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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
April 28, 2014 16:03
Fire fighters are being exposed to toxins and diagnosed with cancer in high numbers, but representatives of the chemical industry want you to think otherwise.
There is significant scientific evidence that demonstrates fire fighters have higher incidents of cancer compared to other occupational illnesses. These studies clearly indicate that such cancers are related to the job of fire-fighting. In fact, contrary to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) distortion of the facts and science, ... [More]
April 25, 2014 15:40
Right to Work should be called the ‘right to divide’ as legislation continues to be pushed in Missouri.
The Missouri House of Representatives agreed upon language and are now waiting on a handful of lawmakers to bring it to a final vote.
If both the House and Senate approve a Right to Work bill then it could appear on a statewide ballot by August, bypassing a veto promised by Governor Jay Nixon.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch hits the nail on its head in a recent editorial on why Rig... [More]
April 23, 2014 16:27
The American Legislative Exchange Council is at it again. Late last week, the shadowy organization released its annual publication “Rich States Poor States” billed as a way to “identify the states that have policies that can lead a state to economic prosperity and those that are stuck on the path to a lackluster economy.”
The report also says it measures how each state can expect to perform economically based on 15 policy areas that have proven to determine economi... [More]
April 22, 2014 14:24
It has come to the IAFF’s attention that several bills are now appearing in state legislatures relating to the Mobile Integrated Healthcare (Community Paramedic) and EMS. Some provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) set up opportunities for EMS providers to participate in delivering various aspects of healthcare outside the hospital in an effort to cut overall cost of care. For example, EMS personnel may be involved in follow-up services with patients once they have been di... [More]