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Professional firefighters decry coroner's decision

“The regional coroner’s decision was also short sighted in that there is nothing in place to allow for a review of the implementation of recommendations, which is common in coroners inquests, as highlighted in the Shaw McLean inquest of 2002.
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The Sudbury Professional Fire Fighters Association said it is publicly denouncing the decision of Regional Coroner, Dr. David Eden, to not hold an inquest into the boat collision that claimed the lives of Stephanie Bertrand, Matthew Humeniuk and Michael Kritz.

“The regional coroner’s decision was also short sighted in that there is nothing in place to allow for a review of the implementation of recommendations, which is common in coroners inquests, as highlighted in the Shaw McLean inquest of 2002.

“The recommendations of the working group are inadequate to address the deficiencies in the system, as well as there has been no discussion on the opportunity that was presented to the stakeholders to improve inter-agency communications a mere three months prior to the boat collision.”

The Sudbury Professional Fire Fighters Association will continue to support the families and all those in Greater Sudbury that have had their confidence shaken in the emergency response system, and hope that steps are taken to review and appeal this decision, said the news release.

 

Meanwhile, At 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, officials from Greater Sudbury Fire and Paramedic Services and Greater Sudbury Police Service will be issuing a joint agency statement regarding the coroner’s investigation.

Out of respect for the families, fire and paramedic services and police services have chosen to refrain from commenting further until Monday’s briefing, said a press release from the city.