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October 22, 2016
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City Chapter Special Meeting to Review and Approve IAFF Proposal for ALS/BLS Redistribution

A Special Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:00p.m. in accordance with Article V, Section 6 of the Constitution & By-Laws. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the IAFF Local 244 proposal to enhance AFD's EMS delivery to adapt to current call volume trends that will better serve the public. 

Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Honors 123 in Moving Ceremony
The names of 123 IAFF members who died in the line of duty and reported to the IAFF in the last year are now etched in granite, to be remembered forever by family, friends and fellow fire fighters in communities across North America. Read More...
Local 244 Kid’s Halloween Party!!

Local 244 Kid’s Halloween Party!! Costumes Welcome! 

The 2016 Children's Annual Party will be held on Sunday October 30, 2016 at Cliff’s Amusement Park starting promptly at 12:00pm.

Please call/text Kelly @ 505-288-2313 before October 18, 2016 for your family's reservation, an RSVP is required.

Members may arrive at 11:30a.m. to check-in; food will be served from 12:00p.m.-1:30pm only.

This event includes all day general admission to the park from 12:00p.m. to 6:00p.m., a catered meal (Powdrell’s BBQ) from 12:00-1:30p.m. and an All Day Ride Pass for children 18 & under.

This will be the only children’s party for 2016.


Date:   10/30/16

Time:   12:00p.m. (check-in at 11:30a.m.)

Where: Cliff’s Amusement Park

RSVP BY: 10/18/16

*ADULTS ONLY (upgrade to an All Day Ride Pass for $6.00)

To buy your All Day Ride Pass upgrade tickets click on this link:

All Day Ride Passes include:  unlimited rides for the day, these tickets are good for October 30th ONLY.

Remembering the 343 FDNY Fire Fighters on 15th Anniversary of 9/11

Message from General President Harold Schaitberger:

“Fifteen years ago on September 11, 2001, on a beautiful and then horrific Tuesday morning on the south end of Manhattan, we were faced with a catastrophic moment in our country and our profession. 

“343 of the very bravest from FDNY made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation and on behalf of the citizens they were sworn to protect. And at the Pentagon, hundreds of members from locals in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland battled the flames and risked their lives to pull people from the rubble.

“Our two incredible locals, the Uniformed Firefighters Association Local 94 and Uniformed Fire Officers Association Local 854, were faced with a disastrous moment, for which no playbook had been written.

“This union of ours, our members and leaders across two great countries came together in an incredible display of solidarity to begin taking care of the families of our fallen and those who were left behind.

“The details of our work, the resources, the financial assistance – more than $164 million for the 9/11 Disaster Relief Fund – and the support from our combined efforts are well chronicled. In the face of an unspeakable disaster, the pure solidarity displayed by everyone across this union is a moment that we should all be proud of.”

County Chapter Appointments for Safety Committee and Staffing Committee (48/96).

Attention County Chapter Members, 

The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is currently accepting letters of interest to serve on both the BCFD/IAFF Safety Committee and the BCFD/IAFF Staffing Committee (48/96). If you would like to serve on one of these committees please submit a letter of interest via email to President Diego Arencón:

*Please review CBA Article 33, Section 33.2.1 for Safety Committee info & Article 41, Section  41.7 for Staffing Committee info.   


Letters of interest must be received by October 1, 2016 in order to be considered. 

IAFF Local 244 Per-Capita Dues Increase
IAFF Local 244 Per-Capita Dues Increase The 53rd IAFF Biennial Convention took place in August 2016 in Las Vegas. Some of the resolutions passed do require an expense that is passed on to us at the local and State levels. As an end result, the Resolutions which passed carrying an expense will increase in our monthly Per Capita dues to the International (our monthly dues to the International). Read More...
County Chapter Special Meeting

Special Meeting to Review BCFD Promotional Policy # 201-001.

A Special Meeting is scheduled for September 8, 2016 at 1:00p.m. and September 9, 2016 at 10:00a.m in accordance with Article V, Section 6 of the Constitution & By-Laws. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the BCFD Promotional Policy #201-001. Please be aware that the meetings will start promptly at the advertised time. 
The IAFF Local 244 General Election will be held the first week of December 2016 (Exact Date-TBD)
The IAFF Local 244 General Election will be held the first week of December 2016 (Exact Date-TBD) Attention All Members: Nominations for the 2016 General Election officially open at the General Membership Meeting on September 8, 2016 and will close at the General Membership Meeting on November 10, 2016. Read More...
Rates of PTSD in Fire Fighters

Rates of PTSD in firefighters may be heightened more so than in other professions. See, many people will experience a potentially traumatic event at some point in their life. But just because you have experienced a traumatic event does not mean that you will definitely go on to develop PTSD. However, people who have experienced multiple traumatic events have been found to be at greater risk for developing PTSD.

One group of people that may experience many traumatic events as part of their job -- and thus be at a heightened risk for PTSD -- is firefighters.

Types of Traumatic Events Experienced While on the Job

One study of United States firefighters looked at the type of traumatic events experienced. High rates of traumatic exposure were found. For example, many had been exposed to crime victim incidents, people who were "dead on arrival" (where the death was not due to natural causes), accidents where there were serious injuries, and some also reported that they had experienced stress associated with giving medical aid to children and infants.

Another study found that firefighters generally reported that medical emergencies and motor vehicle accidents were the most upsetting types of calls that they received.

Rates of PTSD in Firefighters

Given that traumatic exposure is common among firefighters, it is not surprising that high rates of PTSD have been found.

Studies have found that anywhere between approximately 7% and 37% of firefighters meet criteria for a current diagnosis of PTSD.

It is clear from these studies that there is a big range in PTSD rates among firefighters. This is likely due to a number of reasons, including how PTSD was assessed (through a questionnaire or interview), whether other emergency responders were also surveyed along with the firefighters, whether the firefighters were volunteer or not, and where the firefighters worked.

Risk Factors for PTSD among Firefighters

A few studies have also looked at what factors might put firefighters at greater risk for the development of PTSD. A number of risk factors for PTSD among firefighters have been identified. These include:

Being previously in treatment for another disorder.

Starting work as a firefighter at a younger age.

Being unmarried

Holding a supervisory rank in the fire service.

Proximity to death during a traumatic event.

Experiencing feelings of fear and horror during a traumatic event.

Experiencing another stressful event (for example, loss of a loved one) after a traumatic event.

Holding negative beliefs about oneself (for example, feeling as though you are inadequate or weak).

Feeling as though you have little control over your life.


Protective Factors for PTSD among Firefighters.

Even though firefighters might be at high risk for stress as a result of their jobs, it is important to point out that most firefighters will not develop PTSD. In fact, several factors have been identified that may reduce the likelihood of developing PTSD among firefighters after the experience of multiple traumatic events.

One of the most important protective factors found was having social support available either at home or through work. In addition, it has also been found that having effective coping strategies available may lessen the impact of experiencing multiple traumatic events.

This is not surprising in that, among people in general, the availability of social support and effective coping strategies have consistently been found to reduce the risk for developing PTSD following a traumatic event.

Getting Help

Seeking out help may be an important way of reducing your risk for developing PTSD as a result of experiencing multiple traumatic events. There are a number of effective treatments available ranging from psychology to medication to help you overcome the impact of a traumatic event. You can also find out more information about treatment providers in your area through UCompare HealthCare from

By Matthew Tull, PhD

Updated May 02, 2016


Bryant, R.A., & Guthrie, R.M. (2007). Maladaptive self-appraisals before trauma exposure predict posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 812-815.

Bryant, R.A., & Harvey, A.G. (1995). Posttraumatic stress in volunteer firefighters: Predictors of distress. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 183, 267-271.

Corneil, W., Beaton, R., Murphy, S., Johnson, C., & Pike, K. (1999). Exposure to traumatic incidents and prevalence of posttraumatic stress symptomatology in urban firefighters in two countries. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 4, 131-141.

Del Ben, K.S., Scotti, J.R., Chen, Y., & Fortson, B.L. (2006). Prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in firefighters. Work and Stress, 20, 37-48.

Haslam, C., & Mallon, K. (2003). A preliminary investigation of posttraumatic stress symptoms among firefighters. Work and Stress, 17, 277-285.

Heinrichs, M., Wagner, D., Schoch, W., Soravia, L.M., Hellhammer, D.H., & Ehlert, U. (2005). Predicting posttraumatic stress symptoms from pretraumatic risk factors: A 2-year prospective follow-up study in firefighters. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 2276-2286.

July Benevolent Fund Deduction

Brothers & Sisters,

For those enrolled and In accordance with Section 10 paragraph A of our Local's by-laws: "These payroll deductions will occur during the first pay period in January and the first pay period in July of each year." Call with questions.

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