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May 06, 2015
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FF Anthony Gazda Retires After 28 Years
05/06/15 - Holyoke Firefighters IAFF Local 1693
The Holyoke Firefighters Local 1693 would like to congratulate Firefighter Anthony Gazda on his recent retirement. FF Gazda started his career as a Holyoke Firefighter on April 6, 1987 and worked his last day on May 5, 2015.
PPFFA Convention
05/06/15 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
The Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighetrs Association Bi-ennial convention starts next week with an opening reception from 6:30 to 9:30pm  on May 12 in the main ballroom of the Hotel Bethlehem, 437 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018.  The convention opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9:30am on May 13th in th same ballroom.
RALLY TO OPPOSE WRONGFUL TERMINATION OF CHELSEA, MA IAFF LOCAL 937 UNION PRESIDENT BRIAN CAPISTRAN
05/05/15 - Lexington Fire Fighters
Reposted from PFFM regarding a brother firefighter in Chelsea To:             ALL PFFM Members From:        President Edward A.
IAFF Throws Full Support Behind Bill to Repeal ObamaCare Excise Tax
05/05/15 - New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association
The IAFF is throwing its full support behind legislation to repeal the excise tax on high-cost health plans, more commonly referred to as the “Cadillac Tax.” Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT) has introduced a bill to repeal this provision that was added to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the last minute, with little debate or careful consideration.
Cancer Awareness
05/05/15 - Boston Fire Fighters
Active Retired Members
05/05/15 - IAFF Local 452
The following active-retired members continue to pay IAFF dues: Mike Berg, Pat Kelly, Mike Lyons, Doug Murray, Mike Phillips, Brian Riverman, and Bob Smith.  Please take the time to thank them for their continued support of the IAFF at the next breakfast or retirement dinner.
TODAY
05/05/15 - Aurora Fire Fighters
There is a press conference fo the Gaylord of the Rockies at the Capitol Building in Denver at 1130am today.  If you are interested in attending, please contact President Balderston. Thanks and BE SAFE.
Firefighters Recall Colleagues Who Died from Occupational Cancer
05/05/15 - Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
Three Boston firefighters painted a grim portrait as they sat in front of a wall plastered with images of their fallen comrades. These colleagues did not perish in a raging fire or after falling into a collapsing building, they all succumbed to occupational cancer.
IAFF Throws Full Support Behind Bill to Repeal ObamaCare Excise Tax
05/04/15 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
The IAFF is throwing its full support behind legislation to repeal the excise tax on high-cost health plans, more commonly referred to as the “Cadillac Tax.” Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT) has introduced a bill to repeal this provision that was added to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the last minute, with little debate or careful consideration.
Binding Arbitration update
05/04/15 - IAFF local 1605
A Binding Arbitration update has been posted in the link for Binding Arbitration above.
Brother Gil Pohl
05/04/15 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
Judge Orders City of new orleans to pay Pension Fund
05/04/15 - IAFF 14th District
Judge orders Mayor Landrieu to pay firefighters' pension Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By Robert McClendon, NOLA.
IAFF Recognizes Local 4881's Road to First Contract
05/04/15 - West Metro FireFighters I.A.F.F. Local 1309
Colorado Local’s Impressive Road to First Contract from IAFF in Action In just four years, the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District (WRFPD) in Colorado went from an all-volunteer department, to hiring its first paid fire fighters, to being a unionized department with a collective bargaining agreement.
Group 4 Members execute water rescue
05/04/15 - IAFF Local 853
A 25-year-old Lowell man was rescued after falling into the Merrimack River near the Cox Bridge Monday morning, police said.
Boston Fire Department & Local 718 team up for Cancer awarness
05/04/15 - Boston Fire Fighters
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/05/03/new-video-aims-show-toll-cancer-boston-fire-department/aJURyaLG1l2kraxy8fpYoK/story.
Group 3 handles cooking fire in Bishop Markham Highrise
05/04/15 - IAFF Local 853
On Sunday May 3rd 2015 the Members from Group 3 responded to a report of a stove fire at the Bishop Markham Housing Complex. The units that responded were Engine 1, 2, 4, Ladder 2, Rescue Co #1 and Car 3. When units arrived the water gong was sounding and memebers made entry into the building and had water flowing down the interior stair from the second floor.
LA County Fire Museum
05/04/15 - IAFF Local 1014
LA County Fire Museum As we all know the Museum is a vital asset to our members, both current and retired.
Firefighters Salmon Slam
05/04/15 - Franklin Park Firefighters
Firefighters recall colleagues who died from occupational cancer
05/04/15 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
CHaD Baseball Fire team tryouts
05/04/15 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
  All tryouts take place at Gill Stadium in Manchester. The schedule is: Team Fire (11am-1pm): Tuesday, May 5, Wednesday, May 13 & Monday, May 18.   Players should register at www.CHaDBaseball.
Fire department faces cuts to satisfy budget woes
05/04/15 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
Fire service in Port Huron will change if $575,000 is eliminated from the department's budget.
Federal grant helps fire department update equipment
05/04/15 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
Garden City firefighters will breathe easier with the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Bob Vallero's Retirement Party
05/04/15 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Please see that attached flyer for more information on Bob Vallero's Retirement Party.
IAFF Joins Groups Seeking Ban on Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants
05/03/15 - West Metro FireFighters I.A.F.F. Local 1309
A broad coalition of health, fire fighter, consumer and science groups - including the IAFF - has filed a petition asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban four categories of consumer products - children's products, furniture, mattresses and the casings around electronics - if they contain any flame retardant in the chemical class known as organohalogens.
DFD 858 Summer Patio Series
05/03/15 - West Metro FireFighters I.A.F.F. Local 1309
DFD 858's first Summer Patio Series FAC will be held May 29th @ Mile High Spirits located @ 22nd and Lawrence.  This event will start around 5 pm and will showcase the fine musical talents of Brian (P-Diddy) Combs and Sir Ricky Jaramillo.  These are 2 of the Denver Fire Departments most truly blessed musical talents. This is a fundraiser to assist a Local 858 member.
Local 4116 CPFF Foundation Fundraiser
05/03/15 - West Metro FireFighters I.A.F.F. Local 1309
This years tapping of Bumper Time Ale is fast approaching and we couldn't be more excited to have our friends, Built To Last playing LIVE music for you all night! Come out and join us, May 29th at 5:00pm at Rockyard American Grill and Brewing Company for a great event to benefit the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation.
IAFF Backs Legislation to Repeal "Cadillac Tax"
05/03/15 - West Metro FireFighters I.A.F.F. Local 1309
The IAFF is throwing its full support behind legislation to repeal the excise tax on high-cost health plans, more commonly referred to as the “Cadillac Tax.” Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT) has introduced a bill to repeal this provision that was added to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the last minute, with little debate or careful consideration.
"Right to work" 5/4/15
05/03/15 - IAFF Local 740
Burger Flipping Grill Masters!!
05/03/15 - IAFF Local 1805
Local 1805 Union Firefighters were out on Saturday, May 2nd to provide a little grill master action for the annual Salmon Creek Elementary school carnival.  Thank you to the Salmon Creek PTA for inviting us and allowing us to participate.
Recruits Graduated!!
05/03/15 - IAFF Local 1805
Congrats to our latest and greatest recruits as they graduated from their 12 week training academy at North Bend, WA.  The recruits are now on their 4 week day scheduled prior to going on shift.  Congrats Brothers and Sister!  Nice Job.
Prevention Division Update
05/03/15 - IAFF Local 2180
Hello Brothers and Sisters, Our Negotiating Team and Management have come to an agreement on filling the Fire Prevention Engineer Position. The Executive Board has pressed for several months to fill the position and now we have all come to an agreement.
Eureka officials: Police, fire, parks face cuts
05/02/15 - IAFF local 3556
Eureka officials: Police, fire, parks face cuts Humboldt Bay Fire Capt. Patrick Beyer, left, and Engineer Trevor Morris chat next to Engine 8114 outside Station 4 on Myrtle Avenue near S Street on Thursday afternoon. Because of Eureka budget cuts, the station could soon be closed 250 days out of the year.
Join the IAFF Fitness Team for the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon
05/01/15 - Fargo Fire Fighters
Keep Informed: Missouri Legislative Reports
05/01/15 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
Stay informed of the Bills that are being filed by the Legislature in Jefferson City, MO on a weekly basis.  This information is avaiable to all MEMBERS in the 2013 Legislative Reports area of the website.  If you are not currently registered with the website we strongly recommend that you do register so you may access this information.
Minnesota Day Of Giving
05/01/15 - IAFF Local 21
May 5th is Minnesota Statewide Day Of Giving.  If your looking for an organization to support consider Saint Paul Firefighters partnership with Operation Warm to provide brand new, American-Made coats to local children in need. For more info or to donate click on picture above.
7th District Benevolent Fund Scholarship Winners
05/01/15 - IAFF 7th District
The 2015 7th District Benevolent Fund Scholarship winners have been chosen. This year the committee stated it was very difficult. Forty-two applications were received and the talent was overwhelming. This year the applicants were to describe the ramifications that the SCOTUS decision "Citizens United" would have on America. Attached is the top essay received. $750 scholarships are awarded to: Cora Bush, daughter of Ken Bush, Local 29-Spokane. Jake Jarrett, son of Jay Jarrett, Local 8-Great Falls. Emma Gieseke, daughter of Rich Gieseke, Local 2829-Redmond. Jacob Dailey, son of Shawn Dailey, Local 1747-Kent RFA. Kaylee Towers, daughter of Neil Towers, Local 2903-Lacey. Makenna Berg, daughter of Steven Berg, Local 3628-Yelm. $500 scholarships are awarded to: Christian Broschat, son of Keven Broschat, Local 828-Longview. Nicholas Stevens, son of Daniel Stevens, Local 1264-Anchorage. Aspen Crystal, daughter of Travis Crystal, Local I-83 of Idaho National Labs. Congrats to all winners and good luck to all the applicants!
Fill The Boot 2015
05/01/15 - IAFF Local 2819
It’s that time of the year again and we’re gearing up for a strong start and record finish. This year’s MDA Fill the Boot Drive will have six different dates at four locations to ensure you have an opportunity to do your part. We’ve improved the scheduling, T-shirt shortage problems, and upgraded the equipment.
UNION MEETING REMINDER
05/01/15 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
2015 Pension Party
05/01/15 - McKeesport Firefighters
The 2015 Pension Party will be held on Wednesday, May 27th at the Elbow Room on West 5th Ave.  Start time is 630pm, dinner at 7pm. All current and past members are welcome to attend.
Executive Board Vacancy for Sgt. At Arms
05/01/15 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
May 1, 2015 - The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is accepting letters of interest for the position of Sergeant At Arms for the next 14 calendar days. The Executive Board will appoint a member to serve on the board in accordance with the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws, Article VI, Section 5.
May Children's Book Drive
05/01/15 - IAFF Local 1563
May Children's Book Drive Local 1563 is teaming up with the Maryland Family Network for a Book Drive to benefit the children of Anne Arundel Count.  Any new or used children's book may be donated at the Quatermaster drop area for pick up at the end of May.  Please consider this great cause when doing your spring cleaning.
Tickets for the Summer Picnic are available now
05/01/15 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Good morning all members, friends, family, co-workers, etc.  Tickets are in for the 858 Summer Picnic to be held Saturday June 13th, and did I mention they are FREE!!!!  Tickets can be picked up[ from the union hall through Dena, Jay Burkhalter Engine 11 A shift, or District VP's will have them soon.
Happy Retirement
05/01/15 - IAFF local 2464
The Walpole Permanent Firefighters would like to thank Firefighter John Cerqua for his 28 years of dedicated service to the town of Walpole.
Xaviers Senior Class Project 4/30/15
04/30/15 - New London Fire Fighters
 Xavier Jones, the New London High School Intern that has been riding along learning our profession, was able to present what he has learned to his classmates today. With the upcoming high school proms, Xavier stressed to his classmates what can happen if you drink and drive. Below are some pictures from the parking lot of New London High School. Photos by Alan Rheaume.
Local 1826 Principal Officer Election Results
04/30/15 - IAFF 1826
Congratulations to Missy Middleton elected as Secretary, and William Simpson re-elected as Field Representative. Thanks for 8 years of service as our Secretary to Matt Galewski.
John P. Redmond Symposium/ Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference
04/30/15 - IAFF Local F283
Brothers and Sisters, We have worked with management to created a unique opportunity for our members to attend the John P. Redmond Symposium/ Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference.  This is the IAFF's Health and Safety and EMS conferences.  We are looking for a volunteer to attend this year's events in Maryland, the week of August 24-28.
Charity Hockey Game
04/30/15 - IAFF Local 801
DFD Ice Hockey vs Ridgefield DFD Charity Hockey Game Saturday May 2, 2015 at The Winter Garden Arena, 111 Prospect Ridge Ridgefield. Puck Drops at 1:00pm Come out and cheeer on DFD for a good cause.
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