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Solar panel rooftops and fire fighters

It is no secret that the solar industry is booming. Photovoltaic (PV) systems are reportedly being installed every four minutes. The number is only expected to increase with experts predicting that a system will be installed every minute and 28 seconds by 2016. In addition, the U.S. is expected to... [More]

Companies Continue to Drop ALEC

It’s not good for businesses these days to be associated with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Sallie Mae, the nation’s largest student loan lender, became the 50th business to publicly drop its membership in ALEC. ALEC has worked to make the education system a for-pro... [More]

International Code Council Publishes the Public Comment Agenda

The International Association of Fire Fighters is currently participating in the establishment of the 2015 Editions of the International Residential Code and the International Fire Code. It is important for the IAFF to remain an active participant on how the codes are created and maintained because... [More]

McCaffrey on Leadership

General McCaffrey says the hallmark of good leadership is good character. McCaffrey made a presentation on Leadership in Crisis Situations at the IAFF John P. Redmond and Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference in Denver. He told IAFF members that when serving in leadership roles, one can't strive f... [More]

Get It Union

Labor Day is around the corner and you can really make a difference in our nation’s economy by supporting union and American-made goods. When you fire up the grill for one last time this summer think about supporting these tasty, union made food items for Labor Day. Make the end of summer a ... [More]

466 bills and counting

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) felt the heat of its critics as they protested the group’s annual convention in Chicago last week. The Center for Media and Democracy has released a new report that identifies 466 ALEC “model bills” that were introduced in state hou... [More]

August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month

Summer is winding down and this is a good opportunity for IAFF members to raise awareness for drowning prevention and safety in their communities. The month of August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month (DIAM).The goal of DIAM is to bring increased attention to drowning that will save lives. Accordin... [More]

PSOs: Not Worth the Costs

Combining the roles of fire fighters and police officers undermines public safety. Today, when faced with the pressure to decrease budgets, municipal decision makers may be more easily tempted by the argument that consolidation can cut costs, even if that argument is unfounded. At this year’s... [More]

What You Should Know About Fire Fighters and Cancer

Fire fighters are not only at risk when they respond to a fire or medical emergency, but cancer is threatening their well- being in alarming numbers.Cancer rates run statistically higher for fire fighters compared to the general North American population.The IAFF is deeply concerned and committed ab... [More]

ALEC continues to trample the rights of workers

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is still up to no good – promoting harmful legislation that threatens the rights of unions and workers.The Center for Media and Democracy reports that ALEC has introduced at least 117 bills this year in statehouses across the United States that ... [More]

Carbon Monoxide: EMS Response to Fireground Incidents

Carbon monoxide exposure puts fire fighters at significant risk at the scene of a fire. Even mild carbon monoxide exposure can cause mental confusion – which can lead to poor decision making, putting both the exposed fire fighter and others at the fire scene at risk. Carbon Monoxide: EMS Resp... [More]

Coping with Suicide

First responders have a tough job.  They put their lives on the line to save others and have to respond quickly to dangerous situations daily. Suicide calls and the aftermath are some of the toughest incidents for first responders.  Each year, more than 36,000 Americans take their own liv... [More]

How to Protect Yourself from Heat-Related Injuries

It’s July and many parts of the country are facing the warmest temperatures of the summer. Working in the heat is especially challenging for fire fighters this time of year because their gear prevents them from cooling down. A fire fighters core body heat can rise above 106 degrees.Heat stres... [More]

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