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Boy Writes Poem to Stop Cuts to Memphis Retiree Health Care
July 11, 2014 – At a July 1 Memphis City Council meeting to vote on a proposal concerning health care cuts for retirees, Hunter Pollard, 16, stood up to read a powerful poem. As the son of a police officer and grandson of a retired fire fighter, he understands the importance of public safety and he knows what it’s like to save people for a living, not knowing whether or not they’ll come home that day.  Read More...

Career Department Here to Stay in Jeannette
July 11, 2014 – Jeannette, PA Local 78 fire fighters, with the support of the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association (PPFFA), campaigned successfully to prevent a proposed referendum to abolish the professional fire department in favor of unpaid volunteers from appearing off the November ballot. Read More...

Poquonnock Bridge Fire Fighters Plan Job-Saving Rally July 10
With the support of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association (UPFFA) of Connecticut, Poquonnock Bridge, CT Local 2704 members are organizing a rally to stop unnecessary layoffs of nine Local 2704 members beginning July 25.  Read More...

Fire Fighters Push to Keep Career Department in Jeannette
July 7, 2014 –Jeannette, PA Local 78 fire fighters have one more chance to prevent a referendum to abolish the professional fire department in favor of using unpaid volunteers from appearing on the November ballot. The Jeannette City Council will be taking a second and final vote on the matter at the July 9 City Council meeting. Local 78 fire fighters, with assistance from the members of several other Pennsylvania locals, are going door-to-door to encourage the public to oppose the referendum. Read More...

Civil Service Board Recommends Reversing Missouri Fire Fighters' Suspensions
June 25, 2014 – Six suspended University City, Missouri, fire fighters represented by the Professional Fire Fighters of Eastern Missouri Local 2665 have been exonerated of any wrong doing by the University City Civil Service Board. Accordingly, the Board has unanimously recommended that the suspensions be lifted, the fire fighters return to work receive full back pay and benefits and remove the suspension from their personnel files. Read More...

Camp Pendleton Fire Fighters Raise Thousands for Wildfire Victims
June 19, 2014 – After the Cocos and Poinsetta wildfires in California burned 2,500 acres, 41 homes and 18 apartment units in Escondido, San Marcos and Carlsbad in May, Camp Pendleton Professional Fire Fighters Local F-85 members organized a fundraiser for the victims at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens. The event raised $18,779 and two freight trucks full of donated furniture and household supplies. Read More...

Bellevue Staffing Increased Thanks to SAFER Grant
June 12, 2014 – The Bellevue Fire Department in Nebraska just took two giant leaps toward reaching its goal of having 60-70 full-time fire fighters. The department was awarded a $1.7 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to hire 12 fire fighters. Additionally, the City of Bellevue agreed to budget for an additional nine positions, bringing the total of new full-time fire fighters to 21. Read More...

Seattle Local Supports $15 Minimum Wage
June 9, 2014 -- Seattle’s City Council unanimously approved an ordinance June 2 to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The ordinance is of national significance because this will give Seattle the highest minimum wage in America. Read More...

East Fork Local 3726 Starts Small, Grows Stronger
June 6, 2014 – When East Fork Fire and Paramedic Employees Association Local 3726 organized on November 23, 1996, in Minden, Nevada, they had just 12 charter members, all paramedics. Today, Local 3726 has grown to 60 members who are not only building a strong, influential IAFF affiliate, but who are working hard to ensure their community receives the best in fire and medical emergency service. Read More...

Children Sell Lemonade to Support Suspended Fire Fighters
June 4, 2014 -- The weather cooperated with some big-hearted children in University City, Missouri, for a lemonade stand they organized to support their city's fire fighters who were suspended for three months without pay in retaliation for supporting candidates in the April municipal election. The kids raised $1,269.02. Read More...

Vacaville Fire Fighters Receive Thanks for Military Support
June 3, 2014 -- Members of Vacaville, CA Local 3501 are receiving thanks from the local community, as well as generating media attention from across the nation. Read More...

Fort Wayne City Council Votes to Repeal Collective Bargaining Rights
June 2, 2014 -- Fort Wayne, IN Local 124 has had a collective bargaining contract with the City since the 70s, but this comfortable relationship built by decades of negotiations may come crashing down in a matter of weeks. Read More...

Houston Fire Fighters Mark a Year Since Hotel Fire
June 2, 2014 -- A year has passed since a fire swept through a southwest Houston hotel, killing four fire fighters. Houston Mayor Annise Parker joins Houston Fire Department personnel in marking that occasion at a morning ceremony at Houston's Fire Fighter's Pension Hall. Read More...

Baltimore County Fire Fighter Dies During Training Exercise
June 1, 2014 -- 58-year-old Baltimore County fire fighter died May 30 after he suffered a suspected heart attack during training, officials said. Robert Fogle III, a 27-year veteran and career fire fighter, was participating in exercises at the Sparrows Point training facility when he became ill. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Read More...

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