International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) News

Maine Firefighters Protected Against Occupational Cancers

Maine firefighters, IAFF and government representatives sign the new legislation Legislation will benefit Maine firefighters who contract cancer Flanked by IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger, IAFF 3rd District Vice President Mike Mullane, Professional Fire Fighters of Maine (PFFM) President John Martell and several Maine fire fighters, Maine Governor John Baldacci signed new state legislation - An Act Allowing Workers' Compensation Benefits for Fire Fighte...

President Obama Approves New SAFER Rules, Helping Fire Departments

President Obama's approval of new SAFER rules will increase the funding available for fire departments In an economic crisis, changes will allow fire departments to use SAFER grants to retain fire fighters President Obama today approved new rules that govern how fire departments can use funding from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, an important change during an economic crisis that is responsible for widespread layoffs of fire fig...

FHWA Issues Final Rule On Fire Fighter Visibility Garments

Fire services concerns over the safety of high-visibility apparel were upheld New rule addresses firefighter apparel safety concerns The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has adopted as final an Interim Final Rule that amends regulations to address safety concerns raised by the fire service regarding high-visibility safety apparel. The FHWA adopted this regulation to exempt fire fighters from the requirement to use high-visibility...

Firefighter Health Benefits Tax Losing Steam

The IAFF is lobbying against a health-benefits tax on behalf of firefighters IAFF campaign leads to reassessment on firefighter healthcare tax An aggressive lobbying campaign led by the IAFF has dampened enthusiasm on Capitol Hill for paying for health reform by imposing a tax on employer-provided health benefits. The IAFF has argued that such a tax would disproportionately impact the nation's firefighters and other unionized workers. The health benefits tax has been champ...

9/11 Memorial Must Give Proper Recognition For Fallen NYC Fire Fighters

A cross at Ground Zero: the UFA wants the 9/11 memorial to highlight the sacrifice of first responders Need to properly recognise NY firefighters highlighted The IAFF recognizes the efforts of the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) of Greater New York Local 94 for its determination and perseverance to gain proper recognition for the sacrifice of New York City fire fighters and other first responders who perished at the World Trade Center site on September 11, 2001. "...

President Obama Approves New SAFER Rules

President Obama has approved new rules on the use of SAFER grants In an economic crisis, changes will allow fire departments to use SAFER grants to retain fire fighters President Obama today approved new rules that govern how fire departments can use funding from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, an important change during an economic crisis that is responsible for widespread layoffs of fire fighters throughout the country. The ne...

Bring The IAFC/IAFF Labor-Management Initiative To Your Fire Department

Designed to foster cooperative andcollaborative labor-managementrelationships Labor-management relationships needed to deal with difficulties of the current economic situation Strong labor-management relationships are critical in order to effectively address the financial and operational difficulties most fire departments are facing in the current economic environment. The IAFC/IAFF Labor-Management Initiative, a joint program of the IAFC and the International Associatio...

IAFF Thanks Obama Administration For Supporting Providence Fire Fighters

The IAFF has thanked the Obama administration for supporting Providence firefighters The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) today thanked the Obama administration for honoring the picket line planned for the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Annual Meeting next week in Providence, Rhode Island. "We appreciate the Obama administration's support of fire fighters. This is another example of the administration's unqualified support for workers and organized labor,"...

Governor Betrays Colorado Fire Fighters

Firefighters protest against Governor Ritter's veto of Colorado Senate Bill 180 Colorado fire fighters frustrated by Ritter's veto Colorado Governor Bill Ritter has vetoed a bill that would have allowed fire fighters to unionize without local government approval. Senate Bill 180, which passed the state legislature in May, would have given fire fighters' unions with a minimum of 50 employees equal negotiating status with management in decisions on pay, benefits and workin...

IAFF Looks Forward To Improved Fire Fighting Standards And Better Safety At U.S. Airports

The IAFF has released a statement on the need for improved airport fire fighting standards IAFF comments on need for improved airport fire resources International Association of Fire Fighters General President Harold A. Schaitberger today released this statement on passage of H.R. 915 by the U.S. House of Representatives. With passage of the FAA Reauthorization, the Federal Aviation Administration will be required to update current aircraft rescue and fire fighting standard...

The IAFF Sounds The Alarm On High Blood Pressure Through National Initiative

Fire fighters at work: the IAFF has launched a campaign to raise awareness of high blood pressure IAFF launches nationwide firefighter health campaign The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) today announces a first-of-its kind health initiative that is providing its 300,000 professional fire fighters with tools to raise awareness of high blood pressure within their ranks and in the local communities that they serve. These fire fighters - who are responsible fo...

National Fire Service Speaks Out Against Anti-sprinkler Bills

Fire service organizations have reacted strongly to anti-sprinkler state legislative efforts Stand together to better protect firefighters and public Citing the fact that more than 90 percent of fireground firefighter deaths occur in one- and two-family homes, leading fire service organizations have warned against state-by-state legislative efforts, orchestrated by homebuilders, which are designed to prohibit communities from requiring residential fire sprinklers in new h...

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