We are just two days away from the IAFF 51st Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! We thank our Philadelphia Local 22 for hosting this year’s Convention and for working so hard to make it memorable.

The Convention will unite more than 2,000 delegates as they help decide the course of the IAFF for the next several years.

This year’s Convention theme – “Fighting Back for a Stronger Union” – is appropriate when we look at the attacks our affiliates are facing. These are truly troubling times. We all need to fight back and stay strong.

The IAFF urges members to review the resolutions that delegates will consider at the Convention.

The Opening Ceremony will kick off Monday, July 23 at 9:00 a.m.

In addition, the IAFF will welcome American Idol finalist and country music star Bucky Covington in the IAFF Charitable Foundation booth and NASCAR driver Jeremy Clements and the #51 NASCAR nationwide series car in the IAFF Financial Corporation booth.

The IAFF Communications and Media Department is also sponsoring a daily chat during Convention, so delegates should be sure to stop by the booth.

For Convention news, updates and coverage, go to www.iaffconvention2012.com and follow the IAFF on Facebook and Twitter.