Firefight: Lightweight Construction Posing Deadly Risk to Firefighters
28. May 2013
We keep stressing to our members how important it is to be involved in the building codes process. Now some media outlets are also highlighting the importance. CBS Washington is producing an investigative series on the dangers fire fighters face while battling blazes made of light-weight construct...
Memorial Day Union Style
22. May 2013
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, ...
IFC Hearing Update: Drafting Codes to Keep Fire Fighters Safe
14. May 2013
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....
So... Your Department Declined a SAFER Award
7. May 2013
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...
SAFER– The Importance of Coordination During and After Application
3. May 2013
The next application period for SAFER should open within the next few weeks. There is a lot of coordination that needs to occur during the application period, but I also want to emphasize the need to coordinate before and at the time of award. Unfortunately, between the time of applica...
What You Should Know About Building Codes
30. April 2013
The IAFF has continued its involvement in the current ICC code hearings in Dallas. The last three days included testimony and debate on a number of issues in the International Fire Code and the International Residential Code. It is important for fire fighters to be involved in the process because t...
Update from Fire Code Hearing
26. April 2013
The International Fire Code Hearing is in full swing, the committee has to consider over 400 code change proposals to the Fire Code. In these last two days fire service representatives, and IAFF members, have testified on behalf of the impact to fire fighter safety on many of these issues. During t...
Where Are the Priorities?
24. April 2013
The 113th Congress sure has its priorities straight. This week, Congress will vote on legislation that would allow private sector employers to stop giving workers any extra pay for overtime work. HR 1406 is a “friendly attack” on workers -- making mandatory overtime less expensive for ...
Day One: Fire Code Hearings
22. April 2013
The IAFF has a representative attending the International Code Council's Committee Action Hearings. On Saturday and Sunday the Fire Service Membership Council met for a two day workshop. Issues discussed including training, education, service and the ICC Evaluation Services. The Evaluation Services ...
Fire Code Hearings
22. April 2013
The International Code Council will start hearings this week. Fire fighters who want to know about the building codes process can watch hearings live at this web link: http://www.iccsafe.org/webcast/Pages/default.aspx A number of code change proposals will be debated concerning our member’s ...
Violence Against Fire Fighters
17. April 2013
No longer do fire fighters and paramedics just have to be concerned with the inherent dangers of fighting fires, mitigating hazardous materials incidents, and exposures encountered during EMS responses. Now more than ever, being assaulted while serving others is a real threat. Fire fighters and Pa...
Proposed Building Code Changes Could Affect Fire Fighter Safety
17. April 2013
The IAFF is preparing for the upcoming International Code Council’s Committee Hearings next week in Dallas, TX. A number of code change proposals will be debated concerning our member’s work environment. While the IAFF has submitted code change proposals to address fire fighter sa...
Beware of this Man!
16. April 2013
Fire fighters’ pensions are at stake, and the IAFF continues to track those who are spearheading efforts to put public employees in the poor house during their golden years. New York billionaire Dan Loeb ranks 974th on Forbes Magazine list of the world’s richest billionaires with a fort...
Sick Leave Next Fight for Workers
11. April 2013
We provided an update earlier this week about efforts in Florida to prohibit local governments from implementing laws that extend to paid sick leave. Efforts are cropping up all across the country. Legislation in Michigan was approved by committees in the state House and Senate that would ban loca...
ALEC Takes Over Florida
9. April 2013
The Florida House of Representatives seems to be taking all its legislative cues from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Not only can the debate over workers’ pensions be traced back to ALEC, but the controversial organization can also be linked to efforts to prohibit local gov...
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