Back-up firefighter fired for slow response

Union calls termination excessive
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/06/2015

Gregory Freer, a back-up firefighter at Lanxess, was discharged for an alleged delayed response to a fire emergency.

The employer operates petrochemical facilities in Sarnia, Ont. As part of its operations, it maintains its own fire hall and provides first responder emergency fire and rescue services for other companies operating nearby.

At the time of his discharge, Freer had less than two years of service as an operator technician at the employer’s BIOX wastewater facility. He also served as a back-up firefighter. When he was fired, Freer had multiple suspensions on his disciplinary record .