SEIA leaves ALEC
7. December 2012
Another one bites the dust! Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced this week it is leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).The organization says: “ALEC adopted a stance that intends to take us backwards. The fact is, Americans overwhelmingly support the growth ...
Fighting Fire With Books
5. December 2012
A plan that may send hundreds of Baltimore fire fighters back to school in order for them to move up the ranks sparked a good discussion on Facebook this week.Baltimore fire officials say in order to prepare the next generation of leaders in the fire service, they need formal education in addi...
Avoid carbon monoxide risks
4. December 2012
About 50 Atlanta school children were sent to the hospital with carbon monoxide exposure Monday. The scary incident put a spotlight on how lethal carbon monoxide can be. Here are some tips forIAFF members on how to protect themselves on incident scenes. Known as the silent killer because you can&rs...
Their Profits or Their Lives
3. December 2012
In Pale Rider, Clint Eastwood plays a “Preacher” who stops outside a fictional California mining town for a spell and helps a small commune of tin panners who are being tortured by the big mining boss in the town back in the 1880s. At one point, the mining boss tries to buy off the Preac...
30. November 2012
Big businesses continue to shy away from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Bank of America (BofA), one of the largest banks in the United States, is reportedly cutting ties to ALEC. The banking organization says it is not renewing its membership next year because of budget constrain...
Fire Fighters and the “Fiscal Cliff”
28. November 2012
Congress returned to Washington, DC this week to begin negotiating a plan to avert the so-called “Fiscal Cliff”—the package of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will take effect on January 1. President Obama, elected on a platform of requiring the wealthiest Am...
In the Rearview Mirror
27. November 2012
The 2012 presidential elections are now in the history books. However, the memory of the voting chaos in Florida and other states still lingers. Over the Thanksgiving weekend The Palm Beach Post published a story confirming what voters in Florida already knew -- that great efforts were made to supp...
Why We Stand With Wal-Mart Workers
21. November 2012
Do you want to support a company that doesn’t respect the rights of workers and the families they support? Do you want to shop at a store that is all about making one company and one family rich? As profit-hungry Wal-Mart plans to open its doors on Thanksgiving evening, thousands of Wal-Mart ...
Prepare Yourself in Case of a Mayday
20. November 2012
In Chicago, a mayday was called recently after a fire fighter fell through a floor while fighting a fire in a vacant building on the South Side. The fire fighter suffered a broken right arm, but is expected to be okay. Data compiled by the United States Fire Administration shows fire fighters beco...
Emergency Responders and Social Media
14. November 2012
Social media has changed how we interact with each other daily. And it’s no surprise that more people are choosing to use Twitter and Facebook in emergency situations. As Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc along the New Jersey shore and parts of New York – people turned to social media to sh...
Michigan Voters Reject Tougher Emergency Manager Law
8. November 2012
Michigan voters rejected the governor’s attempt to toughen the emergency manager law this week. Fifty-two percent of state voters said no to keeping the controversial law, while 48 percent said yes. The emergency manager law allowed financial managers appointed by the state to avoid co...
Cincinnati Local 48 office is hub for OFA
5. November 2012
IAFF affiliates are playing a pivotal role in this year's presidential election. In the critical battleground state of Ohio, Cincinnati Local 48’s office serves as the logistical hub in Hamilton County for the Obama for America (OFA) campaign. Since last Monday, Local 48's office has been ...
The role of government during natural disasters
2. November 2012
The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast is a great example of why we need a centralized federal government that can respond to states and communities in need of disaster relief. Hurricane Sandy also underscores a very important issue for Americans, and t...
31. October 2012
It’s the scariest day of the year and IAFF locals will do their part to make sure their communities have a fun and safe Halloween. Whether fire fighters simply plan to pass out candy at the station, or donate their time for a community event or organization - you can always count on IAFF memb...
Remembering the Death of Brother John Carter
24. October 2012
Fifteen years ago this morning, Brother John Carter, a member of IAFF Local 36 and the Washington, DC Fire Department was tragically killed in a neighborhood grocery store fire in the District. The Department and Local 36 conducted a formal investigation of this fire and I was privileged to serve...
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