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Powerful Pension Argument

Remarks made by a Chicago chaplain defending fire fighter pensions and compensation at a funeral last week has got the city buzzing. Chicago fire department chaplain Thomas Mulcrone gave critics a sobering reminder of the dangerous work performed by public safety officers. “In the last few m... [More]

Let's Rethink Pension Envy

It’s sad that it takes a multiple line-of-duty death to get an editorial like this published. Unfortunately, editors usually will not permit pro public sector editorials, especially since most newspapers are owned by large corporations.

Holiday Message from the Frontline Blog

The holiday season is in full swing. And Frontline staff bloggers would like to extend a special thanks to all its readers. We will not publish any new posts until the week of January 3, 2011. You can count on us to keep you up to date on the issues affecting fire fighters and EMS workers in the ... [More]

State Budgets and Your Pensions

Public employees are not feeling any “holiday love” this season as some political leaders continue to use them as scapegoats in efforts to cut pension plans. Last night, 60 Minutes reported a segment on state budgets and the financial dire straits many are experiencing. Illinois and Ne... [More]

IAFF Member Recognized for Heroics

A New York City fire fighter braved 1,000 degree temperatures to rescue a man from an apartment fire. Peter Demontreux was recognized as New York Daily News Hero of the Month.Demontreaux, 30, is a nine year veteran with the Fire Department of New York. He responded with Ladder 132 to an apartment f... [More]

Protecting Yourself from Cold Stress Injuries

Fire fighters already have a tough time battling fires, but adding freezing temperatures, wind, and ice can make the job even tougher. So, the next time you find yourself working in frigid temps just remember the acronym COLD. * Keep it Clean—The dirtier clothing is, the less it will protect... [More]

Christmas Traditions

Christmas is just a week away and the IAFF knows that many members will be away from their families working on the this holiday. If you are on duty, do you and your crew have any special holiday traditions for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?

You’re Still Crazy for Pink

Fire fighters’ efforts in Great Falls, Montana to raise breast cancer awareness are paying off big. Fire fighters raised $10,000 for cancer research and made a presentation to Benefis Health System and the Women Against Breast Cancer this week. Great Falls, MT Local 8 members wore pink shirt... [More]

Tis’ the season to help

It isn’t a fire or medical issue that will bring fire fighters to the Christown Mall in Phoenix on Wednesday. The fire fighters will “Ring the Bell” for the Salvation Army to help raise money for needy families in the Phoenix area. The fire fighters will surround Christown Mall w... [More]

Will They Come Back?

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing continues his efforts to get more fire fighters and police officers to move back in the city. The mayor plans to announce in the New Year that he has lured a significant number of public safety officers to live in Detroit neighborhoods. The city is offering incentives for th... [More]

A Job Well Done

The Lawrence Journal-World has a nice profile of IAFF member Lexie Engleman who is retiring from the Lawrence fire department in Kansas this month. Engleman, 60, became one of the first female fire fighters in Lawrence and in the state in 1981. She worked her way up the ranks and will retire as a c... [More]

Saving money by changing your shifts

As city leaders continue to grapple with how to balance budgets, a few are eyeing changes to fire fighters’ schedules as a way to make up revenue. In Pennsylvania, it has been reported that two mayors – in Harrisburg and Lancaster – are considering shifting schedules where fire fi... [More]

SAFER 2010

This week has been a busy one in terms of long-awaited news on the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. I have spoken to locals in multiple states – including Michigan and New York – that were contacted by FEMA budget staff regarding banking and direc... [More]

Union leaders under fire in Stockton

Union disputes and city politics have taken a nasty turn in Stockton, California. Union leaders in Stockton’s police and fire departments are being investigated on allegations of misconduct. Captain Dave Macedo, president of Stockton Local 456, is being investigated for allegedly releasing a... [More]

Social Media and You

New York City fire fighters recently made headlines after a fire company posted unsanctioned Tweets alerting the public when fire fighters wouldn’t be able to respond to emergency calls. The “fire tweets” started conversations on web sites and community forums on how first respond... [More]

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