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Safety Health and Survival Week

The 2010 Safety, Health and Survival Week is June 20-26. With more than 50 percent of fire fighter line-of-duty deaths caused by health and fitness-related issues, a concentrated effort in implementing wellness and fitness programs is more important than ever.

Surviving the Recession

 We are constantly seeing attacks on pensions, fire department resources, pay, benefits… at the same time we’re seeing more and more jurisdictions exploring cost-sharing and consolidation of services.  Keep your eyes out and let us know what you’re experiencing.  

SAFER Grants Bring Relief

DHS has awarded more than $12 million in SAFER grants, and more are expected to be announced before the end of the month. SAFER applications are being prioritized so that fire departments that have had layoffs are getting the highest priority and receiving their funding first. The new... [More]

Aggressive Local in Jacksonville

With two engine closures, 29 jobs and 53 demotions on the line, Jacksonville Local 122 is monitoring the work of those engines and blasting emails like this to "... all elected politicians in the county... all local media... all local party heads... politicos... people who run for office... register... [More]

Pensions Under Attack

We are in an era that may well be remembered for the most serious assaults on public pensions in the nation’s history. Every day, we see news headlines taking aim at public employee pensions, calling these plans grossly generous and accusing unions of plundering state coffers. But we know that... [More]

New York Retirement Funds land $624 million settlement

A New York State retirement fund and five New York City retirement systems have tentatively settled with Countrywide Financial and KPMG for a reported $624 million, to resolve a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the mortgage lender of violating securities law by making misstatements and omitting... [More]

New Survivor Benefits in Wisconsin

Governor Jim Doyle just signed important legislation brought forward by our state association, the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin.  The law requires municipalities to now pay the health insurance premiums of the spouse and children (up to 27 years old) of a Wisconsin fire fighter ... [More]

Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup

We are deploying a couple of our HazMat instructors to assist with training workers heading to clean up the Gulf Coast and probably the Atlantic Coast from the BP oil disaster.  Chip Hughes, our granting partner from NIEHS sent these amazing photos of the oil rig fire…119 workers survive... [More]

Employment numbers: more, please

The employment numbers posted friday, plus the GDP numbers for the last quarter, has various economists saying more or less the same thing.  All that and the expected announcement of Pres. Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court reminds me to post this op-ed from last month.  After all, if w... [More]

Media Misreporting Public v. Private Compensation

With municipalities continuing to attack fire department budgets, and your pay and benefits, is your local paper inaccurately reporting how rich state and local workers are these days? Here’s a little help shining a bright light on that kind of shoddy reporting. This study by the National Ins... [More]

Notes on the Canadian Legislative Conference

Canadian IAFF locals wrapped up their 17th Annual Legislative Conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 28.  The very successful conference was attended by 135 delegates from IAFF locals across Canada.  The delegates were pleased to have both General President Schaitberger and General Secre... [More]

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