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    MPFFU Endorsements for August 2, 2022 Primary Elections

    Fire Service Legislative Log as of August 1, 2022

    A comprehensive list of legislation that is being monitored by the MPFFU on behalf of our membership.

    The IAFF Political Training Academy is Coming to Michigan

    The MPFFU is going to be hosting the IAFF Political Training Academy in Novi on October 24th & 25th. Watch for registration information in mid-August.

    The IAFF Political Department has developed this two-day IAFF State/Provincial Elections and Political Capacity Development Program to make it easier for members to attend. This two-day classroom seminar is taught by IAFF trained members and will provide students with hands-on political training and access to statewide/provincial campaign experts and resources. The goals for the State and Provincial PTA are to provide members modern and up-to-date campaign skills, building a network of local leaders capable of managing small-scale local campaigns or playing key roles in larger state/provincial wide efforts and to enhance, and where absent build, increased political campaign capacity and structures in the state/provincial associations.   

    Fire Fighters Training Council Appointment

    The Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union is pleased to announce that Local 1383 President,  Joseph Schehr, has been appointed by Governor Whitmer to serve as the MPFFU representative on the Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council

    Joseph W. Schehr, of Armada, is a sergeant with the City of Warren Fire Department and an adjunct faculty member and paramedic lab assistant at Macomb Community College. He is also the president of the Warren Professional Fire Fighters Local 1383. He earned his associate’s degrees in law enforcement, emergency medical services, and fire sciences from Macomb Community College. Mr. Schehr is appointed to represent the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union for a term commencing May 12, 2022 and expiring January 31, 2026. He succeeds Aileen Pettinger whose term expired January 31, 2022. 

    The Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council was established by Public Act 291 of 1966.  The governor appoints eight of the nine council members to represent the following organizations: Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs, Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union, Michigan Firemen's Association, Michigan Fire Service Instructors Association, Michigan Fire Inspectors Society, Michigan Municipal League, and the Michigan Townships Association.  The state fire marshal serves as an ex-officio member.

    The mission of the FFTC is to establish policy for and provide direction to the Fire Fighter Training Division to facilitate the effective implementation of Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council approved programs and standards to enhance the safety and performance of Michigan's fire fighters.


    The 54th Biennial Convention of the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union was held at the Amway Grand Plaza by Hilton Hotel in Grand Rapids on March 29 -30, 2022.  Attendance at this convention was the largest in the history of the MPFFU.  Over 375 delegates, alternates, and guests were present during this event.  The MPFFU currently consists of 140 locals, and 125 of them were represented at this convention, either in person or by proxy.

    The election of MPFFU officers was a primary factor in creating such a large turnout of delegates. MPFFU President Mark Docherty’s decision to not run for reelection, created a chain reaction of candidates for many other MPFFU Executive Board positions.

    Congratulations to Matthew Sahr, who was elected to the position of MPFFU President.  Shaun Abbey was the other candidate in this very competitive race.

    Chris Reynolds was elected to serve as the District Vice President for the combined 1st/3rd District.  James Fourman was the other candidate in this race.  Incumbent Aileen Pettinger announced she would not be running for reelection because she had accepted a job in the Bureau of Fire Services.

    Steve Heim was re-elected to serve as the 4th District Vice President.  Andrew Oleksiak was the other candidate in this competitive race.

    Scott Bala was elected to serve as the 6th District Vice President.  Rob Scott was the other candidate in this very competitive race.

    Mickey Wiewiura was re-elected to serve as the Eastern Trustee.  Jeff Scaife was the other candidate in this very close race.

    Kenneth Barnes was elected to service as Western Trustee.  Scott Stoker was the other candidate in this race.

    The following candidates were re-elected by acclamation:

    Terrence Chesney – Secretary/Treasurer
    Montgomery Nye – 5th District Vice President
    Justin Fox – Northern Trustee
    Rich Clark was elected to serve as 2nd District Vice President by acclamation.

    The Park Place Hotel in Traverse City was chosen as the site for the 2024 MPFFU Convention.

    Delegates reviewed, discussed, and acted on 25 resolutions.  Delegates voted to increase per capita to fund several new programs and committees, including the creation of a new legal defense fund, a behavioral health committee, an all-encompassing recruitment initiative and the creation of an extensive contract data base with an enormous amount of information to assist locals in their collective bargaining efforts.  

    On July 1, 2022, the monthly per capita tax will increase from $15.06 to $18.71 cents per member per month.

    Outgoing MPFFU President Mark Docherty was bestowed the honor and title of MPFFU President Emeritus.

    Long-time labor attorney Ronald Helveston was named an Honorary Member of the MPFFU.

    In addition to several other speakers and honored guests, Edward Kelly, IAFF General President, Frank Lima, IAFF General Secretary Treasurer, and IAFF 8th District Vice President Mark Sanders were all in attendance and each of them gave exciting speeches in addition to mingling with everyone during the Welcome Reception.

    A more detailed report about the convention will be distributed at later date. 


    Social Media and Digital Imagery Webinar

    Have you ever taken a picture with your cell phone while on duty?  Do you ever use social media platforms to post items about your job or opinions about your employer or co-workers?  Do you ever use social media platforms to post your opinions about current issues or about other people?

    Firefighters across the country continue to find themselves in trouble for misuse of social media and/or digital imagery.

    In this short one hour recorded webinar, Saginaw L-102 member and attorney Sara Cottington-Heath will tackle both of these timely issues.

    We will discuss the current landscape, cultural and legal implications and how to avoid the chief's office. This is a great opportunity to learn some important tips to keep you and your members from getting disciplined.   Click here to watch the recorded webinar.



    Daily Updates on Coronavirus Disease From IAFF Site

    MPFFU Assists with a Study to Learn About PFAS Levels in Fire Fighters

    A grant was recently awarded to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, to study PFAS levels in firefighters across the state. The State Fire Marshal and the MPFFU have been assisting with developing the study and to educate our membership on why they are needed to be involved in it.  View this webinar to learn more about how the study will be conducted and what firefighters will be asked to take part in it.

    IAFF-FC and Aetna have teamed up to offer IAFF retired fire fighters and their spouses comprehensive Medicare Advantage plans. Click here to learn more.

    MPFFU License Plate Policy

    MPFFU License Plate Application


    MPFFU License Plate

    The main office of the Secretary of State will now contact the MPFFU to verify your membership as an active member or retiree in our organization prior to mailing your new or replacement MPFFU license plate. Please call 734-675-0206 if you have any questions. 

    If you see a non-member with the MPFFU plate on their vehicle, please contact the MPFFU with the plate number.  The SOS will require the non-member to return the plate within 30 days.

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    Fall 2nd District Meeting
    Oct 11, 2022
    Lake House Waterfront Grille 750 Terrace Point Dr, Muskegon MI 49440 - 10am - 3pm
    Fall 5th District Meeting
    Oct 11, 2022
    Cascade Manor House, 1970 Kibby Rd,Jackson MI 49203 - 5pm - 9pm
    3rd District Meeting
    Oct 12, 2022
    Blue Water Convention Center 800 Harker St, Port Huron 10am-3pm
    6th District Meeting
    Oct 12, 2022
    Athena Banquet Center 25650 Gratiot Ave, Roseville 5-10pm
    Fall 4th District Meeting
    Oct 13, 2022
    Lakes of Taylor Golf Club 25505 Northline, Taylor, MI 48180 4pm-10pm

    Warriors Strong Together - Information for Fire Fighters Looking for Help

    The Wayne State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences has expanded its free mental health intervention program to include all of Michigan’s first responders and their families.

    or IAFF Center of Excellence  - 855-524-4022

    Suicide Prevention Information

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    Find Your Elected Officials

    1. Visit the MPFFU online store to pay with a credit card for your district meeting or MPFFU Convention registrations. 

    2. Locals on autopay can send an email to to have their registration fees deducted from their auto-pay account.  (this is the preferred method)

    3. Checks can be mailed to MPFFU, 1651 Kingsway Ct. Ste E, Trenton, MI 48183

    Fire Pac

    Join MPFFU FIRE PAC Now - Sign-up online by clicking here.

    Click here for manual auto-deduction form

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    Union Liability Insurance and Bonding Insurance
    Karen Feger
    Phone 410-602-2000

    Our mission is to provide as an added member benefit to the IAFF Affiliate Locals—A Limit of Directors & Officers Liability and Employment Practices Liability coverage at an affordable price with a simple application and underwriting process via a Group Purchasing Product.  Does your Local Union need Liability Insurance? 

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    MPFFU Fundraising Information

    The Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union employs two fundraising companies (United Partners Inc. & Frontline Services) that call residents and businesses across the State to raise funds for our organization. 

    This is an on-going program that enables the general public to voluntarily support our organization and the services we provide.   Please contact us at 734-675-0206 if you have any questions about the program.

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Welcome to MIOSHA!
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    Warriors Strong Together - Information for Fire Fighters Looking for Help

    The Wayne State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences has expanded its free mental health intervention program to include all of Michigan’s first responders and their families.

    or IAFF Center of Excellence  - 855-524-4022

1651 Kingsway Ct., Suite E
Trenton, MI 48183

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