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How Social Media Can Help Save You in an Emergency

Social media has changed how we interact with each other daily.  And, it’s no surprise that more people are choosing to use Twitter and Facebook in emergency situations. In August, the American Red Cross released a social media survey finding that most of the public expect first responde... [More]

For Runners, Runners to Be and Sane Non-Runners

If you have two minutes, visit the Movement Challenge web site to support Prince George's County, MD Local 1619 member Jaimee Joroff. Jaimee ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC October 31 as part of the IAFF Burn Foundation Fitness Team. The marathon was one of many races she has run thi... [More]

Calling all public safety officers back to Detroit

Long before the recession took its toll on the national economy, Detroit was hit hard by slumping sales in the auto industry. More than half of the city’s public safety officers moved out of the city in recent years. Now Detroit mayor Dave Bing is initiating efforts to get more police and fir... [More]

No Fire Fighter Stands Alone

Suicide. The very mention of the word creates uneasiness. The stigma and tragedy associated with suicide makes it one of those events that we hope never happens. And one we don’t talk about. Seeing an increase over the last few years in member suicides and suicidal behavior, we knew we had to ... [More]

Fire chief writes up department for bucking uniform policy

It was a parting shot heard around the Chelsea Fire Department in Massachusetts last week. The department’s fire chief suddenly retired, but not before he brought up disciplinary charges for nearly every fire fighter and fire officer.So what’s the offense? Former Chelsea Fire Chief Herb... [More]

Pink for a Cure

Pink is the uniform of the month for IAFF members throughout the United States and Canada. Hundreds of affiliates are conducting breast cancer awareness campaigns during October, trading blue duty shirts for pink in support of women in the fight against all cancers. Despite a difficult economy ... [More]

Could this happen in your city?

Should police -- not fire fighters -- investigate suspicious fires? What do you think? Is it bad policy for a police department to take over suspicious fires in town? What other ramifications do you see this having for fire officials?|The question was posed to readers by NJ.com Thursday after the ma... [More]

Want to show off your pink T-shirt design?

Enter your local’s 2010 pink campaign T-shirt in IAFF’s online contest. We’ll post pictures on our web site where you can vote for the T-shirt you like best. The grand prize is bragging rights and a free registration to our Affiliate Leadership Training Summit in Phoenix in Janua... [More]

Fire fighter shares his life-changing story

At 41, fire fighter Pat Burns thought he was too young to have a heart attack.  But the Flagstaff, Arizona fire fighter was wrong.  While on a jog with his wife, Burns struggled with stomach pains, nausea and eventually his breathing. He had suffered a full-blown heart attack while on va... [More]

Philly residents complain about fire station closures

Residents of Philadelphia are showing little patience for the city’s policy of “rolling brownouts” that close fire stations throughout the day. On Tuesday night, residents expressed their deep displeasure with City Council members saying the practice endangers too many lives. The... [More]

Manchin Update

The political ad produced and paid for by the IAFF’s federal political action committee in support of West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin’s campaign for the U.S. Senate ran on cable networks throughout West Virginia nearly 1,000 times. The ad has been viewed nearly 5,500 ti... [More]

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