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IAFF Local 244 General Election

2017 GENERAL ELECTION

DECEMBER 12, 2017

FROM 7AM-7PM

POLL SITES:

UNION HALL - AFD Stations 8 & 17 - BCFD Stations 33 & 40

*Absentee Voting (Article XI, Section 3)

Available 9:00am-3:00pm by appointment on the following dates:

November 21, 2017

November 27 -November 29, 2017

December 5-December 7, 2017

Members who meet the requirements for ‘Absentee’ voting may complete an Absentee Ballot by contacting the Election Committee Chair (Steve Lopez at 505-336-0336) or his designee and scheduling an appointment

Early Voting (Article XI, Section 4)

December 4, 2017 & December 8, 2017

From 9:00am-3:00pm at the Union Hall

*NOTE: Absentee voting shall also be provided for members unable to attend the ballot vote in the event that the member is on leave, departmental trip, training status, or on paid status at the time of the vote, in accordance with the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws Article XI, Section 3.

Election Committee Members:

Steve Lopez, Justin Staley, George Asi


Download: 2017_Election Announcement_2nd.pdf
Trades for James Jonas
Brothers and Sisters of IAFF 244, We continue to organize trades for James Jonas during the upcoming weeks. This is available for ALL officers (both paramedic and suppression). If you would like to participate, please do the following TWO steps: 1. Click on the Google doc link below and sign up for a date. 2. Then, enter the TTW into Telestaff to make it official. https://docs.google. Read More...
IAFF Local 244 Christmas Party

The Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters Christmas Party will be held on Saturday December 16, 2017 at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. Tickets are $25.00 per person and can be purchased at the union hall Monday through Thursday from 10am to 4pm beginning November 6, 2017. Please ensure you book your hotel room on or before 12/11/17. For more information call Kelly @ 505-288-2313.

Reservations can be made via passkey reservation web link that is set to the special discounted room rate of $99 & includes free breakfast:  https://aws.passkey.com/go/244ChristmasParty

Please submit nominations for Fire Fighter/Paramedic of the Year on or before December 6, 2017 to: iafflocal244@hotmail.com or in person at the General Meeting on November 9, 2017 for the Executive Board to consider. We will honor one member from each chapter with the Fire Fighter/Paramedic of the year and one general member for Outstanding Leadership.

IAFF Local 244 General Election

The IAFF Local 244 General Election will be held on December 12, 2017 from 7am-7pm

Nominations for the 2017 General Election officially opened at the General Membership Meeting on September 14, 2017 and will close at the General Membership Meeting on November 9, 2017.

In accordance with the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters IAFF Local 244 Bylaws: Article X, Officer Elections, Section 4. Elected Officer Terms all ‘Odd Year’ positions will be up for election in 2017There will also be one ‘Even Year’ position up for election for a one year term due to a previous vacancy. See detailed listing below.

Please refer to the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters IAFF Local 244 Bylaws: Article X, Officer Elections, Sections 1-13 for additional information including Eligibility Requirements. 

GENERAL PRESIDENT

GENERAL SECRETARY

COUNTY CHIEF STEWARD

COUNTY 1ST  STEWARD

COUNTY 3RD  STEWARD

COUNTY 4TH STEWARD (1-YEAR TERM)

COUNTY 1ST  TRUSTEE

CITY VICE PRESIDENT

CITY 1ST  STEWARD

CITY 3RD  STEWARD

CITY 5TH  STEWARD

CITY 1ST  TRUSTEE

Important Information:

The General Election will be held December 12, 2017 from 7AM-7PM

POLL SITE LOCATIONS:

UNION HALL - AFD Stations 8 & 17 - BCFD Stations 33 & 40

*Early Voting will be held on December 4, 2017 & December 8, 2017

From 9:00am-3:00pm at the Union Hall

Jonas Family
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of James McLaren Jonas, the son of Lieutenant James Jonas (Rescue 6C). The Jonas family is strengthened by the overwhelming support of prayers, thoughts, and donations from our Fire Family. An informal gathering for the remembrance of their beloved son ”Mac” will be held this Saturday, October 21st at the CrossFit facility from 12-2pm, located at 581 Quantum Rd NE in Rio Rancho. All off-duty members are invited to attend and are asked to wear a fire service T-shirt in support of our brother and his family.
IAFF Transition Team

Attention City Chapter Members: 

As we head into the Albuquerque municipal runoff election it is important that we identify and organize our collective priorities before working with a new administration. We are currently accepting letters of interest for members who are willing to serve on the IAFF Transition Team. The team will be comprised of one member from each rank and one non-rank specific member representing each support division. President Arencón will appoint the IAFF Transition Team from the letters submitted. Letters of interest are due by Friday, October 27, 2017. Please send letters to: iafflocal244@hotmail.com

Las Vegas Shooting – IAFF Response

The IAFF is reporting 12 fire fighters shot in the Las Vegas mass shooting:

  • Desert Springs, AZ Local 4543? – 1
  • Encinitas, CA – 1 (non-IAFF member)
  • Glendale, CA Local 776 – 1
  • Lake Havasu, AZ Local 2974 – 1
  • Las Vegas, NV Local 1285 – 1
  • Los Angeles City, CA Local 112 – 2
  • Los Angeles County, CA Local 1014 – 3 
  • San Bernardino, CA Local 935 – 
  • San Diego, CA Local 145 – 1
  • Torrance, CA Local 1138? – 1

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVCoffers resources and support to help victims and their families, victim service providers, law enforcement and first responders that are providing support to them during this difficult time?. Learn more … 

October 1 – As most of the country was sleeping, IAFF members from Clark County Local 1908, Henderson Local 1883 and Las Vegas Local 1285 were responding to the historic, tragic, mass shooting overnight in Las Vegas, Nevada, in which at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured.

While we are still gathering all of the details, the IAFF is already working to help our members. Assistant to the General President for Health, Safety & Medicine Pat Morrison is coordinating the full IAFF response, which will include mobilizing a Peer Support team and providing any other assistance our members and affiliates need as a result of this incredible event.

With so many members living in the area, including from North Las Vegas Local 1607, we know a number of off duty personnel and their families were at the event, with a number of injuries reported. We also had many more members from across the country who traveled to Vegas and were there when the shooting occurred.  We have already heard from Los Angeles City Local 112, Los Angeles County Local 1014 and San Bernardino County Local 935 concerning members or their family members who were injured during the shooting. 

We will release more details as they become available. 

Local 244 Kid’s Halloween Party!!

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

The 2017 Annual Kid’s Party will be held on Saturday October 28, 2017 at Dave & Buster’s starting at 10:00am-12:00pm.

Please call/text Kelly @ 505-288-2313 before October 20, 2017 for your family's reservation, an RSVP is required. This year’s event can only accommodate a total of 350 guests; no additional RSVP’s will be accepted once the 350 threshold has been met.

Members may arrive at 9:45a.m. to begin check-in; food will be served starting at 10:15am.

This event will be closed to the general public and will include a buffet, raffle prizes & pre-loaded power card to be used in the game area.

*UPGRADE UNLIMITED VIDEO GAME PLAY FOR $5 (ADVANCE COMMITTMENT REQUIRED)

Members may UPGRADE the power card to include unlimited video game play for the entire day of the event for $5.00 per card, this must be done in advance-when you RSVP. *Please note you must guarantee payment for upgrade at check-in to Kelly (cash/check only).

*To upgrade power card you must commit payment by cash or check, made out to IAFF Local 244, due at time of check-in to Kelly. Members will not be able to add unlimited video play the day of the event. Members who request/commit to upgrade will not be allowed into the event without payment for the upgrade fee.

RECAP:

Date:   10/28/17

Time:   10:00a.m. (check-in at 9:45a.m.)

Where: Dave & Buster’s

RSVP REQUIRED BY: 10/20/17

Brother James Green LODD

It is with great pride and honor that we placed our brother, BCFD Firefighter James Green on the IAFF Memorial Wall for his LODD in 2015. Special thanks to our honor guard members Adriana Delgado, Frank Chavez and Donovan Jacks for proudly representing us all in presnting the IAFF Flag to brother Green's wife, Maura Green. As always, The New Mexico Fire & Police Pipes And Drums standing strong representing New Mexico, alongside hundreds of Pipers and Drummers from across the country and Canada. Very proud day for IAFF Local 244.

IAFF Remembers: 16 Years After September 11

Sixteen years ago on September 11, in the greatest tragedy in the history of the fire service, 343 FDNY members died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. 

“We will always remember their service, their dedication and their courage in the face of one of the most horrific moments in our union’s history,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “We will never forget the supreme sacrifice made by our New York fire fighters who risked their lives to save others on that fateful day.”

In the tragic aftermath, the IAFF was on the ground to support our New York locals – the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) Local 94 and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) Local 854, raising and distributing more than $167 million to the families of the fallen, bringing members from across North America to dig on the pile to search for their lost brothers and providing counseling support services.

In the days, weeks and years since, the IAFF has made every effort to always remember and never forget. The IAFF continues to make it a top priority to ensure safer and healthier working conditions and to advocate through the political process for benefits and protections for members and their families.

In 2010, after nearly a decade of lobbying, the IAFF, along with Local 94 and Local 854, won passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides funding to monitor and treat members who become ill from exposure to toxins at ground zero. And, in 2015, the IAFF and its affiliates across the country helped to make sure the Act was permanently reauthorized so that fire fighters and others who responded after 9/11 will always receive the health care they need.? In addition, as part of the Zadroga Act, survivors of fire fighters who died from a 9/11-related illness and who applied for federal Public Safety Officer Benefits (PSOB) will now receive those benefits. 

Less than a week after the anniversary of 9/11, at the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial observance on September 16 in Colorado Springs, we will honor members who succumbed to respiratory illnesses linked to the rescue and recovery efforts at ground zero and etched onto the Wall of Honor. 

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