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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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Brittas Benefit
04/24/14 - IAFF Local 21
2014 The Robert B. McCarthy ~ PFFM Health & Welfare Trust Fund, Scholarship Golf Tournamant
04/24/14 - Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
The 2014 Robert B. McCarthy PFFM Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held August 1, 2014. For more information and to register please click the link.
St. Paul Fire Golf League
04/24/14 - IAFF Local 21
Time: 7:30 til 9:00 a.m. Location: Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater Details: Attention Golfers – The SPFD Golf league has started.  Golf league is every Wednesday, tee time 7:30 til 9:00 a.m. at Oak Glen Golf Course.  Everyone is welcome plus guests.  Contact retired FEO John Moravec at 651-748-9797 with questions.
Red Sox Alumni Game
04/24/14 - IAFF Local 772
Annual Red Sox Alumni Game June 26, 2014 Game starts at 6:00pm Mansfield Stadium - 13th Street in Bangor Come join in the fun, with a fan favorite - Bill "Spaceman" Lee and some of his friends, as they take on the Bangor Firefighters All Stars in this benefit baseball game. Tickets are a $10.00 donation (also available at the gate).
Adrian approves budget to keep three firefighters
04/24/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
APRIL 24, 2014: The 2014-15 budget approved Monday by the Adrian City Commission spends some of its reserve funds to keep three firefighters employed.
Firefighter's Ball
04/24/14 - IAFF Somerville Fire Local 76
The Somerville Firefighter's Ball will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at the Montvale Plaza at 7 pm.
04/24/14 - Boston Fire Fighters
CONTRACT RATIFICATION Local 718 will be holding Elections to accept or reject the final offer by the City on a contract. The Election will take place at Florian Hall Thursday May 1st  between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.    The questions shall read I accept the final offer by the City I reject the final offer by the City.
Davey Fitz Memorial Golf Tournament
04/24/14 - IAFF Somerville Fire Local 76
The annual Davey Fitz Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Friday, June 20th at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading MA. Contact Steve Layton or the Credit Union to sign up.
Workers Memorial Day and National Day for Mourning Is April 28
04/23/14 - UPFFA
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. April 28 marks the 44th anniversary of the U.S.
The 8th Annual Elephant Run 5-11-14
04/23/14 - Buffalo Professional Firefighters Assoc.
On Mother's Day, May 11th, 2014 will be the 8th Annual Elephant Run. Please see the attached poster.
Biggest Loser Run/Walk
04/23/14 - IAFF Local 2421
Its Running season again. we are excited to be a part of the Biggest Loser Run/walk event held in plattsburgh for a second year. Last year we had a great turn out,and this year lets make it bigger. This year we are co hosting a team with CVPH ECC department. Follow the link below for registration and be sure to click join an exisitng team: City Firefighters/CVPH ECC Team! http://www.
Pension Committee - Video 2
04/23/14 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
The Local 858 pension committee has prepared a series of short videos explaining how each one of the components of your pension works and how that proposed change will affect you. This second video covers your retirement options. *While the information in this video is accurate, this is not a production of FPPA.
Passing of FF Thomas Gill - L-1 Retired
04/23/14 - IAFF Local 739
LYNN — Thomas J. Gill, age 83, of Lynn, retired Lynn firefighter, Ladder 1 Fayette Street Station, entered into rest on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. Tom was also a Korean War veteran. He was the son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Gilbride) Gill. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart Elementary School and St. Mary’s Boys High School, class of 1948.
Busy Week for Crews
04/23/14 - IAFF Local 2421
Last week the Crews were busy. on April 15th a reported Structure fire was dispatched on Smith St.  and the first arriving engine 282 reported flames showing. Platoon 2 had a quick  knock down and other crews came in for overhaul. Several residents were checked out but were not transported.
Burn Ban
04/23/14 - IAFF Local 2421
A Reminder to everyone that there is a burn ban in effect until May 15th. this does not include small campfires and cooking fires. If you have any questions contact your local Fire Dept. we have provided the link to the NYS DEC website. this should answer most of your questions.
04/23/14 - Crowley Professional FireFighters Association
Fire Gas Study
04/23/14 - Tennessee Professional Fire Fighters Association
An eight month study of air monitoring was conducted to provide information about determining when the atmosphere is safe for firefighters.  This report was presented at the Federation of State/Provincial Professional Fire Fighters meeting in April.
City responds: Arbitrator had no right to rule that firefighter with diabetes should return to work
04/23/14 - Paul Hufnagel
Syracuse, NY -- An arbitrator who ruled that Syracuse should bring back a fired firefighter with lifelong diabetes acted beyond his powers, a city lawyer argued in court today.
Firefighter minimum staffing bill raises concern in Quincy
04/23/14 - Paul Hufnagel
Legislation currently pending in the Illinois Legislature that would make minimum staffing levels a part of firefighter union labor negotiations is raising concerns with Quincy officials, who believe that it could lead to significant budget increases.
Fire at The Day Paper 4/22/14
04/23/14 - New London Fire Fighters
At 6:21pm on 4/22/14 Group 2 responded to a fire alarm activation at 47 Eugene O'Neill Dr (The Day) for a fire alarm activation. The fire alarm panel showed sprinkler activation and members encountered a hallway filled with smoke. A fire was located on the mezzanine level. BC Sargent added the remaining on duty units and also requested the Sub Base FAST Team.
2014 Firefighter Chili Cookoff
04/23/14 - Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters
On behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Colorado Springs Professional Fire Fighters Local 5,are thrilled to invite you to our Annual Fire Fighter Chili Cook-Off!  This year’s Fire Fighter Chill Cook-Off will be taking place on June 27th at the Fan Fest in Downtown Colorado Springs.
April 26, 2014: Funeral Services for Ingrid Wend
04/23/14 - IAFF Local 801
Ingrid Wend, 78, of North Port, FL, previously Prospect, CT and Danbury, CT passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014. Ingrid was born July 19, 1935, in Berlin, Germany, a daughter of the late Walter & Irma Bleich, She attended schools in Germany, graduating from Trade School to become a Beautician. She married Herman Wend, Jr. and they moved to America in 1961.
MDA Fill The Boot 2014
04/22/14 - Professional Fire Fighters of McKinney, IAFF Local 2661
Fill The Boot 2014 is just around the corner.  We will be out and collecting for the MDA on May 1st, 8th, and the 15th at the intersection of Redbud and University.  Check out the press release for more information.
Nashville Charity Golf Tournament
04/22/14 - Southern Federation of Professional Fire Fighters
Download a Registration Form by clicking here.
2014 Union Banquet
04/22/14 - Canton Professional Firefighters Association
2014 Local 249 Union Banquet May 22nd 2014 Skyland Pines Cocktail Hour 1800-1900 Dinner 1900 Cost is $10.00 per member.
2014 Greeley Firefighters Poker Run
04/22/14 - Greeley Fire Fighters
04/22/14 - Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
MASSACHUSETTS SAYS NO TO ZOHYDRO: RALLY AT THE STEPS OF THE MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE   MALDEN, MA….On Tuesday, April 29th, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Learn To Cope and concerned citizens from across the Commonwealth will rally on the steps of the Massachusetts State House to say no to the powerful opiate drug Zohydro in Massachusetts.
Response to "New Idea" Committee
04/22/14 - IAFF Local 794
In the recent email by Fire Admin, announcing the creation of the "New Idea Committee", several examples were listed of things that were done to improve moral last year. We would like to point out that these items were things organized and/or funded soley by Local 794 and are items that should continue to be brought to Local 794, not the New Idea Committee or Fire Admin.
1st Annual Local 1400 Fundraiser
04/22/14 - Chester Firefighters Local 1400
First Annual Local 1400 Fundraiser WHERE: 2107 MacDade Blvd Holmes, PA 19043 WHEN: May 10 2014 TIME: 5-8pm Guest bartenders will include the members of Local 1400 at a Premium Bar with food and a DJ.
NE Professional Fire Fighters Golf Tournament
04/22/14 - Chester Firefighters Local 1400
It is with great pleasure that the Bethlehem Firefighters IAFF Local 735 announces the date and location of the 2014 Northeast Pa Professional Firefighters Golf tournament. This years tournament will be held on Thursday September 18, 2014 at the Whitetail golf course in Bath Pa .
Local 937 Ad Book Raffle
04/22/14 - IAFF Local 937
Make sure you get your Local 937 Ad Book Charitable Account Raffle Ticket before the June 11, 2014 drawing.  $500.
Chester Local 1400 Fundraiser
04/22/14 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
Chester Local 1400 will be holding a fundraiser on May 10, 2014 at Barnaby's from 5-8 PM.
NE Professional Fire Fighters Golf Tournament
04/22/14 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
It is with great pleasure that the Bethlehem Firefighters IAFF Local 735 announces the date and location of the 2014 Northeast Pa Professional Firefighters Golf tournament. This years tournament will be held on Thursday September 18, 2014 at the Whitetail golf course in Bath Pa .
House Fire on Byng St.
04/22/14 - International Association of Firefighters Local 1782
An early-morning fire destroyed a house in Coquitlam Monday morning. The fire broke out just after 5 a.m. causing extensive damage to the house and carport. The older wood frame home is located at Latimer Avenue and Byng Street. The main floor of the house was gutted and two cars outside were also burned. Everyone from the family of four inside the house escaped without injury.
Mayors' group pushes for Illinois pension reform
04/22/14 - Paul Hufnagel
Illinois mayors from Rockford to Peoria reiterated their call Monday for lawmakers to overhaul local police and fire pension systems to avoid strains on municipal budgets, but there were few signs the Legislature would take up the issue anytime soon.
District wins ruling on changing firefighters’ schedules; union vows to continue court fight
04/22/14 - Paul Hufnagel
An arbitration board has ruled that the D.C. fire department can implement a new work schedule with more frequent but shorter shifts, which the chief says will save money and improve services but the union contends will ruin morale and upend the lives of firefighters.
'Brownouts' In The Past For Lexington Fire Dept.
04/22/14 - Paul Hufnagel
You used to hear the word 'Brownout' in Lexington. Not any more. Due to budget and staffing issues, the Lexington Fire Department used to have to close fire stations for a day or two in order to save money.
Engine & Truck 63 Train With Washington Gas
04/22/14 - IAFF Local F-273
The members of Engine and Truck Company 463 were able to spend the morning of April 22nd at Washington Gas' Training Facility "Pipe Town" participating in practical evolutions of natural gas emergencies and incidents.
Passing of Retired Lt James Kelly
04/21/14 - Local 1347
AT&T Staff & Member Discounts
04/21/14 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
From the office of Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer AFL-CIO In your key roles as leaders of our important State Feds and CLCs, you know better than anyone that buying union-made products and services is a great way to stand in unity with our brothers and sisters. Thankfully, there is a clear option to do just that in the often crowded world of mobile carriers.
Golf Outing Registration
04/21/14 - Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Firefighter's Union Local 3985
Registration is now open for our 2014 Golf outing to be held Friday June 13, 2014 at the Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin. We will be hosting this event in conjustion with the Algonquin Police Benevolent. Please click the "Golf Outing" tab to the left to see further details and to register for this event.
Cunningham FPD Board Elections
04/21/14 - Aurora Fire Fighters
Brothers and Sisters, Cunningham Firefighters Local 3027 needs your SUPPORT! The Cunningham Fire Protection District will be conducting a Board of Director election on May 6th. If you live within our district boundaries, we encourage you to vote for incumbent Nancy Cronk, Aurora Firefighter Chris Stufft, and Littleton Training Chief Jeff Tasker.
2014 VFFA Startegic Plan
04/21/14 - Vista Firefighters IAFF Local 4107
LACFD Memorial
04/21/14 - IAFF Local 1014
04/21/14 - Oregon State Fire Fighters Council
The newly elected Executive Board of the Oregon State Fire Fighters Council were sworn into office at the 28th Biennial Convention held at the Running Y Ranch in Klamath Falls Oregon.  New Officers for 2014-2016: President Kelly Bach, Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Hamilton, Legislative Director Bob Livingston.
6th Annual Art at the Lakes
04/21/14 - IAFF Local 3560
6th Annual Art at The Lakes The Professional Sun Lakes Firefighters Local 3560 were out in force grilling hamburgers, hotdogs and selling T-Shirts for the citizens of Sun Lakes at the 6th Annual Art at The Lakes Festival.  Over 200 artists displayed and sold art such as paintings, sculptures, pottery, and jewelry to the public.
Clinton Township trustee wants new firefighters hired faster
04/21/14 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
APRIL 21, 2014: A veteran Clinton Township trustee is frustrated about the length of time it’s taken the fire department to hire eight new firefighters that were financed by a voter-approved tax increase in November.
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