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Everybody Loves Redmond

Our 21st John P. Redmond Symposium is right around the corner, and this year it is being held in conjunction with the Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference. Join us and the 1,500 IAFF affiliate leaders and members across the United States and Canada in New York City during the week of August 14-17, wh... [More]

Maine City Debates Home Sprinkler Mandate

Maine’s fourth-largest city is debating whether sprinkler systems should be installed inside new residences.  The controversial issue will be reviewed soon by the South Portland City Council. And it comes as no surprise that local home builders and real estate agents are adamantly opposin... [More]

The Central Falls, RI Dilemma

Central Falls, RI fire fighters are being asked to do the unthinkable. Retired and active duty fire fighters are being asked to give up at least half of their pensions after contributing to the retirement system for years. Police officers are also being affected by what’s now being called &l... [More]

Guns, Crime and Fire Fighting

EMTs and fire fighters risk their lives every day to save lives and property. Now some states are proposing legislation that would allow EMTs to bear arms. In urban metro areas like Washington, DC, fire fighters are being asked to expand their duties by serving as “crime fighters” this ... [More]

Jacksonville Local 122 Host Radio Show

12th District Vice President Larry Osborne and members of the Jacksonville Association Fire Fighters Local 122 hosted AM600 WBOB Radio yesterday.Randy Wyse, president of Local 122 and fire fighter Mark Treglio discussed issues affecting America’s 14th busiest fire department.Take a listen to t... [More]

Governor Kasich’s Interesting Double Talk

Ohio Governor John Kasich made his 20th appearance Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. The governor was a part of a roundtable discussion on Jobs and the economy. Kasich, who rammed SB5 legislation that virtually eliminates collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, said he has s... [More]

The Issues Affecting You

General President Harold Schaitberger will appear on Sirius/XM’s StandUP with Pete Dominick this afternoon starting at 4 (EST). General President Schaitberger will discuss national domestic policy issues affecting working families. You can listen to the interview by logging into the Politics... [More]

Beating the Heat

As much of the country tries to seek relief from triple digit temperatures, the heat throughout the United States and Canada, is especially challenging for fire fighters this time of year.  Several media reports this week have reported the plight of fire fighters.  In Tulsa, fire fighters ... [More]

Protecting collective bargaining

In a year where the labor movement has been under heavy political assault, President Barack Obama said the principle of collective bargaining must be protected. The president made his comment during his first ever Twitter Town Hall Wednesday afternoon. The Twitter community was able to ask the pre... [More]

Recipes from the Fire House Chef

Here are some recipes selected from the Firehouse Chef website and the IAFF Menu Planner that will make you say "mmmm good" on July 4th. Quick 'n Easy Sloppy Joe Sandwiches •    2lb. ground beef •    1 bottle Heinz Chili Sauce•    1med... [More]

When Training Counts

Written by the IAFF's Education and Training Team When responding to a fire or medical emergency it is critical that IAFF members are equipped with the resources they need to affect a successful outcome. If you haven’t already, take a moment to visit our Education and Training web page.You w... [More]

Oh, Yes They Did!

Fourth of July celebrations started early in Ohio today. We Are Ohio announced it collected over 1,298,301 signatures to help put SB5 to a possible referendum in the fall. About 231,149 valid signatures are needed to qualify. The signature gathering efforts received praise from all over the web to... [More]

A Race to the Bottom

Union-busting specials have been on the menu of too many governors this season.Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed his draconian budget into law that includes big cuts to public services. Ohio Governor John Kasich is at a loss for words over reports that he and his allies are discussing putting ... [More]

Are You Prepared to Survive a MAYDAY?

As lawmakers continue to slash fire department budgets our members are feeling the effects in reductions in training and staffing. Under trained and under staffed fire departments place our members at an increased risk with every response. Data compiled by the United States Fire Administration show... [More]

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