Bankrupt Detroit’s ‘Legacy Costs’ Have Human Faces

October 30, 2013 — If Detroit were a bank, it would have been bailed out years ago. And if Brendan Milewski were a banker, he wouldn’t be contemplating financial ruin. But Detroit isn’t a bank. It’s an arson-plagued city trying to ditch $18 billion in debt in bankruptcy court. And Milewski isn’t a banker, he ‘s a fireman. Or at least he was until Aug. 13, 2010, when a burning building collapsed on top of him. After the accident, Milewski was featured in an independent film, called Burn, about the trials Detroit fire fighters suffer daily.

FIRE Act Grant Application Period Is November 4-December 6

October 29, 2013 – This U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released the Fiscal Year 2013 Assistance to Firefighters grant program (FIRE Act) grant guidance and application kit. The application period for the FY 2013 FIRE Act grant program opens Monday, November 4, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Friday, December 6, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

IAFF Members Likely Affected by Colorado Flooding

September 13, 2013 – Hundreds of IAFF members are responding to the widespread flooding along the 150 miles between Fort Collins and Pueblo, Colorado. Colorado members have been on the scene since the recent series of summer showers oversaturated the ground. More IAFF members who are part of the Nebraska Task Force 1 and Utah Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue teams deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are expected to be assisting by late afternoon September 13.