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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]

Fire fighters boycott Contra Costa Times Newspaper

Contra Costa fire fighters are fed up over how they are being portrayed in their local newspaper.Members of the Contra Costa Local 1230 Executive Board are encouraging its members and families to cancel their subscriptions to the Contra Costa Times.Local 1230 describes the Contra Costa Times “... [More]

The Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide poisoning is known as the silent killer. You can’t see it or smell it. However, it is the number-one cause of poisoning deaths in the world. Fire fighters and paramedics are at risk of exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning every day. That’s why the IAFF and the Interna... [More]

Collective Bargaining Update

Many affiliates no doubt have heard that Senator Harry Reid [D-Nevada] plans to invoke cloture on the IAFF’s collective bargaining bill and is hoping to move the measure to the Senate floor as soon as possible. This is a significant development in the decades-long attempt to extend bargaining... [More]

One fire fighters’ brave fight

One veteran fire fighter is raising awareness among his colleagues to wear protective gear long after they’ve extinguished flames.Bill Duncan has spent 33 years fighting fires in Kitchener, Ontario. The 55-year-old planned to retire this year, but instead of celebrating his many years of fire ... [More]

Fire fighters Gear Up for Annual Toy Drives

IAFF affiliates and their members won’t let the struggling economy get in the way of their holiday spirit. Many affiliates have long-standing traditions of providing toys to disadvantaged children while others are helping entire families survive the holiday season.Over Thanksgiving weekend, Sa... [More]

The Kitchen Sink

Your pensions are under attack.  Your healthcare costs increased. Your department budgets have been cut and you are being asked to work overtime while the department refuses to hire enough people to do the job. Some of you have been laid-off while others work daily in high risk environments... [More]

What You Should Know About HIPAA Laws and Greeting Cards

IAFF LOCALS who are considering sending get well cards to the patients they’ve helped may want to reconsider. It’s a good idea in theory, but the reality of a LOCAL sending a get well card could “unintentionally open Pandora’s box” when it comes to violating HIPAA regu... [More]

NYC fire fighters push for Senate passage of 9/11 bill

New York City fire fighters are spearheading efforts to get the U.S. Senate to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The House of Representatives approved the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act or H.R. 847 by a vote of 268-160 in September. Congress first established ... [More]

"Welfare Queens" or Have Others Just Lost Their Backbone?

When people attack public employees as "welfare queens," common sense should dictate that such an attack would be blown off as one made by a looney tune. But somehow, those attacks have taken root.  Appearing more and more, they seem to be the next frontier for the haters to go after fire figh... [More]

Are public employees overpaid?

It’s not easy being a public employee today as many of you continue to fight for your benefits and pensions. While the US government searches for solutions to stabilize the economy, public employees keep getting hammered in the press for “greediness” over the pensions they receive... [More]

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