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...
The Movember Movement
15. November 2011
October was the month for women to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Now it is time for men to step into the spotlight for Movember. This month men around the United States and the globe are trying to raise awareness about prostate and testicular cancer. During the month of Nov...
How Defined Benefit Pension Payments Support the Economy
10. November 2011
Written by Ron Saathoff, Director of the IAFF's Pension Resource Department It’s no secret that public pensions are being attacked at local and state levels, while legislators continue to introduce – and in some cases – pass pension reform bills aimed at increasing member co...
Ohio Says No to Issue 2
9. November 2011
Ohioans spoke with a clear, concise voice rejecting Issue 2 last night. It is a tremendous victory for labor unions everywhere and is testament to the hard work and dedication of Ohio fire fighters and public workers who demanded a voice in how their futures are shaped. Ohio showed politicians tha...
Ohio fire fighters fight back
7. November 2011
The Get Out the Vote Bus Tour is rolling through Ohio and fire fighters continue to make their case against Issue 2 to voters. Since kicking off the Bus Tour, General President Harold Schaitberger and Ohio fire fighters have made stops in Warren, Youngstown, Akron, Middleburg Heights, Cle...
Ohio Fire Fighters Get Out the Vote for Issue 2
4. November 2011
We’re in the final days of our SB5 fight and our Ohio fire fighters have worked hard to have their voices heard on an incredibly important issue. General President Schaitberger will join Ohio fire fighters this weekend to encourage all IAFF members and their families to campaign in their comm...
Why politicians don’t think much of public employees
26. October 2011
It’s been a week for politicians to put their foot when it comes to expressing their views on public workers. With 14 million Americans are unemployed and nearly 15,000 fire fighter and paramedic positions lost, targeted for elimination or left unfilled, Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell...
A new level of idiocy arises with proposal to use prisoners as fire fighters
14. October 2011
One of the most absurd political moves degrading fire fighters comes this week from Camden County, Georgia, where lawmakers are considering using prison inmates to serve in the local fire department as a cost-cutting measure. These inmates wouldn’t be guarded by prison staff while at the fire...
Schaitberger, Biden talk job creation in Michigan
12. October 2011
IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger joined Vice-President Joe Biden in Flint, Michigan for a press conference on the president’s jobs bill.Flint Local 352 fire fighter/paramedic Cynthia Earegood also participated in the event, along with Flint Mayor Dayne Walling. Earegood’s job w...
Making sure you are safe online
11. October 2011
As IAFF Locals are doing all they can to raise breast cancer awareness this month in their communities, fire fighters should also be mindful to protect their identities online. October is also Cyber Security Awareness Month. All Americans are being encouraged to participate in safe online practice...
Is the Pope coming to your state?
6. October 2011
By now fire fighters are well familiar on how the Koch Brothers used their money to influence Wisconsin politics by taking away collective bargaining rights and are now doing the same thing in Ohio. But here is a story of someone you may not have heard of using his money to push pro-business policie...
Florida Supreme Court denies Gainesville appeal
30. September 2011
Written by Ron Saathoff, director of the Pension Resource Department, International Association of Fire Fighters Gainesville, Florida fire fighters and other public employee unions in the city got a well-deserved victory in the fight to protect worker rights.This week the Florida Supreme Court den...
16th Annual International Burn Camp
21. September 2011
To donate to the IAFF Burn Foundation click the icon. Burn Campers Say Thanks Dear Friends, I want to first start off by thanking you so much for making an opportunity like this possible for me. Everything that you have done has truly been a b...
Hollywood, Fla. cuts to fire fighter pensions REALLY irks IAFF members
15. September 2011
Over the past year we’ve posted stories on our Facebook Fan page updating our members about various budget and legislative threats facing our members.This week, a story from Hollywood, Florida generated numerous comments from fans upset that pension plans for fire fighters were voted to be red...
How 9/11 has changed your job
14. September 2011
How has the fire service and the role of fire fighters and EMS personnel changed in the 10 years since 9/11? We asked this question on Facebook and below are some of the comments. We will explore this topic more in the next issue of the International Fire Fighter magazine out next month. You can s...
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