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Southern Missouri Fire Fighters' Election Efforts Pay Off
April 24, 2014 –Southern Missouri Professional Fire Fighters Local 152 members went “all in” for the April elections and it paid off. As a result of a well-developed campaign plan and high participation among the Local 152 membership, two former and retired members and one active member were elected to area fire protection boards, a sales tax renewal passed to benefit the City of Springfield’s police and fire pension and another member won his bid in a school board election. Read More...

Florida Members Shave Heads for Young Cancer Patient
April 16, 2014 – When Lake County, FL Local 3990 member Nick Ryon’s seven-year-old son, Jay, was diagnosed with Leukemia, Local 3990 was among the first to assist the family. Local 3990 members held a Shave-a-Thon at the Black Bear Smokehouse, raising more than $5,000. Read More...

Annual IAFF-MDA Softball Tournament is September 4-7
April 8, 2014 – The 41st Annual IAFF-MDA Softball Tournament is scheduled for September 4-7 2014 at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. All proceeds from the event, hosted by Prince George’s County, MD Local 1619, benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Read More...

Kansas Man Who Shot at Olathe Fire Fighters Brought to Justice
April 3, 2014 – An Olathe, Kansas, man has been convicted of arson and first degree attempted murder after firing shots at Olathe Local 2542 members. William Outhet Jr. is scheduled to be sentenced on May 1, 2014. Read More...

Los Angeles City Members Demand That City Allow Recruit Class to Finish
March 27, 2014 – Los Angeles City, CA Local 112 members are calling on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to reverse his decision to suspend the current fire fighter recruit class due to what Garcetti believes is a “fatally flawed” hiring system. As the fire department is dangerously understaffed, Local 112 says the most important thing is to get qualified candidates trained and on the job to better ensure public safety. Read More...

Aurora First Responders Fight Possible Discipline Change
March 25, 2014 -- The Aurora City Council vote on “Civil Service Discipline” may have been tabled indefinitely, but fire fighters are not taking any chances. The City Council was set to vote on the proposed amendment, which would have put the burden of proof on a fire fighter or police officer during a discipline appeals process.  Read More...

Indiana Member Honored for Saving Five-Year-Old
March 21, 2014 -- Tatyana Hughes, 5, is alive today thanks to the actions of New Albany, IN Local 410 fire fighter Bob Hannon. Her family was so thankful; they presented him with a special award. Read More...

Alexandria Fire Fighters Ramp Up ‘Save Engine 204’ Campaign
March 21, 2014 – Members of Alexandria, VA Local 2141 are working hard to make sure that the City of Alexandria doesn’t balance its budget at the expense of public safety. The City’s newly proposed budget would, among other things, move an engine company out of a busy firehouse, eliminate a medic unit and cut three fire marshal positions and 10 unfilled fire fighter positions.  Read More...

Florida Member’s Grandfather Awarded Medal of Honor
March 20, 2014 –Metropolitan Dade County, FL Local 1403 John Peña’s grandfather, U.S. Army Master Sergeant Mike Peña, died saving the lives of his fellow unit members during the Korean War. His bravery was awarded with the Distinguished Service Cross, but it was not until March 18, 2014, that he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Read More...

Chicago Fire Fighter Nominated for LLS Man and Woman of the Year Campaign
March 19, 2014 -- When Patrick J. Jessee, a member of Chicago, IL Local 2, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, he immediately sought guidance about treatment from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The LLS provided support and assistance throughout his six months of treatment, and continues to help to this day. Read More...

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Spars With AMR
March 18, 2014 -- Las Vegas Fire &Rescue once again has increased its save rate for cardiac responses to 44 percent for all heart attack patients. That’s a dramatic increase from approximately 30 percent last year — which was already well above the national average of just 5 percent. In a world free of politics, those numbers would be celebrated. Instead, they’re likely to be sniffed at as the city fire department continues to joust with private ambulance service American Medical Response for future control of emergency transport in Las Vegas.  Read More...

New Oregon Law Expands Eligibility to Join IAFF Bargaining Units
March 13, 2014 – Some higher-ranking fire fighters are now eligible to join their bargaining unit, thanks to the hard work of the Oregon State Fire Fighters Council (OSFFC). SB 1518, which has been signed by Governor John Kitzhaber, narrows the definition of fire department management employees. Read More...

Arbitrator: Edison Township Must Pay Fire Fighters EMS Differential
March 12, 2014 – A New Jersey arbitrator has ruled that Edison Township decision makers violated Edison Township Local 1197’s contract when they stopped paying EMT differentials for responding to emergency medical calls. The Township is also ordered to pay affected fire fighters back pay totaling more than $800,000. Read More...

Maryland Fire Fighter Throws Hat in Ring for Mayor
March 11, 2014 – Cumberland, MD Local 1715 member Jeff Grogg, a 37-year veteran fire fighter, has announced his candidacy for mayor. He faces incumbent Mayor Brian Grim in November.  Read More...

Winston-Salem Fire Fighters Help Launch Fire Safety App for Kids
March 10, 2014 – Winston-Salem, NC Local 682 members are collaborating with animated artist Art Leonardi of Pink Panther fame and others to develop and promote the new Beetle Bug Fire Safety app. Fire fighters organized an event at Brenner Children’s Hospital to demonstrate the app and for Leonardi to show the kids how to draw Beetle Bug and the Pink Panther. Read More...

UFA Local 94 Denounces FDNY for Retaliation
March 7, 2014 – Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) of New York Local 94 leaders are calling on the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) to “do the right thing” and grant Local 94 member Elizabeth Osgood her well-deserved promotion to lieutenant. Read More...

Ohio Man Saved From Fire Thanks to SAFER Grant
March 7, 2014 – A Mansfield, Ohio, man is alive today because a Staffing for an Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant helped hire his rescuer -- Mansfield Local 266 member Jared Durstine.  Read More...

Berwyn Member Featured on Firehouse Chef
March 7, 2014 – Long shifts in the firehouse means, at one time or another, most fire fighters learn to cook for their crew. And some are pretty good -- good enough to win cooking contests and be featured on television cooking shows. Read More...

Dearborn Fire Fighters Burn Drive Includes Camaro as Grand Prize
March 4, 2014 – Dearborn, MI Local 412’s Burn Drive has been raising money for burned and sick children and families in need for nearly 45 years. This year, the effort includes a raffle to win several exciting prizes, including a 2014 Camaro SS or $40,000.  Read More...

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