LETTER: Support from a former firefighter

Comment in support of former Penticton fire chief Wayne Williams.

I recently wrote a comment on Oliver Daily News in support of former Penticton fire chief Wayne Williams and after reading your article (Western News, June 24, Former chief suing city) detailing the reasons for his civil suit I write with authority on post traumatic stress disorder and WorksafeBC.

I have PTSD and in 2000 had to take early retirement because Worksafe wrote to me denying my claim in favour of a diagnosis of extreme anxiety with a professionally damning written statement that I was in danger of making serious mistakes during emergency incidents which could endanger staff, myself and the people I served.

As directed, I went to a psychologist who flashed red lights in my face; I found no relief and because of work commitment in a small fire department I returned to work but decided that with the Worksafe letter on file I could be found negligent for making a mistake so I retired on a reduced pension. We sold our house and moved to the Okanagan to save money.

Now to Worksafe and its process. Because I returned to work I was deemed cured; because I did not file an appeal within 90 days (during which time I had a hard time dealing with anything, let alone Worksafe) I was deemed to have no desire to contest their decision. Worksafe has internal psychologists who review cases even to the extent of reviewing reports from independent psychologists contracted by Worksafe to assess claimants. They will not accept at face value a report from a claimant’s psychiatrist. It is my contention that Worksafe is so concerned by the potential cost of claimants who have PTSD that they look for any reason they can find to reject claims.

So don’t go back to work until you are sure you are OK; get professional help with your claim. In 2014 Worksafe issued a ‘worker’ related statement which was never sent to me and financially I have found it necessary to request a “Permanent Functional Disability.” The process is protracted and has taken six months to date. I am not the least bit optimistic.

Pat Hampson,

Oliver

Squamish Fire Rescue, (Retired.)

 

 

Just Posted

The proposed design of the five-storey building on Front Street. (City of Penticton)
5-storeys still too tall for Penticton’s downtown, votes city council

Vote against new development leaves one councillor questioning validity of city’s zoning restrictions

(Pixabay photo)
Morning Start: Cheetahs can’t roar

Your morning start for Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Highway 3, east of Osoyoos was closed all Monday due to a liquid tar spilled all over the road.
Highway 3, east of Osoyoos, is now open to single lane traffic

The highway was closed all Monday due to liquid tar spilled all over the road

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

(Pixabay.com photo)
No COVID-19 baby boom in Summerland

Pandemic has not resulted in surge in births in 2020 and 2021

Teenagers make their way to Truswell Road after a party is broken up by police at the end of Mission Creek (Lorraine Besner/Contributed).
Kelowna residents concerned about ongoing alleged underage beach parties

Public urination, property damage, drinking and drug usage have become weekly concerns

Six United Way chapters around the province are merging into United Way B.C. (News Bulletin file photo)
6 United Way chapters merging around B.C.

Money raised in communities will stay in those communities, agency says

Val Litwin is the latest candidate to declare his bid for the B.C. Liberal leadership. (Litwin campaign video)
Political newcomer joins contest for B.C. Liberal leadership

Val Litwin a former B.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO

Send your letter to the editor via email to news@summerlandreview.com. Please included your first and last name, address, and phone number.
LETTER: Regulations needed for short-term rentals in Summerland

Summerland still does not have bylaw rules that govern the management of short-term rentals

A new air cleaning technology will be installed at Unisus School in Summerland. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Virus cleaning pilot set for Unisus School in Summerland

Summerland-based lighting company to install technology at private school

A West Kelowna man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle collision early on Tuesday morning. (Black Press file photo)
Single vehicle collision seriously injures West Kelowna man

The man was driving a pickup truck that went off the road and caught on fire

Golden Ears Mountains, captured in May 2021. (Black Press Media files)
2nd year of day passes required for entry into 5 provincial parks launches in B.C.

Pilot program seeks to protect the environment by addressing visitor surges amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Lincoln Mckoen. (YouTube)
Anglican bishop of the central Interior resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

Lincoln Mckoen was elected as a bishop of the Territory of the People region last year

Kelowna artist Bobby Vandenhoorn recently completed mural of late Canadian rock icon and activist Gord Downie now adorns Brenda Dalzell’s Sicamous business, the Bruhn Crossing Urban Market. (Contributed)
Canadian rock legend, activist Gord Downie inspires Sicamous mural

Business owner hopes artwork will help foster ongoing conversations around reconciliation

Most Read