The Official Website of the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
The MPFFU is constantly monitoring bills that are introduced that may affect our membership. Click here to find our 2021 Legislative Log and the current status of each of these pieces of legislation.
Sleep: Your Untapped Superpower
Many a firefighter is grinding through life sleeping as little as possible and earning a badge of honor that simply doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” is often an expedited self-fulfilling prophecy. This session will detail the mental and physical challenges firefighters face due to acute and chronic sleep deprivation and outline best practices to improve and accumulate restorative sleep. Firefighters are not superheroes, but they can certainly tap into some superpowers with sleep.
First Response Fights Autism
Southgate - Local 1307 is hosting an Autism awareness event on September 18th. We are planning on holding this event on the front apron of our FD and we hope other locals will join us. We will help other locals set up their own event like this, wherever they would like, including a local gym or FD. Please feel free to share this information with any of our brothers and sisters. Listed below are several links to additional information.
Youtube Video #1: https://youtu.be/Vf6O9xwsCUw
Website link: https://crossfit8mile.com/frfa/
Event T-Shirt: https://mission1apparel.printavo.com/merch/frfa/
Thank you again for participating in this event and helping this cause!
CrossFit 8 Mile/Southgate Firefighters Charities
MPFFU Educational Webinar Series
Local President 101 / Negotiations 101 - Basic overview of leading a Local and Preparing for Contract Negotiations.So you have just been elected Local President and contract negotiations are on the horizon...now what?
First, congratulations for stepping up to lead! Second, we have the class for you! During this brief hour and a half webinar we will cover the basics for both. During the first 45 minutes we will discuss the importance of the Local President's role and how to be successful. The last 45 minutes will be spent reviewing how to best represent your Local at the negotiation table.
Don't miss this great opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business!
The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law by President Biden, provided $350 billion in direct federal assistance to state and local governments. We previously provided a breakdown of funding allocated to each state and locality and an analysis of how this funding benefits fire fighters and emergency medical personnel. This week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has released comprehensive guidance further outlining details on how these funds can be used.
Broadly speaking, funds may be used to benefit fire and EMS departments in the following ways:
1. Responding to the Public Health Emergency or Its Negative Economic Impacts
Eligible uses under this category must be in response to the disease itself or the harmful consequences of the economic disruptions resulting from or exacerbated by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The guidance also lists examples of eligible uses. This list is not intended to be comprehensive, but includes:
- Payroll, benefits and other costs associated with increasing the number of employees to the level employed on January 27, 2020.
- Payroll and benefit expenses for public safety employees to the extent that the employee’s time is spent mitigating or responding to the public health emergency.
- Expenses for quarantining or isolation of individuals.
- Expenses to provide paid sick and paid family and medical leave to public employees.
- Expenses for the acquisition and distribution of medical and protective supplies, including sanitizing products and personal protective equipment.
- Emergency medical response expenses, including emergency medical transportation, related to COVID-19.
- Survivor benefits for the family members of individuals who have died from COVID-19.
2. Replacing Revenue Loss
Fiscal recovery funds may be used broadly by recipients facing budget shortfalls to fund government services. Upon identifying a shortfall in revenue, state and local governments are provided broad latitude to use fiscal recovery funds for the provision of government services, including the provision of fire and other public safety services, up to the amount of lost revenue.
- Services funded under this provision need not be previously budgeted for and may include new programs and activities.
- To fund services under this provision, state or local governments must demonstrate a reduction in revenue.
3. Premium Pay
Fiscal recovery funds may be used by recipients to provide premium pay to eligible workers, including public safety workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- Premium pay is defined as an amount up to $13/hour in addition to wages or remuneration the worker otherwise receives and in an aggregate amount not to exceed $25,000 per eligible worker.
- The guidance clarifies that a worker may receive both retrospective premium pay for prior work, as well as prospective premium pay for current or ongoing work.
We encourage state and local affiliate leaders to use this guidance to lobby their mayors or governors to identify any departmental needs and use a portion of these funds to address these needs or provide premium pay to members.
IAFF Position Statement on Vaccines
The IAFF strongly recommends that all IAFF members receive a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) vaccine to prevent the spread of disease and assist in administering vaccinations in jurisdictions where appropriate measures are taken to protect our members health and safety and their rights on the job when vaccinations are being administered.
The IAFF has a new COVID-19 Policy and Guidelines Manual that is designed to help affiliates and their fire departments keep our members on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic safe.
This manual provides best practices and resources for fire departments during this ongoing public health emergency.
Use this document to develop an infectious disease program specific to COVID-19. The information can also be adapted for future public health emergencies.
WSU Psychiatry extends free mental health service to state's police, firefighters and immediate families
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.
Fire Fighters Assistance Program
Confidential FFAP Hotline: 1.888.731.FIRE Available 24/7
Free CONFIDENTIAL telephone assistance for MPFFU members, retirees, and their families
Get answers to your questions and concerns.
Find resoucres for information, treatment, and support.
Know your conversation is confidential.
Get referrals to quality professional care.
Click here for a recent article about suicide in the fire service.
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.
Sep 20 Mon MPFFU Executive Board Meeting
Sep 20, 2021Lansing Radisson Hotel
Sep 21 Tue MPFFU Committee Meetings
Sep 21, 2021Lansing Radisson Hotel
Sep 27 Mon 3rd District Meeting
Sep 27, 2021Bay City Doubletree Hotel
Sep 28 Tue 2nd District Meeting
Sep 28, 2021Grand Rapids Airport Doubletree Hotel
Sep 28 Tue 5th District Meeting
Sep 28, 2021Eagle Eye Golf Club-East Lansing
Sep 29 Wed 6th District Meeting
Sep 29, 2021Farmington Hills Manor
Sep 30 Thu 4th District Meeting
Sep 30, 2021Westland Hellenic Cultural Center
Oct 18 Mon MPFFU Educational Seminar
Oct 18, 2021Hyatt Place - Novi
Suicide Prevention Information
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 email@example.com 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
Join MPFFU FIRE PAC Now - Sign-up online by clicking here.
Nationwide Retirement Plans
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.
IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery The first recovery center designed specifically for IAFF members Welcome to MIOSHA! click here