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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]

Kasich thinking of new strategies for SB5 win

The Columbus Dispatch posted an interesting story highlighting a strategy that Governor John Kasich might pursue to get his collective bargaining bill passed in Ohio. The newspaper reports that Kasich and his allies are in discussions with the Ohio Ballot Board to present the issue into multiple ba... [More]

New poll finds Americans want stronger economy

A new Bloomberg News poll released Wednesday finds more Americans are becoming frustrated with President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy. Thirty percent of Americans said they will vote for President Obama for re-election. Thirty-six percent of Americans said they definitely won’... [More]

Twisted Logic: The Scott Walker Story

Controversial Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made a big splash this morning co-hosting C-NBC’s the “Squawk  Box.” Walker defended his state’s budget and his decision to ram through a very unpopular collective bargaining bill that led to thousands to protest at the stat... [More]

Are Your Pensions Making a Comeback?

 Written by Ron Saathoff, director of the Pension Resource Department, International Association of Fire Fighters As states like New Jersey and New Hampshire debate reforming the pensions of public workers, a new report finds that funds are recovering from the effects of the great recession.... [More]

What Crazy Looks Like

Members of the IAFF staff are attending this year's Netroots Nation Convention in Minneapolis this week.And a popular discussion among those at the conference is the attack on middle class workers in states like Wisconsin.The political tactics of union busting Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin sta... [More]

US Government Adds to Carcinogen List

After years of lobbying by the chemical industry (see: Truthout and NYTimes articles), the US Department of Health and Human Services, through the National Toxicology Program, has added 8 new substances and agents to its list of known carcinogens.  The Report on Carcinogens ... [More]

Are You Staying Fit To Survive?

June is Men’s Health Month and this week has been declared Men’s Health week. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men.The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA... [More]

A Tribute to San Francisco Fire Fighters

Anthony Valerio was an avid surfer, scuba diver, athlete and he liked making sour dough bread.Vincent Perez loved restoring vintage cars and cruising them down Mission Street in his native San Francisco.The two San Francisco fire fighters and IAFF members will be laid to rest today. IAFF General Pre... [More]

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