·  by Jeff Cottrill   ·  OHS Canada

Tree Faller in B.C. Dies while Battling Wildfire

Wildfire contractor John Joe Phare, 60, killed by falling tree

A tree faller was killed while helping to fight a wildfire at the Old Sechelt Mine near Sechelt, British Columbia on the late morning of July 5.

The B.C. Coroners Service (BCCS) stated in a media release that the victim had been felling trees at about 11:45 a.m. that day when one tree fell on top of him, killing him instantly. Officers with the RCMP’s Sunshine Coast detachment and the B.C. Ambulance Service were called to the scene of the incident shortly after noon, according to police info.

BCWS has expressed public condolences for Phare’s death, as have the United Steelworkers (USW), the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) and the National Union on Public and General Employees (NUPGE).

“John was regularly called upon to help with wildfires and put his logging skills to work to ensure that fires did not spread,” said Stephen Hunt, USW District 3 director, and Brian Butler, USW Local 1-1937 president, in a joint statement on July 7. “Everyone owes a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women, like John, who put themselves at risk to protect our homes and communities.”

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