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MSCFF/KC Customs Pick-Up Giveaway
01/29/15 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters would like to thank James Carr of KC Customs for their fundraising efforts and making the Jacked Up Giveaways 2014 Chevy Silverado Pick-Up Truck a success.
Special Membership Meeting
01/29/15 - IAFF Local F-102
All Hands, In accordance with the Local's Constitutuion & By-Laws I have called for a "Special Membership Meeting" to be conducted on 06 Feb 15 at Crash Station 62. The meeting will commence at 0630. I have posted the agenda on the Union website calendar. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact a Union Rep.
St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt Pre-Orders
01/29/15 - IAFF Local 4416
St. Patrick's Day shirt order forms are now available.  The event will be held on Saturday, March 14th at the Copper Still in downtown Noblesville.  T-Shirt orders will be accepted until Friday February 27th.  You can order your shirt online via the PayPal button below or you can download the attached form and return it, along with cash or check, to the Local 4416 office.
Hook & Ladder Decision
01/29/15 - Green Bay Area Fire Fighters
Hello to our great Green Bay Metro community, As you may have read in the Green Bay Press Gazette, or seen news coverage of our ruling regarding the Hook & Ladder program, the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission has delivered a ruling in favor of the City of Green Bay. I think providing some information into what that means is appropriate and I will try to keep it short.
Snow Emergency
01/29/15 - IAFF Local 902
Update on Snow Emergency
Chili and Chowder Cook-Off
01/29/15 - IAFF Local 772
The third annual Chili and Chowder Cook-Off to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Maine will be held on March 21st, 2015 at Season's Restaurant from 6pm-8pm.  "A" crew is working.  We will need members helping out that night.  If you are interested in helping please notify Andrew Emery, Andy Willigar or Casey Perry at the Bangor Fire Department.
Retirement
01/29/15 - IAFF Local 772
Congratulations to Firefighter Jeff Hodge on your retirement. Jeff was hired in June 1988. He has been driving Engine #6 on D-Crew for the past few years. Stay safe and enjoy your retirement brother.
NLRFD Promotes 3 Officers
01/29/15 - IAFF Local 35
URGENT HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUE ACTION ITEM...
01/28/15 - IAFF Local 1014
Please Help IAFF Members Son
01/28/15 - IAFF Local 2647
Safety Stand Down for Cancer and PTSD
01/28/15 - IAFF Local 1014
Safety Stand Down for Cancer and PTSD Live Webcast ~ Wednesday, January 28 What: Live Webcast Date: Wednesday, January 28 Time: Begins at 8:00 a.m. PT/11:00 a.m. ET Web Link: www.iaff.
Lake Firefighters Kept Busy With Two Working House Fires
01/28/15 - IAFF Local 3990
Astatula, FL - Lake County Firefighters battled two house fires on Wednesday. The first house fire was reported around 9:46 in the morning on Orange Blossom Street in Astatula. Firefighters from station 77 in Astatula, as well as Lake Jem, Bassville Park, and Ferndale quickly responded and arrived within minutes to find fire and heavy smoke rolling out from underneath the doublewide mobile home.
The Dropkick Murphys ‘Literally Hate’ Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
01/28/15 - Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
The Governor used a Dropkick song during an event, which didn't sit well with the band. A Facebook fan wants to know: why is a “union-busting” politician from Wisconsin using the music of a working-class-loving punk band from Boston to greet his supporters during a nationally televised event? The Dropkick Murphys—and their loyal following—aren’t too sure, but they want it to stop. Immediately. Walker is known as the Republican governor who introduced legislation in 2011, called Act 10, that essentially stripped public unions of their collective bargaining rights. The Dropkick Murphys didn’t like that, as made clear when they blasted Fitzgerald back in 2012, a year after the legislation was passed. “We stand beside our Union and Labor brothers and sisters and their families in Wisconsin and all over the U.S.,” they wrote at the time. After all, they did support Mayor Marty Walsh (D-BOSTON), a “union guy.” By Steve Annear | Boston Daily | January 26, 2015 1:36 p.m.
Purple and Pearls for Kristi
01/27/15 - San Luis Obispo City Firefighters Local 3523
Help Support Kristi's Battle! Come enjoy good times with the Logans and show your support.
Remember to Shovel Out Your Nearest Hydrant
01/27/15 - Rockland Fire Fighters
Winter storms and plowing operations can often hide the hydrants under a mountain of snow making them impossible to find quickly. In the event of a fire, firefighters have to locate and shovel out fire hydrants before hooking up to them. Precious time is lost and when a fire occurs we need that time to save lives and keep damage to a minimum.
Welcome BBQ
01/27/15 - San Luis Obispo City Firefighters Local 3523
A big thank you goes out to Chris Gatton and all those who helped with another great Bar-B-Que welcoming the newest members of our fire family! It was a beautiful January day spent with our friends and family.  .
Firefighters rescue 2 people from roof of burning house in Saginaw
01/27/15 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
SAGINAW, MI — The first firefighter to arrive at a burning house in Saginaw discovered two people on the roof over the front porch, yelling for help.
Firefighters learn basics of ice rescue to help train comrades
01/27/15 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
In the frigid water, the man acted to be in distress as veteran Frenchtown Township Firefighter Rich Knoles worked quickly to help him get back up onto the ice.
Firefighter/paramedic named department’s Firefighter of the Year
01/27/15 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
Good firefighters are not hard to find in Brownstown Township. In fact, thanks in part to the reinstatement of the Firefighter of the Year award, they often stand out.
Fire Fighter Behavioral Health
01/26/15 - Aurora Fire Fighters
Firefighters rescue 2 people from roof of burning house in Saginaw
01/26/15 - IAFF Local 102
SAGINAW, MI — The first firefighter to arrive at a burning house in Saginaw discovered two people on the roof over the front porch, yelling for help. Leaning a ladder from the roof to the ground provided the two occupants a safe escape shortly after the 8:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at a home on Owen near East Holland, Saginaw Fire Chief Chris Van Loo said.
Elmwood Ave Fire
01/26/15 - BFFA 3044
Locate and Shovel Buried Hydrants
01/26/15 - IAFF Local 902
Every Second Counts Malden Fire Fighters are asking the public for help during this severe weather. Please take the time to locate and shovel out your nearest fire hydrant. Every second counts and having the hydrant already cleared of snow, will help the Malden Fire Fighters do their job quickly.
Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance
01/26/15 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance and Captain Jeff Dill present the workshop: Saving Those Who Save Others Suicide prevention & awareness March 2, 2015 8am ?12pm Co-­hosted by West Metro Fire Rescue and Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District Location: West Metro Training Center 3535 S. Kipling St. Lakewood, CO 80235 A direct look into suicides within the fire service.
2015 Legislative Conference
01/26/15 - Professional Fire Fighters Of Alabama
The PFFA 2015 Legislative Conference will be held April 13-15 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Montgomery. Information regarding conference and hotel registration will be mailed to each local in February. Please plan to have someone from your local attend.
Blizzard 2015
01/26/15 - Westport Fire Local1802
Please keep generators outdoors and away from open doors and windows to prevent carbon monoxide from entering your home Keep exhuast vents clear Stay away from downed power lines 911 is for emergency use only, for general questions or inquiries call 508.636.1122 (police) or 508.636.
Severe Weather Checklist
01/25/15 - Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
With the forecast for severe weather, the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts offer our "Severe Weather Checklist" to help keep you and your family safe.
Stop the Cell Towers going up at fire stations...
01/25/15 - IAFF Local 1014
Dear members, As you undoubtedly know, Motorola – a contractor for the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) – is in the process of installing cell towers at 86 County fire and lifeguard facilities.
Clarification on Political Activities by Members
01/25/15 - IAFF Local 51
Texas Local Government Code Chapter 150.  Miscellaneous Provisions Affecting Municipal Officers And Employees Subchapter A. Involvement of Fire Fighters And Police Officers In Political Activities §  150.002.
Pulse Point
01/25/15 - IAFF Local 4349
PulsePoint App saves lives      It was nice and sunny the day Captain Greg Rainville and his wife decided to visit the San Diego Zoo.  As they pulled into the parking lot, they noticed a commotion over on the sidewalk.  As they approached, they saw a man unconscious on the ground.
New Mailing Address
01/25/15 - IAFF Local 3
In order to better serve the public and our members, we have purchased a post office box for any mail correspondance.  Please note the new mailing address: IAFF Local 3 P.O. Box 758 Pueblo, CO 81002 Thank you.
Commission Ignorance
01/25/15 - IAFF Local 3169
So our Commission wants to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a consulting fee to do the job that our Fire Chief has been telling them all along and then ignore the advice...AGAIN!  Wow! Am I really here??  I think I have just been teleported to the land of STUPIDITY!  Please read this Ocala Starbanner article. http://www.ocala.
2015 AFD Shift Bid
01/25/15 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
IAFF Local 244 has invested in the web-based program for the 2015 AFD Shift Bid. The in-shift bid is scheduled for February 2, 3 & 4. All members must log in on the fireshiftbid.com website to participate in the bid. On the website click on the “Login” tab at the top, then fill out the fields under “Register New Account”.
Emergency Checklist
01/25/15 - IAFF Local 1478
2015 Installation Event
01/24/15 - IAFF Local 21
The annual Local 21 Installation Party has changed locations from Ideal Hall to the newly remodeled Hillcrest Country Club located at 2200 Larpenter Ave East.
Retirement Newsletter Dual Response
01/24/15 - IAFF Local 2819
This month’s Dual Response – the LEOFF II Board’s publication – highlights two issues that affect a portion of our membership.  Both of the issues are related to Social Security benefits.  Below is a synopsis of what is better explained in the newsletter.
WSCFF Scholarship 2015
01/24/15 - IAFF Local 2819
To read the specifics, members need to login to the website. Applications are due February 28th.
2015 Young Fire Fighter Conference
01/24/15 - IAFF 7th District
The 2015 Young Fire Fighter Conference will
Mourning the Loss
01/24/15 - Urbana Firefighters Local 1147
It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow that the Urbana Firefighters announce the death of Division Chief Russell Chism. Division Chief Chism was a 19-­?year Veteran with the Urbana Fire Department and also served as Fire Chief for the St. Joseph Stanton Fire Protection District. A celebration of his life will be at The Vineyard Church in Urbana, Illinois.
Wecasts: Cancer and PTSD
01/24/15 - Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters Association
IAFF Live Webcasts on Cancer and PTSD in the Fire Service #ALTS15 Safety Stand Down for Cancer and PTSD What: Live Webcast   Date: Wednesday, January 28 Time: Begins at 8:00 a.m. PT/11:00 a.m. ET Web Link: www.iaff.
Online Vote Runs Through 1/27
01/24/15 - Local 2580
An online vote re:  ordering more Pink Heals shirts runs from today (at 1500hrs) through Tu., 1/27 (2359hrs). You must log-in to vote. If you need help, please check your e-mail for directions or contact Heather.
Trivia Night 2015 update
01/24/15 - Zion Firefighters
Below the picture of Trivia Night 2015 is the link for signup information.
4th Annual Trivia Night
01/24/15 - Zion Firefighters
PRE PARADE PARTY FOR CANCER RESEARCH
01/24/15 - Lets Fire Cancer
Thanks for your support!
01/24/15 - Local 2580
Thanks to your generosity, CHFFA was able to raise over $1,600 to provide a great Thanksgiving meal & forty SECU gift cards for Burn Center families. A special thanks to: - our donors-- Orange County Chiefs' Association, Eno Fire Department, Bahama Fire Department, Caldwell Fire Department, Newton's Fire & Safety Equipment, & numerous individuals.
LFD Trains in Ice Rescue Operations
01/24/15 - Lexington Fire Fighters
This week members of C and D group trained in Ice Rescue techniques and procedures. This drill involved the use of the Mustang Ice Rescue suits and simulated the rescue of a person that fell through ice.
Passing of Retired Firefighter John Clark
01/23/15 - New London Fire Fighters
It is with deepest regret Local 1522 announces the passing of Retired Firefighter John Clark. John came on the job in 1984 and retired in 2001. At John's request, there are no services being planned at this time. Our condolences to his family. Rest in peace John.
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MSCFF/KC Customs Pick-Up Giveaway
Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
Special Membership Meeting
IAFF Local F-102
St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt Pre-Orders
IAFF Local 4416
Hook & Ladder Decision
Green Bay Area Fire Fighters
Snow Emergency
IAFF Local 902
Chili and Chowder Cook-Off
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