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Workers Memorial Day and National Day for Mourning Is April 28
April 21, 2014 – The IAFF is encouraging affiliates to observe Workers Memorial Day and the National Day of Mourning on April 28 to commemorate workers who have been injured, killed or suffer illness as a result of occupational accidents and hazards.

Posted on Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT

IAFF Briefing on Interoperability and Communications Issues
April 16, 2014 – One of the most important pieces of safety equipment is a functioning, mission-critical-voice portable radio. Effective and reliable two-way voice communications is essential for both overall fire ground operations and for individual fire fighter safety.

Posted on Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT

IAFF to Use Thunderclap to Promote IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial
April 10, 2014 -- Ahead of the release of a much anticipated Memorial Day Public Service Announcement (PSA), the IAFF is testing a new social media application to promote the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial fund and help amplify the message and expand the power and reach of social media.

Posted on Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Haz-Mat-CBRNE Funding Extended in Canada
April 7, 2014 -- The IAFF will be able to train hundreds more Canadian first responders to respond safely and effectively thanks to a two-year funding extension for the IAFF Haz-Mat and CBRNE Training Initiative announced March 27. The funding extension will allow the IAFF to expand the program into Quebec and other areas of the country that have yet to fully take advantage of the opportunity to receive free Haz-mat and CBRNE response training through the program, which has already trained close to 2,000 fire fighters, police, paramedics and other first responders in more than 200 communities across Canada since 2009.

Posted on Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Supreme Court Decision on Campaign Contributions
April 3, 2014 -- On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an extremely troubling court decision striking down the ceilings that Congress has imposed on an individual’s donations to presidential and congressional candidates, political parties and some political action groups. These ceilings are called “aggregate limits” and eliminating them for federal candidates, as this decision has done, will dramatically impact federal campaigns. Because the reasoning the Court used will be transferable to state campaign finance laws, it will also soon affect state and local races as well.

Posted on Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Remembering Fallen Boston Fire Fighters Walsh and Kennedy
April 3, 2014 – Thousands of fire fighters from across the United States and Canada, family and friends convened in Boston, Massachusetts, this week to honor Local 718 members Edward Walsh Jr. and Michael Kennedy. Walsh and Kennedy made the ultimate sacrifice March 26 responding to a nine-alarm brownstone fire.

Posted on Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT

IAFF Testifies Before Congress on Hazardous Materials Reauthorization
April 3, 2014 – Elizabeth Harman, IAFF Assistant to the General President, spoke before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials April 2 about crude oil, how it is transported safely, the level of training fire fighters have and should receive and the need to update standards for testing crude in light of several oil-by-rail mishaps.

Posted on Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT

PHOTO GALLERY: IAFF Legislative Conference

Posted on Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT

IAFF Members Search for Washington Mudslide Survivors
March 26, 2014 – Approximately 80-100 IAFF members from Washington state and California are actively searching for survivors of the March 22 mudslide that devastated Oso, Washington, a rural area in Snohomish County.

Posted on Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:00:00 GMT

ICYMI: IAFF Legislative Conference Speaker Videos
March 18, 2014 -- Watch video of speakers at the 2014 IAFF Legislative Conference.

Posted on Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Canadian Members Awarded Leadership Program Scholarship
March 10, 2014 – St. John's, NL Local 1075 member Doug Cadigan and Sudbury, ON Local 527 member Rob Hyndman, both presidents of their local, received scholarships to attend the Harvard Law School–University of Ottawa Executive Leadership Program in Ottawa in April.

Posted on Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Enter the 2014 IAFF Media Awards Contest
March 4, 2014 – Have you seen any good stories about the work that IAFF members do? Did your local conduct a public relations campaign in your community? Enter your work in the IAFF Media Awards Contest – the awards recognize outstanding work by IAFF affiliates in communicating with their members and public, as well as reporting and photography that best portray the exciting, meaningful and often dangerous work of IAFF members in the United States and Canada.

Posted on Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:00:00 GMT

World Firefighters Games: Health, Fitness, Fun and Competition
February 28, 2014 -- The 2014 World Firefighters Games, scheduled for August 15-24 in Los Angeles, California, promises to be the biggest and most widely attended fire fighter event in the world. CEO and organizer of the 2014 World Firefighters Games Greg Hough says the 2014 Games includes a program of exciting competition backed by a highly anticipated entertainment package ever staged by the Games.

Posted on Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:00:00 GMT

Canadian Legislative Conference Set for April 27-30
January 14, 2014 -- IAFF members from across Canada will return to Ottawa April 27-30, 2014, to lobby their MPs on a number of issues important to Canada’s professional fire fighters. The 21st edition of the conference takes place in a new venue, the newly-renovated Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel, which is across the street from the IAFF Canadian Office and two blocks from Parliament Hill.

Posted on Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:00:00 GMT

The Affordable Care Act and the IAFF
January 10, 2014 -- The IAFF has published the first in a series of summary "primers" on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects IAFF members.

Posted on Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:00:00 GMT

Detroit Bankruptcy Judge Notes Critical Importance of Public Safety and Fire Fighters’ Rights, Safety and Pension Savings
December 3, 2013 -- IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger issued the following statement today following Judge Rhodes' ruling that allows the City of Detroit to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

Posted on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:00:00 GMT

IAFF Announces 2013 Media Award Winners
November 7, 2013 -- Winners in the 2013 IAFF Media Awards Contest are now online. The winners list also appears in the Autumn 2013 issue of the International Fire Fighter magazine.

Posted on Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:00:00 GMT

IAFF Partners With Operation Warm
September 10, 2013 -- IAFF affiliates have always made it a core mission to give back to the communities in which they live and work. These community outreach efforts also improve their public image, influence how they are perceived by decision makers and the public, show the value IAFF members bring to their communities and promote their efforts to help others beyond their jobs as fire fighters and paramedics.

Posted on Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT

Live Streaming of Redmond Symposium and Barbera EMS Conference
August 22, 2013 -- Select presentations from the 2013 Redmond Symposium and Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference are being streamed live.

Posted on Thu, 22 Aug 2013 07:00:00 GMT

New Online Resource: How to Become a Professional Fire Fighter
August 12, 2013 --The IAFF has released a new online resource on How to Become a Professional Fire Fighter for affiliates to use in recruitment campaigns or for individuals and organizations interested in learning more about how to pursue a career as a professional fire fighter/paramedic.

Posted on Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:00:00 GMT


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