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DC Fire Rebranding Takes New Turn

District of Columbia fire fighters continue to be unhappy with the department’s rebranding efforts. This week a fire lieutenant was placed on administrative leave for wearing the wrong logo on his jacket.  The lieutenant was at the Fire Training Academy with other members of his crew pr... [More]

Work Connects Us All

Fire fighters, teachers, farmers, pilots and doctors are all people who make America work. The AFL-CIO has released a television ad and web site using the theme, “Work Connects Us All,” to show the importance of unions and union members by emphasizing how hard work helps move America f... [More]

Arizona’s Anti-Union Bills Stall in Senate

The fight is on-going in Arizona to stop several anti-labor bills. A law that would have stripped collective bargaining from government workers appears to have stalled in the Senate. State Arizona Republicans acknowledged they don’t have enough votes to pass the bill. The collective bargaini... [More]

How do you define a political friend or foe?

As we watch the Republican presidential primary unfold, it’s a good time to reflect on how these last few years have affected our members. We’ve lived through the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression that began in 1929 and gripped the United States for over a decade. And ... [More]

Using social media to improve public safety

Here’s a good piece that ran in Mashable on how social media can improve public safety. This column comes at a time when many IAFF locals are grappling with how best to use social media for their members and fire departments. IAFF locals should view social media as an opportunity and not as ... [More]

Supporting War Veterans and Fire Fighters

IAFF members are doing their part in creating support networks for military veterans to make their transition easier in the fire service. Dwayne Harris, a member of Montgomery County, MD Local 1664 knows firsthand what a good support system can do. A veteran of the Iraq war, Harris needed a place ... [More]

Dealing with Difficult Behavior in the Work Place

Fire fighters are known for their close camaraderie on the job. But on any given day, personality conflicts can occur in the firehouse that can affect staff morale. IAFF members discussed how to deal with difficult people and behavior in the work place at the IAFF Human Relations Conference this w... [More]

Homophobia in the fire house

Fire fighters are known to be a tough group who won't shy away from any situation. But when confronting the topic of homophobia and transphobia in the fire service many wonder what is appropriate when issues arise in the firehouse. At the IAFF Human Relations Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fl... [More]

Opening Session at the 20th Human Relations Conference

IAFF Members from across the United States and Canada are attending the 2012 Ernest A. "Buddy" Mass Human Relations Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The 20th annual conference is designed to build solidarity among brother and sister fire fighters as they explore the differences that divide ... [More]

Tips for Developing a Human Relations Committee

There are no new problems in the fire department – they may be new to your local, but somewhere there is a department that has experienced the same thing. This is one of the reasons for the IAFF Ernest A. “Buddy” Mass Human Relations Conference, which kicked off today in Lake Buena... [More]

At what cost?

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is planning to make his annual “State of the State” address next week. While he rattles off his perceived accomplishments, he should discuss the number of New Jersey state and local government workers leaving the workplace.Retirements among New Jersey s... [More]

Dude, why don’t you let me tweet?

As some fire departments try to restrict the use of social media at fire stations, a new survey released  shows younger employees expect more access to information. Researchers find younger workers are seeking more access to information via social media at work and that 67 percent of people su... [More]

Glendale Fire Fighters Transition to Paramedic Responsibilities

As the country still struggles to emerge from its economic funk, cities are finding alternative ways to save money when it comes to fire departments.Late last week, news came from Glendale, California, that the City is finalizing a plan to transition fire fighters into dual paramedic positions. The ... [More]

The Movember Movement

October was the month for women to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Now it is time for men to step into the spotlight for Movember. This month men around the United States and the globe are trying to raise awareness about prostate and testicular cancer. During the month of Nov... [More]

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