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The dangers of carbon monoxide
10/01/14 - Medicine Hat Fire Fighters Association Local 263
Medicine Hat Firefighters are urging the public to check their carbon monoxide detectors as temperatures drop and furnaces start kicking in. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas that is created when fuels combust. It can come from your furnace, your hot water tank, your fireplace or vehicles in your garage.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
10/01/14 - IAFF Local 3472
October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! 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.
Pink Positive T-Shirts
10/01/14 - IAFF Local 2602
T-shirts are in. If you are interested in a shirt they will be $10.00 each. Please contact Leo Mendoza @ 956-536-2800 or Charles Myles @ 956-204-9778. We will be coming by the stations as well.
10/01/14 - Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH 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.
More Than Just A Fire Department
10/01/14 - IAFF Local 3472
The Rochester Hills Fire Department responds to more than just fires.   Did you know that your fire department is actually an “ALL HAZARDS” department.
Local 50 Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness
10/01/14 - IAFF Local 50
Check out this Peoria Journal Star article to find out how the Peoria Fire Department and Local 50 are raising Breast Cancer Awareness! Police, fire departments will show support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Final Campaign Literature
10/01/14 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
See the attachmemt which has all of the campaign literature for the collective bargaining committee we have received.
Jackson firefighters wearing, selling pink shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
10/01/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
OCT. 1, 2014: Jackson firefighters will swap their usual navy blue for bright pink starting Wednesday, Oct. 1. The wardrobe change is part of their annual effort during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise money for organizations dedicated to or individuals fighting breast cancer.
Farmington Hills firefighters support breast cancer battle
10/01/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
OCT. 1, 2014: If you should happen to experience a medical emergency or be in a motor vehicle accident this October, the Farmington Hills Fire Department will be there to lend you a hand...a pink hand, that is.
Saginaw Fire Department second in Michigan to get special fire-survival training
10/01/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
SEPT. 30, 2014: A Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Fire Fighters grant that the Saginaw Fire Department received in June of 2014 is funding training at the Saginaw Fire Department this week.
10/01/14 - IAFF 1826
U.S. Supreme Court Shortens Early Voting in Ohio
10/01/14 - Paul Hufnagel
The Supreme Court ordered a halt Monday to early voting in Ohio that was scheduled to begin this week, clearing the way for the state to close polls on the Sunday before Election Day, when African American turnout has been heaviest.
Fire Prevention Week
10/01/14 - IAFF Local 902
Fire Prevention Week: October 5 - 11, 2014
Smoke alarms
10/01/14 - Medicine Hat Fire Fighters Association Local 263
Local 21 Regrets To Announce The Passing Of Retired Captain Tom Gelbmann
09/30/14 - IAFF Local 21
  Local 21 regrets to announce the passing of Retired Captain Tom Gelbmann.  Captain Gelbmann started with the fire department on June 14, 1951 and retired on June 30, 1984. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Steve Buscemi "A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY"
09/30/14 - Medicine Hat Fire Fighters Association Local 263
Steve Buscemi, who was a New York City firefighter himself from 1980 to 1984, and an actor who starred in the 1992 film Reservoir Dogs and the 1998 film Armageddon, produced “A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY” with filmmaker Liz Garbus, and it's personal to Buscemi in an unobtrusive way.
Mr. Peroutka & Mr. Armstrong Debate 10/9/14 7pm
09/30/14 - IAFF Local 1563
It is official! Mr. Peroutka and Mr. Armstrong have agreed to a head to head debate to discuss issues surrounding district 5 with an emphasis on education and public safety. Tickets are free but limited in quantities. We have opened up tickets to the general public but quantities are limited.
Two locals one great cause, Operation Warm
09/30/14 - IAFF Local 271
Local 271 and Local 2457 are again teaming up to help keep Missoula area kids warm this winter! Firefighters for Operation Warm is under way for this fall and our goal is to give out 600 brand new, American made, winter coats to Missoula area children. Please spread the word.
09/30/14 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
                              Brothers and Sisters, This October 14th will be the start of the Cambridge Fire Department/Local 30 Veterans services support initiative.
PFFM Unanimously Endorses Martha Coakley for Governor
09/30/14 - IAFF Local 1009
On September 18, 2014, at the monthly state meeting of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, the assembled delegates listened to arguments for endorsing a candidate for Massachusetts Governor.   After all the information and facts were presented, the delegates voted unanimously to endorse Martha Coakley.
Seasonal Flu Clinics at Norwalk Health Dept.
09/29/14 - Norwalk Fire Fighters
FYI: Seasonal flu shots are available to all city employees and their families at the Health Department at 137 East Avenue during the following time frames: September 30, 5-7pm Community Clinic October 28, 1-3pm Employees and families only Every Tuesday from 1-3pm beginning in October through the winter season Any questions can be directed to Theresa at ext.
Battalion Chief Organizing - ERB Hearing October 2, 2014
09/29/14 - Medford Firefighters Local 1431
Employment Relations Board hearing will be held Thursday, October 2nd since the City of Medford has appealed the Battalion Chief's organizing effort. The Hearing will be held at the Old Garfield School Building located at 528 Cottage Street NE Ste 400, Salem, OR at 1:30pm. Presenting to the Board will be IAFF Local 1431 and the City of Medford.
UPFFA President Carozza & Governor Malloy
09/29/14 - UPFFA
UPFFA of Ct. Peter S. Carozza, Jr.
Sylvania Township, firefighters head to mediation over exercise dispute
09/29/14 - Paul Hufnagel
Sylvania Township officials and its firefighters union are scheduled to meet with a mediator next week to resolve a dispute over the amount of exercise among firefighters.
Former chiefs question tactics like those used at Dallas blaze where firefighter died
09/29/14 - Paul Hufnagel
When Dallas firefighter Stanley Wilson died battling a condo blaze last year, everything fell apart — from the building where he was trapped to his commanders’ questionable orders.
Newest Detroit firefighters graduate from the training academy
09/29/14 - Paul Hufnagel
DETROIT (WXYZ) - They signed up to put their lives on the line to serve the citizens of Detroit, and after 22 weeks of training, the Detroit Fire Department's newest recruits are ready for the job.
Burlington Firefighters MDA 5K
09/29/14 - Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont
Fire Ops 101 Shows What Firefighters Go Through Everyday (VIDEO)
09/29/14 - Paul Hufnagel
Firefighters no doubt have one of the most dangerous jobs on record. Elected officials and journalists, as well as other members of the community, had to face the heat and go through a day of firefighter training.
Campaign Literature from the Collective Bargaining Nominees
09/29/14 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Campaign Literature from the Collective Bargaining Nominees Candidates for the Collective Bargaining committee have submitted campaign literature to be distributed to the membership prior to the upcoming elections this week. Please see the attachment, and come to the October Union meetings to vote for the candidates that you would like to represent you at the upcoming negotiations in March.
Local F-273 Blankets For Sale
09/29/14 - IAFF Local F-273
Union Blanket Order: $55 dollars per blanket. Money needed by November 1st. Order goes out on November 2nd. Estimate 2-3 weeks for delivery. Please contact FF Card at Station 466 to order. Blankets fit up to a Double/Full sized mattress.
Nominations of 2015 Executive Officers Now Open
09/29/14 - IAFF Local F-273
The nominations for the 2015 Executive Officers will be open until Monday, October 6th at 12:00 midnight. Please email FF Steve Forcum, Voting Committee Chairperson, at if you would like to make a nomination.
Thanks for your Support
09/29/14 - IAFF Local 2866
We would like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who rode in one of our poker runs or bought a Tee Shirt from our tent. Thanks to all of our sponsors and all of the help from the firefighters and their families. This year was a HUGE success because of you.
Ft. Myers Shores FD-Fire Prevention & Public Safety Day
09/29/14 - IAFF 1826
To all Local 1826 Members, Please see attachment containing information on this event. Included will be their First Annual Rib Competition on Oct.
MPFFU Health & Safety Message (September 2014)
09/29/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
Sept. 29, 2014: There is an alarming trend in the Fire Service today, an increased rate in firefighter suicide. It is not a topic that has been tracked very accurately over the years, but recent studies have brought to light just how often it is occurring.
Modern Buildings: The Recipe for Firefighters Deaths or Injuries! (TRAINING)
09/29/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
Sept. 29, 2014: This ground breaking and informative program will utilize extensive multimedia materials to reinforce course content and subject areas.
FF's for Braley
09/28/14 - Iowa Professional Fire Fighters
Fire Fighters for Braley October 9th, 1300-1345 1041 8th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50314 Please join us to show your support for Braley for Senate.
The Many Hats We Wear.
09/28/14 - IAFF Local 168
Has a firefighter, we are required to wear many hats as part of the job. Firefighter, EMT, a public educator, a car seat installer, just to name a few. Occasionally, earn get to earn a different hat to hang on our peg. For a few guys of Local 168, they can add elephant washer to their hats.  A circus was in town and they were in need of the local fire department to help was the elephants.
Dinner at Ronald McDonald House
09/28/14 - IAFF Local 274
On 9-27-14 a group of Local 274 members prepared dinner for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House at Westchester Medical Center.  The families were able to come back from visiting their sick/injured loved ones at the Maria Ferreri Childrens Hospital, to find an amazing dinner consisting of Salad, Penne a la Vodka, Chicken Marsala, Penne Pomodoro, and Deserts.
Concern for public safety
09/27/14 - Medicine Hat Fire Fighters Association Local 263
Interesting article about public safety at risk because of changing building codes. Clik on the link for more info.
Hall of Flame- Mr. January 2015: Snacks for Kids
09/27/14 - International Association of Firefighters Local 1782
Coquitlam Fire's very own, "Mr. January", has chosen the Coquitlam Charitable Society’s Nutritional Snacks for Kids Program as his charity. “Too many kids go to school hungry every day in our community As a firefighter, we see the impact of child hunger first-hand. Providing a meal for these kids will allow them to concentrate on their studies and have a better chance to succeed,” Mark says.
Fire Prevention Week
09/27/14 - IAFF Local 1164
Livonia Fire & Rescue's Annual Open House October 11, 2014 10am - 1pm Events planned are: Normal Fire Safety table top displays Two vehicle extraction demonstrations Cooking fire Demo Call 734-466-2444 For More Info OpenHouse2011VideoB from Weasel Video Production on Vimeo.
November 10, 2014: UPFFA Treasurer's Workshop
09/26/14 - UPFFA
Concord Operation Warm Fundraiser
09/26/14 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
Fire Fighter of the Year
09/26/14 - IAFF Local 801
The leadership of Local 801 would like to congratulate: Brother Gabe Rivera recipient of the Exchange Club Fire Fighter of the Year award Please join us at the presentation dinner on Thursday, October 2nd at 6:30 at Anthony's Lake Club.  RSVP by 9/30 with Beth Ann Fegley at or 203-796-1550.
Brownstown firefighters give motorists the boot to help Muscular Dystrophy Association
09/26/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
Taking a charitable cause to the streets, Ryan McMenemy, a lieutenant with the Brownstown Township Fire Department, is one of several firefighters participating in the Fill the Boot campaign to help fight muscular dystrophy.
Support Nancy Cronk
09/26/14 - Cunningham Fire Fighters
Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation Payday Raffle
09/26/14 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Hello All, A message from the Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation: The $1,000 winner for the September 26th payday raffle is Paul Swedhin, Truck 27 C-shift. Congratulations to Paul! The next payday raffle will be Friday, October 10th. Thanks to everyone for your continued support.
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The dangers of carbon monoxide
Medicine Hat Fire Fighters Association Local 263
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
IAFF Local 3472
Pink Positive T-Shirts
IAFF Local 2602
Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
More Than Just A Fire Department
IAFF Local 3472
Local 50 Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness
IAFF Local 50
IAFF Local 841
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