At least 140 Firefighters & EMTs Commited Suicide in 2019 Across the USA


  Last year more firefighters took their own lives than died in the line of duty. 122 fire fighters and 18 EMTs committed suicide in 2019 nationwide. Sadly, far too many fire fighters in Virginia suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and lack avenues to address behavioral health issues. HB438 will define PTSD as an occupational disease for Virginia’s fire fighters, paramedics and law e...
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The 9/11 Promise Scholarship Program for Children of First Responders and Military

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Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics - IAFF Local 2068 member Scott Schermerhorn is on the Board of Directors of  9/11 Promise Run  ( the911promise.org ). The organization is a 501c3 non-profit charity that raises money for our own scholarship program. The scholarships (ranging from $5,000 to $15,000) are to be provided to the children of First Responders and/or Military member...
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Local 2068 Fighting to Improve Cancer Presumption for all Virginia Firefighters

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On Monday, January 13, 2020, members of Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics - Local 2068 were in Richmond with Virginia Professional Fire Fighters to lobby in the Virginia House of Delegates & Virginia State Senate to strengthen Worker's Compensation coverage for Fire Fighters suffering from occupational cancers and job related mental health issues.     

Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department's Elite VA-TF1 USAR Team Activated for Hurricane Dorian


  Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department's elite urban search and rescue team, Virginia Task Force 1 (VA-TF1) was activated the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 4:00pm today. The team will be deploying a Type 1 team which is comprised of 80 members to Southern Florida to be in position ahead of Hurricane Dorian.  Check back here for updates on the Team's mission.

Coast Guard Makes "Extremely Difficult Decision" to Suspend Active Search for Missing Firefighters at Sundown

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  During a news conference today Captain Mark Vlaun of the US Coast Guard state that he was making the "extremely difficult" decision to suspend the active search for Fairfax County Master Technician Justin Walker & Jacksonville Firefighter Brian McClumey at sunset this evening. The search area has now exceeded and area of 105,000 square miles. Capt. Vlaun stated that in the absent of addition...
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Fairfax County & Jacksonville Firefighters Missing Off The Coast of Florida


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard along with partner agencies are searching for two overdue boaters Saturday after not returning from a fishing trip near Port Canaveral. The boaters, Brian McCluney and Justin Walker, were last seen departing the  300 Christopher Columbus boat ramp  Friday in a 24-foot center console heading toward  "8A" reef . Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral watchstander...
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Local 2068 Proudly Supports These Candidates in the Primary


  These candidates understand the issues affecting our community. They will be a champion for public safety, and work to ensure that our county’s first responders have the resources necessary to make Fairfax County the safest place to live in our Commonwealth.   Please come out and support these candidates during the June 11th Primary Elections.    Find your Voter Information ( HERE ). This will i...
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Local 2068 Endorses Rodney Lusk for Lee District Supervisor


  Experience matters, and Rodney Lusk is far and away the most experienced and prepared candidate running for Lee District Supervisor. As a Member of the Board, Rodney will be a champion for public safety, and work to ensure that our county’s first responders have the resources necessary to make Fairfax County the safest place to live in our Commonwealth.   Lusk for Lee District Supervisor   Lusk ...
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Local 2068 Says Thank You To All Public Safety Communicators


  After being started in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office in California, the second full week of April has been designated as "National Public Safety Communicators Week" and is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety communicators. This year it began on April 4 and continues through April 20, 2019. The  # Local2068  E-Board and  # FairfaxFiref...
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Local 2068 President Kuley Presents Budget Testimony to Fairfax County Board of Supervisors


    On April 9, 2019, Fairfax County Professional Firefighters & Paramedics - Local 2608 President Ron Kuley presented testimony during the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Public Hearing on the County Executives FY2020 proposed budget plan.  

Local 2068 Endorses Kathy Smith for Sully District Supervisor


  Fairfax County Professional Firefighters & Paramedics - IAFF Local 2068 are proud to announce the endorsement of Kathy Smith for Sully District Supervisor.  

Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer

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    Carbon Monoxide (CO): The Invisible Killer Carbon Monoxide, also known as “CO”, is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that is a byproduct of incomplete combustion of fuels such as natural gas, propane, wood, coal, gasoline and oil. CO is called the invisible killer because you don’t know it is present and can initially present with flu-like symptoms. Each year, more than 400 Americans die...
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IAFF Local 2068 Endorses Stacey Kincaid for Fairfax County Sheriff


    Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paremedics - Local 2068 are proud to announce the endorsement of Stacey Kincaid for Fairfax County Sheriff.

IAFF Local 2068 Endorses Jeff McKay for Chairman of Fairfax County Board of Supervisors


  Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paremedics - Local 2068 are proud to announce the endorsement of Jeff McKay for Chairman of Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

IAFF Local 2068 Endorses James Walkinshaw for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors - Braddock District


Fairfax County Professional Firefighters & Paramedics - IAFF Local 2068 are proud to announce the endorsement James Walkinshaw for Braddock District Supervisor of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. After meeting with James on variety of topics it is clear that he is the choice not only for our members but for all Fairfax County employees & residents.