Keeping Bed Bugs Out of the Firehouse
16. March 2012
Written by the IAFF's Health and Safety Department Today more than ever bed bugs are evading places beyond homes and residences. These pesky creatures are creeping into city government buildings, schools, hospitals, mass transit and in retail establishments. Fire fighters and paramedics can provi...
Follow the Money
15. March 2012
2012 is a make or break year for America’s middle class. And the IAFF has tried to emphasize through our Fighting Back campaign how important it is for our members to participate in the political process. A list of the top 50 super PACs was released recently and some of the biggest spenders ...
Houston Fire Fighter Urges Congress to Restore SAFER and Fire Act Funding
8. March 2012
As Congress produces its budget for Fiscal Year 2013, the IAFF is working to make sure that significant resources are invested in our nation’s first responders. Houston Professional Fire Fighters Local 341 president Jeffrey Caynon testified March 7 before the House Subcommittee on Homeland Se...
Former DC fire fighter speaks on city's rebranding efforts
7. March 2012
A retired Washington, DC fire fighter is speaking out on the fire department’s rebranding efforts.Pat Walsh, who worked for the fire department for 26-years, sent these comments to the IAFF Frontline Blog.“While on the face of it, the current controversy over DCFD vs. FEMS, would seem to...
Six tips to help you identify a hoarder fire
6. March 2012
Compulsive hoarding behavior is a disorder that goes beyond having too many possessions stashed away in your living quarters. It’s also a public safety issue that puts homeowners and fire fighters at risk.Tempe, AZ Local 493 faced a growing public safety concern when fire fighters responded to...
DC Fire Rebranding Takes New Turn
24. February 2012
District of Columbia fire fighters continue to be unhappy with the department’s rebranding efforts. This week a fire lieutenant was placed on administrative leave for wearing the wrong logo on his jacket. The lieutenant was at the Fire Training Academy with other members of his crew pr...
Taking Ownership: Getting Involved in the Building Code Process
23. February 2012
Fire fighters take great pride in the performance of their jobs. But to be effective, there’s ongoing training and preparation needed. Having adequate and safe staffing levels, training, certifications and personal protective clothing and equipment meeting all Occupational Safety and Health A...
Work Connects Us All
22. February 2012
Fire fighters, teachers, farmers, pilots and doctors are all people who make America work. The AFL-CIO has released a television ad and web site using the theme, “Work Connects Us All,” to show the importance of unions and union members by emphasizing how hard work helps move America f...
Romney, Santorum push Right to Work in Michigan
21. February 2012
In one week, Michigan Republican primary voters will cast their vote for who they want to see run against President Barack Obama in the general election. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum are leading in the primary polls. While the two cand...
St. Louis fire fighters fight for pensions
17. February 2012
By Ron Saathoff, Director of IAFF's Pension Resource Department The pension attacks keep coming and St. Louis fire fighters are in the eye of the storm. Democratic Mayor Francis Slay is proposing to reform the pensions of fire fighters, including those who are vested in the pension system. A fire...
Arizona’s Anti-Union Bills Stall in Senate
16. February 2012
The fight is on-going in Arizona to stop several anti-labor bills. A law that would have stripped collective bargaining from government workers appears to have stalled in the Senate. State Arizona Republicans acknowledged they don’t have enough votes to pass the bill. The collective bargaini...
Danbury mayor says no to SAFER
14. February 2012
As municipal budgets are still being slashed, the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program has become a life line for IAFF locals to retain adequate staffing levels. Some politicians don’t see it that way. Take for instance Danbury, Connecticut Mayor Mark Boughton, a...
ALEC Gives Lawmakers Legislative Ammo
13. February 2012
The massive wave of attacks on fire fighters and the entire labor movement that began following the 2010 mid-term elections did not just happen on its own.The political weather — a frothy mix of economic anxiety and “blamestorming” — gave extreme right-wing legisl...
Reducing heart attacks
10. February 2012
February is American Heart Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cardio vascular disease is the leading cause of death in the US. Approximately 100 fire fighters die in the line of duty each year and heart attacks account for 45 percent of all work-related deaths among fire fi...
How do you define a political friend or foe?
10. February 2012
As we watch the Republican presidential primary unfold, it’s a good time to reflect on how these last few years have affected our members. We’ve lived through the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression that began in 1929 and gripped the United States for over a decade. And ...
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