International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) News

20th John P. Redmond Symposium Held In Los Angeles: "Preparing You For Survival - The Fire Ground, The Economy And Beyond"

The IAFF represents more than 296,000 full-time professional firefighters and paramedics  The conference was organised around the theme - Preparing You for Survival: The Fire Ground, the Economy and Beyond. To more than 1,100 attending firefighters and paramedics, IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger kicked off the 20th John P. Redmond Symposium held in Los Angeles, California, November 8-12. Schaitberger kept to the conference theme - Preparing You for Su...

Sprinklers Compulsory In New American Homes From 2011

All new one- and two- family dwellings in the US are to have residential fire sprinklers starting 2011   American homes are one step closer to being more fire-safe, following an October 28 vote at the International Code Council (ICC) hearings in Baltimore, Md. The vote reaffirmed national building codes making it mandatory for all new one- and two- family dwellings to have residential fire sprinklers starting in 2011. American homes are one step closer to b...

IAFF Hails Election Day Victories Against TABOR Proposal

Voters and legislators across the United States had consistently rejected TABOR initiatives In Maine and Washington, voters rejected the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR). On Tuesday, November 3, voters in many states went to the ballot box. In two states - Maine and Washington - ballot initiatives that would have severely impacted professional fire fighters and other public safety personnel were roundly rejected. In both states, voters rejected a proposal known as...

<i>My First Ride</i> Country Music CD Benefits IAFF Disaster Relief Fund

IAFF members can call their local country radio stations and request "My First Ride" The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund assists the US and Canada members who suffer financial hardship as the result of a federally declared disaster area. BLEVE Entertainment Group, LLC continues to work to raise money for the IAFF's and Fraternal Order of Police's (FOP) disaster relief funds from sales and performances of the country music single, "My First Ride," featuring recording a...

IAFF And IAFC Issue Joint Statement On Emergency Medical Service

The International Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Fire Fighters issue joint statement The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) today reaffirmed their support for fire service-based emergency medical service and urged public officials to support all efforts to broaden emergency medical care and ambulance transport by the fire service to better protect the public. The IAFC Boa...

Legislation Doubling SAFER Funding Will Soon Become Law

A House-Senate Conference Committee has approved an increase in SAFER grant funding New funding will enable hiring of thousands of firefighters A House-Senate Conference Committee has approved a final version of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriation for FY 2010 that doubles funding for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants. HR 2892 increases the SAFER appropriation to $420 million, providing funding to hire thousands of firefight...

Fort Wayne Firefighter Jim Ridley Is Appointed IAFF Director

Jim Ridley has been appointed IAFF Director New appointee a career firefighter with 29 years' experience International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) General President Harold Schaitberger has appointed James Ridley director of the IAFF Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Department. Ridley, a career firefighter for 29 years, was president of IAFF Local 124 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for 11 years. "I'm honored to be asked to take over a program t...

Homeland Security Announces Intent To Nominate IAFF Director For FEMA Post

The IAFF has announced Elizabeth M. Harman is the intended nomination for Assistant Administrator at FEMA Former firefighter and paramedic is Obama's intended nomination U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced President Obama's intent to nominate Elizabeth M. Harman, a former firefighter and currently a Director at the International Association of Fire Fighters, to become an Assistant Administrator at the Federal Emergency Manag...

Georgia Firefighters Respond To Severe Floods

A FEMA image showing flooded homes in central Georgia Entire state remains under flash flood watch IAFF members across the state of Georgia are responding to flooding that has taken the lives of at least seven citizens and flooded homes, interstates and roads. IAFF 12th District Vice President Larry Osborne and Professional Fire Fighters of Georgia President Jon Dorman are reaching out to affiliates, especially those in the hard-hit metro-Atlanta area, to assess any potent...

IAFF Burn Foundation And Washington Redskins Linebacker Robert Henson Support Burn Survivors

Attendees of the IAFF International Burn Camp, held in Washington DC Event helps heal emotional wounds of burn injuries More than 40 burn survivors from the U.S. and Canada are attending the 14th annual International Burn Camp, an event in the nation's capital organized by the International Association of Fire Fighters' Burn Foundation to help teenagers cope with their injuries. Burn survivors on Tuesday will visit FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, to meet Reds...

After Katrina, New Orleans Firefighters Get New Fire Stations

Station 14, one of the rebuilt and restored New Orleans fire stations New Orleans fire stations restored after Katrina New Orleans firefighters today will unveil fire stations throughout the city that were restored and renovated through a massive effort that began after Hurricane Katrina's destructive assault on the Gulf Coast four years ago this week. The New York City District Council of Carpenters Labor Technical College and the Leary Firefighters Foundation launched th...

New Bills Will Benefit Federal Firefighters

Democrat Representatives have introduced bills progressing key issues for federal firefighters Democrats introduce historic pair of bills for federal firefighters With strong support from the IAFF, Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and John Sarbanes (D-MD) have introduced a pair of bills that would make historic progress on two key issues for federal firefighters: retirement pay and trade time agreements. Representative Connolly introduced HR 3186, the Federal Firefight...

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