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Real fire fighters, Real West Virginians

The campaign for the Senate seat left vacant by Robert Byrd is heating up. Over the Columbus Day weekend, the IAFF gave its full support to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin by releasing this video ad. The video, shot last Friday in Charleston, features real fire fighters from West Virginia. The ... [More]

All Politics are Local

Having been a Union member since 1993 I have noticed a change in our membership. Perhaps it is because they have not had to fight the hard battles like their Brothers before them, but more and more Brothers are concerned about themselves and not the greater good. I don’t mean they do... [More]

Washington Post Does a Hatchet Job on Public Employee Pensions

The latest fumble by the Fourth Estate in its attempt to write about public employee pensions can be found in Wednesday’s Washington Post. There are a lot of things wrong with the story. It’s terribly one-sided. It includes too few voices from labor. But one of the biggest problems with ... [More]

Pay to Spray?

  A fire department’s controversial decision to allow a rural Tennessee home to burn because a family didn’t pay for services has sparked a national debate. On Tuesday, IAFF’s General President Harold Schaitberger condemned the policy of the city of South Fulton in Obion Cou... [More]

Don’t Get Fired for Facebook Part II

Do you remember these do’s and don’ts of how to use Facebook and other social media safely? You can now add these five tips to the list on how not to let what you post online get you into hot water on the job. Social media is a great way to communicate with other people, but you should... [More]

Bringing Survivors Together

Forty young burn survivors are forging new friendships and memories this week as they participate in the IAFF’s annual international Burn Camp. General President Harold Schaitberger will speak to teens on their week-long visit to Washington, DC, and the group will also get to meet local fir... [More]

IAFF to Cincinnati

It may be four years away, but Cincinnati is already gearing up to host the 2014 IAFF convention. The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau announced the news Wednesday. You can see the full message on its website. With more than 2,500 union members expected to travel to Cincinnati and o... [More]

Firehouse Chefs

Think you know your way around a firehouse kitchen? Eddie Sell, a Long Beach, California, paramedic, is creator of Firehouse Chefs, a catering company that is in production on a new reality show. We suspect there a few more firehouse chef entrepreneurs out there with an interesting story to tell, an... [More]

Don’t Let Your College Student Die In A Fire

This time of year parents are often giving their kids advice on how to stay safe on campus, but oftentimes the discussion excludes fire safety.  Over the last ten years, 71 students died in fires in dormitories or off-campus housing.  One of the biggest challenges with fire safety in a col... [More]

Public vs. Private Sector Employees

This study by a Rutgers University professor analyzes public employee compensation and compares the compensation between public and private sectors. Using education level as a comparative element, the study finds that by and large public employees receive considerably less salary... [More]

President Schaitberger Visits Members in California

Are you a union member in California and worried about cuts to your pension and how Proposition 22 may affect how you perform your job? We encourage IAFF members living in Santa Barbara, Ventura County and L.A. County to tell General President Harold Schaitberger what’s on your mind. He’... [More]

Infectious Diseases

A new antibiotic-resistant germ that apparently has its origins in India and Pakistan has sickened a handful of people in North America, with three of the cases reported in the United States.   The bacterium -- designated New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase NDM-1 -- produces an enzyme that makes... [More]

Fire Fighter Respiratory Disease

Respiratory diseases remain a significant health issue for fire fighters and emergency responders.  It is the number three killer in North America, exceeded by heart disease and cancer.  While heart disease and cancer in the fire service have received the attention, rightfully so; respirat... [More]

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