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...
IAFF members remembered this week at Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial
12. September 2011
Activities for the 25th annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial begins Wednesday, concluding with a memorial service Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colorado. With the tenth remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks still fresh, this year’s fallen fire fighter memorial service wi...
FDNY Unveils Memorial For Members Who Died From 9/11-Related Causes
9. September 2011
On Thursday, September 8, the FDNY unveiled a Memorial Wall at FDNY Headquarters for 55 FDNY members who have died from an occupational illness related to their work at the World Trade Center during and after the September 11th attacks. Individual names of FDNY members who have died since Sept...
President’s Plan Will Put Fire Fighters Back to Work
9. September 2011
President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act is a step in the right direction to put fire fighters and paramedics back to work and help make communities safer. As a part of his jobs plan, the president has proposed $1 billion in the form of federal grants to municipalities across the country to...
Watching Redmond online
9. September 2011
If you couldn’t attend our John P. Redmond Symposium and Dominick Barbera Emergency Medical Services Conference in New York last month, you can watch video of selected speakers and workshops on our coverage page, including the special panel on “Protecting Responders and the 9/11 Health C...
New poll finds most workers unhappy with benefits, promotion
8. September 2011
Are you satisfied with your health benefits and chances for job promotion? A new Gallup survey shows most U.S. workers are more dissatisfied with their health benefits and chances for promotion than they were before the economic meltdown. This should come as no surprise to public employees who hav...
President Obama speaks on labor
6. September 2011
President Obama spoke to union workers on Labor Day showing his greatest support for the challenges facing the labor movement. See his Labor Day speech in Detroit here. President Obama has been criticized by unions for his administration’s silence on the attacks on public workers and the lab...
FDNY WTC Cancer Study News
2. September 2011
Thousands of print and video news articles have now appeared around the world regarding the study released today on the cancer experience of New York City fire fighters and fire officers in relationship to exposures at the World Trade Center on 9/11. As the IAFF reported, this study clearly sh...
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