Congratulations to UA Local 853 apprentice Chris Pierog

Chris was awarded the silver medal in Sprinkler Systems at the 2017 Skills Canada Competition held in Winnipeg last week. Chris represented Ontario and competed against 7 other provinces in this 2 day event. Chris will also represent Local 853/Central Canada at the UA National Apprentice contest next week in Toronto. Good luck to Chris next week and thank you to all UA members who participate and who also help to make these competitions so successful.

Skills Ontario Competition

On May 1 and 2, three highly-skilled apprentices from U.A. Local 853 showcased their knowledge and dexterity in the sprinkler-fitting trade at this year’s annual Skills Ontario Competition at the Toronto Congress Centre. The two-day event allowed these individuals to hone their skills, challenge themselves, and put their best foot forward to the public.

Nicholas Smirnov, one of Local 853’s Trade Instructors, said this is the second year they have been involved in the widespread event, and that many secondary students who visit the competition with their schools ask questions about the trade when they are visiting their booth.

Additionally, Smirnov adds that if someone is either considering the trade or is in their first-year apprenticeship and wants to see themselves compete in future competitions, they shouldn’t be afraid to apply themselves and challenge those skills.

“It’s a good opportunity for self-growth,” said Smirnov. “Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself – hold your head high, and put yourself to the test.”

One of the competitors, Chris Pierog, a third-year sprinkler/fire protection apprentice, says he was excited to find out he was going to be competing in this year’s event.

“I was definitely surprised to see the size of the competition with all the trades and what not,” said Pierog.

Pierog currently works for Automated Fire Protection in Mississauga, and had been studying at the Union Hall during the January-February class.

The main event of this year’s competition was to build a system riser with a floor-control valve that fed two sprinkler heads. Additionally, there was also a written component where theory was also tested.

The other competitors were Chris Chidwick of Classic Fire Protection Inc. in North York, and Brandon Smith of Vipond Fire Protection Inc. in London.

The winner of this competition was Chris Pierog. He will move forward to the Skills Canada competition, as well as the UA National competition.

Hammerheads Argo Night

Local 853 in support of the COBT Hammerheads program has tickets available to our members between the Toronto Argos and Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday October 15th at 4 p.m. at the BMO Field.

For those members and their families wishing to attend, please contact Dale Hawrychuk at the hall for your ticket amounts.

NOTE: Due to the demand, we are limiting tickets to 4 unless you require additional tickets for immediate family members only.

Dale Hawrychuk,
Business Agent
Office: (905) 477-6022
Cell: (416) 624-5333


UA Local 853, 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner

On April 16, 2016, UA Local 853 celebrated a special milestone. Members, executives and United Association affiliates gathered at The International Plaza Hotel in Toronto to celebrate the Local’s 40th anniversary.

The evening began with an elegant cocktail reception in the Plaza Ballroom foyer. Guests enjoyed an open bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres and a professional photo op with souvenir prints.

Guests made their way into the hall for a gourmet three-course meal, with choice of roast prime rib, supreme of chicken or oven roasted salmon.

Special guest speakers included Local 853 President, Brian MacLean, Director of Canadian Affairs, John Telford, Business Manager, Greg Mitchell, and Business Agents, Kevin Middlestadt and Dale Hawrychuk.

Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs President, Matt Pegg, UA Special Representative, Steve Morrison and UA Senior Administrative Assistant to the General President, Sean O’Ryan, also addressed guests at the celebratory dinner.

Each spoke to the importance of the trade, it’s future and the commendable dedication of the members of UA Local 853, to their trade and the lives they help protect.

“We don’t try to take the place of firefighters,” said Greg Mitchell, Business Manager. “We just want to give them a fighting chance.”

Awards followed the speeches, recognizing 65 year members to 15 year members, and members with the highest scholastic marks in advanced trade school.

Around 10 p.m. the sweet tables opened up in the foyer and guests danced to the sweet sounds of The Kenny Simon band.

Raffle prizes generously donated by sponsors included Bose products, tool kits, iPad minis, wearable tech and a 55” LG 4K Ultra HDTV.

It was a night to remember! A special thanks to the Entertainment Committee for making Local 853’s 40th Anniversary a great success!


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