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Fair RETIRE Act (Fair Return for Employees on Their Initial Retirement Earned), S-29
Allow permanently sick or disabled Firefighters to keep special retirement coverage
Official Time Reform Act of 2017, HR 1364
Any day where 80% of work day is spent on Union representational duties would not count toward retirement
PAGE Act (Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency)
Make all Government employees "at will" with no appeal rights, forfeit pensions for felony convictions, eliminate all Union official time. This Bill has not yet been re-introduced into the 115th Congress
Federal Firefighters Fairness Act (Presumption), H.R. 1884
Creates presumptive legislation for certain types of cancer and disease linked to firefighting duties.
Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act H.R. 4729
Change our retirement calculation to include our regularly scheduled overtime This Bill has yet to be re-introduced into the 115th Congress
Federal Firefighters Flexibility and Fairness Act, H.R. 1363
Will allow increased flexibility regarding trade time agreements
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IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery - Educational Series
08/03/20 - UPFFA
The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is hosting an online education series for IAFF members, other first responders, healthcare providers, clinicians and the community at large.
MSCFF Endorsed Candidates - August 4th Primary
08/03/20 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
Download August 4th Primary Endorsed Candidate List here.
Monday Morning Headlines
08/03/20 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Good Monday Morning,  This week is Union Meeting Week! We will be conducting business this week with an in-person union meeting on Wednesday, August 5th, at 7 pm and Thursday, August 6th,  at 8:30 am. We will be in the Event Center at the Union Office at 12 Lakeside Lane, Denver, CO 80212.
Top floor fire on 6th St
08/02/20 - IAFF Local 892
Around 18:15 on August 1, Engine 2 and Headquarters were dispatched to 90 Sixth Street for a possible structure fire.  A working fire was confirmed while units were responding.  E2 arrived and stretched a hand line to the top floor of the 2 1/2 story wood frame, single family house.  Additional units supplied water and performed a primary search, while Truck 1 vented the roof.
2020 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial
08/02/20 - UPFFA
Sisters and Brothers, As you know, our 2020 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial will be conducted as a respectful, virtual remembrance on September 19 to honor our fallen whose names will forever be etched onto our Wall of Honor.
L30 GAITERS FOR SALE
08/02/20 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
Brothers and Sisters, New gaiters are in and for sale. Please see a Union Rep at HQ for them. Pricing is 1 for $6 or 2 for 10. Venmo is the preferred payment @CFD-L30.
Vacation Buyback Legislation
08/01/20 - Boston Fire Fighters
Brothers & Sisters, We are extremely happy to inform you that the Massachusetts House of Representatives, yesterday Friday July 31, 2020 passed to engross HB4133/4925 An Act to preserve the practice of including annual payments in lieu of vacation as regular compensation for current retirees and active retirement system members where such benefit existed as of May 2018.
Saint Paul Fire Foundation Golf Tournament
08/01/20 - IAFF Local 21
Chatfield State Park Water Rescue/Recovery
08/01/20 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 3:22 p.m. on Friday July 31, 2020, South Metro’s Dive Rescue Team responded to the Catfish Flats area of Chatfield State Park for a swimmer missing in the water. Witnesses on a nearby boat saw 2 people struggling to swim and were able to safely rescue one of them who was not injured. Sadly, the other person went under the water and could not be located.
Cherry Creek State Park Brush Fire
08/01/20 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 11:37 on Thursday, July 30, 2020, Local members responded to the south side of Cherry Creek State Park after several people called 911 and reported a brush fire. Smoke and flames were visible from Peoria Street and when crews arrived, they found a wood slash pile engulfed with flames.  Members protected the adjacent grass and nearby piles from igniting and worked to control the fire.
7/30/2020 MVA Connecticut Ave
07/31/20 - Norwalk Professional Firefighters
Norwalk Fire Department Press Release The Norwalk fire Department along with PD and Norwalk Hospital responded to a motor vehicle fire on Connecticut ave. This was a four car mva with one car taking down three utility poles. The high tension wires surrounded the car and it burst into flames. The two occupants managed to get out with the help of bystanders.
L-21 & SPFD Face Masks
07/31/20 - IAFF Local 21
   Station 14 is selling Local 21 and SPFD face masks.  $15.00 each Stop by 14s and see Hornyak, Adam Werth or Kauffman.
Friday Update 7-31-20
07/31/20 - IAFF Local 1014
Regular Union Meeting 8-4-20
07/31/20 - Medford Firefighters Local 824
IAFF Online Recovery Meetings
07/30/20 - Suncoast Firefighters
Passing of retired LT James McKeon
07/29/20 - IAFF Local 853
IAFF Local 853 and the Fire Chief regret to announce the passing of retired Lieutenant James McKeon. Here is the link for the full obituary.    https://memorials.blakefuneralhome.com/james-mckeon/4283399/obituary.php James McKeon was appointed to the Lowell Fire Department on January 9, 1983. He was promoted to Lieutenant on February 2, 1992.
2021 Group Calendars
07/28/20 - International Association of Firefighters
2021 group calendars are available in the "Member Resources" section.
August 2020 General Membership Meetings
07/28/20 - International Association of Firefighters
Our next Union meetings will take place on Tuesday, August 4th and Wednesday, August 5th at The Cabin on Rt 33 in Freehold. Both meetings will start at 1530 sharp under the tent. Please make every effort to attend. See you there.
Fire in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood displaces 6; causes significant damage to 3rd floor, roof
07/28/20 - IAFF Local 648
Fire in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood displaces 6; causes significant damage to 3rd floor, roof Updated 9:00 AM; Today 8:54 AM 7/28/2020 - Springfield firefighters on the scene of a house fire on Commonwealth Avenue. The home was heavily damaged and two families were displaced.
Monday Moring Headlines
07/27/20 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Here are the Monday Morning Headlines delivered to you in the Afternoon! Sorry for the delay, and it's a bit of a long one. The Charitable Foundation, along with Local 858 and the DFD Administration, are working together to assist Allie's family and department members in any way possible. Assistance with funeral costs, travel costs, and anything else needed have begun.
Springfield man charged with arson; accused of setting bed on fire, displacing 16 residents
07/26/20 - IAFF Local 648
Springfield man charged with arson; accused of setting bed on fire, displacing 16 residents Updated Jul 24, 1:59 PM; Posted Jul 24, 12:00 PM Fire damage at 500 Hancock St., July 24, 2020. (Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican) 49 shares By Stephanie Barry | sbarry@repub.
Southern Hills Circle Second Alarm Structure Fire
07/25/20 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 7:36 p.m. on Monday July 20, 2020, Local members responded to a multi-family structure fire in the 9400 block of Southern Hills Circle in Lone Tree. Multiple 911 callers reported the back of 2 town homes on fire and a plume of smoke was visible from a distance. First arriving Tower 34 encountered a large volume of fire consuming the rear of the structure and flames coming out the front door.
Littleton Bear in Tree
07/25/20 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 10:40 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2020, Local members assisted Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Littleton Police with a bear in a tree in the 7100 block of South Windermere Street. The bear had already been tranquilized when members arrived and an aerial ladder was needed. Members and Wildlife Officers worked together to remove the bear and carefully lower it to the ground.
Chatfield Vehicle Recovery
07/25/20 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
Just before 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2020, Battalion 1, Dive 16 and Medic 16 responded to the north boat ramp at Chatfield State Park for a vehicle recovery. Thankfully no one was injured or trapped when a truck, trailer and jet ski rolled down the ramp and under the water. Divers connected tow straps and cables and a heavy wrecker was used to safely pull the vehicle out. https://www.
Douglas County Horse Rescue
07/25/20 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 2:43 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2020, Local members responded to an animal rescue east of Parker. A 31-year-old horse slipped into a ditch, landed upside down and was trapped between the small hillside and a barn. Veterinarians administered medical treatment while firefighters constructed a mechanical pulley system to extricate the horse.
Engineer Freeman Rememberance
07/25/20 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
July 16, 2020, marked the 3-year anniversary of Engineer Mike Freeman’s Line of Duty Death at South Metro Fire Rescue. Engineer Freeman held badge #1 and was the most senior employee at the time with 43-years on the job. Engineer Freeman was diagnosed with a job-related brain tumor and passed away a few months later.
Highlands Ranch Trench Rescue
07/25/20 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
Just before 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2020, Local members responded to a trench rescue on Desert Willow Road in Highlands Ranch. Workers were applying a tar-like adhesive to the foundation of a home when one person was overcome by fumes. First arriving Tower 18 found the adult victim below grade in medical distress and unable to escape.
July 25, 2020: Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants
07/25/20 - UPFFA
July 25, 2020: Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants
Friday Update 7-24-20
07/24/20 - IAFF Local 1014
CONGRESS PASSES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH PRESUMPTIVE BENEFIT FOR COVID-19
07/23/20 - UPFFA
CONGRESS PASSES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH PRESUMPTIVE BENEFIT FOR COVID-19 Legislation to ensure fire fighters who die or are permanently and totally disabled due to COVID-19 receive full federal benefits passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously and has been sent to the president for his signature.
14th District PEP Event
07/22/20 - PFFA
Coronavirus Update #12
07/22/20 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
Original message sent July 21, 2020 Stats as of close of business Monday 7/20/20 Time period: 6/15/20-7/20/20 # of symptomatic patients tested - 428 # of patients positive for Covid-19 - 93 Effective positive rate 22% We continue to see an increasing population of patients with Covid-19 related symptoms.
Message Regarding EA 326
07/21/20 - IAFF Local 1014
August 4th Primary Ballot
07/20/20 - IAFF Local 42
Brothers and Sisters: You should be receiving your ballot via US Mail shortly if you did not receive it already.  Please note that on the front side is a QR code that links directly to a digital version of the Local 42 Sample Ballot (you can also access it here.  Simply scan with a smartphone and it will load the ballot on your phone for easy use at your polling location.
Monday Moring Headlines 7/20/20
07/20/20 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Good Monday Morning,  This week is the Union Steward Seminar!  Please RSVP via Sign-Up Genius links below: Wednesday, July 22nd @ 5 pm(Click Date) Thursday, July 23rd @ 8:30 am(Click Date) This is the Agenda:  History of 858 History of the Maltese Cross Steward's 101 class Dont have a Union Steward? Elect one for the fire house.
A Message from Captain Andy Bieze
07/19/20 - IAFF Local 21
It is with deep regret that Saint Paul Fire Captain, Tom Bever, shares with us the passing of his mother Karen Joanne Bever.  Karen passed away peacefully yesterday after a long battle with cancer.  One of her last requests was selfless, asking for any and all donations to go towards the non-profit Shield616.
Anna Spurr Retirement
07/19/20 - IAFF Local 21
Springfield firefighters injured in blaze, home badly damaged
07/19/20 - IAFF Local 648
Springfield firefighters injured in blaze, home badly damaged Updated 9:22 AM; Today 9:16 AM Two Springfield firefighters were injured while fighting this blaze at 588 Plainfield St. Saturday night. (Springfield Fire Department photo) 13 shares By Jeanette DeForge | jdeforge@repub.
July 17, 2020: 2020 Ct. United Ride Officially Cancelled
07/17/20 - UPFFA
July 16, 2020: Firefighter Apuzzo last tour of duty, East Haven FD, Local 1205, IAFF
07/17/20 - UPFFA
Peter S. Carozza was honored to attend the last tour of duty for Fire Fighter Andy Apuzzo of the East Haven Fire Department, Local 1205, IAFF Fire Fighter Apuzzo served as a member of the East Haven Fire Department for 32 years. Thank you for your service and enjoy a well-earned retirement with your family.
Friday Update 7-17-20
07/17/20 - IAFF Local 1014
July 16, 2020: IAFF Fill the Boot Campaigns
07/16/20 - UPFFA
For 66 years, the IAFF has been committed to supporting MDA and the families they serve. The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted that support. Your efforts to hold Fill the Boot events have been postponed, and there is no real indication of when we will be able to get back to our trademark fundraising program that is so critical to addressing the needs of those served by MDA.
North Port Members Showing Their Support For Jacqueline Moore
07/16/20 - Suncoast Firefighters
Former President Local 718 Kristol A. Apostol Obituary Information
07/15/20 - Boston Fire Fighters
Click on Link below... https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/southofboston-ledger/obituary.aspx.
Foundation 58 Fundraiser
07/14/20 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
Sisters and Brothers, Foundation 58 has stood by first responders since its inception, providing financial assistance for those suffering from cancer. Most recently they have pivoted to provide PPE for first responders to keep our folks safe during the pandemic. They have helped us without hesitation. Now Foundation 58 needs our help.
Raising Rondo | Essential Needs Giveaway
07/13/20 - IAFF Local 21
IAFF Local 21 and Fire Fighters United are partnering to give away essential items to the community on Saturday, July 18th, from 10am - 2pm.  Volunteers are needed to assist with distribution of gift bags and meal serving.  Please consider helping out at this event  by giving back to the community that Saint Paul Fire Department serves.
Coronavirus Update #11
07/13/20 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
Original Message Sent 07/10/2020     I was hoping that I would never have to do another Coronavirus Update..... Over the last couple of weeks we have seen a rapid surge in patients presenting at the Wellness Center with Covid-19 related symptoms. In those couple of weeks we have swabbed 280 patients with 42 being positive for the disease.
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