Montreal firefighters painted trucks black to protest government claw back on pension

Montreal firefighters painted trucks black to protest government claw back on pensions (Photo: La Presse)

Most of Montreal Agglomeration’s fire trucks turned black last week in a nasty battle between the provincial government and municipal employees, with cities and residents getting caught in the middle of this labour strife.

Police officers wearing pink camouflage pants and red caps is bad enough, causing the public to lose confidence and respect in them. But painting fire trucks black is plain stupid.

Montreal firefighters have painted 150 of the city's 200 trucks in black watercolour paint. (Photo: CBC News)

Montreal firefighters have painted 150 of the city’s 200 trucks in black watercolour paint. (Photo: CBC News)

Those firefighters who have participated in this irresponsible vandalism of public property are risking their own safety and that of the public. Lawful protest is permitted and appropriate. This display has crossed the line.

One resident contacted me this week:

Glenn, I saw something on Sunday which was absolutely frightening. I was stopped at the lights in front of the fire station on Cote St. Luc Road. The two fire trucks came out with lights on and they were painted dull black. I could not believe that an emergency vehicle would be dark as the day was at 3:30 pm. How DANGEROUS is this?

I was so shocked. I had to voice my concern.

A concerned citizen.

Anything that risks public safety should be deemed completely unacceptable by the Montreal Agglomeration and the Essential Services Council. Anything that shakes public confidence in their firefighters and police officers should be viewed as very poor public relations strategy by their own unions.