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Let your voice be heard
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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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BC Donald Murphy
12/21/14 - New London Fire Fighters
Calling hours for retired BC Murphy will be from 3 to 5 pm Monday December 22nd at the Neilan Funeral home on Ocean Ave. Funeral services will be held at 10am Tuesday December 23 at the funeral home. Interment will follow at St.
2015 SFPFF Tentative Agenda
12/21/14 - Southern Federation of Professional Fire Fighters
THURSDAY, MARCH 5 THRU SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015 CONFERENCE HOST: SOUTH CAROLINA PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION Agenda- Thursday, March 5, 2015 1:30 p.m. SFPFF Executive Board Meeting 2:30 p.m. SFPFF Committee Meetings 3:00 -5:00 p.m. Conference Registration Convention Center 5:30 -7:00 p.m.
2015 SFPFF Convention
12/21/14 - Southern Federation of Professional Fire Fighters
All Southern Federation of Firefighters State & Local Affiliate Officers:   In accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws of the Southern Federation of Professional Firefighters I am sending this correspondence in regard to your annual membership and the Annual SFPFF Conference.   “All Affiliated States and Locals and Associate Members shall pay one dollar ($1.
REST IN PEACE
12/21/14 - Wilmington Fire Fighters Local 1370
Chief John Norman asking for our Help
12/20/14 - IAFF Local 794
Chief John Norman, who taught our training seminar in October emailed us today asking for all of our help. A member of his volunteer fire dept is currently on life support after falling through a floor into a cellar fire. His family is going through alot right at Christmas time and Chief Norman is asking for our help. His message is below.
Canton Township: Firefighter/Medic
12/20/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
We are requesting assistance in encouraging qualified applicants to apply for open positions with Canton Township.
Hynek Promotion 12/19/14
12/20/14 - New London Fire Fighters
A swearing in ceremony was held at Fire Headquarters to promote Firefighter Jeremy Hynek to the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. Hynek is a 14 year veteran of the New London Fire Department. Lt. Hynek is a graduate of the University of New Haven and has a Bachelors Degree in Fire Science and Administration. Lt.
Bangor Firefighters raise $9,084 for MDA in Black Friday Fill the Boot
12/20/14 - IAFF Local 772
BANGOR, Maine – More than nine members of the Bangor Fire Department Local 772 raised $9,084 during the annual Fill the Boot drive on Black Friday to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Bangor area. To date the Bangor Fire Department has raised  $29,322 for the MDA of Maine.
Posting For Ratification Vote On The Proposed C.B.A. 2014-2015
12/20/14 - IAFF Local 1891
A full copy of the proposed contract will be posted at each station as well as attached to this link. ATTENTION LOCAL 1891 MEMBERS POSTING FOR RATIFICATION VOTE ON THE PROPOSED C.B.
L2887 Elections have brought a new President
12/19/14 - IAFF local 2887
Brothers Local 2887 has a new President Dan Stoller.Dan has been elected from his prior E Board position as Vice President , Dan has come a long way moving up into the political side of the forum and has alot of work in the upcoming year to work on with his fellow brothers of 2887.
West Side Grab
12/19/14 - IAFF Local 317
UPDATE 12/18/14 @ 8:37 p.m. CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four people lived in a home that was badly damaged by a fire Thursday night. It happened in the 1500 Block of 2nd Avenue about 6:30 p.m. Crews tell WSAZ.com that the only person who was in the home when the fire broke out was an elderly woman who was bedridden. Her brother met crews outside.
Taylor firefighter credits colleagues with saving his life
12/19/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
Lt. Brad Hoffman of the Taylor Fire Department says he knows that two of his colleagues think it was no big deal that they pulled him out of a hole in a floor while battling a fire at an apartment complex.
Rescue Squad 1 Is Ordering T-Shirts
12/19/14 - IAFF Local 21
Squad 1 is ORDERING T-SHIRTS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL CRITTENDEN @ FIRE HOUSE 4. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PLACE AN ORDER PLEASE EMAIL THEM TO RICK CRITTENDEN ON HIS CITY EMAIL. WE WOULD LIKE TO PLACE THE ORDER BY JANUARY 1ST. THANK YOU!  IF 150 ITEMS TOTAL ARE ORDERED THIS WILL BE THE PRICES OF EACH: - T-SHIRTS- $10.00 - LONG SLEEVE T’S- $12.
DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!
12/19/14 - IAFF 851
DON'T FORGET TO CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE BUDGET.
Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation Payday Raffle
12/19/14 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Hello All, A message from the Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation: The $5,000 winner for the payday raffle is Will Oliver, Truck 2 C-shift, congratulations to Will! Thanks for you continued support.  Don't forget to get your 2015 raffle tickets that are on sale right now.
Donald Murphy
12/19/14 - New London Fire Fighters
It is with deepest regret and sorrow to announce the death of Retired Battalion Chief Donald Murphy. BC Murphy (age 88) passed away this morning at L&M Hospital. In 1952, BC Murphy joined the New London Police Department as a Supernumerary and at the same time started out as a substitute Firefighter for the New London Fire Department.
"Pass the Boot" For DPD Officer John Adsit
12/19/14 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Brothers and Sisters, Denver Firefighters Local 858 is asking for your support and participation in the “Pass the Boot” campaign for Denver Police Officer John Adsit. Officer Adsit was critically injured on December 3, 2014 while providing protection during an organized protest. Officer Adsit is still in critical condition and has a long road to recovery ahead of him.
Local 34 Christmas Party
12/18/14 - IAFF 34
Great time and good food at our first Christmas Party at the new hall.  Big thank you to Cynthia Austin for all her hard work to make it happen.
Call to Action
12/18/14 - IAFF 34
Thank you to all the members that came out to the city board meeting.
SuperBowl Party 2015
12/18/14 - IAFF Local 1403
Super Bowl Raffle tickets are on sale. Please contact your Battalion Rep or the Union Hall (305)593-6100 to get you ticket. Tail-Gate party starts at 1:00 and drawing will be held at halftime. All proceeds benefit the Firefighter Charities.
2014 Canton Ex-Newsboys'
12/18/14 - Canton Professional Firefighters Association
Funeral Services for Retired Denver Fire Fighter Paul Spurgeon
12/18/14 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
  Brothers and Sisters, The funeral services for retired Denver Fire Fighter and Local 858 member Paul Spurgeon, will be held at 11am on Friday, Decemebr 19, 2014 at Cross of the Christ Lutheran Church, 12099 Lowell Blvd. Broomfield Co. Brother Spurgeon worked for the Denver Fire Department for 32 years and retired as the Division Chief of Operations.
District Judge rules in favor of Local 613
12/18/14 - IAFF local 613
A District Court judge has ruled in favor of the Bozeman firefighters' union on a preliminary motion in a lawsuit filed by the city over the union status of newly created battalion chief positions.
Massachusetts Firefighters to Warm the Hearts of Children with Hundreds of New Winter Coats
12/18/14 - Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
BOSTON, Mass. – This holiday season hundreds of less-fortunate children will be outfitted with brand-new winter coats thanks to the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts. The statewide union raised more than $23,000 and partnered with Operation Warm, a national, non-profit organization that has provided new coats to 1.5 million children in need. 700 children in Holyoke, Lynn and New Bedford will receive brand new USA-made coats and be able to select their favorite color, and write their name on the interior tag of the new coat, which reads, “Made Just for You.”
DALLAS STARS TICKETS ORDER HERE
12/17/14 - International Association of Firefighters Local 3453
3/3/15 AT 7:30 VS THE NY ISLANDERS.  LOWER LEVEL TICKETS $40.00 CLICK HERE  UPPER LEVEL TICKETS $15.
Ethel Cook's Funeral Arrangements
12/17/14 - IAFF Local 312
4th Annual Retiree's Gala
12/17/14 - IAFF Local 3666
Contract Proposal
12/17/14 - IAFF Local 1296
2014 Toys For Tots
12/17/14 - Saint Paul Fire Foundation
Toys For Tots
12/17/14 - IAFF Local 902
Collecting “Toys-For-Tots” in Malden The Malden Fire Department working in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps is currently collecting new, unwrapped toys to benefit Toys-For-Tots.
Akron may promote firefighters for first time using new process
12/17/14 - Paul Hufnagel
Akron may soon promote firefighters for the first time based on seniority and training, rather than a test.
Even with Stock Market's Rise, Many Pensions Haven't Recovered from Recession
12/17/14 - Paul Hufnagel
Almost 40 percent of pension plans examined, even those that have been well-funded, have yet to reach their pre-recession peaks.
By Law Change
12/17/14 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
The attached bylaw changes were unanimously approved at E-board to be presented to the membership at the Union Meetings on Wednesday, January 7th at 7:00pm and Thursday, January 8th at 8:30am.
Farmington Hills firefighters donate jackets
12/17/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
This winter 50-some students at Lanigan Elementary School will be warmer thanks to the efforts of Farmington Hills firefighters.
2015 World Police & Fire Games
12/17/14 - IAFF 14th District
Good Afternoon: It is with great excitement and anticipation to be contacting you regarding the 2015 World Police & Fire Games; being hosted in Fairfax County, Virginia next summer between June 26, and July 5, 2015.  It is one of the largest multi-sport, multi-venue events in the world; it is larger than the Summer Olympics.
2015 LETS FIRE CANCER - NEWSLETTER
12/17/14 - Lets Fire Cancer
A Christmas Past...
12/17/14 - Wilmington Fire Fighters Local 1370
Holiday Wishes From Local #60
12/16/14 - Scranton Firefighters IAFF Local # 60
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year .
J-Benefit Period
12/16/14 - Detroit Fire Fighters Association
“J” time remains to be a contractual benefit under the 2014-2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement which provides continuation of full pay and benefits for all duty-disabled employees for up to one year. As such, you may be asked to complete an Election of Benefits Form. If so, you are advised to select to receive benefits under the City of Detroit Charter Plan.
JOB OPENING: PITTSFIELD TWP FIREFIGHTER
12/16/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
This is a Full-Time, Union, Non-exempt position with competitive pay and benefits. Deadline to apply is February 28, 2015.
Local F-273 Needs Your Help Saving The EFMP Children's Christmas Party
12/15/14 - IAFF Local F-273
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) annual kids Christmas party is held with approximately 50 EFMP children each year. In the past they have been supported by other outside entities. Unfortunately, this year no one else has stepped up to assist, which led to this event being within two days of being cancelled.
December Meeting Agenda
12/15/14 - Huntley FF Local 4106
Lincoln St Double 12.14.14
12/15/14 - IAFF Local 2647
One woman was transported to Berkshire Medical Center with burns on her hands and feet in the wake of a fire at 27 Lincoln Street that badly damaged a two-family home Sunday morning In addition to the woman, whose condition was unavailable yesterday, three firefighters were also injured in the blaze, according to Acting Deputy Fire Chief Steven Peaslee.
Annual Christmas Gathering
12/15/14 - IAFF Local 312
What: "ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GATHERING" When: Friday December 19, 2014 (A-Turn) Where: Big's Burgers & Beer 1597 Mahoning Ave. Youngstown, OH Time: 2000hrs. This is an informal event.  There is no cost and you will be responsible for your own bill.
LPFFA Local 851 Firefighter Fitness Challenge
12/15/14 - IAFF 851
Lane Professional Firefighters Association “Firefighter Fitness Challenge” January 1ST thru March 31st Attention all Lane County Professional Firefighters, Family, and Volunteer Firefighters!      Beginning January 1st, 2015, we will kick off the first ever Firefighter Fitness Challenge. The event will begin January 1st and end March 31st of 2015.
Local F-273 Attends "Wreaths Across America" Service
12/15/14 - IAFF Local F-273
This past Saturday Local F-273 President Mike Trainor attended the annual "Wreaths Across America" service at Arlington National Cemetery. President Trainor assisted in laying wreaths on the graves of our Nation's veterans in honor of their sevice. We would like to thank President Mike Jackson of Fort Meyer IAFF Local F-253 in helping coordinate this service.
Noise-Study
12/15/14 - Detroit Fire Fighters Association
Since good hearing is critical for firefighters, Wayne State University (WSU) is partnering with the Detroit Fire Department to identify the environmental/genetic risk factors that enhance the susceptibility to noise-induced hearing impairment. Several reports indicate that 40% of firefighters develop hearing impairment.
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