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    Current news directly from IAFF locals, councils, and state/province associations in the US and Canada.

    Federal OWCP Claims Issues
    03/08/21 - IAFF Local F283
    Sisters and Brothers, <BR> As you know, we will soon have a new Secretary of Labor.  His arrival will allow us a unique opportunity to begin a conversation about some of the issues federal fire fighters are experiencing with workers comp claims at OWCP.
    Friday Update 3-5-21
    03/08/21 - IAFF Local 1014
    Monday Morning Headlines
    03/08/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
    Good Monday Evening Sorry for the delay! I was hoping to get as much information out to you regarding Lt. Pula's Memorial and Celebration of Life Reception as possible. The Schedule is fluid and as more information becomes available I will send it out. 
    March 7, 2021: Congratulations E. Kelly and F. Lima
    03/07/21 - UPFFA
    03/06/21 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
    Brothers and Sisters: Please look over the attached document below from our PFFM Legislative Agents regarding the bill HD1794/SD1686 "An act relative to providing a Covid-19 retirement credit". We will have more information in the coming weeks and this matter will be discussed in greater length at our next monthly State Meeting in March.
    TODAY Lt. Rich Pula Returns Home 
    03/06/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
    TODAY Lt. Rich Pula Returns Home  Staging 10:00am - 10:30am - Arrival 11:00am Please come and support Lt. Pula's family as he returns home to 3290 Field Street in Wheat Ridge. Members are requested to be at the Pula residence between 10:00am and 10:30am to prepare for his arrival at approximately 11:00 am.
    Coronavirus Update #17
    03/05/21 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
    Original Article posted 03/04/2021  Covid-19 Antibody Infusion Treatment Finally after many months of trying we now have the Bamlanivimab Covid-19 Antibody treatment at the Wellness Center. If you qualify for it we can immediately start the treatment which is an IV infusion. This medication has great results in arresting the developments of Covid-19.
    IAFF Delegates Elect New Officers
    03/05/21 - PFFMaine
    Ed "EDZO" Kelly Elected IAFF General President Jay Colbert Re-Elected IAFF 3rd District Vice-President Mark Ouellette Re-Elected IAFF Region 2 Trustee STRONG IAFF LEADERSHIP FROM IAFF DISTRICT 3 - Congrats to All! As provided in the election rules, all ballots were to be at the office of our election vendor, Survey & Ballot System (SBS) by 6:00 p.m. (ET) today, Thursday March 4, 2021.
    UPDATE: Honor Walk and Return Home of Brother Rich Pula
    03/04/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
    We have TWO needs for Brother Pula if you are available. 
    Philadelphia Local 22
    03/04/21 - PPFFA
    The PPFFA is proud to annouce that Philadelphia IAFF Local 22 has rejoined our association.  We are honored to represent the fine men and women of their organization, as we fight for the rights of our members in Harrisburg and around Pennsylvania.
    Visions Corp - Accepting Lawn Care Bids
    03/03/21 - IAFF Local 42
    The Visions Building Corporation is now accepting bids for Lawn care for the grounds surrounding IAFF Local 42's Union Hall, located at 6320 Manchester Ave., Kansas City, MO 64133. If you are interested in submitting a bid please contact Eric Rose, Secretary-Treasurer of IAFF Local 42 at 816.605.5083 or via E-mail:
    Monday Morning Headlines
    03/02/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
    Good Morning This week,  Honor Watch for Brother Pula Women's History Month Union Meeting & Information Session 3/3 & 3/4 Collective Bargaining Survey HealthCare Update National Firefighter Ski Races
    2021 Scholarship Applications Posted
    03/01/21 - New London Fire Fighters
    2021 Dr. Wies and John O'Connor Scholarship applications have been posted to the Scholarship page found in the menu above.
    Women's History Month | March 2021
    03/01/21 - IAFF Local 21
    We are all products of our life experiences. Our gender, our religion, our race, our ethnic background, our sexual orientation, where we grew up, along with many other factors, contributes to who we are and what we value. We are often different in many ways from the individuals we work with, side by side, day after day. Our workplaces are characterized by this diversity.
    03/01/21 - Suncoast Firefighters
    Honor Watch for Lieutenant Richard Pula
    03/01/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
    Brother and Sisters,  Honor Watch is a longstanding and solemn tradition for line-of-duty deaths in the fire service. At least two other firefighters will remain with the fallen firefighter's body around the clock on "honor watch" in the days leading up to the funeral. Firefighters are always together, and we never leave anyone behind.
    KCFD Marker Event Dedication
    03/01/21 - IAFF Local 42
    Brother Rich Pula
    03/01/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
    It is with great sadness we inform you of the passing of Retired Lieutenant Rich Pula. Rich was born on December 1, 1970 and was hired on August 16, 2002. He was promoted to Lieutenant in October of 2010 and retired in July 2018. Rich was diagnosed with Cancer in 2015. Rich passed away this morning with family and friends at his bed side.
    Funeral Arrangements - President Emeritus Raymond D. Shea
    02/28/21 - UPFFA
    Crews called to fire in Springfield on Saturday morning
    02/27/21 - IAFF Local 648
    Crews called to fire in Springfield on Saturday morning HAMPDEN COUNTY by: Sofía Hernández Carrillo Posted: Feb 27, 2021 / 11:34 AM EST / Updated: Feb 27, 2021 / 12:42 PM EST (Photo Credit: Springfield Fire Department) SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Crews were called to a fire on 539 Nassau Dr.
    Local 21 Regrets to Announce the Passing of Retired Captain Roger Beesley
    02/26/21 - IAFF Local 21
    Local 21 regrets to announce the passing of retired Fire Captain Roger Beesley. Captain Beesley started with the Saint Paul Fire Department on December 1st, 1948.  He was promoted to Fire Captain on August 1st, 1958. Captain Beesley retired in the mid 1980's as Captain of Ladder 07 on the B Shift. Roger passed away at the age of 94.
    Rich Pula Update
    02/26/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
    Brothers and Sisters, Our Brother Rich Pula’s health has drastically declined. He spent the last 2 weeks in the hospital and has returned home as of yesterday, now in the care of hospice. Unfortunately, it is hard for him to eat, drink, or even talk. Close friends are with him and working around the clock to keep him comfortable.
    02/26/21 - IAFF Local 1164
          We are so grateful to our City of Livonia leadership and employees, our Livonia Fire & Rescue firefighters and paramedics and our Livonia Police Department and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers for their support and dedication! Our #VaccinateLivonia initiative would not be possible without them.
    Livonia operates city-run COVID-19 vaccination clinic
    02/26/21 - IAFF Local 1164
    LIVONIA, Mich (WXYZ) — It’s day three of vaccinations at the Livonia Civic Park Senior Center, and those with appointments are getting in line to get their shot. “Oh we’re excited," said Livonia resident Ilene Suchora. "We’re excited. We’ve been waiting for it.
    The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is hosting an online education series for IAFF members
    02/25/21 - UPFFA
    The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is hosting an online education series for IAFF members, other first responders, healthcare providers, clinicians and the community at large. Upcoming March webinars include: Grief and the Fire Service March 4, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.
    Female Firefighter Reproductive Cancer Coverage
    02/25/21 - PFFMaine
    On Wednesday, February 17th, 2012 first responders testified in support of a bill that would provide more protections under the workers' compensation system for fire fighters who contract reproductive cancers due to their employment. LD 213, sponsored by Rep.
    Courtyard by Marriott Structure Fire
    02/24/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
    Shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24th,Local members were dispatched to a smoke investigation at the Courtyard by Marriott near I-25 and County Line Road. The response was upgraded to a working commercial structure fire when crews confirmed there was smoke and fire in the ceiling of the swimming pool room.
    Kalispell Ct. House Fire
    02/24/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
    At 4:58 p.m. on Monday, February 22nd, Local members along with members from Local 1209 responded to a reported garage fire at 5781 S. Kalispell Court in Centennial. As units were responding, a large plume of black smoke was visible from miles away.
    Local 311 Memorial
    02/24/21 - IAFF Local 311
    In 2020, Fire Fighters Local 311 convened a committee with the goal of planning and constructing a memorial to honor those we have lost in the line of duty over the course of our history.
    Join Team Hurricanes for the Dolphin Challenge Cancer on April 10th
    02/23/21 - IAFF 1826
    Community COVID Vaccine Volunteer Opportunity
    02/23/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
    Local 858 Members and F.I.R.E. Members, Denver Firefighters Local 858 and F.I.R.E. want to continue this great volunteer opportunity. City Council members have been pleased with our participation and would like us to continue to help get the COVID Vaccine out to the public.
    Two people taken to hospital after fire in Springfield
    02/22/21 - IAFF Local 648
    Two people taken to hospital after fire in Springfield NEWS by: Sofía Hernández Carrillo Posted: Feb 20, 2021 / 08:13 AM EST / Updated: Feb 20, 2021 / 08:16 AM EST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Fire department was called to a fire at 106 Clarendon St 2 on Saturday morning.
    Chimney fire at Indian Orchard home
    02/22/21 - IAFF Local 648
    Chimney fire at Indian Orchard home HAMPDEN COUNTY by: Tony Fay Posted: Feb 22, 2021 / 05:38 AM EST / Updated: Feb 22, 2021 / 05:38 AM EST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield firefighters put out a chimney fire at a home in the city’s Indian Orchard neighborhood early Monday morning.
    7th District FIREOPS 101 2021
    02/22/21 - IAFF 7th District
    The annual 7th District FIREOPS 101 is shceduled and we are taking applications.  The date is May 20-21 and the event will be held at the new Boise Fire Department Training Center.  This event if for you to assist a policy maker from your jurisdiction to "walk a day in your boots".  The spots are limited to 42 so register early.
    Powhaton Road Brush Fire
    02/21/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
    At 3:24 p.m. on Saturday, February 20th, Local 2086 and 1290 members responded to a grass fire along the west side of Powhaton Road just north of County Line Road. Gusty winds from the approaching cold front were pushing the fire south and west toward homes. Members began initial fire attack from the road while additional units were sent into the neighborhood for structure protection, if needed.
    Engineer John Wood Sr. Memorial
    02/21/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
    On Saturday morning, February 20th, Local members honored the memory of Engineer John Wood Sr. On February 20, 1981 Engineer Wood was operating a brush truck on the scene of a large wildland fire east of Pine Drive and north of Mainstreet near Parker when he tragically suffered a heart attack and died.
    Kit Carson Dr. Garage Fire
    02/19/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
    At 1:33 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2021, Local members responded to a report of smoke inside the home at 7780 S. Kit Carson Dr. in Centennial. The family safely evacuated without injuries. Members from first arriving Engine 15 reported smoke showing from the eaves and declared a working fire, prompting the dispatch of additional units.
    Dallas St. Structure Fire
    02/19/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
    At 7:05 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, 2021, Members from Engine 31 were dispatched to a fire alarm activation at 5450 S. Dallas Street. Greenwood Village Police Officers were first to arrive on scene and they encountered heavy smoke inside the residence. The response was upgraded to a working structure fire and additional SMFR resources were dispatched.
    Newton St. Structure Fire
    02/19/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
    At 2:25 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2021, Local members responded to several 911 calls reporting at house on fire at 5112 S. Newton Street in Littleton. First arriving Engine and Medic 11 found a large volume of smoke and fire visible from the front and rear of the home. Members advanced an attack hose line to control the flames and conducted a 360 degree walk around.
    Southridge Way Structure Fire
    02/19/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
    At 2:17 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2021, Local members responded to several reports of a house fire at 6 Southridge Way in Littleton. First arriving Battalion 2 found a small single-story home with the attached garage fully engulfed. Members deployed an attack hose line and used it to prevent any additional fire damage to the living area.
    02/18/21 - Suncoast Firefighters
    Congrats Chief Van Helden on your retirement!!! Welcome Chief Fair.
    February 20, 2021 Union Meeting Zoom Link
    02/17/21 - IAFF Local F283
     Zoom Meeting  Zoom Link  Brothers and Sisters, In accordance with Motion 2021.001, the rules for conducting virtual meetings have changed. Local F- 283 has purchased a subscription and will continue to utilize the Zoom® platform (Motion 2021.
    02/16/21 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
    Brothers and Sisters, A few updates and reminders: - Please vote in the Local 30 Election of Officers.  Contact Brother Brandon Hugh with any ballot issues.  The voting deadline is Monday, March 1st at 12:00pm. - Please submit any proposals for Bargaining to Secretary John Magee at JLMagee76@gmail.
    Our Deepest Sympathies
    02/16/21 - International Association of Firefighters
    Local F-147 regrets to announce the passing of James Tompey, father of Local F-147 member Joe Tompey. Mr. Tompey passed away on Monday, February 9th at Jersey Shore University Medical Center at the age of 75. Memorial visitation for Mr. Tompey will be on Friday, February 19th from 2-5 with a memorial service being held at 4:30 at the O'Brian Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35 in Wall Township.
    Please Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Fraud and Scams
    02/16/21 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
    Please Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Fraud and Scams We have seen an increased rate of fraud and scams related to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Please be aware of fraud: If someone calls, texts, or emails you or a family member promising access to the vaccine for a fee, you should not share your personal or financial information.
    National Firefighter Ski Races
    02/16/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
    National Fire Fighter Ski Races February 22-25, 2021 in Steamboat Springs National Firefighter Ski Races is raising money for burn injured firefighters. We’re selling chances to win a snowboard, a Colorado Firehose flag, a metal & wood American flag and a beautiful red fire helmet (pic doesn’t have the cool shield on it yet). Chances to win are $10 each or 3 for $25.
    02/15/21 - Suncoast Firefighters
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