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      Memorials
      11/13/18 - IAFF Local 51
      On October the 28th Lt. Rafael Rafolo Rodriguez passed away from cancer.  It's with a heavy heart that we share this news with you. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and we wish them our condolences.   Please join us, Funeral Services  Mass at St. Mark's Catholic Church.  11700 Pebble Hills at Saul Kleinfeld.
      Memorial Service for Brother Jaime Galarza FIU
      11/13/18 - Boston Fire Fighters
      A memorial service will be held for Brother Jaime Galarza FIU on Thursday November 15th 2018 at the Christ Community Church 41 Stevens St, East Taunton, MA. 02718. All off duty members attending the Memorial shall assemble outside the church at 10:20 am. Uniform of the day, Class A with white gloves.
      Presidents Meeting
      11/13/18 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
      The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters will conduct its next Presidents Meeting on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Missouri State FOP Lodge, located at 715 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.
      California Wildfire Disaster Relief for IAFF Members
      11/13/18 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
      Help Us Help Our IAFF Brothers and Sisters who lost their own homes to the Wildfires in California. Make an Online Donation here.
      Independent investigation reveals gross mismanagement of the City of Verona Fire Department under Chief Joseph Giver
      11/13/18 - IAFF Local 311
      After receiving reports of inappropriate behavior, harassment, and hostile work environment by a member of the City of Verona Fire Department command staff, Fire Fighters Local 311, who represents the full-time City of Verona fire fighters, requested the city conduct an independent investigation into these allegations. The City of Verona leadership, in a good-faith response to the union’s concerns, hired The Riseling Group to conduct the neutral-party investigation into the allegations. The City also asked the Riseling Group to examine the workplace culture in the Verona Fire Department.
      Governor Elect Ned Lamont
      11/12/18 - UPFFA
      November 10, 2018: Greenwich Fire Fighters, Local 1042 Retirement Party
      11/12/18 - UPFFA
      Greenwich Fire Fighters, Local 1042 November 10, 2018, Retirement Party [Picture L-R: Peter S.
      Orlando Employee Discounts
      11/11/18 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
      The PPFFA is happy to partner with Orlando Employee Discounts. Save Up To 35% On Your Orlando Vacation! Orlando Employee Discounts offers Exclusive Pricing on Hotels & Vacation Homes in or nearby Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando.
      Happy Veterans Day
      11/11/18 - IAFF Local 739
      Happy Veterans Day Happy Veterans Day to all of our Veterans.  For those who have, and continue to serve we say Thank You!   Enjoy your day.
      Thank You
      11/10/18 - IAFF Local 2866
      The Fayetteville Firefighters Local 2866 would like to thank everyone who help support one of our fund raisers in the last couple of months. If you rode in our Poker Run or bought a shirt from our tent at Bikes, Blues, and BBQ.
      Assistance for Members in Fire-Affected Areas
      11/10/18 - IAFF Local 1014
      Upcoming Member Orientation Classes
      11/10/18 - MPFFU
      On November 28th and December 3rd, the MPFFU will be offering member orientation classes in Dearborn Michigan.  These classes will begin at 10 am and conclude by 1 pm.
      Santa Express 2018
      11/10/18 - IAFF Local 1426
      The Santa Express 2018 is now full.
      Effects of Administrative Betrayal in the FD
      11/10/18 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
      A well written, researched article about the negative effects on a department caused by an admin’s failure. Anything stand out? https://www.firerescuemagazine.com/articles/print/volume-13/issue-10/departments/management-and-leadership0/effects-of-administrative-betrayal-in-the-fire-service.
      Skin Cancer Screenings
      11/09/18 - IAFF Local 739
      Skin Cancer Screenings On Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 5 to 9 PM, Dr Christine Kannler, sister of Chelsea FF Pete Kannler who passed away from Occupational Cancer will be at the Broadway Firehouse offering free skin cancer screenings for members of Local 739.  All members are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in this quick, private screening.
      2018 Connecticut Election Day Recap
      11/09/18 - UPFFA
      Connecticut Election Day Recap Tuesday November 6, 2018 was a great day for CONNECTICUT Fire Fighters with the election of many of our endorsed candidates.  Over the past year the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters of Connecticut your state affiliate of the IAFF met with national and statewide candidates for office from our U.S.
      Friday Update 11-9-18
      11/09/18 - IAFF Local 1014
      Brother Kevin O'Connell
      11/09/18 - Henrico Professional Firefighters Association
      Brother Kevin O'Connell's Funeral Service and Visitation Visitation: Monday November 12, 8:30am-10:30am Morrissett Funeral Home  6500 Iron Bridge Road Richmond, VA 23234 (Chesterfield County) Funeral: Monday November 12, 4:00pm West End Assembly of God 401 N. Parham Road Richmond, VA 23229 (Henrico County) Donations will be accepted by two options.
      Station 4 Apparel
      11/09/18 - IAFF Local 21
      Station 4 apparel for sale, pre-order only, pre-pay only, will make a great Christmas Present!! Short Sleeve T-shirts are $20, Long Sleeve T-shirts are $25 and Hooded Sweatshirts are $30. Any questions contact Andy Bieze Squad 1-B  To order CLICK ON THIS LINK.
      Engineer Joel Martin Retires from NFD
      11/08/18 - IAFF Local 4416
      Local 4416 offers congratulations to NFD Engineer Joel Martin on his retirement.  Brother Martin served NFD for over 21 years as a Firefighter/EMT, retiring as an Engineer from station 77-B.
      I-25 MVA/Haz-Mat
      11/08/18 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 8:48 p.m. on Sunday November 4th, Local 2164 members responded to a semi accident on the northbound off-ramp from I-25 to Belleview Avenue in Greenwood Village. The semi struck a highway barrier resulting in a violent crash that ejected the motor and destroyed the truck. Miraculously the driver safely exited the cab uninjured and no other vehicles were involved.
      Caggiano Scholarship
      11/07/18 - IAFF Local 739
      Pasquale Caggiano Scholarship The application period for the annual Pasquale Caggiano Scholarship is now open until Friday December 14, 2018.  All graduating high school seniors are eligible if applying to a two or four year college.  For more info have your student visit their Guidance Office for this and other scholarships they may be eligible for.
      IAFF Local 77 Motorcycle Raffle
      11/07/18 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
      Missouri Professional Firefighter License Plates
      11/07/18 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
      At this week’s MSCFF Presidents Meeting the floor voted to proceed with the MISSOURI PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS plates. Below is a mockup of the plates and the steps for a person to obtain the Missouri Professional Firefighter plates. This applies to any applicant after the plates go into production.
      Congratulations to Local 1826 Endorsed Candidates
      11/07/18 - IAFF 1826
      To all Local 1826 Members, Congratulations to the following Local 1826 endorsed candidates in their victories at the polls: 1. Ed Hooper, Senate Seat 16. 2. Matt Willhite, House District 86. 3. Cecil Pendergrass, Lee County Commission Seat 2. 4. Andy Solis, Collier County Commission District 2. 5. Penny Taylor, Collier County Commission District 4. 6.
      IAFF Local 244 Christmas Party
      11/06/18 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      Get your tickets for the IAFF Local 244 Christmas Party!  We will celebrate Christmas and honor our members for Firefighter of the Year (City & County) and Outstanding Leadership on Friday December 14, 2018 at Hyatt Regency Downtown Albuquerque. Tickets are $25.
      November 6th Elections
      11/05/18 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
      Just a reminder for tomorrow's vote if you have not already cast your ballot. Please remember the CPFF supports those that support us.
      PTSD Series with Corey Rose
      11/05/18 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
      Corey Rose has been working with 9News on series about PTSD, and the air-times are below.  We encourage you all to watch the series and share with anyone else you know that may be interested. Thanks.
      City Chapter MOU for Incentive Pay & On-Call Status to be presented for membership approval at Special Meeting 11/15/18 at 7:00p.m.
      11/05/18 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      A Special Meeting will be held on November 15, 2018, during this meeting the IAFF Local 244 Executive Board will present the City Chapter Incentive Pay and On-Call status MOU for approval by the membership pursuant to Article II, Section 2 Contract Vote/Ratification & Section 4 Memorandums of Understanding of the Constitution & Bylaws.
      Give To The Max Saint Paul Fire Foundation
      11/05/18 - IAFF Local 21
      Give to the Max Day is set for Thursday, November 15, 2018! Please consider giving to the Saint Paul Fire Foundation to help further their goals of improving firefighter health and safety.
      Greenwood Village Car Recovery
      11/04/18 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 7:05 a.m. on Sunday, November 4th, Local 2164 members responded to a vehicle in the water at Tommy Davis Park in Greenwood Village. The Ford Ranger pick up truck was halfway submerged with no signs of anyone around. The SMFR Dive Team donned SCUBA gear, searched the area around the vehicle and no one was found.
      Coal Mine Ave. Structure Fire
      11/04/18 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 7:44 p.m. on Tuesday October 30, 2018, Local 2086 members were dispatched to a fire alarm activation at 8160 W. Coal Mine Avenue in Jefferson County. The large, newly constructed building is currently unoccupied and there were no visible signs of smoke or fire when Engine 13 arrived.
      Troy Circle Trash Fire
      11/04/18 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      Around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Local 2164 members responded to a garbage truck fire in front of 6228 S. Troy Circle in Centennial. Heavy smoke and flames were visible from the cargo area when crews arrived and full natural gas tanks on top of the vehicle were threatened. The street was immediately closed and the load of burning trash was dumped out to reduce damage to the truck.
      October Updates Posted
      11/04/18 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
      October updates have been posted to the Members Section.
      Binghamton Fire Fighter Honored
      11/04/18 - Lets Fire Cancer
      "YOUR" latest Cancer Research Donation was recently made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Sarcoma Cancer Research Program in Honor of Bighamton, N.Y. Fire Fighter Dan Bidwell. Since 2010. "YOU"  have donated $268,000 to established, promising cancer research programs.
      2018-2019 Hockey Schedule Posted
      11/03/18 - IAFF Local 21
      The 2018-2019 Hockey Schedule has been posted on the website.
      Ratification Notice
      11/02/18 - IAFF Local 1403
      We have reached an agreement with the County on our 2017-2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement.  A synopsis and the proposed agreement are available under the member resources.
      Friday Update 11-2-18
      11/02/18 - IAFF Local 1014
      Salvation Army Bell Ringing Season Is Here
      11/02/18 - IAFF Local 21
      October 31st and November 1st UPFFA & IAFF Station Visits
      11/02/18 - UPFFA
      Scenes from IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger, 3rd District IAFF Vice President Jay Colbert, UPFFA of Ct. President Peter S.
      Livonia Fire Department: House fire caused by disposal of used cigarettes
      11/02/18 - IAFF Local 1164
      https://www.hometownlife.
      Jackson, MS Local 87 Member Needs Help
      11/02/18 - IAFF 14th District
      NEED YOUR HELP! THE JACKSON FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCATION  LOCAL 87 UNION WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH SUPPORTING OUR BROTHER ERIC TERRY AS HE BATTLES CANCER.  WE ARE SOLICITING YOUR PRAYERS AND A MONETARY DONATION.  I AM SURE WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE WHOSE LIFE HAS BEEN CHANGED BECAUSE OF CANCER.
      MFD's Brave Horses
      11/02/18 - IAFF Local 271
      Harmon’s Histories: Remembering Missoula’s brave, beloved fire horses By Jim HarmonOctober 20, 2018 Jim Harmon They had names like Mack, Prince, Tyler, Baby, Joe and Snap. They were elite athletes, immortalized in death. In Missoula, the most famous of the city’s fire horses were Snap and his brother Prince.
      Relief For PTSD
      11/01/18 - IAFF Local 1403
      After a career as first responders and serving the public, Hugh and Jackie Bruder are now serving their own. They founded Mended Minds, which uses the IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback system. They are now able to help those suffering from PTSD, Addiction, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia and more.
      Link to Educational information
      10/31/18 - Randolph FireFighters IAFF Local 1268
      The following is the Link to the educational information for Perdue. Any questions or issues please feel free to contact Kevin McDonnell  https://docs.google.
      Mariano Rivera Helmet Raffle
      10/31/18 - IAFF Local 274
      This afternoon,myself(Lt Barbella)and Engine 67(FF Piccicinni,FF Disanto and FF Jackson)met at the Ronald McDonald House to pick the winning raffle ticket for the signed Mariano Rivera Fire Helmet. We met with Lisa Fine, director of events.Im happy to report that together we raised over $3300,all proceeds going to them.
      Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries
      10/31/18 - IAFF Local 902
      In half of reported home fires in which smoke alarms were present but did not operate, the batteries had been removed or the alarm was disconnected due to dead battery alerts or nuisance alarms. Working smoke alarms decrease the risk of dying in reported home fires by nearly half.  According to the NFPA, 2/3 of home fire deaths result from broken smoke alarms.
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