Turning over a new leaf?
13. January 2012
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...
Get Your SAFER Applications Ready!
11. January 2012
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-...
Managing your stress level
9. January 2012
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 ...
Right to Work Issue is Debated in Indiana
5. January 2012
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...
General President Fired Up for the New Year
5. January 2012
General President Harold Schaitberger appeared on the Rebuild America radio show Wednesday to discuss the political attacks waged on IAFF members and public sector unions in 2011.General President Schaitberger also told radio host Jeff Santos that fire fighters and paramedics are a special group wh...
At what cost?
5. January 2012
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is planning to make his annual “State of the State” address next week. While he rattles off his perceived accomplishments, he should discuss the number of New Jersey state and local government workers leaving the workplace.Retirements among New Jersey s...
22. December 2011
The holiday season is in full swing. And Frontline staff bloggers would like to extend a special thanks to all its readers. We will not publish any new posts until the week of January 3, 2012. You can count on us to keep you up to date on the issues affecting fire fighters and EMS workers in the ...
Dude, why don’t you let me tweet?
21. December 2011
As some fire departments try to restrict the use of social media at fire stations, a new survey released shows younger employees expect more access to information. Researchers find younger workers are seeking more access to information via social media at work and that 67 percent of people su...
IAFF Coming Attractions 2012
19. December 2011
As we close out 2011, efforts undertaken by the IAFF have made a difference to so many affiliates who are facing unprecedented political attacks. We plan to continue to fight back in 2012 and will prepare our affiliate leaders with the resources they need to combat the attacks that are being waged ...
Breast Cancer and Occupational Risks
14. December 2011
According to a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), extensive scientific research on the environmental factors associated with breast cancer has found a possible connection between increased risk for the disease and exposures to benzene, 1,3-butadiene, and ethylene oxide. These chemicals...
How will redistricting affect you?
14. December 2011
It’s the behind the scenes show most American voters don’t get to see. Elected officials are drawing up new legislative and congressional districts for the next decade. The new boundaries can determine the outcome of local, state, and national elections for years to come.Are you up to da...
Getting at the root of juvenile fire setters behavior
9. December 2011
A 15-year-old New York teen made headlines this week after he doused his two-story home with gasoline and set it on fire, killing his two adoptive brothers and father.In the aftermath of tragedies like this one, fire fighters, fire investigators, mental health practitioners and others connected to t...
Glendale Fire Fighters Transition to Paramedic Responsibilities
7. December 2011
As the country still struggles to emerge from its economic funk, cities are finding alternative ways to save money when it comes to fire departments.Late last week, news came from Glendale, California, that the City is finalizing a plan to transition fire fighters into dual paramedic positions. The ...
Why Fire Fighters Should Get More Involved in the Building Codes Process
6. December 2011
It’s no secret that fire fighters take great pride in the performance of their jobs, and there are a lot of skills they work on to be effective.Having the right certification, training and gear, and meeting all the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards are just a few o...
NIOSH Fire Fighter Cancer Study
21. November 2011
Each of you is well aware that during fire fighting activities our members are exposed to many combustion products that are known carcinogens [including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), formaldehyde, benzene, chromium compounds, dioxins, asbestos, particulates and arsenic]. These expos...
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