• February 07, 2023

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      VOTE "NO" TO HOUSE BILL 605

      Call your Mississippi House of Representatives NOW!  Vote "No" on House Bill 605

      If voted into law, this bill would allow the legislature to have veto power over the PERS Board.  It would greatly hinder the PERS Board's ability to make fiscally responsible decisions for the system and allow the legislature to tie the Board's hands when making contribution increases. 

      This bill affects ACTIVE members just as much as it would retired members!  

      We cannot overstate how dangerous this would be for the health of the PERS retirement system.  We ask you to call your legislators and let them know that, as a PERS member, you do NOT support this bill!  

      NOTE:  The legislature already has representation on the PERS Board and this member is present when votes occur.  The Legislature is completely aware of any decisions made in PERS Meetings!

      Please share this with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to call as well!  

      Link to the Mississippi House Roster:   http://www.legislature.ms.gov/legislators/house-roster/

      Link to Mississippi House Bill 605: https://legiscan.com/MS/bill/HB605/2023

      First Responder Appreciation and Recruitment Act - for every 5 years served, the First Responder receives 1 year of retirement credit!!!!

      The Mississippi State Legislative session is well underway for 2023.  There are two bills pertaining to career firefighters.  

      • The First Responder Appreciation and Recruitment Act 
      • Helping Heroes First Responder - PTSD Assistance Bill

      First Responder Appreciation and Recruitment Act - for every 5 years served, the First Responder gets 1 year of retirement credit

      Here is the link to House Bill 212:

      http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2023/pdf/history/HB/HB0212.xml

      Here is the line to Senate Bill 2021:

      http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2023/pdf/history/SB/SB2021.xml

      Please call your individual Senators and Legislators to ask for support for these bills.  The talking points can be downloaded.  

      Please share the flyer and information with family, friends, and your fire service brothers and sisters.  
       

      Mississippi Senate Roster:  http://www.legislature.ms.gov/legislators/senate-roster/

      Mississippi House Roster: http://http://www.legislature.ms.gov/legislators/house-roster/

       


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      PROFAM Legislative Meeting 2018
      Members are listening to Executive Director Pat Robertson from PERS
      PROFAM Legislative Meeting 2018
      Members met with House Representative Jeff Hale from District 24 on the final day of the PROFAM Legislative Meeting
      President Bass - Habitat for Humanities Build
      In September, President Bass assisted the Jackson Habitat for Humanities with a home in the downtown Jackson area.
      Laurel Fire Department Receives New Charter
      Welcome IAFF Local 207!
      Ridgeland FD wins 2015 Dragon Regatta
      Congratulationts to Ridgeland FD - first place for overall fastest time and t-shirt design
      Kris Carmichael plays "Amazing Grace" on the pipes at 9/11 Services at the State Cathedral
      9/11 Memorial Service at St. Andrews Episcopal Cathedral
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      Applications are now open for the A. Michael Mullane Political Training Academy (PTA) and Communications Training Academy (CTA) programs
      02/06/23 - UPFFA
      Applications are now open for the A. Michael Mullane Political Training Academy (PTA) and Communications Training Academy (CTA) programs. Both take place Monday, May 1 – Friday, May 5, 2023 at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, Md. Applications for both the PTA and CTA programs are due by Thursday, Feb. 9. Decisions will be sent by Monday, Feb. 20.
      Friday Update 2-3-23
      02/06/23 - IAFF Local 1014
      Friday Update 1-27-23
      02/06/23 - IAFF Local 1014
      Friday Update 1-20-23
      02/06/23 - IAFF Local 1014
      Earl Jull memorial
      02/06/23 - IAFF Local F282
      The celebration of life for former firefighter Earl Jull will be February 11 at Crosby Chapel in Seabeck. 1604 NW Church Rd Seabeck WA 98380.
      TSP
      02/06/23 - IAFF Local F282
      So those of you who have not logged into your tsp account for some time should be made aware of something. Last July TSP changed their website. In doing so, they required everybody to create a new login pin and password. Unfortunately, when they did the transition from the old site to the new one, they lost everybody's beneficiary information.
      2023 Saint Patrick's Day Apparel
      02/05/23 - IAFF Local 1664
      The Charitable Foundation once again has St. Patrick's Day apparel for purchase! Order before February 8th for delivery prior to St. Patrick's Day! Link to the shop is posted below! https://shop.nationalinkandstitch.com/mcfirefoundation/shop/home
      Our fight for PFAS-free bunker gear
      02/04/23 - Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters
      Today at our Affiliate Leadership Training Summit, I announced that the IAFF has retained three nationally recognized law firms to change regulatory standards, demand PFAS-free gear, and be available to be retained by members and families seeking compensation for PFAS-related illness.
      Springfield officer and firefighter attended funeral after well being check on elderly woman
      02/04/23 - IAFF Local 648
      Springfield officer and firefighter attended funeral after well being check on elderly woman by: Ashley Shook Posted: Feb 3, 2023 / 01:02 PM EST Updated: Feb 3, 2023 / 01:02 PM EST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield police officer and firefighter were pallbearers for a woman they helped save.
      2023 | IAFF Local 21 Saint Patrick's Day Apparel
      02/03/23 - IAFF Local 21
      Click on the link below to be redirected to the 2023 IAFF Local 21 St. Patrick's Day online store. Proceeds from your purchase will be donated to the Saint Paul Fire Foundation.
      Important Message from the NYSPFFA Exec Board
      02/03/23 - IAFF Local 274
      ? Dear Brothers and Sisters, On Wednesday afternoon, Governor Hochul released her executive budget which will dominate activities at the Capitol for the next 60 days, and we immediately began to scrutinize it.
      Baby Lucas
      02/03/23 - PFFNH
      Please see below a message from Brother Dan Maffee from Pease F-317: ***Urgent - please read, share and donate if you’re able. Anything will be appreciated I’m establishing this goFundme for my wife’s nephew Lucas. Lucas is 5 months old and has been diagnosed with Neonatal cholestasis. This diagnosis will require Lucas to have a liver transplant.
      Polar Plunge
      02/03/23 - IAFF Local 648
      LETR Western MA Polar Plunge 2023 The West Springfield Police together with the Law Enforcement Torch Run is bringing back its Polar Plunge for a third year! Set at Kingsley Beach at Hampton Ponds State Park, plungers can take turns running into the lake to support Special Olympics. After the plunge, join us for some food, music, and fundraising and costume awards.
      GoFundMe for Tommy Hotchkiss
      02/03/23 - IAFF 1826
      Committee Assignments
      02/03/23 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
      Labor Management Committee assignments for IAFF Local 794
      GoFundMe - Jose "Scuffy" Rodriguez
      02/01/23 - IAFF Local 648
      Jose Juan Rodriguez known best by his family and his friends as “Scuffy”. Scuffy or as I like to call him, stepdad, has stage 4 liver cancer. Back in December 2017 I was serving my country and was told to come home to what I thought was going to be his funeral. This man is so strong, stubborn and simply inspirational that five years later he is still here with us.
      Brett Johnson Retires
      02/01/23 - IAFF Local 828
      Help us in congratulating LT Brett Johnson on 31 years of amazing service with the Longview Fire Department. Brett was hired in the spring of 1992. He was promoted to Lieutenant 6 years later, where he served until the end of January.
      Tough Ruck
      02/01/23 - IAFF Local 648
      Thomas Murphy "SR." is doing a Tough Ruck (26.2 miles) for charity. Those wishing to join or donate to the please contact Murph (413) 657-3796. Visit https://www.toughruck.org/ for more information.
      IAFF Local 21 is Celebrating Black History Month
      02/01/23 - IAFF Local 21
      EV And Lithium Ion Battery Fires
      01/30/23 - PFFNH
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      Free Yoga Classes for L244 Members
      01/30/23 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      Attention Local 244 Members: IAFF Local 244 is excited to announce a new member benefit that will be available exclusively to our members & their immediate family beginning February 2023, 'Free Yoga Classes'.
      UNION MEETING REMINDER
      01/27/23 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
      Be advised: There will be a Special Meeting prior to the February Meeting on Tuesday (2/7) at 6PM, regarding moving forward to 4th Step Grievances on Vacation & Injury Policies. The Union Meeting will begin at 7PM.
      7th District Scholarships Available for 2023
      01/25/23 - IAFF 7th District
      The application period is open for the annual 7th District Benevolent Fund Scholarship program.  It closes on March 8th to allow for reviewers to access each applicant.  This year as in the past, 10 scholarships will be awarded.  There will be one $1000 scholarship, two $750 scholarships and seven $500 scholarships.
      01.31.2023 | The Paidar Hero WOD
      01/23/23 - IAFF Local 21
        Firefighting is an inherently dangerous calling and the greatest danger facing firefighters today is occupational cancer.  Almost 75% of the firefighters whose names were added to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial last year died after battling cancer.  Included in the 469 names added to the wall in 2022 was our late brother, Mike Paidar.
      January 23, 2023: UPFFA Position on House Bill 5501 An Act Concerning Alternative Physical Testing Requirements for Female Candidates for Firefighter Positions
      01/23/23 - UPFFA
      UPFFA of Ct.
      City Chapter 4th Steward Vacancy
      01/18/23 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      City Chapter 4th Steward Vacancy The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is accepting letters of interest for City Fourth (4) Steward for the next 14 calendar days.
      Friday Update 1-13-23
      01/17/23 - IAFF Local 1014
      Friday Update 1-6-23
      01/17/23 - IAFF Local 1014
      Distric Chief Collier Retires
      01/17/23 - IAFF Local 739
      We would like to congratulate District Chief Tim Collier on his retirement! We wish you a happy and healthy beginning to a new chapter in life. Chief Collier was the Senior District Chief on the department, and leaving with him is 30+ years of experience and service to the City of Lynn.
      Honor Guard
      01/15/23 - IAFF Local 1164
      Your Livonia Fire & Rescue Honor Guard were humbled to take part in Livonia Franklin Varsity Hockey military night by presenting the colors during The National Anthem this past Friday, January 13.
      May 1, 2023-May 5, 2023: A. Michael Mullane Political Training Academy
      01/14/23 - UPFFA
      Brothers and Sisters, Applications are now open for the A. Michael Mullane Political Training Academy (PTA) and Communications Training Academy (CTA) programs. Both take place Monday, May 1 – Friday, May 5, 2023 at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, Md.
      Bridge The Gap
      01/13/23 - IAFF Local 648
      "Northampton Firefighters Local 108 has been trying to “Bridge the Gap” of wage disparity between Northampton Police and Firefighters. With current tentative agreement contracts, Firefighters will be making 24.7% less than Police Officers, a gap which has been steadily increasing over the last 10 years..." ".
      Mission BBQ Blue Hometown Heros Cups
      01/13/23 - IAFF 1826
      $2 from each Blue Hometown Heroes Cup purchased will go to... The Local 1826 International Association of Firefighters Leroy Nottingham Benevolent Fund, Guns and Hoses of Southwest Florida, and the Lee County Sheriff's Office Fallen Deputy Memorial Foundation.  These cups are running until March 1st, so stop by and grab yours today.
      IAFF Local 244 Executive Board Vacancies
      01/12/23 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      Executive Board Vacancies The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is accepting letters of interest for the positions of City Chapter Vice-President, City Second Steward, and County Chapter First Trustee for the next 14 calendar days.
      May 12, 2023: UPFFA Golf Tournament
      01/12/23 - UPFFA
      Save the Date May 12, 2023 UPFFA Golf Tournament Laurel View Country Club 310 W. Shepard Ave.
      SECOND ALARM BENEFIT DANCE
      01/10/23 - IAFF Local 311
      Sable Flames, Inc presents, The 28th annual Second Alarm Benefit Dance
      02.06.2023 | Wills For Heroes Event
      01/10/23 - IAFF Local 21
      After a long pause due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Saint Paul Firefighters IAFF Local 21 is pleased to bring back Wills for Heroes.  There is an event scheduled for members of the Saint Paul Fire Department on Monday, February 06, 2023, at the SPFD Training Division (1683 Energy Park.) There are appointments available for 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00pm.
      Funeral Information for Brother Ed Redmond
      01/09/23 - Kansas State Council of Fire Fighters
      Ed Redmond passed away December 27th 2022.   There will be a celebration of life on Monday, January 23rd at 1:00 pm.   The celebration will be held at the Arab Shrine Temple, 1305 S. Topeka Ave,  Topeka Ks.    For further information click this  link.
      January 9, 2023: IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery Upcoming Webinars
      01/09/23 - 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 webinars: Behavioral Healthcare 101 for First Responders Thursday, Jan. 12 | 12 p.m.
      LOCAL 30 NOMINATIONS
      01/06/23 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
      Brothers and Sisters, Ballots for the upcoming Local 30 Election will be sent out next month by the American Arbitration Association (via department email) and the results will be given at the March meeting. More information to follow. Good luck to all the candidates.
      02.07.2023 | IAFF Local 21 Ice Fishing Contest
      01/06/23 - IAFF Local 21
      01.17.2023 | Fire Service Day at the Capitol
      01/06/23 - IAFF Local 21
      Please join Saint Paul Firefighters IAFF Local 21 and the Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters (MPFF) for the annual Fire Service Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.  The Fire Service Day at the Capitol event presents an opportunity to meet your state legislators and become a local resource for them on fire service issues in Minnesota.
      Welcome our new and returning E-Board
      01/04/23 - IAFF Local 828
      Officially Canceled | Veteran Firefighters Luncheon
      01/04/23 - IAFF Local 21
      Call Secretary-Treasurer Mike Hogan at 952.463.5316 to reserve your meal by Monday, September 5th. The American Legion needs a head count for food preparation. If you do not plan to eat, do not call ahead. Just show up! Adult beverages are available. Questions, or if you need a ride, call Tim Wirth (651.247.4775) or Mike Hogan (952.463.5316) Join the email list.
      2023 Garner Scholarship Application
      01/04/23 - IAFF Local 311
      The Richard Garner Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the life of City of Madison Firefighter/Paramedic Richard Garner Jr. who died in the line of duty on April 1, 2018. Richard was not only a great Firefighter/Paramedic and a dear friend to many, but he was a constant fixture within the Madison community, helping and serving in any way he could. The scholarship was put in place to help those who are entering the Fire and EMS fields.
      January Is Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month: Week 1
      01/04/23 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
      January is Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths, with fire fighters in the United States and Canada developing job-related cancers at a rate higher than ever. Almost 75% of the names added to the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial wall in 2022 were members who died from occupational cancer. Join the IAFF and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) in Extinguishing Cancer from the fire service. Visit our Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month webpage, and follow along on social media (@iaffofficial) throughout January as we promote cancer awareness and prevention and share resources to support our brothers and sisters diagnosed with cancer. We encourage you to participate in Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month. Let's end cancer in the fire service, together.
      Friday Update 12-30-22
      01/03/23 - IAFF Local 1014
      It was nearly 100 degrees outside when the emergency call reached Engine Company 39. A triple-decker in Savin Hill had erupted in flames, and a haze of thick black smoke was all but blanketing the sky.
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