Timothy Anderson, L0522, Sacramento, CA

IAFF LODD - Timothy Anderson, L0522, Sacramento, CA - It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Captain Timothy Anderson of IAFF Local 522, Sacramento, CA. Brother Anderson, 39, passed away from cancer on April 4, 2017. The funeral will be held on April 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Divine Savior Church, 9079 Greenback Lane, Orangevale, CA 95662; phone 916-989-7400. Ex......
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Addiction Treatment Facility Exclusively for IAFF Members

IAFF NEWS - Tragedy and trauma are an everyday reality for fire fighters and paramedics, and can lead to behavioral health issues, including addiction, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. A host of additional behavioral health issues can also emerge, including anxiety, depression and even suicide. You Are Not Alone - Help Is HereThe IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Hea......
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Six Reasons to Enter the 2017 IAFF Media Awards

IAFF NEWS - 2017 IAFF Media Awards Contest Now Open!   1) Bragging Rights. Everyone loves a winner. Submit your best work in communicating with your members, elected leaders and the public - you could win an IAFF Media Award and be recognized among the best in the IAFF.   2) Tell Your Story. The Media Awards contest is a great way to share your story about the work IAFF members do in you......
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Many Reasons to Support MDA

IAFF NEWS - The tradition of collecting for MDA in North Providence, Rhode Island, two weeks before Labor Day pre-dates John Laurie’s career.   Now president of North Providence Local 2334, Laurie says local members were filling the boot well before he joined the fire service 28 years ago, and continue to this day in droves and with a level of enthusiasm and efficiency the community has come ......
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Cluttered Homes Can Make a Fire Fighter's Job Twice As Difficult

Fairfax, VA - One man’s trash is another one’s treasure, but for fire fighters, too much of it packed into a home will turn all of it into dangerous fuel for active fires.   “Fire fighters are increasingly battling fires made vastly more hazardous by hoarding,” says John Niemiec, President of Fairfax County Professional Firefighters & Paramedics. Hoarders collect and keep large ......
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Canada Announces $80 Million for IAFF LODD Benefit

The IAFF welcomes the federal government’s announcement of $80 million for a national Community Heroes benefit for the families of Canada’s fallen fire fighters and other public safety officers. The announcement, made March 22 in Ottawa, is the culmination of a longstanding IAFF lobby for a public safety officer compensation (PSOC) benefit. The IAFF commends Prime Minister Justin Trud......
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Anthony Spano, L1710, Chicopee, MA

IAFF LODD - Anthony Spano, L1710, Chicopee, MA - It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Firefighter Anthony Spano of IAFF Local 1710, Chicopee, MA. Brother Spano, 47, passed away on March 30, 2017 from a heart attack. The visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Cierpial Funeral Home, 67 East Street, Chicopee MA, 01020; phone 4......
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Working Smoke Alarms Alert Family To Centreville Townhouse Fire

On Thursday, March 30, at approximately 4:23 a.m., units were dispatched for a fire in a townhouse in the 6900 block of Compton Valley Court in the Centreville section of Fairfax County. Upon arrival, units found a three-story, middle of the row townhouse with fire and smoke showing from a second floor window in the rear of the home. The fire appeared to be rapidly spreading to the attic. Fir......
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Arthur L. Ricks, L0073, Saint Louis, MO

IAFF LODD - Arthur L. Ricks, L0073, Saint Louis, MO - It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Captain Arthur L. Ricks of IAFF Local 73, St. Louis, MO. Brother Ricks passed away from colon cancer on Thursday, March 30, 2017. The visitation will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 3:00-8:00 PM at the John Ziegenhein Funeral Home, 7027 Gravois Avenue, St. Louis, MO ......
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Malfunctioning Clothes Dryer Causes Franconia Townhouse Fire

On Tuesday, March 28, at approximately 7:07 p.m., units were dispatched for a report of a townhouse fire in the 6400 block of in the Franconia section of Fairfax County.  Upon arrival, units found a three-story, end unit townhouse with fire and smoke showing from a second floor window. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the kitchen area of the home. There were no firefigh......
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Chris L. Foster, L3663, Demopolis, AL

IAFF LODD - Chris L. Foster, L3663, Demopolis, AL - It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant Christopher Foster IAFF Local 3663, Demopolis, Alabama. Brother Foster, 54, passed away from cardiac arrest on March 23, 2017. The funeral was held on March 27, 2017.Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the Local can be sent to IAFF Local 3663 ......
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Steve Buser, L0625, Ames, IA

IAFF LODD - Steve Buser, L0625, Ames, IA - It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Firefighter Steve Buser of IAFF Local 625, Ames, Iowa. Brother Buser, 51, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 from cardiac arrest.A Memorial Service will be held at the Ames Auditorium, 515 Clark Avenue, Ames, Iowa, 50010 on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM; phone 515-294-3347.E......
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James Perez, L0574, Savannah, GA

IAFF LODD - James Perez, L0574, Savannah, GA - It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Advanced Firefighter James Perez of IAFF Local 574, Savannah, Georgia. Brother Perez, 25, passed away from liver cancer on March 17, 2017. The Fire Service Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 26, 2017 beginning at 4:00 PM at the Compassion Christian Church, Adult Mi......
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Youth Firesetting a Growing Public Safety Concern

Two teenaged boys tossed lit matches along the Chimney Tops trail in the Smokey Mountains in Late November. The act resulted in 14 deaths, damaged 2,500 buildings and shut down the city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee during the peak of its winter tourism season. In Helena, Montana, three intoxicated 13-year-olds set fire to a high school, resulting in $1 million in damage. These are two examples of stor......
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Fire Fighters and Cancer Risks

Fire fighters are exposed every day to harsh toxins and chemicals that increase their risk for contracting some form of cancer. This emotional video, which features Boston, Massachusetts fire fighters, is a sobering reminder of the dangers of working in the fire service.Occupational carcinogens include diesel exhaust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and various combustion b......
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