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Taking care of yourself while caring for others

Fire fighters and emergency medical personnel are in the business of caring for others and often neglect their own health and safety. This EMS1.com video discusses why first responders should play a more active role in taking care of their health. Nutrition and fitness are essential, and the IAFF h... [More]

Hurricane Irene - Vermont

Our IAFF members have been on the ground in the devastation across the state of Vermont for several days working passionately and heroically, making several rescues in very dangerous swift water and assisting with the relocation of families from cities and towns that have seen unprecedented devastat... [More]

Surviving Hurricane Irene

For the past week, the IAFF has continuously monitored the track of Hurricane Irene, and has provided updates regarding conditions or news affecting our members. Approximately 620 IAFF affiliates were located in this storm’s path.  Additionally, we updated our hurricane information and re... [More]

10 Year Remembrance

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 marked the most horrific day in the history of the fire profession in the U.S. Three hundred and forty-three FDNY members lost their lives when they rushed to the World Trade Center after two airliners crashed into the Twin Towers. And 10 years after the... [More]

Who Will be Crowned the Worst Governor Ever?

By: Carly Lanning, IAFF Communications and Media Department Fire fighters have lived under some bad governors in the last year or two, but who is the worst? This year has been a tough one for fire fighters as many of our brothers and sisters across the United States have felt the pressures of the ... [More]

Are you ready for Redmond?

Almost 1,500 fire fighters will gather for the IAFF John P. Redmond Symposium and Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference  in New York City - home to one of the largest fire departments in the US. This conference comes at a historic time as the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks... [More]

ALEC parties in New Orleans this week

Earlier this week, we gave you an insider’s guide to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). For several decades the group has developed close-knit relationships with mostly conservative and business moguls to adopt “business-friendly” bills in statehouses across the Unit... [More]

Redmond / Barbera Agenda and Speaker Abstracts!!!

Our John P. Redmond Symposium is now ten days away, and this year it is being held in conjunction with the IAFF’s Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference.   If you haven’t made your reservations or unsure what this year’s Symposium and Conference will offer, we are providing the&... [More]

Your Guide to ALEC

Do you know where your tax dollars are going? In some states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Kansas taxpayer money is being used to support state lawmakers’ membership in the 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Since the late 1970s, AL... [More]

9/11 and the Cancer Report!

  By now, many have heard about or read the recent release of the report, Periodic Review of Scientific and Medical Evidence Related to Cancer for the WTC Health Program.  The Public Health Service Act, which codified the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, requires th... [More]

Fire fighters banned from Facebook at Kansas department

When news broke that one fire department in Kansas banned fire fighters from using Facebook at fire stations, IAFF Facebook fans had a lot to say about the importance of freedom speech. Wichita fire fighters are now under new restrictions on using Facebook, and any employee who violates the departm... [More]

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