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IAFF Local 5 Proudly Play Host to Families of The Fallen

Colorado Springs, Local 5 is by no means a large local, but each September its members demonstrate that when it comes to playing host to thousands of family members of their fallen brothers and sisters, they punch well above their weight class. "This is a time of great pride for Local 5," says Loca... [More]

Is ALEC regrouping?

The shadowy organization known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been quiet in recent weeks and we now know why. Roll Call reports that ALEC has been quietly laying the groundwork for establishing a new partnership with the Republican Study Committee (RSC). The newspaper repor... [More]

Get It Union

Fire Fighters – like everyone- work hard to earn a living. So, when IAFF members spend their money, it ought to be spent here, in the United States or Canada supporting other union workers, not going to China or Indonesia or some other place.The IAFF redesigned its “Get It Union” w... [More]

17th Annual International Burn Camp

Burn Camp Participants Arriving to Washington, D.C. Many, Many Thanks for Wonderful Memories Our family would like to thank you for giving DJ just an amazing experience. He keeps coming out with different stories about what they did and it sounded wonderful. I know that mere words... [More]

Fire Fighter Ranks as Second Most Stressful Job of 2012

CareerCast, an Internet job board, ranks fire-fighting as the second most stressful job of 2012. The study says “fire fighters put their lives on the line to save others. The high degree of danger mixed with life and death decisions makes this our number two most stressful job.”CareerCa... [More]

Romney opposes collective bargaining rights for public workers

During his tenure as Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney proved he does not support fire fighters and paramedics, promoting policies that resulted in budget cuts to fire departments and raising fees. The Republican candidate for president is not a fan of public sector unions, saying at one point du... [More]

What is the biggest threat facing your local today?

Over the past two years, IAFF members have fought to make sure they have a voice at the negotiating table by protecting their collective bargaining rights. They’ve fought for their pensions. And they’ve managed to keep the playing field even by turning back legislation that would limit t... [More]

What you should know about the West Nile Virus

2012 West Nile Virus Update Thus far in 2012 (as of August 21), 47 states have reported West Nile virus (WNV) infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 1118 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 41 deaths, have been reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prev... [More]

Massachusetts fire fighters and the Romney they know....

As tropical storm Isaac has delayed the start of the Republican National Convention, the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM) has produced a fact sheet detailing Governor Mitt Romney’s public safety record in the state. During his time as governor, Romney never met with the Prof... [More]

Tracking the Storm

The path of tropical storm Issac remains unpredictable as forecasters expect for it to remain below hurricane level this weekend. The Florida Keys remains in direct target of the storm and forecasters predict Issac could reach hurricane strength by Tuesday, affecting the Tampa area. As a first res... [More]

Show Your Strength

IAFF members are on the Muscular Dystrophy Association's frontline in the battle against 40 neuromuscular diseases affecting more than one million Americans. Standing together, professional fire fighters continue the 50-plus year tradition of hope and caring. The MDA’s “Show of Strength... [More]

NASA fire fighters struggle to keep wages and pensions

This AFL-CIO blog got our attention about NASA fire fighters and paramedics working to save their pensions and wages. NASA first responders -- who protect the Kennedy Space Center in Florida -- are at odds with security giant G4S, which is demanding that fire fighters, paramedics and inspectors tak... [More]

Cross-Country Tour of Duty Ride to Honor 9/11 Victims

They live on separate continents, but one event will join them.Australian fire fighter Paul Ritchie and New York City fire fighter Liam Flaherty (pictured left) will join forces this weekend on the Tour of Duty Ride.It’s a 2,600-mile cycling journey that will begin this Sunday at the USS Midwa... [More]

Who’s Dumping ALEC Now?

Another corporation has announced it is ending its membership in the shadowy lobbying organization, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Amgen, a California-based pharmaceutical company is the 31st company to drop its membership. Amgen is the world’s largest independent biotechno... [More]

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