Government of Ontario

MPP French introduces motion to protect firefighter trainees

Published on September 14, 2017

Queen’s Park – Oshawa MPP Jennifer French introduced a Private Members’ Motion this afternoon, calling on the Liberal government to immediately and fully adopt the recommendations of the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of firefighter Gary Kendall and firefighter trainee Adam Brunt.

Brunt tragically lost his life during a private safety training exercise in February 2015, five years after Kendall was killed during a similar exercise with the same company.

“We want to make sure that this inquest was more than just a public relations exercise for the government,” said French. “This has been an extremely difficult process for the Brunt and Kendall families, and now the government needs to take action.”

May’s inquest was initially called for by the victims’ families during a Queen’s Park press conference with French in March 2015.

“The Kendall family called for an inquest seven years ago and were only granted one after another tragic loss occurred,” said French. “The government needs to implement these recommendations before a third family is left grieving.”

French’s motion will be debated on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 21 with the Brunt and Kendall families in attendance.