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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]

Possible Government Shut Down Will Hurt First Responders

For anyone who has been watching Congress as of late, the shenanigans on Capitol Hill this week can feel like a bad case of déjà-vu. A government shutdown, a potential default; didn’t we just resolve these issues a few months ago? Congress often tends to solve problems by punti... [More]

There is no Substitute for Experience

The IAFF is often asked why we feel so strongly that fire departments should be staffed with full-time, professional fire fighters.   A book authored by a Nobel prize winning psychologist offers a valuable insight into this issue.Professor Daniel Kahneman has spent his career researching h... [More]

Fire Fighters and the “Fiscal Cliff”

Congress returned to Washington, DC this week to begin negotiating a plan to avert the so-called “Fiscal Cliff”—the package of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will take effect on January 1.  President Obama, elected on a platform of requiring the wealthiest Am... [More]

Senate's "Dr. No" seeking repeal of PSOB program

A U.S. Senator is trying to repeal the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program (PSOB), which provides assistance to the families of fire fighters killed in the line of duty. As unbelievable as it seems, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is claiming that the program, which has been on the books for ov... [More]

2012 Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference

The IAFF will welcome 600 fire fighters to its annual Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference next week in Washington, DC, the cornerstone of all our legislative efforts. It’s still early in 2012, but the IAFF has won significant legislative victories on Capitol Hill due largely to the rel... [More]

Act Now: Tell Congress to Stand Up for SAFER

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE Act) grants are on the chopping block. On Wednesday, Congress will consider legislation that will cut the programs by more than 50 percent, as well as eliminate the SAFER waivers that allow fire depar... [More]

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