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 ...
Setting the Record Straight on Fire Fighters and Social Security
8. February 2012
Followers of the @IAFFNEWSDESK on Twitter raised a great conversation recently about why most fire fighters aren’t covered by Social Security. We wanted to address the issue for IAFF members and to continue to stress the importance of why fire fighter pensions must be protected as politicians...
Using social media to improve public safety
7. February 2012
Here’s a good piece that ran in Mashable on how social media can improve public safety. This column comes at a time when many IAFF locals are grappling with how best to use social media for their members and fire departments. IAFF locals should view social media as an opportunity and not as ...
Apply for SAFER grants
1. February 2012
The FY 2011 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant application is now open and will run until Friday, February 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm (EST). Congress has approved $742.5 million in SAFER funding to rehire and retain fire fighters, as well as to hire additional personnel. The ...
Supporting War Veterans and Fire Fighters
26. January 2012
IAFF members are doing their part in creating support networks for military veterans to make their transition easier in the fire service. Dwayne Harris, a member of Montgomery County, MD Local 1664 knows firsthand what a good support system can do. A veteran of the Iraq war, Harris needed a place ...
Dealing with Difficult Behavior in the Work Place
25. January 2012
Fire fighters are known for their close camaraderie on the job. But on any given day, personality conflicts can occur in the firehouse that can affect staff morale. IAFF members discussed how to deal with difficult people and behavior in the work place at the IAFF Human Relations Conference this w...
Homophobia in the fire house
23. January 2012
Fire fighters are known to be a tough group who won't shy away from any situation. But when confronting the topic of homophobia and transphobia in the fire service many wonder what is appropriate when issues arise in the firehouse. At the IAFF Human Relations Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fl...
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