Firefighter’s off-duty driving suspension doesn’t warrant firingStrong job performance and respect of firefighters meant off-duty incident didn’t irreparably harm employment relationship: CourtBy Jeffrey R. Smith04/11/2018|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/11/2018 Failing two breathalyzer tests while driving off-duty and a 90-day driving suspension did not provide just cause to dismiss a well-respected and accomplished British Columbia firefighter, the B.C. Supreme Court has ruled. Kerry Klonteig was a firefighter for the city of Kelowna, B.C. He first trained as a firefighter in 1990 and worked as an on-call firefighter — working another job while responding to a call if there’s a fire — in Nanaimo, B.C, before transferring to Kelowna in 1992. Three years later, he became a full-time firefighter for Kelowna.Klonteig performed well in his work as a full-time firefighter and was promoted to the position of assistant fire chief in 2005 — one of four assistant chiefs reporting to the city’s fire chief. He was responsible for operations, co-ordination of resources for major incidents, and human resource issues — he spent the majority of his time on labour relations with the union and relations with the firefighters. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.