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Using social media to improve public safety

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 ... [More]

Apply for SAFER grants

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 ... [More]

Supporting War Veterans and Fire Fighters

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 ... [More]

Dealing with Difficult Behavior in the Work Place

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... [More]

Homophobia in the fire house

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... [More]

Opening Session at the 20th Human Relations Conference

IAFF Members from across the United States and Canada are attending the 2012 Ernest A. "Buddy" Mass Human Relations Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The 20th annual conference is designed to build solidarity among brother and sister fire fighters as they explore the differences that divide ... [More]

Tips for Developing a Human Relations Committee

There are no new problems in the fire department – they may be new to your local, but somewhere there is a department that has experienced the same thing. This is one of the reasons for the IAFF Ernest A. “Buddy” Mass Human Relations Conference, which kicked off today in Lake Buena... [More]

Protecting Public Employee Pensions

As more governors try to force 401 (k) style pension plans on public employees, a group of pension experts say they aren’t the solution for workers who want a secure retirement. “The real issue is why defined benefit plans make sense,” said Dean Baker, a co-director, of the Center... [More]

Where do they stand?

All eyes are on Indiana as Right-to-Work legislation continues to be debated.Opponents of the legislation are pushing for a referendum in November for voters to decide whether to enact the measure that would prevent private employee unions from seeking contracts that mandate all workers pay union fe... [More]

Turning over a new leaf?

Florida’s Governor Rick Scott is trying to soften his image these days. The divisive governor has had a series of profiles published about how he has learned lessons after a tough first year in office and wants a fresh start. Scott’s political agenda was so disliked until he was ranked... [More]

Get Your SAFER Applications Ready!

The first window to submit applications for $742 million in Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program money will likely open very soon – mid-January 2012. The window to apply will only be open for 30 days and the next application period won’t open until mid-... [More]

Managing your stress level

IAFF members are called to respond to high-pressure situations every day, risking their own health and safety to care for others.As we start the new year, this is a good opportunity to remind members that the IAFF has resources to help handle the day-to-day challenges associated with the job. Fire ... [More]

Right to Work Issue is Debated in Indiana

We may have ushered in a new year, but politicians are up to their same old tricks trying to hijack the rights of workers. All eyes are on the state of Indiana.  Right to work legislation is currently being debated that would prevent private employee unions from seeking contracts that mand... [More]

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