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The Lake Charles Municipal Fire And Police Civil Service Board will hold a public hearing to determine the reasonableness of intent to change the fire department personnel annual leave.  Board members will review a letter from members of the Lake Charles Fire Department requesting an investigation regarding changing the fire department personnel annual leave (vacation,etc.

Union Meeting Location Changed
Our next union meeting is June 12th and State President Chad Major and Chief Murray will be in attendance.  We will be discussing contract issues so please attend and give your input.  Our union meeting will be taking place at the IBEW Meeting Hall, 3000 Highway 90 East (next to the GMC dealership/ O.D. Johnson softball field).

MDA Boot Drive

Local 561, in conjunction with LCFD and the City of Lake Charles, is gearing up for our annual Boot Drive.  Last year we raised over $8,000.00 and we look forward to surpassing that mark this year.  After dates are approved by city counsel we will post the information for everyone to see.

Governor Vetoes House Bill 988

For those of you who haven't heard, Governor Jindal has vetoed HB988 (5yr DROP). He had no problem with the portion of the bill pertaining to us, but with the amendment increasing retirement benefits for certain employees in Paroles and Probations. He doesn't even mention us in his Veto Message.

5 Year Drop

HB988, our five year drop bill has passed all the way through the process.  It was amended on the senate floor Friday and returned to the house for concurrence.  This afternoon the house vote unanimously to concurr with the amended bill.  The amendment does not affect our portion of the bill.  It pertains to the probation and parole officers pension.

Mom charged after 4 boys die in Louisiana Mobile Home Fire

Monday, April 23, 2012 Four boys died in a mobile home fire in Louisiana and their mother was charged Sunday with four counts of negligent homicide for allegedly leaving them alone, authorities said. Capt.

LCFD Firefighters Save Family

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Memorial Day house fire trapped a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old son in a bedroom. The Lake Charles Fire Department rescued them, but it wasn't easy. "We were having problems finding them because of the heavy smoke," Rescue Crew Captain Paul Guidry of the LCFD said. "We were real worried that we were too late.

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Current news directly from IAFF locals, councils, and state/province associations in the US and Canada.

Mourning the Loss
02/01/15 - Urbana Firefighters Local 1147
The Urbana Firefighters would like to take a moment to thank everyone that gave time to help with services for Division Chief Rusty Chism. We would also like to thank everyone that attended to celebrate the life of Rusty. He made a lasting impression on the department and he will be greatly missed.
Lake Firefighters Rescue Dog From Well
02/01/15 - IAFF Local 3990
Leesburg, FL – Lake County Firefighters came to the aid of a four legged friend early Saturday afternoon. The missing pet sheppard mix was found at the bottom of an orange grove well about 20 feet deep in the Sunnyside area of Leesburg. Lake County Firefighters and Special Operations Team were called to assist in the rescue of the missing pup.
Acting Lt. John O'Connor
02/01/15 - New London Fire Fighters
In memory of Acting John O'Connor who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty on February 1st, 1993. We will never forget.
Retirement Party
02/01/15 - New London Fire Fighters
A retirement party will be held on Friday 2/6/15 for retired Lieutenant Todd Chilleri. Lt. Chilleri was hired in 1988 and promoted to Lieutenant in  November of 2000. Lt. Chilleri retired on 11/1/14. The party will be held at the Birds Eye on Jefferson Ave. starting at 5 p.m.. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased from Trish at Fire Headquarters.
Passing of Retired Firefighter Dane Sebastian
02/01/15 - New London Fire Fighters
Local 1522 is sad to announce the passing of retired Firefighter Dane Sebastian. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Thursday at the St. James Episcopal Church 76 Federal St, New London. Calling hours will be held at Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St. from 3 to 6 pm on Wednesday 2/4/15. A full obituary will be posted in The Day paper tomorrow. Our condolences to the Sebastian family.
Cancer Awareness
02/01/15 - Richmond Fire Fighters
FCC Reverses Course, Puts Public Safety At Risk
01/31/15 - UPFFA
FCC Reverses Course, Puts Public Safety at Risk from IAFF in Action New federal rules to help locate wireless callers to 911 fail to incorporate important provisions which would have vastly improved the ability of fire fighters to locate indoor calls.
Local 21 Regrets To Announce The Passing Of Retired Captain Dick Heller
01/31/15 - IAFF Local 21
   Local 21 regrets to announce the passing of retired Fire Captain Dick Heller.  Dick passed away on January 29, 2015.  Funeral arrangements are pending.
Fundraiser Rules
01/31/15 - Cedar Hill Professional Firefighters Association
Letter of thank you
01/31/15 - Franklin Firefighters Association Local 3758
All- We received the below attachment from the Spring Hill FD and wanted to share.
Peer Fitness Instructors Program
01/30/15 - Professional Firefighters of Maine
Announcement: South Portland Fire Department, IAFF L 1476 will be hosting a Peer Fitness Trainer Course June 8-12, 2015 at SMCC. Description of the Peer Fitness Trainer course can be found here: Tuition for the class is $800 per student. In addition to tuition cost, Whole Foods will cater lunch for $60 per student for the week.
Passing of Retired L1426 Brother Tim Oldroyd
01/30/15 - IAFF Local 1426
Haagen Dazs/ MDA fundraiser
01/30/15 - Burbank Firefighters Local #778
Cell Tower Bulletin to homes
01/30/15 - IAFF Local 1014
Here’s a direct link to the petition, sign it NOW!: http://bit.
Mickey Ward helping out
01/30/15 - Quincy Fire Fighters Association
You never know who you are going to run into while out shoveling hydrants.  The crew of Quincy Fire Engine 5 was out shoveling hydrants in West Quincy, when they came upon someone doing thier part to help them out.  This someone was boxer Mickey Ward.
2015 Local 1826 MDA Boot Drive-March 20, 21, & 22, 2015
01/30/15 - IAFF 1826
To all Local 1826 Members, The 2015 Local 1826 MDA Boot Drive has been scheduled for March 20, 21, and 22nd, 2015. Our 2014 Drive led the State of Florida, we are the defending Champions!
Asst. Chief Dale Retires
01/30/15 - Olympia Fire Fighters
Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation Payday Raffle
01/30/15 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Hello All, A message from the Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation: The $1,000 winner for the payday raffle is John Herring, Engine 28 A-Shift, congratulations to John ! Thanks for you continued support.  DON'T MISS FIRE CHIEF ALE.
MSCFF/KC Customs Pick-Up Giveaway
01/29/15 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters would like to thank James Carr of KC Customs for their fundraising efforts and making the Jacked Up Giveaways 2014 Chevy Silverado Pick-Up Truck a success.
Special Membership Meeting
01/29/15 - IAFF Local F-102
All Hands, In accordance with the Local's Constitutuion & By-Laws I have called for a "Special Membership Meeting" to be conducted on 06 Feb 15 at Crash Station 62. The meeting will commence at 0630. I have posted the agenda on the Union website calendar. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact a Union Rep.
St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt Pre-Orders
01/29/15 - IAFF Local 4416
St. Patrick's Day shirt order forms are now available.  The event will be held on Saturday, March 14th at the Copper Still in downtown Noblesville.  T-Shirt orders will be accepted until Friday February 27th.  You can order your shirt online via the PayPal button below or you can download the attached form and return it, along with cash or check, to the Local 4416 office.
Hook & Ladder Decision
01/29/15 - Green Bay Area Fire Fighters
Hello to our great Green Bay Metro community, As you may have read in the Green Bay Press Gazette, or seen news coverage of our ruling regarding the Hook & Ladder program, the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission has delivered a ruling in favor of the City of Green Bay. I think providing some information into what that means is appropriate and I will try to keep it short.
Chili and Chowder Cook-Off
01/29/15 - IAFF Local 772
The third annual Chili and Chowder Cook-Off to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Maine will be held on March 21st, 2015 at Season's Restaurant from 6pm-8pm.  "A" crew is working.  We will need members helping out that night.  If you are interested in helping please notify Andrew Emery, Andy Willigar or Casey Perry at the Bangor Fire Department.
01/29/15 - IAFF Local 772
Congratulations to Firefighter Jeff Hodge on your retirement. Jeff was hired in June 1988. He has been driving Engine #6 on D-Crew for the past few years. Stay safe and enjoy your retirement brother.
NLRFD Promotes 3 Officers
01/29/15 - IAFF Local 35
01/28/15 - IAFF Local 1014
Please Help IAFF Members Son
01/28/15 - IAFF Local 2647
Blizzard of 2015
01/28/15 - New London Fire Fighters
            Members responded to numeorus calls during the recent blizzard. Some of the unplowed streets were a challenge for both out personnel and equipment. Through the EOC, a coordinated response with public works and the fire department helped manage the situation. Companies responded to 40 calls during the storm.
Safety Stand Down for Cancer and PTSD
01/28/15 - IAFF Local 1014
Safety Stand Down for Cancer and PTSD Live Webcast ~ Wednesday, January 28 What: Live Webcast Date: Wednesday, January 28 Time: Begins at 8:00 a.m. PT/11:00 a.m. ET Web Link: www.iaff.
Lake Firefighters Kept Busy With Two Working House Fires
01/28/15 - IAFF Local 3990
Astatula, FL - Lake County Firefighters battled two house fires on Wednesday. The first house fire was reported around 9:46 in the morning on Orange Blossom Street in Astatula. Firefighters from station 77 in Astatula, as well as Lake Jem, Bassville Park, and Ferndale quickly responded and arrived within minutes to find fire and heavy smoke rolling out from underneath the doublewide mobile home.
The Dropkick Murphys ‘Literally Hate’ Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
01/28/15 - Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
The Governor used a Dropkick song during an event, which didn't sit well with the band. A Facebook fan wants to know: why is a “union-busting” politician from Wisconsin using the music of a working-class-loving punk band from Boston to greet his supporters during a nationally televised event? The Dropkick Murphys—and their loyal following—aren’t too sure, but they want it to stop. Immediately. Walker is known as the Republican governor who introduced legislation in 2011, called Act 10, that essentially stripped public unions of their collective bargaining rights. The Dropkick Murphys didn’t like that, as made clear when they blasted Fitzgerald back in 2012, a year after the legislation was passed. “We stand beside our Union and Labor brothers and sisters and their families in Wisconsin and all over the U.S.,” they wrote at the time. After all, they did support Mayor Marty Walsh (D-BOSTON), a “union guy.” By Steve Annear | Boston Daily | January 26, 2015 1:36 p.m.
Remember to Shovel Out Your Nearest Hydrant
01/27/15 - Rockland Fire Fighters
Winter storms and plowing operations can often hide the hydrants under a mountain of snow making them impossible to find quickly. In the event of a fire, firefighters have to locate and shovel out fire hydrants before hooking up to them. Precious time is lost and when a fire occurs we need that time to save lives and keep damage to a minimum.
Welcome BBQ
01/27/15 - San Luis Obispo City Firefighters Local 3523
A big thank you goes out to Chris Gatton and all those who helped with another great Bar-B-Que welcoming the newest members of our fire family! It was a beautiful January day spent with our friends and family.  .
Firefighters rescue 2 people from roof of burning house in Saginaw
01/27/15 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
SAGINAW, MI — The first firefighter to arrive at a burning house in Saginaw discovered two people on the roof over the front porch, yelling for help.
Firefighters learn basics of ice rescue to help train comrades
01/27/15 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
In the frigid water, the man acted to be in distress as veteran Frenchtown Township Firefighter Rich Knoles worked quickly to help him get back up onto the ice.
Firefighter/paramedic named department’s Firefighter of the Year
01/27/15 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
Good firefighters are not hard to find in Brownstown Township. In fact, thanks in part to the reinstatement of the Firefighter of the Year award, they often stand out.
Fire Fighter Behavioral Health
01/26/15 - Aurora Fire Fighters
Firefighters rescue 2 people from roof of burning house in Saginaw
01/26/15 - IAFF Local 102
SAGINAW, MI — The first firefighter to arrive at a burning house in Saginaw discovered two people on the roof over the front porch, yelling for help. Leaning a ladder from the roof to the ground provided the two occupants a safe escape shortly after the 8:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at a home on Owen near East Holland, Saginaw Fire Chief Chris Van Loo said.
Elmwood Ave Fire
01/26/15 - BFFA 3044
Severe Weather Checklist
01/26/15 - IAFF Local 902
The Malden Fire Fighters and the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, advises everyone to be safe and prepared for the upcoming severe weather
Locate and Shovel Buried Hydrants
01/26/15 - IAFF Local 902
Every Second Counts Malden Fire Fighters are asking the public for help during this severe weather. Please take the time to locate and shovel out your nearest fire hydrant. Every second counts and having the hydrant already cleared of snow, will help the Malden Fire Fighters do their job quickly.
Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance
01/26/15 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance and Captain Jeff Dill present the workshop: Saving Those Who Save Others Suicide prevention & awareness March 2, 2015 8am ?12pm Co-­hosted by West Metro Fire Rescue and Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District Location: West Metro Training Center 3535 S. Kipling St. Lakewood, CO 80235 A direct look into suicides within the fire service.
2015 Legislative Conference
01/26/15 - Professional Fire Fighters Of Alabama
The PFFA 2015 Legislative Conference will be held April 13-15 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Montgomery. Information regarding conference and hotel registration will be mailed to each local in February. Please plan to have someone from your local attend.
Blizzard 2015
01/26/15 - Westport Fire Local1802
Please keep generators outdoors and away from open doors and windows to prevent carbon monoxide from entering your home Keep exhuast vents clear Stay away from downed power lines 911 is for emergency use only, for general questions or inquiries call 508.636.1122 (police) or 508.636.
Severe Weather Checklist
01/25/15 - Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
With the forecast for severe weather, the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts offer our "Severe Weather Checklist" to help keep you and your family safe.
Stop the Cell Towers going up at fire stations...
01/25/15 - IAFF Local 1014
Dear members, As you undoubtedly know, Motorola – a contractor for the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) – is in the process of installing cell towers at 86 County fire and lifeguard facilities.
Clarification on Political Activities by Members
01/25/15 - IAFF Local 51
Texas Local Government Code Chapter 150.  Miscellaneous Provisions Affecting Municipal Officers And Employees Subchapter A. Involvement of Fire Fighters And Police Officers In Political Activities §  150.002.
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