Yearly Archives: 1981

November 1981

Arbitrator puts firefighters just shy of $27,000 pay goal

November 24th, 1981|

By Tony Hodgkinson

An arbitration board report released Monday gives London firefighters a 15 1/2 per cent pay increase for 1981, but keeps them just under the $27,000-a-year wage they had sought.

In the report issued by Toronto lawyer Thomas McIver, who chaired an arbitration hearing in September, the pay for a first-class firefighter rises to […]

HQ from above

November 7th, 1981|

September 1981

Motorist pried from wreckage

September 18th, 1981|

July 1981

Colour Guard

July 18th, 1981|

June 1981

Firemen battle sewage to rescue trapped engineer

June 25th, 1981|

By Mary Kehoe of the Free Press

A London engineering department employee and two firefighters feel lucky to be alive after a grueling ordeal in a sewage-filled storm sewer on Green Valley Road Wednesday morning.

The fire department rescue unit was notified about 9 am as sewers superintendent Henry Crichton descended about seven metres through a […]

May 1981

Rescue One

May 13th, 1981|

April 1981

City, firefighters appear to be close to a new contract

April 28th, 1981|

The city and the 300-member-plus fire department could soon be signing a new contract agreement if a proposal of terms is accepted by the Board of Control Wednesday.

Personnel director Gerald Hyde said Friday he planned to submit a settlement proposal to the board based on negotiations with the firefighters, but declined to disclose the […]

Mother’s best friend

April 1st, 1981|


London firefighter Gord Sturdy, shown here with his wife Jean, rescued a cocker spaniel named Patti from a burning house and gave her the kiss of life two months ago.  On Sunday, Patti reciprocated–through owners Norm and Deanne Scheiding–by offering Sturdy the pick of her purebred litter.

March 1981

Condition serious

March 25th, 1981|

Ambulance attendants and London firefighters place Elizabeth Hu-A-Kam, 26, on a stretcher after a collision on Highway 2 just east of London about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Firemen had to pry apart the wreckage to free the Toronto woman.  She and the other driver, John McFadden, 56, of 224 Elizabeth St., Thamesford were in serious […]

February 1981

Life-saving Warmth

February 20th, 1981|

Breathtaking rescue

February 6th, 1981|

Man became a dog’s best friend in London on Thursday.  Firefighter Gord Sturdy rescue the dazed black spaniel from the smoke-filled home of Norm and Deanne Scheiding at 450 Charlotte Street, then revived it by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the front lawn.  Firemen said the blaze started in the rear of the house, which was […]

January 1981

Searching for Water

January 14th, 1981|

Somewhere in there was a hydrant on Grand ave, and firefighter Jim Myatt was determined to find it Friday. City residents as well as firefighters are being asked to clear snow from around hydrants on or near their properties so that if there is a fire, time won’t be lost getting to them.

Arson Clues Sought at Y

January 5th, 1981|

By Don Murray, Mary Kehoe, Cheryl Hamilton & John Hamilton of the Free Press.

Investigators will be looking for the signs of arson as they probe the ruins of a spectacular $1 million blaze early Sunday that reduced the old section of the London Central YM-YWCA to ghostly, ice-encrusted ruins, acting fire chief Earl Fenwick […]

Down, but definitely not out

January 5th, 1981|

Coated with frost themselves, firefighters Tim Askin, left, and Earl Smith, both of the Central firehall, took an axe to the ice in front of the Y to free water lines.

$1 million fire rips London’Y’

January 5th, 1981|

By Mary Kehoe, Cheryl Hamilton, John Hamilton and Don Murray of the Free Press

Fire investigators hope to get into the ice-sheathed ruins of the downtown London YM-YWCA today to search for the cause of the spectacular fire that did an estimated $1 million in damage and forced 72 residents and staff to flee into […]

Decades of building destroyed by flames

January 5th, 1981|

By Joan Barfoot of the Free Press

It took 40 years for the founders of the London YMCA to get around to constructing the permanent headquarters in the city.  On Sunday, it took just a few hours for their effort to be destroyed by fire.

The YMCA started in London in 1856 and the organization used […]

Snorkles and Ladders

January 5th, 1981|

Firefighters using 'snorkles' and extension ladders stopped the fire in the London YMCA building from spreading to the adjacent five-storey residential wing.

Fighting a major blaze in mid-winter

January 5th, 1981|

Fighting a major blaze in mid-winter, when temperatures are hitting record lows, means a lot of extra headaches for firefighters. One of the struggles at Sunday's fire that destroyed the oldest part of the downtown YM-YWCA in London was to get water lines freed from the thick ice that formed in front of the Wellington Street building, which itself was covered with ice from the hoses.

Sunday morning…

January 5th, 1981|

As the sun rose Sunday, a dark cloud of smoke spread across downtown London, marking the destruction of the oldest section of the city's YM-YWCA, built in 1895. (London Free Press)

Ice Castle

January 4th, 1981|