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News from the IAFF


"IAFF Opposes Excise Tax on Health Insurance"
"IAFF Affiliates to Gain Under Proposed FIRE/SAFER Amendments"
"IAFF Appoints Fort Wayne Fire Fighter Jim Ridley Director"
"IAFF Director to be Nominated to FEMA Post"
"IAFF Recognizes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month "
"Economic Crisis News Headlines"

Fire Fighters in the News


"Before the Station Fire, A Cost-Cutting Memo" (The Los Angeles Times)
"New Hampshire Fire Fighters Dig for Paper Trail" (Concord Monitor)
"Laid-Off Firefighters Getting Jobs Back" (TheBostonChannel.com)
"Hundreds Protest Proposed Cutbacks for Police, Fire Fighters" (Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel Journal)
"Hundreds of Firefighters at NY Colleague's Funeral" (WCAX-TV 3 (Burlington, VT))
"Some Closure on Closures in Anchorage" (Anchorage Press)
"New Jersey Fire Fighters Endorse Jon Corzine for Governor" (International Association of Fire Fighters)
"Before the Station Fire, a Cost-Cutting Memo" (Los Angeles Times)
"Fire Station Vet Clinic Poses Health Risk" (International Association of Fire Fighters)
"Police, Fire Fighters Crowd West Palm Beach Budget Hearing" (Palm Beach Post)
"Spokane Fire Fighters Help Returning Vets Readjust" (International Association of Fire Fighters)
"Arizona Local Receives Two Fire Station Construction Grants" (International Association of Fire Fighters)
"Ohio Locals Stop City Government Attacks on Minimum Staffing" (International Association of Fire Fighters)
"Texas Fire Fighters Care Enough to Wear Pink" (International Association of Fire Fighters )


 

 


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News from the IAFF

IAFF Opposes Excise Tax on Health Insurance
(10/09/09)

As an IAFF affiliate leader, you know all too well that health care costs are rising out of control and that escalating insurance premiums are diminishing wages and other benefits. Affordable health insurance is also a growing need among retired fire fighters who often lose coverage under employer-paid plans when they separate from service. While the health care debate on Capitol Hill remains contentious, the IAFF is committed to fighting on its members' behalf for health care reform that protects the benefit plans our members have and reduces the costs both to our members and their employers.

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IAFF Affiliates to Gain Under Proposed FIRE/SAFER Amendments
(10/09/09)

Legislation about to be introduced in Congress would make improvements to both the Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE Act) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs that will significantly benefit professional U.S. fire departments. The IAFF and other national fire service organizations have secured the endorsement of a key congressional committee for a compromise proposal that will reauthorize the FIRE Act and SAFER programs for seven years and change the way grants are awarded.

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IAFF Appoints Fort Wayne Fire Fighter Jim Ridley Director
(10/14/09)

The IAFF has appointed James Ridley director of the IAFF Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Department. Ridley, a career fire fighter for 29 years, was president of Fort Wayne, IN Local 124 for 11 years. “I’m honored to be asked to take over a program that’s so important to the health and safety of first responders,” Ridley says.

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IAFF Director to be Nominated to FEMA Post
(10/13/09)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced President Obama’s intent to nominate Elizabeth M. Harman, a former fire fighter and current director of the Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Department at the IAFF, to become an assistant administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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IAFF Recognizes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
(10/05/09)

The IAFF encourages members to participate in breast cancer awareness and fundraising events throughout October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Despite the many education and awareness campaign efforts over the last 25 years, many men and women still do not follow doctor-recommended early detection screenings. “Fire fighters and paramedics can unknowingly be exposed to a number of cancer and disease-causing agents at any time, and know all too well how crucial early detection and treatment is for survival,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. “That’s why the IAFF is urging members to help call attention to this important issue.”

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Economic Crisis News Headlines

The economy is affecting IAFF members throughout this union through staffing reductions, station closures, cost shifting and wage concessions as local governments lose revenue. To help IAFF members get a clearer understanding of the depth of the financial crisis, the effect it's having at every level of the economy -- including local and state budgets -- the IAFF has prepared the following summaries of and links to "economic crisis" news articles related to cuts in state and local budgets, fire fighter staffing, health care benefits, compensation, pension plans and other areas as a result of the economic downturn.

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Fire Fighters in the News

Before the Station Fire, A Cost-Cutting Memo
The Los Angeles Times (10/02/09); Pringle, Paul

Three weeks before the deadly California Station fire erupted, the U.S. Forest Service issued a cost-cutting order to reduce its use of state and local fire fighters. Reinforcements from Los Angeles County were scaled back early in the battle against the fire in the Angeles National Forest, and federal officials now say they are investigating the actions that allowed the blaze to rage out of control.  

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New Hampshire Fire Fighters Dig for Paper Trail
Concord Monitor (10/09/09); Barrick, Daniel

A lawyer for the state's firefighters argued before the state Supreme Court that the Local Government Center, which administers health insurance for thousands of municipal workers across the state, should reveal how much its employees earn. Glenn Milner, representing the Professional Firefighters of New Hampshire, said the disclosure of that information is necessary because the center is a public body subject to the state's right-to-know law. The firefighters' union suspects that the center is using money collected for health insurance for noninsurance purposes, including staff salaries and lobbying efforts.

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Laid-Off Firefighters Getting Jobs Back
TheBostonChannel.com (10/07/2009)

More than 100 Massachusetts fire fighters who lost their jobs during a recent round of layoffs will be returning to work. Governor Deval Patrick plans to direct $8.1 million in government stimulus funds to 13 city fire departments to take back a total of 127 fire fighters. "These stimulus funds come at a critical time, and promise to bring immediate relief to these 13 fire departments and enhance local public safety," Patrick said. The funds will be used to bring back fire fighters in Bridgewater, Easton, Hull, Lakeville, Lawrence, Methuen, Monson, New Bedford, North Attleboro, Quincy, Walpole, Worcester, and Fall River, which plans to take back 44 laid-off fire fighters. "It took a long time to get the job -- a lot of effort, a lot of training. I was on the job for a little over two years, and to just lose it was very devastating for me and my family. But today is a very good day and I am happy," said Coury Garside, a fire fighter with Fall River, MA Local 1314.

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Hundreds Protest Proposed Cutbacks for Police, Fire Fighters
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel Journal (10/11/09); Hetzner, Amy

Giving dire warnings of what might happen to public safety in Milwaukee, several hundred people packed a rally to fight proposed cuts to fire and police budgets. They warned of increases in violence in 2010 if police officers are forced to take four unpaid furlough days, which Mayor Tom Barrett's proposed budget would impose on almost all city employees. They cautioned about increased response times with decreases in fire fighting crews and staffing for ladder trucks. Many wore red Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Local 215 T-shirts that read "No More Cuts" on the back. "You don't cut the people that are risking their lives day in and day out responding to our calls to help," Alderman Bob Donovan told the crowd of fire fighters, police officers and their backers.

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Hundreds of Firefighters at NY Colleague's Funeral
WCAX-TV 3 (Burlington, VT) (10/06/09)

The funeral for Yonkers, NY Local 628 fire fighter Patrick Joyce, who died in a suspicious fire, was attended by Governor David Patterson and hundreds of family members, friends and colleagues. The fire was allegedly set by an evicted tenant who has since been charged with murder. Joyce’s coffin was brought to the church atop a fire engine, and fire fighters in uniform stood outside in formation. Joyce’s wife Tara spoke at the service, calling her husband “the most beautiful person the world has ever known.”

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Some Closure on Closures in Anchorage
Anchorage Press (10/07/09); Kelley, Brendan Joel

At Mayor Dan Sullivan’s press conference unveiling his budget for 2010, he also announced that the rolling closures of Anchorage Fire Department apparatus would end on the first of the year. It was good news for concerned citizens who’ve become fans of the anonymously run AFDStatus.wordpress.com blog and the daily Facebook and Twitter announcements of which apparatus are shut down (the department officially declines to release that information on its own). 

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New Jersey Fire Fighters Endorse Jon Corzine for Governor
International Association of Fire Fighters (10/02/09)

The Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFFNJ) has endorsed Governor Jon Corzine for re-election. PFFNJ President Dominick Marino announced the endorsement September 27 during a joint event with the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police. “In tough times, it takes tough leadership to run a state, and Governor Jon Corzine has proven that he is up to the task when it comes to guiding New Jersey through today’s rough waters,” said Marino.

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Before the Station Fire, a Cost-Cutting Memo
Los Angeles Times (10/02/09); Pringle, Paul

Federal officials are investigating whether budget concerns influenced the way the U.S. Forest Service deployed fire fighters and equipment in fighting the deadly Station fire in the Angeles National Forest. Regional Forester Randy Moore issued an internal memo three week before the blaze, warning forest supervisors of looming budget shortfalls that would require "fire resources be managed to ensure no deficits." Obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the Aug. 5 memo also indicates that forest supervisors were to minimize overtime expenses and equipment purchases, and limit the use of other agencies and contractors. The largest fire in the history of Los Angeles County, the Station blaze is believed to have cost nearly $100 million to fight, and two fire fighters were killed when their truck plunged off a mountain road. The county department responded to the fire immediately because it was close to local communities, helping to keep the flames to 15 acres on day one, Aug. 26. The Forest Service took command when the fire was within federal territory. However, the fire grew rapidly out of control on the second morning, when the Forest Service deployed fewer crews and helicopters from the county department.

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Fire Station Vet Clinic Poses Health Risk
International Association of Fire Fighters (10/07/09)

Bourne, MA Local 1717 fire fighters are concerned that a new veterinary clinic operating from the decontamination room in one of their fire stations is putting the health and safety of fire fighters and the public at unnecessary risk. Local 1717 is working to have the clinic moved to another facility or shut down.

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Police, Fire Fighters Crowd West Palm Beach Budget Hearing
Palm Beach Post (09/22/09); Abramson, Andrew

The West Palm Beach City Commission voted 4-1 to raise the operating tax rate as the city faces unprecedented budget cuts. But the real story at the special hearing was the more than 100 fire fighters and police officers who showed up to protest a proposed increased work load and pay freezes. "Sitting up there in your council chairs is a lot different than going to work with a bulletproof vest and getting shot at or running into a burning home," fire fighter Doug Kalinsky said to the commission.

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Spokane Fire Fighters Help Returning Vets Readjust
International Association of Fire Fighters (10/13/09)

After the nation’s military proudly serve their country in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many come home to find few services available to help them readjust to life at home. With a brother and some friends who had completed some military service, Spokane Valley, WA local 876 fire fighter Darrin Coldiron is responding to the call for the services. After he delivered a donation from the Spokane Valley Firefighters Benevolent Association to the Spokane Veterans Outreach Center. Coldiron was inspired to develop a veterans retreat to provide fun physical challenges and recreation, as well as psychological and peer support.

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Arizona Local Receives Two Fire Station Construction Grants
International Association of Fire Fighters (10/07/09)

Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona, fire departments – both represented by Mesa Local 2260 – are among the 100 fire departments nationwide to receive Fire Station Construction Grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The IAFF wrote and lobbied for the creation of the grant.

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Ohio Locals Stop City Government Attacks on Minimum Staffing
International Association of Fire Fighters (10/06/09)

Minimum staffing for Mansfield, OH Local 266 and Marion, OH Local 379 has been restored after separate legal battles with their respective city governments. In both cases, good contract language was a deciding factor.

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Texas Fire Fighters Care Enough to Wear Pink
International Association of Fire Fighters (10/05/09)

Fire fighters across the state of Texas are honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a big way. As part of the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign, which was adopted by resolution at the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters (TSAFF), fire fighters are wearing and selling pink T-shirts to benefit cancer-related charities.

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