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Welcome to the IAFF Frontline Blog

Brothers and sisters,


Welcome to the IAFF’s latest innovation. Today we are embracing the future with the launch of the IAFF Frontline Blog. This blog represents another step in the evolution of our communications effort.


Years ago we relied on our magazine to spread the word about our legislative efforts, developments in health and safety and other important news. But the communications landscape has changed drastically, even in the 10 years since you first elected me as your General President. The birth and rapid growth of the Internet and social media allows us to communicate with each other in ways we never imagined a decade ago. But since then, we’ve created an effective web site that has become indispensable. Our increasing use of e-mail allows us distribute important news and send e-mail blasts with timely information.


Now the IAFF Frontline Blog will allow me and others here at the International to build on that effort and provide you with important information, updates and commentary instantly on issues important to you.


I never anticipated that one day I would be a blogger – but I am excited to post our first blog today. I hope you participate in our virtual discussion. Any member can post comments to the blog entries you will see here simply by logging on. I encourage you to express your views, and I encourage debate. I know you well enough to know that our membership has a wide range of opinions and has diverse views on issues and that none of you is shy about expressing an opinion.


But as you express your views, I want to remind you of one thing – be civil. We reserve the right to remove remarks that are considered offensive or are racist, sexist or vulgar. Offensive remarks simply will not be tolerated. Your remarks should also be related to the blog item in question. Unrelated remarks will be deleted.


If you have any questions about these guidelines, please refer to the blog rules, which are posted on this page and clearly state the rules of conduct.


With that….here we go!

Comments (13) -

  • Michael Fazio L3564

    4/8/2010 8:51:19 PM |

    I commend the IAFF in embracing this form of comunication. I am hopefull that I can look to this blog, for assistance with labor law questions.

  • William Coker L0947

    4/8/2010 9:55:36 PM |

    It's great to see our Union utilize yet another tool to communicate with the members.  I'm looking forward to the discussion that will be generated.

  • Christopher Hiteshew F0282

    4/8/2010 11:47:34 PM |

    Great tool. This will add to the vast resources our union already provides. Nearly instant advice from Brothers and Sisters that may have faced similar issues.
    Thank You.

  • Christopher Jacques L2909

    4/9/2010 3:41:50 AM |

    Excellent opportunity to spread the news!  This should make a huge impact on delivering important messages without delay as well as creative/constructive feedback to local issues.  Great resource, Thank you!

  • Michael Osiecki L3918

    4/9/2010 4:25:28 AM |

    Another  great "tool in the tool box" for our Union!! Great Job!

  • Glenn Trubee L4117

    4/9/2010 6:19:12 AM |


  • Dirk Youngberg L1654

    4/9/2010 4:50:31 PM |

    This type of advancement makes me proud to be a member of the IAFF. I appreciate the work and efforts by the Leadership of our Union in advancing the goals and interests of our members.

    Welcome to the Blogosphere President Shaitberger.

  • Rocco Salvatori L2546

    4/9/2010 6:17:22 PM |

    Great Job on the Blog. The recent improvements to the IAFF website have been a very welcome addition.

  • Gary Miller L3598

    4/9/2010 6:17:24 PM |

    Thank you!It always seems to be"communication"
    that that is left out in any organization that
    is the one thing everyone wants. It's good to
    know that our union listens.

  • John Hewitt L0060

    4/9/2010 8:38:21 PM |

    GREAT Job This will be a great comunication toll for all Locals Thank you

  • Robert Melton L0246

    4/9/2010 11:55:20 PM |

    WOW! We were just talking about this and
    presto it's here. What a GREAT way to communicate with the
    rest of the other brothers and sisters in the
    union. I looking to this and passing on our
    trials and tribulations.

  • Troy Poynton L1339

    4/11/2010 8:23:07 PM |

    This is another great way for all of us around North America to communicate with and learn from each other. I look forward to it.

  • Stacy Birdwell L0514

    4/12/2010 12:05:43 AM |

    Any port in a storm, Boss! Many storms are threatening our nations professional fire service. And now our members will have yet another port to seek help and share solutions. Great way of expanding services to our cyber generation of Firefighters.

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