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Making Your Fire Station Secure

A shooting inside a police precinct in Detroit over the weekend has shocked many in the public safety community. Few details have been released about the incident or what motivated the gunman to go to the precinct. But the shooting, as well as a story about a man impersonating a fire fighter in a S... [More]

Is This a Good Idea to Save the Fire Department Money? (survey)

The Memphis Fire Department is considering using smaller alternate response vehicles to respond to emergency medical calls, but some fire fighters aren’t convinced it’s such a good idea. Last week, the IAFF posted this story on our social networks which generated strong reactions from y... [More]

Moving Past Pension Politics

It’s a new year, but public employees are still under attack over their pensions. NY1, a cable news television station in New York City, hosted an interesting forum with four of the city’s top labor leaders representing city employees, teamsters, and teachers. The state of New York is ... [More]

Local president files grievance against Austin Fire Department

The president of the Austin Firefighters Association has filed a grievance over hiring issues with the Austin Fire Department.Bob Nicks, president and a battalion chief, filed a grievance December 29. The Austin Fire Department judges potential candidates on the following criteria: intelligence and ... [More]

Powerful Pension Argument

Remarks made by a Chicago chaplain defending fire fighter pensions and compensation at a funeral last week has got the city buzzing. Chicago fire department chaplain Thomas Mulcrone gave critics a sobering reminder of the dangerous work performed by public safety officers. “In the last few m... [More]

IAFF Member Recognized for Heroics

A New York City fire fighter braved 1,000 degree temperatures to rescue a man from an apartment fire. Peter Demontreux was recognized as New York Daily News Hero of the Month.Demontreaux, 30, is a nine year veteran with the Fire Department of New York. He responded with Ladder 132 to an apartment f... [More]

Christmas Traditions

Christmas is just a week away and the IAFF knows that many members will be away from their families working on the this holiday. If you are on duty, do you and your crew have any special holiday traditions for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?

You’re Still Crazy for Pink

Fire fighters’ efforts in Great Falls, Montana to raise breast cancer awareness are paying off big. Fire fighters raised $10,000 for cancer research and made a presentation to Benefis Health System and the Women Against Breast Cancer this week. Great Falls, MT Local 8 members wore pink shirt... [More]

Tis’ the season to help

It isn’t a fire or medical issue that will bring fire fighters to the Christown Mall in Phoenix on Wednesday. The fire fighters will “Ring the Bell” for the Salvation Army to help raise money for needy families in the Phoenix area. The fire fighters will surround Christown Mall w... [More]

Will They Come Back?

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing continues his efforts to get more fire fighters and police officers to move back in the city. The mayor plans to announce in the New Year that he has lured a significant number of public safety officers to live in Detroit neighborhoods. The city is offering incentives for th... [More]

A Job Well Done

The Lawrence Journal-World has a nice profile of IAFF member Lexie Engleman who is retiring from the Lawrence fire department in Kansas this month. Engleman, 60, became one of the first female fire fighters in Lawrence and in the state in 1981. She worked her way up the ranks and will retire as a c... [More]

Union leaders under fire in Stockton

Union disputes and city politics have taken a nasty turn in Stockton, California. Union leaders in Stockton’s police and fire departments are being investigated on allegations of misconduct. Captain Dave Macedo, president of Stockton Local 456, is being investigated for allegedly releasing a... [More]

Social Media and You

New York City fire fighters recently made headlines after a fire company posted unsanctioned Tweets alerting the public when fire fighters wouldn’t be able to respond to emergency calls. The “fire tweets” started conversations on web sites and community forums on how first respond... [More]

Fire fighters boycott Contra Costa Times Newspaper

Contra Costa fire fighters are fed up over how they are being portrayed in their local newspaper.Members of the Contra Costa Local 1230 Executive Board are encouraging its members and families to cancel their subscriptions to the Contra Costa Times.Local 1230 describes the Contra Costa Times “... [More]

One fire fighters’ brave fight

One veteran fire fighter is raising awareness among his colleagues to wear protective gear long after they’ve extinguished flames.Bill Duncan has spent 33 years fighting fires in Kitchener, Ontario. The 55-year-old planned to retire this year, but instead of celebrating his many years of fire ... [More]

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