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Meeting the Expectations of Social Media and Emergency Response

When disaster strikes, more and more people turn to social media for help. After posting a request on a social media site, 76 percent of Americans expect help to arrive within three hours, according to a Red Cross survey. The University of San Francisco School of Online Masters in Public Administr... [More]

SAFER – Batters Up!

Baseball season means swings, hits and misses.  Sometimes a fastball, sometimes a curveball, but both sides should be prepared to play ball and know what is expected of each player.  Writing grants follows a similar process, but unlike the batter, the fire service grant writing team knows... [More]

Keep Your Community Safe on the Fourth of July

Many IAFF affiliates effectively use community outreach campaigns to foster relationships with city leaders, local businesses, the media, civic groups and the public - and the IAFF encourages more affiliates to use these kinds of programs to improve their public image and influence how they are perc... [More]

ICC Group B Committee Hearing Results

The International Code Council's has released the results of the Group B Committee Hearing. All results are open for Public Comment and the deadline for submissions in July 15, 2013. Members are encouraged to review the results of the Committee Actions. Codes that are contained in the Group B Cycle ... [More]

Defining Safety Culture

Improving the safety culture and climate of the fire service is important to reduce the rate of incidents reported. Although the number of fire fighter fatalities has steadily decreased over the past 20 years, the incidence of fire fighter fatalities per 100,000 incidents has actually risen. Each ... [More]

What's it Like Being a Fire Fighter?

Fire fighters put their lives at risk to protect their communities every day. They are not only at physical risk because of the dangerous work they perform, but also at risk of losing their wages, pension and worker rights.The IAFF has designed a one-of-a-kind event – Fire Ops 101, to show el... [More]

June is National Home Safety Month

The IAFF encourages affiliates to share these tips with members of their communities. Between June 7 and June 9, the U.S. Fire Administration reported 10 stories of home fire fatalities in the United States. One way to encourage home safety is to continue to raise awareness about the importance of... [More]

Fire fighters can’t protect communities alone

Every second counts when fire fighters are called to put out a fire or respond to a medical emergency. There’s no room for delays. Nashville, TN Channel 4/WSMV highlights a problem that city fire fighters are grappling with, and that’s dozens of fire trucks are not running properly. Th... [More]

Share These Summer Burn Prevention Tips With Your Community

Summer is here and is a good opportunity for IAFF members to raise awareness for burn prevention and safety in their communities. As families have fun firing up their grills, using fireworks or enjoying a campsite fire, it’s the perfect time to stress that safety always comes first. The IAFF... [More]

Training, did you get anything out of it?

Have you ever left a training class and thought to yourself, "We'll, that was a huge waste of time,"?  If you did, I guarantee it wasn't an IAFF training program.As you may know, the IAFF's HazMat Training Department is 100% funded with federal grants.  We deliver more than 300 classes a y... [More]

There is no Substitute for Experience

The IAFF is often asked why we feel so strongly that fire departments should be staffed with full-time, professional fire fighters.   A book authored by a Nobel prize winning psychologist offers a valuable insight into this issue.Professor Daniel Kahneman has spent his career researching h... [More]

Memorial Day Union Style

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who serve and sacrifice for our country. Buying and supporting union and American made products is just another way to show respect for those who have done so much for our country. And the money spent will go a long way to help keep our economy afloat. So, ... [More]

IFC Hearing Update: Drafting Codes to Keep Fire Fighters Safe

A number of additional proposals in the Residential Code concerned the IAFF including our proposal attempting to have a non-combustible covering between foam insulation and the exterior covering. The proposal was intended to require a ten foot set back from the property line if there was no barrier.... [More]

So... Your Department Declined a SAFER Award

I’ve had a lot of inquiries from my latest blog on SAFER grants, particularly questioning why a department would go through the effort to apply for a SAFER grant and then reject it.  Believe it or not it happens.  For those of you that it happens to, you are not alone.  Ever... [More]

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