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April 18, 2015
What's New at IAFF 244
Special Meeting Announcement for AFD Deputy Chief/Assistant Chief Proposal

A Special Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2015 in accordance with Article 5, Section 6 of the Constitution & ByLaws. The purpose of this meeting is to develop the official IAFF Local 244 position on the AFD Deputy Chief/Assistant Chief reorganization proposal. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00pm. 

Ohio Firefighter Dies From Injuries During Rescue Effort

A 29-year veteran firefighter died "a hero" Thursday from injuries he suffered while searching for people to rescue from a burning Cincinnati apartment building, authorities said.Daryl Gordon, 54, was removed from the building by stretcher after falling down an elevator shaft and died at a hospital, officials said.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of one of our city's protectors," Mayor John Cranley said at a news conference. "He put himself in harm's way to help residents in the building."Flags were lowered to half-staff across the city, and fire-rescue workers put black strips over their badges.

"We lost a hero today, and we are all mourning," fire Chief Richard Braun said, adding that "we lost a family member." Braun had gone to the scene early Thursday and asked for the community's prayers for a firefighter who was hurt and "in dire straits." The Fire Department report stated that the blaze was first reported at 5:31 a.m. in the five-story building. Two firefighters were treated for burns at a hospital and released, and four civilians were taken there as well. There were no details on their injuries; authorities had said earlier that several residents were treated for smoke inhalation.

"Women and children were carried out of the building to safety," Cranley said. "When that was over, God delivered all of the civilians to us but kept one of our firefighters back. We know God is holding him tightly." State and local authorities were investigating the fire's cause. Braun said department policies and procedures will be reviewed to try to learn from the death.

The owner of the apartments said some 68 families lived there and its management was working with the American Red Cross and Salvation Army for emergency housing and supplies. Owner Community Builders Inc. said there were no known safety citations in the past year at the property. Cincinnati authorities said it was the first firefighter death in the line of duty since 2003 for the department that calls itself the first professional, fully paid fire department in the United States, dating to 1853.

The firefighters' local union president described Gordon as "a giant teddy bear" with a big smile and laugh who was dedicated and heroic. "As good as it gets," Matt Alter said. "He was a firefighter through and through."

City officials said Gordon, a fire apparatus operator who joined Cincinnati Fire on June 30, 1985, also was a 10-year employee of UC Health Air Care and Mobil Care. He was married with two daughters. A city spokesman said Gordon became eligible for retirement in 2010.

The 4th Annual ‘Swing for Survivors’ Golf Tournament was a Great Success!

The 4th Annual ‘Swing for Survivors’ Golf tournament combined with the Harley Davidson Raffle was a great success! We raised over $19,000.00 for the IAFF Local 244 Firefighter Survivors Fund. The Executive Board would like to thank Martin Salazar for organizing the golf tournament each year. Also, we would like to acknowledge Chief Stewards Justin Cheney and George Asi for organizing the Harley Davidson Raffle. The winner of the 2015 Harley Davidson Street Glide was Matt Padilla.

We also worked with Guinness to raise funds by engraving pint glasses and receiving a portion of sales. We raised over $2000.00 for the Firefighter Survivors Fund over three nights, February 26 at Imbibe, 27 & 28 at O’Neill’s Pub.

A special thank you to our sponsors: Guinness, Admiral Beverage Co., Imbibe, O’Neill’s Pub, Motorola, 1-800 Board-Up, NM Firefighter Charities, NM Craft Brewing Co. and to all the IAFF members that participated! 

Bernalillo County Shift Request

Attention County Chapter Members:

The County Chapter Shift Request will be held on April 7th and April 8th, 2015. Please see the attached document for specific details regarding the upcoming shift request. 

Download: 2015-2016 Final 2 Request Rules.pdf
AFD Assistant Chiefs/Reorganization Informational Meetings
AFD Fire Chief David Downey will present the proposal for Assistant/Deputy Chiefs reorganization on March 10 & 11, beginning promptly at 5:30pm. Members are encouraged to attend to be informed and provide input. The meetings will not exceed two (2) hours in duration. 
Brother Gil Pohl

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, Capt. David Mowrey gathered members of the 60th Cadet Class to visit their fellow classmate, Gil Pohl. Gil is resting at home in palliative care fighting cancer and serving as a strong role model for all of us. This visit was a testament to the love and compassion that we share as firefighters. We are defined by our commitment to one another. God bless you brother Pohl. 

Members interested in visiting Gil please call AFD Chaplain Patrick McKinney at 505-730-0961.

4th Annual IAFF Local 244 'Swing for Survivors" Benefit Golf Tournament
On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters will host the 4th Annual ‘Swing for Survivors’ Golf Tournament to Benefit the IAFF Local 244 Firefighters Survivors Fund (FSF). The FSF provides financial assistance to firefighters, spouses and children of firefighters who have been stricken with life threatening medical conditions. The tournament will take place at the Desert Greens Golf Course in Paradise Hills located at 10035 Country Club Lane, NW, Albuquerque, NM. Shotgun start at 9:00a.m. Click on link below for the registration form. Call Lt. Martin Salazar for more information.
Download: 2015 Swing For Survivors Registration Form.pdf
IAFF Local 244 Firefighter Survivors Fund - Fundraiser at Imbibe on February 26, 2015

Firefighting is a very honorable and rewarding profession and with it comes exposure to tragedies on many levels. It also hits on a personal level from fellow firefighter deaths to firefighters diagnosed with diseases caused by the job. It is truly humbling to witness IAFF brothers and sisters pulling resources together to provide support for each other and our families in need. The IAFF Local 244 has organized to broaden our means to provide help to firefighters and their families who are afflicted with life threatening conditions. We created the ‘FF Survivors Fund’ in 2012 and have helped dozens of fire families since. Our profession has evolved significantly through the years and so have the risks. We are asking you to join us on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 6:00pm to close at Imbibe (3101 Central Ave. NW) and raise money to support this critical fund. Guinness is co-hosting the event and will provide engraved pint glasses from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. 

Click Link below to download the flyer:

Download: Imbibe FSF Fundraiser 2-26-15.jpeg
One Year Later: Lessons Learned From Elm Street Fire
January 30 marked one year since an auto shop fire injured four Greensboro fire fighters. Fire Chief Greg Grayson said three of the four men have recovered and are back on fire trucks. "I think we move forward from that day and became a better department. We were just very blessed that everyone did eventually come home," Chief Grayson said. Read More...
2015 AFD Shift Bid

IAFF Local 244 has invested in the web-based program Fireshiftbid 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 website to participate in the bid. Click on the link below then fill out the fields under “Register New Account”. Please use your personal email and cell phone number. Completing this step will create a pending account and the system administrator will be contacted to activate your account, after activation you will receive confirmation via email.

Members will be notified via text and email at the beginning of the shift bid and when they "are on the clock" for making their bid choice. All vacancies that the member is qualified to bid for will be reflected on the webpage. Bid progress can be followed on the website, a link will be posted in important links on the IAFF Local 244 website.

Click link to to register new account:

Please contact IAFF L244 Vice-President Bob Lujan at 505-288-2298 with any questions or concerns.

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