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...
Mitt’s plan wrong for unions and workers
22. October 2012
Mitt Romney has proven he’s no friend to organized labor and fire fighters. In a new video, the Transport Workers Union shares Romney’s plans for unions and workers. And it is not good. Watch the video as Romney says he supports national Right-to-Work laws and wants to end union contr...
When Acts of Kindness Leads to Trouble
22. October 2012
Public support is growing for a Detroit, Michigan paramedic who was reportedly brought up on charges by his department for giving an elderly fire victim a blanket. Detroit’s EMS chief says employees need prior approval before giving away EMS property. The blanket was reportedly donated by a f...
How the IAFF gives back
9. October 2012
Throughout the International Association of Fire Fighters' 94-year history, it has made charitable efforts a cornerstone of its mission. The IAFF Charitable Foundation supports IAFF members and their families in their time of need, promotes fire and burn prevention, advocates for fire fighter healt...
Find Union Made Halloween Treats
4. October 2012
Brian K. Foughty, 2nd District V.P. for the Professional Fire Fighters of Oklahoma, provided this list of union-made candy for handing out on Halloween. Stick to this list of sugary confections and you can feel good about supporting America and unions across the country this Halloween. Abba...
Post-Fire Hazards Evaluations
25. September 2012
The Interagency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB) has just released a position paper addressing Evaluation of Hazards in the Post-Fire Environment.The IAB is a formal group of emergency responders representing the public safety sectors from all levels of government and i...
Alec’s Road to Privatization
19. September 2012
In The Public Interest, a comprehensive resource center on privatization and responsible contracting, has released a report exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) extensive plans to privatize core public functions. The report chronicles ALEC’s plan to privatize virt...
IAFF Local 5 Proudly Play Host to Families of The Fallen
14. September 2012
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...
Hundreds of fire fighter rehearse for 26th IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Ceremony
14. September 2012
More than 800 IAFF members from the United States and Canada are spending the day at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado conducting several full rehearsals in preparation for the 26th Annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Ceremony on Saturday. With 154 names of fallen IAFF members added to ...
Is ALEC regrouping?
13. September 2012
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...
Get It Union
12. September 2012
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...
17th Annual International Burn Camp
10. September 2012
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...
Fire Fighter Ranks as Second Most Stressful Job of 2012
5. September 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...
Romney opposes collective bargaining rights for public workers
4. September 2012
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...
What is the biggest threat facing your local today?
30. August 2012
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...
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