Just how safe is the City under the presently appointed City Electrician? Will Johnston is a structural engineer with little in the way of formal electrical training and limited knowledge of the Canadian Electrical Code (other than what he’s been exposed to in the last few weeks since his appointment by Council). Ark Tsisserev is Canada’s leading life and electrical safety expert and an Electrical Engineer. He actually chairs the committee that writes the Canadian Electrical Code. He also heads (or is involved in) numerous sub-committees including the group of industry experts responsible for ULC testing standards (for fire alarm and emergency systems).
Ark was so much more than the City’s Chief Electrical Inspector and City Electrician (while he held these positions). In his various roles on the committees (on which he still serves), he was also Vancouver’s ambassador to the life and electrical safety communities across North America. Since his dismissal was announced, the Mayor’s Office has received hundreds of letters and e-mails from members of these same communities (and other industry experts) from across Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Has Mayor Robertson (or anyone on Council) bothered to answer any of them?
I will close this message with one final public comment which I will address to the Mayor:
“This writer has concluded that Mr. Tsisserev was fired illegally for doing nothing less than his duty under the act and the City Charter. His principal concern has always been for the welfare and safety of the public (the people that elect you to office, pay your salary, and entrust you with their communal well-being). It’s all well and good to say that city management would never put the public at risk through a Human Resources oversight or mistake, but, in point of fact, it has actually happened!
It’s time to walk that walk, Mr. Mayor. It’s time to set matters right before our worst fears are realized and someone gets hurt or killed. You can start by ensuring Bob Cornwell retains his position as Quality Control and Training Manager in the Electrical Inspections Division.
You can show your support for the Centre of Excellence which Vancouver's Electrical Inspections Department has become, and that continues to generate substantial revenue for you, by publicly and openly investigating what’s been happening here and putting a stop to any further planned changes or reductions that might negatively impact the level of service.
You can show us all what you’re made of and what you stand for.
And you can publicly apologize to Arkady Tsisserev, a man that had the courage and integrity to take a stand for what we all believe in – Electrical Safety is Paramount (Vancouver Electrical Inspections Branch Mission Statement).”
Frank E. Kurz
The Fire Protection Technicians Network
Related stories and articles on this site:
There's a previous Editorial HERE.
February had one news item located HERE.
Another news article from March is located HERE.
An April Tech-News item can be found HERE.
A Tech-News Special Report is located HERE.
Another Tech-News EXTRA! is located HERE.
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