California Study: Staffing Affects Efficiency
13. August 2010
Wow! This is an extremely well done study. Not only does it address efficiency (similar to the wildland hose lay study the IAFF and Los Angeles County did for NFPA 10 years ago), but it establishes the physiological stress issues very clearly by crew size with very significant peak heart rates for a...
States Take on Public Pensions
11. August 2010
As threats to fire fighter pensions continue, it’s not just local pension plans that are threatened. State legislators are beginning to challenge one of the ironclad tenets of public pension policy… the tenet that says states cannot legally reduce pension benefits for current and future...
Surrey Fire Fighters Identify Signs of Human Trafficking
10. August 2010
Fire fighters in Canada are expanding the value and service they provide to their communities. Members of Surrey, BC Local 1271 are trained to spot and report signs of human trafficking, a growing problem in Canada - and around the world. This article appeared in Fire Fighting in Canada and online t...
Well, DUH: Senate confirms Kagan
5. August 2010
The Senate confirmed Kagan. No real surprise there.
Fire Fighter: Most Stressful Job of 2010
4. August 2010
A new study by CareerCast, an Internet job board, ranks fire fighter as the most stressful job of 2010, followed by senior corporate executive, taxi driver, surgeon, commercial pilot, public relations executive, advertising account executive and real estate agent. The study assessed more than 200 pr...
Congressional Research Service Guide to Writing Grant Proposals
3. August 2010
IT'S HELPFUL, IT'S ABOUT GRANTS, AND IT'S FREE! As we pace the floor waiting for the next SAFER application period to open up, I wanted to share with you an excellent document brought to my attention by Director Kasinitz in our GA Department. I am frequently asked if there is a good resource for ...
Fitness for Duty Exam Lawful for "Volatile" Behavior: 9th Circuit
3. August 2010
An interesting and telling decision by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit yesterday. That Circuit is about as employee-friendly as you can get in the courts these days, but this decision declares that an employer does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by ordering a ...
Don't get fired for Facebook
30. July 2010
New media and new technology are revolutionizing how we communicate. These tools make sharing information quick and immediate, so make sure that your online activities don't interfere with your job or work activities. Always think about how others in your commmunity, department or local would percei...
27. July 2010
I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the families of Lt. Steven Velasquez and fire fighter Michael Baik, both of whom perished over the weekend in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Both men were members of Bridgeport Local 834. Both men were fathers and husbands. And both men will be missed by their bro...
In Ann Arbor, Art vs. Fire Fighters
26. July 2010
Is the tide turning? This article appears in the conservative American Spectator. Fox News did their own story as well. Liberal Ann Arbor is taking a beating. The debate is a bit unorthodox – art versus public safety – but it’s giving our Ann Arbor local a platf...
IT TAKES FOUR
20. July 2010
An IAFF member from Kalispell, MT Local 547 is encouraging his brothers and sisters to join IT TAKES FOUR, a new Facebook page to create awareness for the importance of adequate staffing in fire departments across the United States in an effort to educate local and state governments on why pro...
Economic Crisis News Headlines
16. July 2010
At the request of several IAFF members, the "Economic Crisis News Headlines" page on the IAFF web site is now only available to IAFF members and requires login. Some municipalities have discovered the ease of getting examples, printing them and using the information during meetings to gain consessio...
For the Record: Collective Bargaining Won't Bankrupt Cities
8. July 2010
12th District Vice President Larry Osborne shared this op-ed in the Charlotte Observer by Tom Brewer, vice president of Charlotte, NC Local 660, in support of our collective bargaining bill, soon to be taken up in the Senate. He makes a convincing argument for why this bill needs to be passed, prese...
Targeted Tax Levies May Fly
29. June 2010
The latest Pew Research poll results indicate that while there is little appetite among voters in the U.S. for generic state level tax increases to balance state budgets, there are some big nuances that may be useful to maintaining public safety budgets through targeted tax levies. Granted thi...
Pension Fight, part two
28. June 2010
Pension stories are coming fast and furious. This one from the labor reporter at the New York Times illustrates that public officials have ulterior motives [gasp!] -- they're using the pension crisis to tee off on public employee unions because they're getting political mileage out of it.
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