New Brunswick

Firefighters petition to have former Dieppe chief re-hired

The union for Dieppe's firefighters wants the former chief back on the job, after he was fired earlier this month.

Charles Leblanc was fired by city, which won't comment on reasons behind its decision

Charles LeBlanc, former Dieppe fire chief, was removed by the city in July without public explanation. (Radio-Canada)

The union representing Dieppe, N.B.'s firefighters has started a petition to have the former fire chief reinstated.

Charles Leblanc, who had been chief since 2002, was removed from the job earlier this month and city hall won't say why, stating it doesn't comment on human resources matters.

It was a really shocking moment for all of us.- Christopher Leger, CUPE Local 3515

But the president of the Dieppe Firefighters Union said it's because the city was looking for a change in leadership.

"The employees were very surprised, we had no idea this was happening," said Christopher Leger of CUPE Local 3515.

"We sat down with our city manager and he advised us of what happened. It was a really shocking moment for all of us.

"We spent a lot of years under Chief Leblanc, under his leadership, and very strong leadership we thought."

Leger is urging people to sign an online petition, which he says has more than 500 signatures at this point.

Leger said Dieppe's approximately 40 firefighters plan to attend the next city hall meeting on August 8 to show their support for the former fire chief, and they are hoping to reverse the decision.