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2013 IAFF Legislative Conference

  Day Three IAFF Goes to Capitol Hill IAFF members set off to meet lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Nearly 700 members from across the country are in Washington, DC to discuss the challenges that first responders face each day. Many IAFF affiliates are concerned about the sequestr... [More]

Controlling the Media Landscape

We are keeping an eye on our political opponents and wanted to share an update with you on the business dealings of the Koch brothers. The billionaire Koch brothers who tried to buy the 2012 presidential elections to help further anti-worker legislation are reportedly trying to acquire assets of th... [More]

Improving Fire Fighter Safety Discussed at FIERO Symposium II

The Fire Industry Equipment Research Organization (FIERO) personal protective equipment symposium in Raleigh North Carolina last week was designed to be a factual series of presentations about the PPE that most fire fighters use on a regular basis. Last week I detailed the presentations from the fir... [More]

IAFF Collaborates on Juvenile Fire Setters Program

Written by Thomas Flamm, IAFF Burn Fund Coordinator The IAFF Charitable Foundation is serving on the frontlines to help increase prevention efforts and outreach to limit the number of fire incidents committed by juvenile fire starters. With recent stories coming out of San Antonio, TX with law enf... [More]

What Makes a Winning IAFF Media Awards Contest Entry?

Each year, IAFF affiliates throughout the United States and Canada submit entries in the IAFF Media Awards Contest, hoping to win a first, second or honorable mention award. While all are grateful for the plaques and monetary prizes, most affiliates enter the contest as a public show of appreciation... [More]

ALEC Up to its Old Tricks

A new report finds the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is involved in widespread efforts to weaken wages and workplace standards designed to protect the economic security of workers.The National Employment Law Project (NELP), an organization that promotes job growth and local, state and... [More]

Improving Fire Fighter Safety Discussed at FIERO Symposium

Blog Courtesy of IAFF Health and Safety staff Ron McGraw Today, the third bi-annual Fire Industry Equipment Research Organization (FIERO) personal protective equipment symposium opened in Raleigh North Carolina. FIERO is a not-for-profit organization under the guidance of a board of directors whos... [More]

Moving Towards the Next 95 Years

This week the IAFF will celebrate 95 years of uniting fire fighters and serving as a leader in the advancement of improving the fire service and the lives of our members. The IAFF was formed in 1918 when 36 delegates attended the first convention in Washington, DC to bring fire fighters together fo... [More]

Connecting Our Members Through Social Media

The IAFF social media network connects IAFF members to important news and trends happening in the fire service every day.When Detroit fire fighters were ordered off hydraulic ladders on the department’s fleet of aerial trucks because the fleet had not been inspected in years – our Facebo... [More]

How Unions Help Support America

Because many fire fighters – or their families - have been affected by cancer, it’s been an important issue for IAFF members who raise awareness and dollars in support of women in their fight against breast and other cancers. Over the last several years growing numbers of IAFF affiliates... [More]

Fire Service Funding Cuts on Horizon

Funding for Assistance to Firefighters Grant (FIRE Act) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs could suffer if Congress fails to avoid the automatic spending cuts set to take effect on March 1. The cuts would be implemented as across-the-board percentage redu... [More]

Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Under Review

The application period for the FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants closed on January 18, 2013. The FP&S Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and fire fighters from fire and related hazards. The ... [More]

Stay Vigilant Against Attacks to Labor

The recent defeat of Right-to-Work legislation in New Hampshire was a big victory for workers and labor unions. But the IAFF and its affiliates must stay on guard against those who want to wipe labor unions off the map. Already, Right-to-Work legislation has cropped up this year in several states, ... [More]

Love, Union Style

Love is in the air and if you haven’t gotten your honey something special for Valentine’s Day, there’s still time to pick up a treat while supporting American-made and union-made products and services this Valentine’s Day. Try these union-made goodies:Russell StoverGhirardel... [More]

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