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MPFFU Tackling the Problems Causing the Shortage of Applicants to the Fire Service
On August 1, 2021, MPFFU President Mark Docherty appointed 28 MPFFU members to serve on a newly created Recruitment and Retention Task Force. MPFFU 6th District Vice President Matt Sahr was appointed to be the Chairperson of this important Task Force. The appointed members are from locals of all sizes from every part of the State.
The task force members were initially given the assignment of identifying all the possible reasons that are causing the severe shortage of qualified applicants to fill vacant firefighter positions in most departments all across the State.
They are now working to determine and implement ways to eliminate or at least reduce those reasons that are causing the shortage. The committee began its work independently on August 1st and they had their first meeting on August 12th. At that meeting they reviewed and discussed multiple reasons that are causing the shortage. At the end of the meeting, each member was assigned to one of three subcommittees. Each subcommittee will concentrate on specific ways to address the problems assigned to that subcommittee.
The MPFFU is constantly monitoring bills that are introduced that may affect our membership. Click here to find our 2021 MPFFU Legislative Log and the current status of each of these pieces of legislation.
Mark your calendars!
The Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union has partnered with several other Michigan Fire Service Organizations to provide multiple first class fire training events in 2022 that will be open to all members of the fire service.
The training will be comparable to the type of classes that are offered at FDIC and will include topics with hands on training (H.O.T.) and/or classroom training. Nationally recognized instructors have already been secured for many of these classes.
The Bureau of Fire Safety is subsidizing a major portion of the cost of this program which will keep the registration fee at $25 for each weekend.
Complete registration info and the specific class offerings for each date and location will be sent out later this fall. Class sizes will be limited so be sure to register quickly when the information comes out.
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 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 06 Wed 1st District Meeting
Oct 06, 2021Menominee
Dec 06 Mon MPFFU Executive Board Meeting
Dec 06, 2021Lansing Radisson Hotel
Dec 07 Tue MPFFU Committee Meetings
Dec 07, 2021Lansing Radisson Hotel
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