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Passing of Scott Johnson, Local 992
08/17/17 - UPFFA
It is with deepest sorrow that New Britain Fire Fighters, Local 992 inform the membership of the passing of Scott Johnson, after a long courageous fight against cancer. Please keep the Johnson Family & members of Local 992 in your thoughts & prayers. AS SOON AS THE DETAILS OF THE ARRANGEMENTS BECOME AVAILABLE WE WILL NOTIFY THE MEMBERSHIP.
Local 1568 Endorses Brother Bob Witte for Board of Supervisors
08/17/17 - Henrico Professional Firefighters Association
Brothers and Sisters, We are pleased to stand beside and support one of very own members brother Bob Witte for Brookland District Supervisor.  Brother Witte retired from the Division of Fire in 2005 with 30 years of dedicated service to our department. Volunteers are needed at the campaign office, distributing materials, and at the election polling locations on Election Day. Please contact VP Whaley for more information and details.
CHELSEA FIRE FUNDRAISER
08/17/17 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
Any member that's interested in a raffle ticket can also contact FF Mike Dwyer (L1/G1) and he will contact the Chelsea Fire Secretary/Treasurer who will come out with tickets.
2nd Annual Widows and Orphans Golf Tournament
08/17/17 - IAFF Local 1563
Dear Friend, Neighbor, or Partner of the Anne Arundel County Professional Fire Fighters. The Anne Arundel County Professional Fire Fighters are seeking your support for our 2nd Annual Widows and Orphans Memorial Golf Tournament. All the proceeds from this golf tournament will be donated to our Widows and Orphans Fund.
Membership Meeting
08/17/17 - IAFF Local F-102
All Hands    A Membership meeting has been scheduled for 09 Aug 2017 at Crash Station 62 & will commence at 1730 hours. Members will be able to attend remotely via the Union meeting app RingCentral. A running agenda has been posted on the Union website calendar. If you wish to have something added to the agenda prior to the meeting please contact me.
KCFD Retired Fire Fighters
08/16/17 - IAFF Local 42
The Kansas City, Missouri Retired Fire Fighters Association has established its own website.  This is one of the best online sources for KCFD History and we invite you to visit them and learn something new about something old.  Special acknowledgement to Chuck Gabert, KCFD Retired Fire Captain and Ray Elder, KCFD Retired Fire Captain and KCFD Historian.
IAFF Recovery Center
08/16/17 - Henrico Professional Firefighters Association
The IAFF Recovery Center has recently opened just outside of D.C. If you are in need of help, please call on any Executive Board member or visit the link to see how you can get help. https://www.therecoveryvillage.
Laconia Golf Tournament
08/16/17 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
Laconia Firefighters hosting our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at the Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough NH. Registration starts at 8AM. Shotgun start at 9AM. Cost is $100 per person. Sponsorship opportunities start at $75. Any questions or for additional sponsorship options please contact Dennis Comeau at 603-455-6648 or dennisc25@gmail.com.
UNION BBQ
08/16/17 - IAFF 3711
This year's Union BBQ will be Saturday August 26th from 1130-1530 at the Liberty Lake Pavillion Park.
Join Brother Randy Frye on September 5th
08/16/17 - IAFF Local 4416
Fire Fighters are hosting a gathering for our Brother, State Representative Randy Frye.
Residents speak out at city council meeting against dog shooting
08/15/17 - IAFF Local 1164
Correction: A previous version of this story misspelled the Eiben family's name in Livonia City Council President Kathleen McIntyre's quote. It has been corrected. Laura Hilobuk said the story of her father's dog dying at the hands of a utility worker last month in Livonia has gone global.
Local 42 Hosts IAFF Peer Support Training
08/14/17 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
New Probationary Firefighters
08/14/17 - IAFF Somerville Fire Local 76
New probationary firefighters Troy Saulnier and Stephen Cafferky were appointed to the departmant effective August 7th and will be starting the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Monday, August 21st.
Northeast Charity Golf Tournament
08/14/17 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
1st Annual PPFFA Firefighters Memorial Ball
08/14/17 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
Brothers and Sisters: The PPFFA Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Committee in conjunction with the PPFFA Executive Board and PPFFA District Service Representives will be hosting the 1st Annual Firefighters Memorial Ball on October 10, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Harrisburg 23 South 2nd Street Harrisburg, PA 17101. The Ball begins with a cash bar at 5:30 PM and dinner at 6:30. The cost is $75.
Local 42 Hosts IAFF Peer Support Training
08/14/17 - IAFF Local 42
Funeral Notice: Jonathan Messick
08/11/17 - IAFF Local 42
Funeral Arrangements for former IAFF Local 42 Executive Board Member and Southern Platte Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Jonathon Messick: Visitation, Monday, August 14th: 5:00 PM till 8:00 PM at Kearney First Baptist Church, located at 303 South Grove, Kearney, MO.  Funeral Service, Tuesday, August 15th, 11:00 AM, located at the Church.  Burial, Mt.
30th Annual Chili Cook Off
08/11/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Brothers and Sisters, It's that time of year again and we want to make sure this year is the best cook-off ever. 2017 will mark the 30th Anniversary of the cook-off and it will be an amazing event. The event applications can be downloaded from the attachment from this email. The event will be Friday, September 29, 2017 at Larimer Square.
30th Annual Chili Cook Off
08/11/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Brothers and Sisters, It's that time of year again and we want to make sure this year is the best cook-off ever. 2017 will mark the 30th Anniversary of the cook-off and it will be an amazing event. The event applications can be downloaded from the attachment from this email. The event will be Friday, September 29, 2017 at Larimer Square.
IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial Procession Information
08/11/17 - Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters
Colorado Springs Professional Fire Fighters Union, IAFF Local 5 2017 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Procession “The Ride to Remember” Procession Route (First Section) Route Liaison: John “Sparky” Stevens 720-273-7566 Check Rocky Mountain Wind and Fire website for updates and registration information.
Saint Paul District Chief Assists Individual To Safety
08/10/17 - IAFF Local 21
FAC, Rockies, and Ball updates
08/10/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Good morning all members.  Just a couple quick updates and some excited save the date info.  First off, we have our Summer Patio series FAC tomorrow night @ Locavore Beerworks, fun starts @ 5:30 with delicious beer and great times. 5950 S Platte Canyon Rd. Secondly, we have our 858 day with the Rockies coming up on Sunday August 20th.
KCFD & KCKFD Fundraising Event
08/09/17 - IAFF Local 42
Guns and Hoses Golf Tournament
08/09/17 - Tallahassee Professional Fire Fighters
Killearn Country Club along with Local 2339, and PBA will be holding a Guns and Hoses golf tournament Aug 28th to support local charities.
2018 Calendar Sponsors
08/09/17 - Tallahassee Professional Fire Fighters
The 2018 Bringin the Heat calendar is looking for sponsors, this years calendar will feature some special guests and will be going towards a great cause. Contact jreese523@aol.com if you are interested.
Local 786 Golf Tournament
08/08/17 - IAFF Local 786
CPFF Meeting August 17th
08/08/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
All, The CPFF Delegate Meeting will be hosted by North Metro Fire Fighters on August 17, 2017 at 10:30am. Posting - Nominations and Election for CPFF Secretary/Treasurer - This serves as a 30 day notice.
August FAC **FRIDAY the 11TH**
08/08/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
You may have received a flyer for the August FAC taking place this Saturday. PLEASE DISREGARD! The August FAC will take place this **FRIDAY** the 11th. See attached Flyer. Sorry for any confusion, and feel free to call our PR Director James Burkhalter with any questions.
Mission BBQ, Hometown Heroes Cup Sales
08/08/17 - IAFF 1826
To all Local 1826 Members, Mission BBQ will be selling Hometown Hero Cups starting on August 11th through September 11th. Purchasing the cup adds $2 to the regular price of a combo and that $2 is donated to their local charities, our Good and Welfare is one of them. When you bring your cup back on future visits you will save $1 off the regular price of a combo.
Meeting with Mayoral Candidate Tim Keller
08/07/17 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
IAFF Mayoral Candidate Tim Keller is scheduled for a membership forum at the Union Hall on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10:00am. All members are encouraged to attend.
The IAFF Local 244 General Election will be held in December 2017 (Exact Date-TBD)
08/07/17 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
Attention All Members: Nominations for the 2017 General Election officially open at the General Membership Meeting on September 14, 2017 and will close at the General Membership Meeting on November 9, 2017. In accordance with the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters IAFF Local 244 Bylaws: Article X, Officer Elections, Section 4.
Friday August 4, 2017 UPDATE
08/04/17 - IAFF Local 1014
Fill the Boot! August Friday's 1-3pm
08/04/17 - New London Fire Fighters
   Help the New London Firefighters "Fill the Boot" to support the MDA foundation. The NLFD will be filling the boot outside of the North Station (240 Broad St) and outside Fire Headquarters (289 Bank St) every Friday of August from 1-3pm. The Fill the Boot campaign was started in 1954 and has raised over $558 million from generous donations.
MDA Fill the Boot
08/04/17 - IAFF Local 1132
We will have our MDA Fill the Boot event at Valley View Mall on September 2 &3. We will need members for two hour blocks during the two day event. We will hold a raffle for each member that spends two hours helping with the Boot drive. So, Save the Date and help raise money for our local kids and support MDA, an IAFF tradition since 1954.
SOLICITING FOR CAMBRIDGE FIREFIGHTERS RELIEF ASSOCIATION
08/03/17 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
Beginning this week the Cambridge Firefighters’ Relief Association will be utilizing Eastern Advertising to solicit residents and businesses of Cambridge, by telephone and by mail for fundraising.   Any questions or concerns should be directed to the following officers of the organization.
BC Fire Fighter Resiliency Program and BC First Responders Mental Health Website
08/02/17 - International Association of Firefighters Local 1782
For those that are interested or may have a firefighter friend that is in need, please share these links with them:   https://sites.google.com/s/0By5WO5bYV82XcU5DYVZQdEdDTFk/edit?authuser=0   http://bcfirstrespondersmentalhealth.
Highland games returning to Livonia this weekend
08/02/17 - IAFF Local 1164
Bring your laddies and lassies to Greenmead this weekend. The 168th annual St. Andrew's Society Highland Games return to Livonia's historical park at Eight Mile and Newburgh beginning Friday night.  With a long-running history in metro Detroit, not much is changing at the games this year, event chairwoman Cathy Hasse said.
Bikes Blues BBQ Poker Run 2017
08/02/17 - IAFF Local 2866
August 17, 2017 The registration page for the 2017 Bikes Blues & BBQ Poker Run is now live. Please follow this link and wait for the redirect.  We look forward to seeing you this year.
Livonia fire crews save cat from burning house
08/02/17 - IAFF Local 1164
Livonia firefighters were able to save a family pet after a fire broke out in the kitchen of a home in the southwest part of the city. Deputy Chief Mike Kelly of the Livonia Fire Department said firefighters were called at about 11 a.m. Monday to a fire in the 37000 block of Grantland, located west of Newburgh.
Funeral Arrangements
08/02/17 - IAFF Local 925
FIREFIGHTER DANIEL PIMENTA FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Wake: Conway, Cahill - Brodeur Funeral Home (82 Lynn St Peabody) Friday - August 4, 2017 Visitation: 4-8 pm Uniformed Walk Through 3:00pm Form up at Funeral Home Parking Lot 3:30pm Uniformed walkthrough (Class A Uniforms) Funeral: St.
Dickey's BBQ donates $428 to Local 1826 Good and Welfare
08/02/17 - IAFF 1826
August Union Meeting **Locations & Reminder**
08/01/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
This is a reminder that the August Union meeting will take place this week on Wednesday, August 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Old Chicago off Santa Fe and Hampden (3840 River Point Pkwy, Sheridan, CO 80110) and Thursday, August 3rd at 8:30 am at Rome’s (785 W Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80223).  A few things to be aware of:   1.
Firefighter Daniel Pimenta Arrangements
08/01/17 - IAFF Local 925
FIREFIGHTER DANIEL PIMENTA FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Wake: Conway, Cahill - Brodeur Funeral Home (82 Lynn St Peabody) Friday - August 4, 2017 Visitation: 4-8 pm Uniformed Walk Through 3:00pm Form up at Funeral Home Parking Lot 3:30pm Uniformed walkthrough (Class A Uniforms) Funeral: St.
City Chapter 5th Steward Vacancy
08/01/17 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is accepting letters of interest for the position of City Chapter Fifth Steward for the next 14 calendar days. The Executive Board will appoint a member to serve in this position at the Executive Board meeting on August 17, 2017 until the next General Election; in accordance with the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws, Article VI, Section 5.
Sabine Strong Benefit
08/01/17 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
NFD Strong will host a benefit in support of Newington Deputy Chief Darin Sabine and his family, including two young girls, on Aug. 24 at Stoneface Brewing as he was recently diagnosed with cancer and has a long journey ahead. Shirts and stickers are also available at the station.
2nd Annual Palumbo Pub Crawl
07/31/17 - Northern Ohio Fire Fighters
Brothers and Sisters, Willoughby Ohio Firefighter, Seamus Culligan was diagnosed with a brain tumor and ultimately diagnosed with brain cancer on January 5th 2017.  We are awaiting Seamus's disability pension hearing which should be held in August.
Cadillac Tax Repeal Stalls as Senate Fails to Deliver on ACA Reform
07/31/17 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
The promise to finally repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hit a serious road block in the Senate, and with it a repeal of the Cadillac Tax on employer-provided healthcare. The IAFF and other pro-repeal groups worked with Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Dean Heller (R-NM) to introduce a full repeal amendment.
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Governor's Task Force Report On Municipal Retiree Benefits Has Been Released.

The task force created by Governor Rick Snyder to address the unfunded health care and pension liabilities associated with the 334 local governments that provide such benefits to their employees has completed its work.

“My goal for this task force was to have collaboration among legislators, state and local government officials, and employee representatives to ensure the financial stability and effective delivery of local government services for the coming decades,” Governor Snyder said in a statement announcing the Task Force. “As we discuss this growing financial problem across the state, it is imperative that we also keep retirees in mind who rely on these programs.”

MPFFU President Mark Docherty was appointed to the task force which was comprised of subject matter experts representing labor and management, investment managers, insurance financial professionals and legislators.  Governor Snyder tasked the group to provide recommendations on pension and health care reforms.


2017 FIRE OPS Event for Legislators

The Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union held its annual Fire OPS event for members of the Michigan Legislature on April 17th.  This event gives elected officials an opportunity to get a hands-on glimpse into the the many facets of the every day duties and responsibilities of a firefighter/paramedic in Michigan.

This years participants included Representatives Tommy Brann, Tom Barrett, Brian Elder, Abdullah Hammond, Leslie Love, Jeff Noble, Jenell Jones, Terry Sabo, Tom Cochran, and Donna Lasinski as well as representatives for Kelley Cawthorne Consulting. 

The MPFFU would like to thank LCC for hosting the event and David Weisenberg and Melissa Yutzey for organizing the event.  In addition, several LCC instructors, Local 421 members, and members of the MPFFU Politicial Education Committee assisted and contributed to making the event a great sucess.  More pictures can be found here.


Recorded Webinar Training Sessions Now Available

Would you like to learn more about being a "Union Officer"?  The MPFFU recently offered a series of webinars to provide helpful information to current union officers and other union members that may want to become union officers in the future.  These webinars were recorded and now you can view them anytime!  Click on the tab labeled "Webinars to Watch Now" in the heading near the top of this page to see the list of available webinars.


First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund - Application for Benefits

Pursuant to Public Act 515 of 2014 the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund was created.(AKA Cancer Presumption Law) The Director of the Workers' Compensation Agency is the administrator of the Fund.  The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has created a webpage explaining the process to apply for benefits.

There are still many unanswered questions regarding how the funding is going to be distributed. According to the website, a list of potential claimants is being created and applications will be logged based on the date they are received by their office.

Anyone that meets the critera listed on this webpage should submit an application to get your name on the list.  We will provide more information when it becomes available.

If you have any questions on the administration of this fund, you may also contact the Claims Processing Division at 517-284-8912. 


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