to improve health care, speak to Doug.

  5. Glenn Bryksaw says:

    I respect all first responders and particularly those who volunteer their services. Yes we are all strapped for cash these days but it’s clear that this is due to local management of the fire service. A recent report (Jan 2022) indicated that only 2 of the 21 Kawartha Lakes Fire Stations had a full compliment of volunteer firefighters and 7 had under the minimum compliment needed to provide adequate fire protection. This mass resignation is indicative of a bigger problem with the fire service as a whole. The new council needs to address this issue and find ways to properly staff these fire stations. If it means more money so be it. When it boils down to the safety of the residents of Kawartha Lakes then issue like this need to be a priority.

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