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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]

Do You Look Like Your Pet?

Union Plus has launched a fun contest called the Union Pet Photo Contest. Think you look like your pet? If so, submit your photo before November 11, 2010, for a chance to win nearly $1,000 in prizes!

Pension Crisis? It's About the Revenue... Stupid

Ezra Klein , a writer for The Washington Post, answered a silly op-ed from David Brooks , of The New York Times, with a factual rebuttal that is useful in our fight to beat back the ridiculous claims that public employee pensions are crippling America. Using very interesting facts from the Ce... [More]

Why Are Your Pension Plans Being Attacked?

What do you think is behind the recent public pension backlash? What can be done to make sure employers will live up to their end of the bargain? Are current portrayals of the union correct? Are fire fighters and other union workers being unfairly portrayed as greedy in the press because of their pe... [More]

The Power of Social Networking

Tammi Brownlee was just three years old when she was led to safety after a fire ravaged her South Boston home in 1977. Stanley Foreman, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, documented the tragic incident that would forever change Brownlee’s life. Her six-year-old brother and young mother d... [More]

401(k) - Not a Retirement, Indeed a Failure

As the attacks continue on the best retirement security system in the world – defined benefit pensions – in favor of defined contributions plans, a blog by Edward Siedle on Forbes web site makes a stark prediction for an entire generation that is moving into their most vulnerab... [More]

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