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Railway Incidents Involving Hazardous Materials

As many of you are aware, there have been several recent incidents that have involved railway derailments of tank cars and the release of hazardous materials with fire. The IAFF would like to remind emergency response personnel of the importance of effective size-up to provide a risk-based response.... [More]

Winter Safety and Health Checklist for Fire Fighters

The Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters has done a good job of asking residents in their state to help fire fighters in cold and snowy conditions. You can do the same by sharing these tips with your community in this article.Fire Fighters should be careful to not neglect themselves when r... [More]

ALEC to continue to push anti-union policies in 2014

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is crafting policy for 2014 at its “States and Nation Policy” Summit this week. Held in Washington, elected lawmakers, including Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), former vice-presidential candidate Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Governor Mike Pe... [More]

Tis’ the Season

Plenty of politicians are getting into the holiday spirit this season. Union-busting governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is gearing up for his re-election next year and may as well be starring in the modern day version of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Friends of Scott Walker circulated a fundrais... [More]

Jacksonville Fire Fighters Schools Pew on Pensions

The Pew Foundation is trying to influence the pension debate in Jacksonville, Fla., but fire fighters won’t allow fuzzy math to affect their retirements. Pew will make a presentation this week to the Jacksonville City Council about how the retirement fund can be managed and acquire money. ... [More]

Ensure a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

Community outreach campaigns are an effective tool for promoting public safety, and can help foster relationships with city leaders, local businesses, the media and civic groups. The IAFF encourages affiliates to use these kinds of programs to improve their public image and influence how they are pe... [More]

Federal Fire Fighters Under Attack... Again

Three U.S. Senators; Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) recently introduced a bill, the Public-Private Employee Retirement Parity Act (S. 1678) to eliminate defined benefit plans for federal fire fighters and other government employees. Contrary to the bill’s na... [More]

Two IAFF Conferences You Won’t Want to Miss

Building a stronger labor union and fire fighter community is vital for our profession.  In January 2014, IAFF members will gather in Lake Buena Vista, Florida to discuss issues that affect members in the firehouse and globally by understanding equality, diversity and leadership, at the annual ... [More]

Plot Against Pension Supporters Find Survey Supports Workers

Let this be a warning to all those who argue that public employee pensions should be slashed: the public is NOT on your side. Over the past several months, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John and Laura Arnold Foundation have spearheaded efforts to make public employee retirements less secure. H... [More]

FIRE Act Grant Application Deadline Is Dec. 6

Don’t miss the opportunity to receive federal grant funding to bring the IAFF Fire Ground Survival (FGS) Train-the-Trainer program, the IAFF Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) and the IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) certification program to your fire department by applying for an Assis... [More]

Report Traces Labor Attacks

If you haven’t already read the Economic Policy Institute’s (EPI) report about the efforts to undermine labor unions and the wages of workers then you should. In 2010, fire fighters and the labor community fought against unprecedented attacks against workers’ rights to bargain col... [More]

Support the IAFF Charitable Foundation

Give a great gift and support the IAFF Charitable Foundation this holiday season. You can help the IAFF Charitable Foundation help others by purchasing the finest wines from Armida Winery with 18 percent of the proceeds going to help fire fighters and their families when they need it most. Pleas... [More]

Fire Fighters Say Issue 4 is Wrong for Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH voters will have to decide this Tuesday if they will support to change the city’s pension system. A private group called Cincinnati for Pension Reform Committee gathered enough signatures to place a charter amendment on the ballot that could change the public pension plans for ... [More]

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