REPLICA legislation continues to compromise EMS care

Seven states have enacted legislation that negativelyaffects EMS jobs and wages. Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Tennessee, Texas,Utah, Virginia and Wyoming have all approved the Recognition of EMS Personnel LicensureInterstate CompAct (REPLICA) over the past year , which poses a serious threat to IAFFaffiliates everywhere, compromises quality care and service to the communitiesthey serve. States such as...
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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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Battalion 2 - January 2016

Richard Merrell  Attended morning union meeting held at Fairfax Moose Lodge. Made motion to hold all General Membership Meetings at 0800 rather than the flip/flop schedule we currently have. Motion will come before the membership at the March 2nd meeting for final vote. B-shift coming off duty so get your troops to the meeting and free breakfast.  Attended January L2068 Executive Board Meeting h...
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Battalion 1 - May 2015

Jason Peterson Coordinated with outgoing 1st Battalion rep Thomas Biller on names of potential station stewards and communicated on 1st battalion ongoing business and points of contact.  Made initial contact to several stations within the 1st battalion.  Attended Fairfax County Sheriff's Union's Executive board session with VA Local 512's leadership in attendance.  Spoke on issues with the sheriff...
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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 byproducts f...
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New Hampshire Members Awarded Liberty Mutual’s Firemark Award

Durham, NH Local 2253 Secretary David Blatchford is the newest IAFF member to be honored with Liberty Mutual’s Firemark Award for his part in a successful three-year campaign to install the first automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in two University of New Hampshire sorority houses – Alpha Xi Delta and Alpha Phi. Original link

Connecticut Members Reach Out to Young Cancer Patients

Members of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association (UPFFA) of Connecticut are always looking for new ways to be involved in the community, particularly when they can assist young cancer patients. Original link

Serious Flaw in NEST Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Serious Flaw in NEST Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
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Nest Labs has halted sales of its smoke and carbon monoxide detectors over company and customer concerns that users could unintentionally disable the device by waving their hands in front of it. One of the most praised features from reviewers is that you could disable the alarm with a simple wave for those instances where you burnt toast or allowed your husband to cook dinner. The issue ...
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Fire Rescue Brings Wellness In Our Community to Fairfax County

Fire Rescue Brings Wellness In Our Community to Fairfax County
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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue will launch its second community outreach initiative branded "Wellness In Our Community" (WIOC), in support of "preventing the 9-1-1 call," Wednesday, April 2, 2104, at 11:30 a.m. Fire Chief Richard Bowers and county officials will kick off the initiative at Fire and Rescue Station 40, Fairfax Center, 4621 Legato Road, Fairfax, Virginia. The program aims to save live...
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VIDEO: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Speaks at IAFF Conference

VIDEO: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Speaks at IAFF Conference
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe  recently spoke at the Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference on March 17 in Washington, D.C.  (Watch the video below) The conference is the cornerstone of the IAFF's legislative efforts. The IAFF has won significant legislative victories on Capitol Hill due largely to the relationships that local IAFF leaders have with their elected officials. The L...
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VIDEO: Rep. Gerry Connolly Speaks at IAFF Legislative Conference 2014

VIDEO: Rep. Gerry Connolly Speaks at IAFF Legislative Conference 2014
Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) recently spoke at the Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference on March 17 in Washington, D.C.  (Watch the video below) The conference is the cornerstone of the IAFF's legislative efforts. The IAFF has won significant legislative victories on Capitol Hill due largely to the relationships that local IAFF leaders have with their elected officials. The Legi...
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Early Morning West Annandale Vehicle Fire Caused by Molotov Cocktail Device

Early Morning West Annandale Vehicle Fire Caused by Molotov Cocktail Device
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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a vehicle fire Friday, January 10, 2014, at approximately 1:35 a.m., in the West Annandale area of Fairfax County. The vehicle was located at 9202 Ashmeade Drive. Firefighters encountered a fully involved vehicle on fire in a driveway upon arrival. Firefighters conducted a rapid fire attack and extinguished the fire to a Honda Odyssey va...
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NEVER FORGET: 10 January 1968, Fairfax County Firefighter Dies Trapped Under Thick Lake Anne Ice

NEVER FORGET: 10 January 1968, Fairfax County Firefighter Dies Trapped Under Thick Lake Anne Ice
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Fairfax County suffered a tragic loss with the death of Firefighter Earl Warren Kane. Firefighter Kane was the first line-of-duty death in the department's short history. It was January 10, 1968 when the Fairfax County Fire Department was dispatched for a reported child who fell through the ice at Lake Anne in Reston, Virginia. The average daily temperatures in the early part of January 1968 range...
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Match Discarded Into Trash Causes Lorton Townhouse Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at approximately 9:10 a.m., in the Lorton area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 8584 Enochs Drive. Firefighters encountered smoke coming from two floors of the three-story, middle unit townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly ex...
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Falls Church Nail Salon Fire Accidental

Falls Church Nail Salon Fire Accidental
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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a commercial building fire, Friday, January 3, 2014, at approximately 3:10 p.m., in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The building, Skyline Nail Supply, is located at 7234 Arlington Boulevard. Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the store, an end unit located in a strip shopping center upon arriva...
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