IAFF News

GASB Pushes for Better Disclosure of Public Retiree Benefits

May 29, 2014 — The seven-member GASB Board voted to put forward two draft proposals on reporting of Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) or retiree health insurance. Once passed, local governments would be required to recognize net liabilities of their OPEBs on annual financial statements.

Drafts of both proposals will be posted on GASB’s web site in June. The IAFF will submit comment opposing this change due to the potential effect on local budgets. The comment period will be followed by public hearings September 10-12.

IAFF Members Respond to South-Central Tornadoes

IAFF Members Respond to South-Central Tornadoes
April 28, 2014 – IAFF members are responding in the aftermath of multiple tornadoes that touched down in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa April 27, assisting in the search for survivors and helping to secure areas with significant amounts of tornado-produced debris.

IAFF Members Battle California Wildfires

IAFF Members Battle California Wildfires
May 16, 2014 – Hundreds of IAFF members from CAL FIRE Local 2881, along with strike teams from locals across the state, are battling six raging wildfires in San Diego County, California.

IAFF Members Respond to Tornadoes, Offer Tips for Staying Safe

Tornado seasons vary from region to region, but they can touch down anywhere. Already this spring, IAFF members have responded in the aftermath of multiple tornadoes throughout the South Central United States, assisting in the search for survivors and helping to secure areas with significant amounts of tornado-produced debris.

Rebuilding Our Memorial to the Fallen

The hallowed grounds of the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial are a place where thousands gather every September to celebrate and honor the lives of IAFF members who have died in the line of duty during the past year. Hundreds more make private pilgrimages throughout the year. To ensure the integrity of the site remains intact for future generations of fire fighters and their families, the IAFF will be putting forth a resolution at the 2014 Convention for reconstructing the entire Memorial site.

Giving Muscular Dystrophy the Boot

May 9, 2014 – The year was 1954. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the White House home, a gallon of gas averaged 22 cents, and the television show “Father Knows Best” kept Americans captivated with Hollywood’s version of the perfect family. But, as explained in a 1954 article published in The Press-Gazette (Hillsboro, Ohio), no one knew best when it came to treating the estimated 200,000 Americans diagnosed with a strange ailment called muscular dystrophy. This “very costly disease,” the article explained, baffled researchers, and although the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), founded in 1950, was dedicated to “seeking the cause and a cure for this mysterious and fatal malady,” insufficient research funds kept progress at bay.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Hits United States

May 9, 2014 — MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), the severe viral respiratory illness that has been infecting people in the Arabian peninsula, has made its appearance in the United States for the first time. On May 2nd, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first US case in an individual who had recently traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana.

PSOC, Building Code Are Focus of 21st Canadian Legislative Conference

May 7, 2014 — Fire fighter issues were the talk of Ottawa April 27-30 as IAFF members from across Canada descended on Parliament Hill for the 21st Canadian Legislative Conference and lobbied for a national Public Safety Officer Compensation (PSOC) benefit and amendments to the National Building Code.

Alaska Wildfire Scorches More Than 100,000 Acres

May 27, 2014 — Fire fighters in Alaska were battling a massive wildfire that was pushing towards hundreds of homes and vacation cabins, with residents urged to be ready for a possible mandatory evacuation.

IRS Prohibits Employers From Dumping Workers to Exchanges

May 27, 2014 — A recent IRS ruling bars employers from forcing workers into health care exchanges. Many employers believed that they could give employees a tax-free contribution of cash and have them purchase insurance on the health care exchange. For more information, click here.

IAFF Members Battle Tough Terrain to Contain Arizona Wildfire

May 23, 2014 – Hundreds of IAFF members from across the state of Arizona are working in conjunction with other agencies to contain the Slide fire in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and south of Flagstaff. Fire fighters have been able to contain just 5 percent.

IRS Prohibits Employers From Dumping Workers to Exchanges

May 27, 2014 — A recent IRS ruling bars employers from forcing workers into health care exchanges. Many employers believed that they could give employees a tax-free contribution of cash and have them purchase insurance on the health care exchange. For more information, click here.

Alaska Wildfire Scorches More Than 100,000 Acres

May 27, 2014 — Fire fighters in Alaska were battling a massive wildfire that was pushing towards hundreds of homes and vacation cabins, with residents urged to be ready for a possible mandatory evacuation.

IAFF Members Battle Tough Terrain to Contain Arizona Wildfire

May 23, 2014 – Hundreds of IAFF members from across the state of Arizona are working in conjunction with other agencies to contain the Slide fire in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and south of Flagstaff. Fire fighters have been able to contain just 5 percent.

Edmonton firefighters union ratifies contract

From The Edmonton Journal EDMONTON – The union representing local firefighters has ratified a six-year contract with the city that will see general wage increases of about 17 per cent. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/touch/news/edmonton/Firefighters+union+ratifies+contract/9850667/story.html?rel=847766          

IAFF Members Battle California Wildfires

IAFF Members Battle California Wildfires
May 16, 2014 – Hundreds of IAFF members from CAL FIRE Local 2881, along with strike teams from locals across the state, are battling six raging wildfires in San Diego County, California.

Rebuilding Our Memorial to the Fallen

The hallowed grounds of the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial are a place where thousands gather every September to celebrate and honor the lives of IAFF members who have died in the line of duty during the past year. Hundreds more make private pilgrimages throughout the year. To ensure the integrity of the site remains intact for future generations of fire fighters and their families, the IAFF will be putting forth a resolution at the 2014 Convention for reconstructing the entire Memorial site.

IAFF Members Respond to Tornadoes, Offer Tips for Staying Safe

Tornado seasons vary from region to region, but they can touch down anywhere. Already this spring, IAFF members have responded in the aftermath of multiple tornadoes throughout the South Central United States, assisting in the search for survivors and helping to secure areas with significant amounts of tornado-produced debris.

Giving Muscular Dystrophy the Boot

May 9, 2014 – The year was 1954. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the White House home, a gallon of gas averaged 22 cents, and the television show “Father Knows Best” kept Americans captivated with Hollywood’s version of the perfect family. But, as explained in a 1954 article published in The Press-Gazette (Hillsboro, Ohio), no one knew best when it came to treating the estimated 200,000 Americans diagnosed with a strange ailment called muscular dystrophy. This “very costly disease,” the article explained, baffled researchers, and although the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), founded in 1950, was dedicated to “seeking the cause and a cure for this mysterious and fatal malady,” insufficient research funds kept progress at bay.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Hits United States

May 9, 2014 — MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), the severe viral respiratory illness that has been infecting people in the Arabian peninsula, has made its appearance in the United States for the first time. On May 2nd, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first US case in an individual who had recently traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana.