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Congratulations, Laurions!

Congratulations to the Laurions on the birth of son #3, Max Alexander. He weighs 8 lbs. 10 oz.
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Law enforcement honors Rep. Simonson

From the Duluth News-Tribune: State Rep. Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth, was recognized by a Minnesota law enforcement group on Monday for his work on behalf of public safety issues across the state. Simonson was named the 2014 Legislator of the Year by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association.
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IAFF's Jane Blume on WI Gov. Walker

Walker has negative effect on Wisconsin and public employees (by IAFF's Jane Blume)
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Northland News Center reports on Firefighter Cancer Risk (w/video)

IAFF Local 101 President Pete Johnson talks about exposure to carcinogens in the fire service.
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WCCO reports on Firefighter Cancer Risk (w/video)

WCCO investigates link between flame retardants and cancer.
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Congratulations Bryan and Krystal!

Congratulations to Bryan Hanson and Krystal Kunst on the birth of their daughter Penelope! She was born on May 5, weighing 6 lbs. 15 oz.
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Reporter spends day as a fire fighter

Teri Cadeau of the Duluth Budgeteer spent a day as a fire fighter during IAFF Local 101's Fire Ops. 101, a hands-on event for local leaders to learn about the challenges fire fighters face every day.  Click on the link below to read her column! 
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City leaders gear up as firefighters!

Nice article in the Duluth Budgeteer on our recent Fire Ops. 101 event. Read the whole story here:
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Upcoming MDA events!!!

We have some MDA events coming up this spring. Some are annual events but one is brand new. Please take a look!
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Fire fighter Search & Rescue Drills

Duluth firefighters practice their search and rescue skills (w/video).
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Want To Become A Professional Fire Fighter?

The IAFF has put together a presentation to help answer questions on becoming a Professional Fire Fighter. http://www.iaff.org/et/becomeFF/index.
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Don't Get Fired for Social Media: Think Before You Post!
In recent months we’ve seen some stories about workers who’ve gotten into trouble because of what they have posted on social media.
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PERA responds to attacks on pensions

PERA of MN responds to recent Star-Tribune editorial on pensions.
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Firefighter Cancer Support Network White Paper
08/27/14 - IAFF Local 21
SPFD Firefighter Cancer Task Force has shared a paper drafted by the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.  It is packed full of statistics and information related to the risks we face within our career field.
LFD Swearing In/Promotions
08/27/14 - Lexington Fire Fighters
LFD Promotions/Swearing in. At 1600 hours on August 27th, 2014 Lexington FD had a swearing in ceremony. Lieutenant Don Chisolm was promoted to the rank of Captain, Firefighter Guy Monaco was promoted to Lieutenant, and Firefighter Chris Abisla was sworn into the department.
Brother Matt Malcomson
08/27/14 - Canton Professional Firefighters Association
Brother Matt Malcomson became very ill over the weekend.  He was admitted to Mercy Hospital for a few days.  While there, they were unable to identify the illness.  After a few days of iv antibiotics they moved him to the ICU.  Yesterday he was transferred to the Cleveland Clinic.  Today they diagnosed him with Citro Bacteria.
Vegan vs Carnivore Combat Challenge
08/27/14 - Professional Fire Fighters of McKinney, IAFF Local 2661
Come out and support the team as they compete in Arlington and see the rematch from last year’s Vegan vs Carnivore.
Line of Duty Death
08/27/14 - IAFF 876
It is with great sadness that Local 876 has experienced a Line of Duty Death.  Mark Normington pass away after a courageous battle with Cancer on Sunday, August 10, 2014.  He was 58 years old.  Mark began his service with Spokane Valley Fire Department on June 16, 1986 and retired on June 16, 2012.
September Bi-Monthly Meeting
08/27/14 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
Bi-Monthly Meeting Hosted by: Bristol L-4399 Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Time: 10:00 AM Location: The Masonic Temple Union Lodge #79 Bristol, NH 03222
Join operation warm and see kids smile
08/27/14 - IAFF local 613
Shelby firefighters train at Packard repair garage
08/27/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
AUGUST 27, 2014: With emergency response vehicles, firefighters in full regalia and smoke billowing from a side door of the Packard Proving Grounds repair garage Aug. 20, passers-by might have been alarmed.
E-Board Meeting
08/27/14 - Professional Fire Fighters Of Alabama
There will be a PFFA E Board meeting on September 10th beginning at 1:00 PM. Lunch will be provided and will begin around 12:00. It is important for each local to have a representative in attendance if possible. Members are also welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at the Birmingham Fire Fighters Association Local Hall, 184 Oxmoor Court. We look forward to seeing you on the 10th.
CHANGE to Local 1826 Bi-Monthly Meeting location
08/27/14 - IAFF 1826
To all Local 1826 Members, We have been informed that the SWFL International Airport Training Center, will not be available for our Bi-Monthly meeting. The meeting will be held at the City of Fort Myers Station #5, 9700 Treeline Ave, Fort Myers. Meeting starts at 6:30 pm The Special Dues Assessment vote will also be finalized at this meeting, voting will be from 6:30-7:30.
Turn Out Gear Survey Results
08/27/14 - IAFF Local 21
Pittsburgh L0001 Labor Day Parade
08/27/14 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
Pittsburgh Firefighters Local 1 would like to invite all firefighter locals to march with us in the city’s annual Labor Day parade.
FIRST RESPONDER NIGHT
08/27/14 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
The Boston Red Sox are holding a First Responder Night on Thursday September 25, 2014 Discounted tickets are available for First Responders, families, and friends To reserve seats or for more information, please contact Kyle Raynor (617) 226-6289 or email: kraynor@redsox.
Union Meeting Reminder
08/27/14 - IAFF Local 1403
Thursday, August 28 at 8:00 PM will be our general membership meeting.
Lafayette 9/11 Stair Climb
08/26/14 - PFFA
Guns and Hoses 2014
08/26/14 - IAFF Local 3666
Come see the Potomac Nationals play the Frederick Keys on Sunday, August 31st. Gates open at 1300 and the Guns and Hoses charity game starts at 1315, Keys vs. Nationals kicks off at 1600 hours.  Contact Brother Mutchler for tickets.
Be Brave Enough to Wear Pink
08/26/14 - UPFFA
Be Brave Enough to Wear Pink Across the United States and Canada, IAFF members will be wearing pink this October — just one of the many ways to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Fire fighters get involved for many reasons, and often it’s because they have been personally affected by the disease.
American Heart Walk T-Shirts for Sale!
08/26/14 - Denton Fire Fighters Association
New Denton Fire Chief
08/26/14 - Denton Fire Fighters Association
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Metro Airport Local 741 Ice Bucket Challenge
08/26/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
MDA "Fill the Boot" 2014
08/26/14 - Cunningham Fire Fighters
Your Local 3027 firefighters will be out collecting donations this weekend for Muscular Dystrophy.  Please stop by and say hello if you see us.  If you would like to donate to this great cause we would gladly accept your donation on behalf of MDA.  Have a safe holiday weekend.
Passing of Sergeant Joseph Helmick Grandson of Retired FF Dick Schiferl
08/26/14 - Franklin Park Firefighters
Obituary for Mr. Joseph A. Helmick Grandson of Retired FF Dick Schiferl, Cousin of FF/PM Tommy Thomson and Nephew of Lisle/Woodridge Lt Eddy Crews Joseph A. Helmick Loving husband of Cassandra. Cherished son of Michael and Catherine Helmick. Dear brother of Sara Godvik, Geno, Tina, Alice, George, Albert, Ruben, and Matthew. Uncle of Alison, Mya, Amelia, and Vincent. Dear son in law of Ken and Beth Whitman.
The Start
08/25/14 - IAFF Local 2866
The start of the poker run on Friday will be at Oak Plaza located at Garland (hwy 112) and North. We will be going north to Eureka Springs and back around to end at the Official Camp Ground of Bikes Blues and BBQ. On Saturday we will start from the Wedington Fire Dept. and will be going South to Altus and back to end at Arvest Ballpark.
Station Delegates
08/25/14 - Charleston Firefighters Association - Local 61
Brothers, The upcoming monthly meeting in September will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.  During this meeting, we will be electing Station Representatives.  If you would like to be the Station Representative or nominate someone please plan on attending this meeting.
SB 1019 needs YOUR help now!
08/25/14 - IAFF Local 1014
Tell Your Assembly Member: Support the Disclosure of Toxic Flame Retardants! This is scheduled to be heard tomorrow August 26th. DONT DELAY! CPF-sponsored legislation, SB 1019 (Leno), exposes the use of flame retardant chemicals in uphostered furniture that produce cancer-causing agents when they burn, putting firefighters and the public at risk.
Dearborn/Melvindale Fire Department merger still going strong after first year
08/25/14 - Paul Hufnagel
Melvindale officials are projecting a $500,000 savings in the first year. The actual savings total was not available at press time. The city will have additional staffing and rigs at its station, which the city is renting to Dearborn for $1 a year, and additional firefighters will be available. At least 17 firefighters from three stations are dispatched to every fire.
(UPDATED) Big changes coming to Lincoln Park Fire Department under emergency manager's financial plan
08/25/14 - Paul Hufnagel
The Lincoln Park Fire Department will either become part of a “fire authority” with neighboring communities or will contract out all emergency medical services under a plan devised by emergency manager Brad Coulter.
Paramedic license rule up for debate in Des Plaines
08/25/14 - Paul Hufnagel
As part of a continuing debate, two Des Plaines aldermen are urging the city's board of fire and police commissioners to reconsider a requirement that mandates all prospective firefighter new hires have a paramedic license to apply for the job.
Fire at 262 Main Street
08/25/14 - IAFF Local 892
At 12:50 August 24th, Truck 1, Squad A, Engine 3, Engine 2 and the Battalion were dispatched to the Salvation Army building downtown for a reported structure fire.  Heavy smoke was encountered upon entry and SqA pulled their crosslay.  The fire was discovered towards the back of the first floor and was quickly knocked down.
Hot Scholarships
08/25/14 - IAFF Local 135
Members of Local 135, Hot classes will be held on September 27th and 28th.  Click this Link for more information on Hot 2014. Members who attend can submit their reciepts for reimursement by the Local.  For more information contact the Office.
Fill The Boot
08/25/14 - IAFF Local 902
"Fill the Boot" Members of the Malden Fire Department Local 902 will be out in full force for the Fill the Boot Campaign to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association "MDA".
Dearborn/Melvindale Fire Department merger still going strong after first year
08/25/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
AUGUST 24, 2014: A year ago, then-Melvindale Fire Chief Steven Densmore described the deal to merge his fire department with Dearborn’s department as a humbling experience in which “everybody checked their egos at the door.
The Start
08/25/14 - IAFF Local 2866
The start of the poker run on Friday will be at Oak Plaza located at Garland (hwy 112) and North. We will be going north to Eureka Springs and back around to Fayetteville. On Saturday we will start from the Wedington Fire Dept. and will be going South to Altus and back to end at Arvest Ballpark.
Rural/Metro ambulance firm to lay off more than 300 in Indiana
08/24/14 - Paul Hufnagel
At least 330 full- and part-time employees of Rural/Metro will lose their jobs, when the ambulance company pulls out of six Indiana communities, including several in Central Indiana, a company official said.
Emanuel alters eligibility rules for firefighters entrance exam
08/24/14 - Paul Hufnagel
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is standing behind a hiring preference for Chicago Public School graduates that has infuriated firefighters, despite surprise opposition from Chicago Teachers Union president and possible mayoral challenger Karen Lewis.
Operation Warm Fall Kickoff Party
08/24/14 - IAFF Local 21
Bedford Firefighters Local 1683 Clambake & Reverse Raffle
08/24/14 - Northern Ohio Fire Fighters
Bedford Firefighters Local 1683 Annual Clambake & Reverese Raffle Saturday, October 11th, 2014 "B-Shift" See flyer for specifics
September 7, 2014: 14th Annual Ct. United Ride
08/23/14 - UPFFA
Chelsea Firefighters Raise Over $12,000
08/23/14 - IAFF Local 937
The Chelsea Firefighters Local 937 members have raised over $12,800.00 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  We would like to thank everyone who reached so deeply into their pockets in support of us for making this possible.
September 7, 2014: 14th Annual CT United Ride
08/23/14 - UPFFA
Visibilty Standout for PFFM endorsed candidates
08/22/14 - IAFF Local 1009
Brothers and Sisters, As was clearly demonstrated by the victory of mayor Marty Walsh in Boston elections matter!! Because elections matter and our livelihood is so closely connected to the political process we (Local 1009) will need to be active in the election cycle. We have traditionally supported the endorsed candidates of the PFFM for state elective office.
Interim Report - Elections 2014
08/22/14 - National Capital Federal Firefighters
Brothers & Sisters,      Please see the following report provided to me from President Emeritus Bruce Poore, our elections chairman, and then forwarded to the executive board last night.
$13,600 for MDA from L892
08/22/14 - IAFF Local 892
Norwich Local 892 was able to raise $13,600 for MDA during our annual fill-the-boot drive.  The citizens and commuters of Norwich were very generous and we thank them for their help.
28 Squire St
08/22/14 - New London Fire Fighters
At 3:17 am on 8/22/14 a neighbor called in a smoke detector sounding at 28 Squire St. When units arrived, tenants had not yet evacuated the structure. Fire was showing in a second floor window at the rear of the house. Forcible entry was made and a search for occupants found four adults that were still sleeping and unaware of the fire or alarm.
Recovery Operations 8/21/14
08/22/14 - New London Fire Fighters
New London Firefighters assisted by numerous agencies and a good Samaritans personal boat searched for the body of a male who had jumped off the Southbound side of the Gold Star Bridge. State Police divers recovered the body after recovery dogs and side scan sonar(used by the State Police boat and Mystics Fire boat) came up with hits in the same area.
MDA VOLUME 1 ISSUE 3 AUGUST 22, 2014
08/22/14 - UPFFA
Members Support CHaD Baseball
08/22/14 - Portsmouth Professional Fire Fighters
12-year-old spends day at fire station with 'CHaD buddy' By Suzanne LaurentBuy This Phot Portsmouth Firefighter/EMT Bruce Gosselin supports his CHaD buddy Toby Mann, 12, as he tries out the firehose at Central Fire Station on Court Street on Thursday.
August 28, 2014
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