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DC Fire Chief on Rebranding Kick

DC fire fighters are unhappy with a plan that would ban them from wearing anything that says District of Columbia Fire Department. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Service Chief Ken Ellerbe said he wants to make EMS more prominent in the banner. He is now requiring fire fighters to wear uniforms, t-sh... [More]

Florida Fire Fighters Face Big Test

Florida governor Rick Scott’s performance ratings are sinking into the toilet.A new poll released by Quinnipiac University finds 48 percent of 1,499 registered voters polled disapproved of Scott’s performance during his first three months in office, compared with 35 percent of voters who... [More]

The Real Kingmaker

As the 2012 presidential cycle gears up, some Republican candidates are turning to an opponent of fire fighters to help boost their appeal among conservative voters.Read this story in Politico about potential presidential candidates seeking an endorsement from New Jersey’s pension busting Gove... [More]

What Unions Mean for America’s Middle Class

How can America build a stronger middle class? A new report says the answer lies within a solid labor movement.The Center for American Progress Action Fund, a think tank based out of Washington, DC, finds unions make the middle class strong by giving workers a voice in the workplace and in the polit... [More]

Recipes from the Fire House Chef

Here are two recipes selected from the Firehouse Chef web site and the IAFF Menu Planner that will make you say ‘mmmm good.’ From the Firehouse ChefSouthern Style Fried Fish Fish Fillets (crappie,bass,walleye,etc.) •   Yellow Corn Meal Flour Cooking Oil (canola, corn,... [More]

DOL Publishes Final Regulations on Some FLSA Provisions

 Today the Department of Labor (DOL) issued regulations on a series of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) issues, some of which apply to fire fighters.  Going back to July 2008, the Bush Administration DOL had issued a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" - an NPRM - that sought to unwind some imp... [More]

Are You Ready to Fight?

The IAFF continues to fight the outlandish political attacks on fire fighters’ benefits and pensions. General President Harold Schaitberger appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews April 1. He told interviewer Chuck Todd that the IAFF supports any political candidate that supports fire fighte... [More]

Not Backing Down

IAFF affiliates are standing up to the political shenanigans that are threatening their rights, benefits and retirement security. The Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters, Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona, Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, Michigan Professional Fire Fighte... [More]

A lesson in leadership

As Women’s History Month winds down, the Frontline Blog speaks with New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association president Emily Kane about her thoughts on fire fighting, leadership and the challenges facing the fire profession today. Kane, a 20 plus year veteran, is the only female st... [More]

Recipes from the Fire House Chef

Here are two recipes selected from the Fire House Chef website and the IAFF Menu Planner that will make you say ‘mmmm good.’ From Fire House Chef Orange Juice Chicken•    In a bowl mix 1 beaten egg•    1/2 of a 6oz frozen orange juice(thawed)&b... [More]

The Fall River Flyover

It is often said that the best defense is a good offense. And a really good offense takes creative thinking. Traditional media can be expensive. So when Fall River, MA Local 1314 decided Mayor Bob Correia had to go, they thought a flyover might get the public's attention. Correia, who had remove... [More]

Michigan Fire Fighters Face New Threat

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is pushing a plan to combine police and fire fighter services in the state. The plan is a part of Snyder’s campaign pledge to reinvent Michigan government and to make the state financially sound. Fire fighters say this is perhaps the greatest battle they face ye... [More]

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

It was 100 years ago today that factory workers at the Triangle Waist Company in Lower Manhattan ushered in a new era of labor rights for employees across the United States. The workers made up of mostly young Jewish and Italian women did not know they would be a part of history. On March 25, 1911 ... [More]

New Hampshire’s Quiet Revolt Against Public Employees

The protests in Wisconsin may have stolen news headlines this winter, but a quiet political persecution of public employees has also been playing out in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Finance Committee in the House of Representatives this week approved a change to the state collective bargain... [More]

"As Wisconsin Turns"

Bloggers had a field day last week when it was reported that one Wisconsin lawmaker’s wife was joining efforts to recall him. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gives readers the back story on how state Sen. Randy Hopper’s girlfriend got a job with Sen. Scott Walker’s team during a ti... [More]

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