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Jane Blume May 30, 2014 15:53
Scott Walker promised Wisconsinites he could spur job and economic development while campaigning for the state’s top job four years ago. Wisconsinites were sold a bag of goods. Walker, an enemy to workers and public sector unions everywhere, declared his administration would create 250,000 new jobs in the state during his first term. He has not kept his promise. Wisconsin ranked 37th among states for private sector growth. For the past three years, Wisconsin has lagged behind other midwe... [More]

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Categories: Political

Guest Blogger May 29, 2014 09:34
Written by Mark McKinnon, President of the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association We’ve heard this radical political rhetoric before. An extremist politician promises to cut public sector worker’s pay, freeze salaries and privatize public services in a misguided strategy to create more private sector jobs. If Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is elected on June 12 he plans to take a page out of this radical playbook and leave workers less financially secure... [More]

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Categories: Canadian Legislative Issues

Elizabeth Harman May 28, 2014 15:08
As fire grants, both AFG and SAFER continue to be awarded each week it’s time to prepare for fiscal year 2014 application periods. FEMA is planning to release guidance for AFG in September 2014, SAFER in November 2014 and FP&S January 2015. Here are a few interesting points to consider as well as tips of the trade. AFG Facts From 2001 to 2012 AFG has awarded 58,602 grants totaling $5,655,513,117. SAFER Facts Departments can still submit a solid, well written and justified applicat... [More]

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Categories: Grants and Funding

Jane Blume May 28, 2014 09:21
Common household items may present dangers to home owners that they are unaware. Items such 9-volt batteries if left improperly stored have resulted in serious fire incidents. In many households, it is common for homeowners to place batteries in a junk drawer that contain other items like keys, paper clips and loose change and other items. But then boom – disaster happens. Homeowners store these items innocently and often times don’t know of the serious consequences. It only takes ... [More]

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Categories: Communications | Health and Safety

Elizabeth Harman May 14, 2014 13:57
As I discussed in a previous blog, there have been incidents involving crude oil railroad shipments that have derailed, releasing the shipment and resulting in fires. First responders should be aware of the products being transported through their jurisdiction and be prepared for an incident. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued an Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order detailing the requirements for the transportation of Bakken crude oil by rail. This order requires railroad... [More]

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Categories: HazMat/WMD

Jane Blume May 7, 2014 14:15
We are just 66 days away before the IAFF arrives in Cincinnati, Ohio, for its biennial Convention July 14-18. Approximately 2,500 delegates are expected to travel to Cincinnati for the Convention to chart the course of the IAFF over the next two years, as well as help the local economy. The Cincinnati Business Courier reported the Convention could bring upwards to $2.6 million to the City.  Cincinnati is home to the first fully-paid fire department in the United States, established in 185... [More]

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Categories: Events

Jane Blume May 7, 2014 10:22
What is your local doing to raise awareness about vehicle arsons in your community? Over the last decade, an average of 14,737 vehicle arsons have been reported, accounting for 26.5 percent of total arson fires annually. As part of National Arson week the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is launching a public education outreach campaign to prevent arson incidents. Research shows the motivations behind vehicle arson is similar to those of other types of arson crimes, but the most common motive ... [More]

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Categories: Communications | Other

Elizabeth Harman May 1, 2014 15:18
The latest incident to involve the rail transportation of crude oil and the results when a derailment occurs was seen on Wednesday afternoon, April 30th, in Lynchburg, VA. There are several articles about the incident which contain both pictures and video of the incident and the resulting fire. Fortunately there were no deaths or serious injuries reported in this incident, unlike the Lac Megantic incident in Quebec last year. Each of the incidents—Lac Megantic, Quebec; Aliceville, AL; N... [More]

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Categories: Fire Fighters in the News | HazMat/WMD

Jane Blume April 30, 2014 12:17
Time Magazine made a splash recently with the release of its 100 most influential people in the world - a list that also includes the billionaire Koch Brothers.  The brothers, David and Charles, who are enemies to workers everywhere, are featured as titans of business. In the the write-up, Time portrays the brothers as caring deeply about the values that make success in America possible – free markets, freedom, limited government and competition. But fire fighters and public work... [More]
Elizabeth Harman April 29, 2014 12:54
Recently there has been an increase in the number of solicitations from private grant writers and grant writing companies looking to establish grant writing services for fire departments.  These solicitations are often in the form of an email, cold call, or attendance at a conference or other event.  While there is nothing preventing a grant company from contacting you or members of your department (and perhaps there may be something to gain), there are many considerations when hiring ... [More]

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Categories: Grants and Funding

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