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Wisconsin governor is at it again

Scott Walker, the guy who took collective bargaining rights away from most public workers in Wisconsin, is at it again. Walker, who is in a tough re-election fight to keep his job, is performing strong armed-tactics using healthcare to extort concessions from fire fighters. Fire fighters and polic... [More]

Microsoft leaves ALEC

Tech industry giant Microsoft has cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and is no longer funding the organization. Microsoft was a member of ALEC’s Communications and Technology Task Force. It has been reported that Microsoft left because of ALEC’s effort to blo... [More]

First Responders seeing more dangerous Fire Challenge cases

The IAFF is very concerned about an Internet trend growing among teens setting themselves on fire and posting the acts on YouTube. Several fire departments are seeing “Fire Challenge” cases where a young person voluntarily applies flammable liquid on the body and then sets themselves on... [More]

Meet North Carolina's Own Koch-Style Donor

In North Carolina, a friend of the Koch Brothers is using his money to influence state policies – and not for the better. Art Pope, North Carolina’s state budget director, is using his family’s money to push a pro-business agenda in North Carolina. Keep an eye on Pope as he tries... [More]

Bad to the Bone

The spotlight continues to grow on the billionaire Koch Brothers and their negative influence on American democracy. Recently, Rolling Stone published a list of ways the Koch Brothers are “sticking it” to America, and it includes trying to break unions. Though the magazine’s head... [More]

New Pipe & Drum and Honor Guard Ground Rules

Written by IAFF Health and Safety Staff The IAFF Honor Guard and Massed Pipe & Drum Band continues to grow with more than 900 members participating in the annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  To maintain the solemnity of the ceremony and to ensure th... [More]

Are the rich getting richer?

As fire fighters battle politicians to protect their retirement plans and benefits, rich billionaires keep getting financial breaks. The Center for Media and Democracy reports the charitable wing of billionaire David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity has spent nearly $900,000 on political ads f... [More]

Scott Walker’s Effect on Wisconsin

Scott Walker promised Wisconsinites he could spur job and economic development while campaigning for the state’s top job four years ago. Wisconsinites were sold a bag of goods. Walker, an enemy to workers and public sector unions everywhere, declared his administration would create 250,000 n... [More]

Interesting Figures for AFG and SAFER grants

As fire grants, both AFG and SAFER continue to be awarded each week it’s time to prepare for fiscal year 2014 application periods. FEMA is planning to release guidance for AFG in September 2014, SAFER in November 2014 and FP&S January 2015. Here are a few interesting points to consider as... [More]

Five Tips on 9-Volt Battery Safety

Common household items may present dangers to home owners that they are unaware. Items such 9-volt batteries if left improperly stored have resulted in serious fire incidents. In many households, it is common for homeowners to place batteries in a junk drawer that contain other items like keys, pap... [More]

DOT Issues Crude Oil Transport Order

As I discussed in a previous blog, there have been incidents involving crude oil railroad shipments that have derailed, releasing the shipment and resulting in fires. First responders should be aware of the products being transported through their jurisdiction and be prepared for an incident. The U... [More]

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