Fire Ground Exposures
4. May 2010
Today’s fires are hotter and more dangerous than ever due to the synthetic products and building materials that are fueling them. As modern technology has changed the way fire departments respond to various emergencies, fire fighters are slowly dying without recognition of the ...
Gulf Oil Spill Disaster
4. May 2010
NIOSH has just updated their website to include detailed health and safety information on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. The US Department of Homeland Security has also created a website with real time updates on all response and clean up operations. These sites provide pert...
Input sought for new Respirator Standard
30. April 2010
The NFPA is currently soliciting public input on the need for a new standard on high air flow powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) for emergency services operations at incidents involving chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals/toxic industrial materials, biological warfare agents, ...
An "Amen" Moment
29. April 2010
As part of the ceremonial unveiling of the National Workers Memorial on April 28 at the National Labor College, the head of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, David Michaels, spoke and reportedly said: Under the main law governing worker safety, "the maxim...
Fire Fighter Staffing and Deployment Study Released
28. April 2010
A landmark fire service study on fire fighter safety and the deployment of resources has just been released. You can find our story about the report and the study here and here. We held a meeting and press conference in Washington, D.C., to outline the salient points in this ground-breaking...
Cool Technology -- But is it Helpful?
26. April 2010
The IAFF uses very sophisticated GIS modeling and analysis to help our affiliates determine response capabilities. It has proven to be an incredible tool that empowers our locals when working to establish -- and in this economy defend -- realtime staffing and response needs. &n...
Getting Beyond the Inbox
23. April 2010
We’ve started this new blog – one of the ways the IAFF is changing how we communicate with our members. We are also reaching our members through print, the Internet, blast emails and Facebook. Using multiple communication vehicles helps us spread the message more widely and more frequent...
IAFF participates in FDIC
21. April 2010
On Monday and Tuesday (April 19 and 20), IAFF instructors delivered the IAFF Fire Ground Survival (FGS) Program as part of FDIC’s Hands-On Training (HOT) program. The IAFF FGS training course, developed over the last two years, includes sections on Preventing a Mayday, Being Ready for a ...
Schaitberger Speech at FDIC
21. April 2010
Well over 5,000 fire fighters and fire officers, the great majority were IAFF members, listened to General President Schaitberger during the opening of the 2010 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis this morning. He spoke for about 30 minutes and took issue with publ...
My most recent station visit
20. April 2010
Brothers and Sisters, I want to let you know about my most recent station visit last Friday in Baltimore and pass along some thoughts about our affiliates there, like so many of you, who find themselves in the line of fire. Budget cuts in Baltimore have led to a raft of RIFs, station ...
Fourth amendment rights case to go before Supreme Court
16. April 2010
Take a look at this interesting post from a lawyers' blog on a case to go before the Supreme Court next week: City of Ontario (Cal.) v. Quon. The 9th Circuit decided in favor of a police sergeant who had used a City-issued pager for personal messages (many of them very explicit) with co-w...
The Right to Live
15. April 2010
Twenty-nine miners were killed by an April 5 explosion in Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia. The miners were not represented by a union. Nine fire fighters were killed in a June 18, 2007 fire at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, SC. The...
Case and legal news
13. April 2010
Fire chief's 15-day suspension upheld despite First Amendment concerns The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld a District Court's decision rejecting a First Amendment claim by Randolph, Mass. Fire Chief Charles Foley, who was suspended for fifteen days after lamenting underfunding an...
SAFER Grants will now follow correct priortization
9. April 2010
SAFER Update Without question, it was good news on March 31 when DHS and FEMA released $55.8 million in SAFER grants. But as we scanned the list of departments that will receive these initial grants as part of the first round of funding, we had serious concerns abou...
What Stevens' announcement means for fire fighters
9. April 2010
Confirming recent speculation (also here) Justice John Paul Stevens will conclude 35 years on the Supreme Court bench, effective at the beginning of the Summer recess. And so the insider speculation about his replacement begins. Stevens has been with employees, including public em...
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