Microsoft leaves ALEC
26. August 2014
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...
First Responders seeing more dangerous Fire Challenge cases
14. August 2014
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...
Meet North Carolina's Own Koch-Style Donor
4. August 2014
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...
Kaiser Permanente Will Purchase Furniture Free from Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals
24. June 2014
Good action deserves recognition. And we would like to acknowledge Kaiser Permanente for deciding it will no longer buy furniture treated with flame retardants. This is a big decision – albeit a right one. And we hope other businesses would follow the example set by this health system compan...
Bad to the Bone
20. June 2014
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...
Supreme Court bolsters First Amendment protections for public employees
20. June 2014
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New Pipe & Drum and Honor Guard Ground Rules
11. June 2014
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...
South Carolina fire fighters take on governor over new station
11. June 2014
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has got it wrong again. The dreadful leader has vetoed a public safety bill that would create a brand new fire station in the historic community of Murrells Inlet Garden City (located 10 miles south of Myrtle Beach). The land for a new fire station has bee...
Are the rich getting richer?
3. June 2014
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...
Scott Walker’s Effect on Wisconsin
30. May 2014
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...
Tim Hudak Brings Rehashed Extreme Ideologies to Ontario’s Doorstep
29. May 2014
Written by Mark McKinnon, President of the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association We’ve heard this radical political rhetoric before. An extremist politician promises to cut public sector worker’s pay, freeze salaries and privatize public services in a misguided strategy to cre...
Interesting Figures for AFG and SAFER grants
28. May 2014
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...
Five Tips on 9-Volt Battery Safety
28. May 2014
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...
DOT Issues Crude Oil Transport Order
14. May 2014
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...
Are You Ready for the 52nd IAFF Convention?
7. May 2014
We are just 66 days away before the IAFF arrives in Cincinnati, Ohio, for its biennial Convention July 14-18. Approximately 2,500 delegates are expected to travel to Cincinnati for the Convention to chart the course of the IAFF over the next two years, as well as help the local economy. The Cincinn...
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