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New NFPA 1710 Explainer Video

For years, affiliates have battled politicians who make decisions on how many fire fighters a community has, based on budget figures developed by number crunchers. In most cases, this flawed approach leaves the community short of the number of fire fighters needed to successfully protect the residents and businesses they serve.

In past decades, there were very few tools to make credible arguments in debates on this issue – beyond our own experience. But over the past few years, the IAFF has been leading the charge on scientific research to help community leaders better understand how to best protect the taxpaying public.

NFPA 1710 is the internationally accepted standard on minimum crew size and operational staffing for career fire departments. Telling the 1710 story is difficult, even to IAFF members but this video can be the key to start a discussion.

A new explainer video on the NFPA 1710 Standard – an essential tool for conveying the message that proper staffing levels are essential for keeping your community safe - promotes the science of fire fighting and educating policy makers through leaders and the media in your community.

Remembering the 343 FDNY Fire Fighters on 15th Anniversary of 9/11

Message from General President Harold Schaitberger:

“Fifteen years ago on September 11, 2001, on a beautiful and then horrific Tuesday morning on the south end of Manhattan, we were faced with a catastrophic moment in our country and our profession. 

“343 of the very bravest from FDNY made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation and on behalf of the citizens they were sworn to protect. And at the Pentagon, hundreds of members from locals in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland battled the flames and risked their lives to pull people from the rubble.

“Our two incredible locals, the Uniformed Firefighters Association Local 94 and Uniformed Fire Officers Association Local 854, were faced with a disastrous moment, for which no playbook had been written.

“This union of ours, our members and leaders across two great countries came together in an incredible display of solidarity to begin taking care of the families of our fallen and those who were left behind.

“The details of our work, the resources, the financial assistance – more than $164 million for the 9/11 Disaster Relief Fund – and the support from our combined efforts are well chronicled. In the face of an unspeakable disaster, the pure solidarity displayed by everyone across this union is a moment that we should all be proud of.”

Winning and Improving Presumption Laws
The number of states without presumptive legislation for fire fighters who contract cancer continues to shrink. In April, Idaho became the 34th state to win presumptive protections. Read More...
Rates of PTSD in Fire Fighters
Rates of PTSD in firefighters may be heightened more so than in other professions. See, many people will experience a potentially traumatic event at some point in their life. But just because you have experienced a traumatic event does not mean that you will definitely go on to develop PTSD. Read More...
2016 New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association State Convention
The New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association State Convention will be held on July 15-17, 2016, at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort in Mescalero, NM. The convention meeting will be held on July 16, 2016 from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Each New Mexico IAFF local affiliate is entitled to two (2) delegates and may also seat additional members in good standing as guests. All local affiliate Presidents have been mailed their credential forms to register delegates. Please note all credentials must be returned to the Treasurer George Asi 15 days prior to the convention. Additionally, any local’s with less than 25 members may submit proxy votes to be cast by an authorized delegate from another local. All resolutions must be submitted and available for review no later than June 16, 2016.
Ontario Introduces Legislation to Recognize Post-Traumatic Stress as Occupational Illness

Ontario has become the latest province to formally recognize the serious toll that working as a first responder can take on a person’s mental health.

On February 18, following considerable work by the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association (OPFFA), the province introduced legislation that recognizes post-traumatic stress as an occupational illness among fire fighters and other first responders, which will make it easier for those suffering from post-traumatic stress to access workers’ compensation benefits and proper treatment. The legislation will benefit the 11,000 members of OPFFA and thousands of other first responders in Canada’s largest province.

Dozens of OPFFA members crammed into the Ontario Legislature in Toronto to watch Labour Minister Kevin Flynn introduce the Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), which will remove the need for first responders to link post-traumatic stress to the workplace, and which will also require those who employ first responders to implement post-traumatic stress prevention plans.

Ontario’s legislation is part of a broader strategy on post-traumatic stress that the Ontario government announced earlier this year, and follows in the footsteps of Alberta and British Columbia, which enacted workers’ compensation laws addressing post-traumatic stress and mental disorders, respectively, in 2012, and Manitoba, which enacted similar legislation for first responders last year.                                                               

OPFFA President Carmen Santoro thanked Minister Flynn and Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Yasir Naqvi for their action on such an important issue.

“The Ontario government is recognizing what we have always known - mental health is just as important as physical health,” Santoro said. “With this addition to our presumptive legislation, fire fighters suffering from post-traumatic stress will be able to focus on getting healthy and not on navigating a complicated bureaucratic regime.”

Santoro also acknowledged the hard work that OPFFA members have done in the political arena. “Our locals have done tremendous work building relationships with politicians from all parties. It’s really thanks to them that we have been able to get widespread support for the government’s initiative today.”

Minister Flynn said the legislation will give first responders “the peace of mind they deserve” and that the accompanying prevention, resiliency and research initiatives round out a comprehensive approach to post-traumatic stress that everyone can be proud of. “Given all that we ask of our first responders, it is only fair that we support them when they need us most.”

The Ontario Government says evidence shows that first responders are at least twice as likely compared to the general population to suffer post-traumatic stress, due to the risk of routine exposure to traumatic stressors.

Post-traumatic stress coverage is a welcome addition to Ontario’s existing presumptive laws for professional fire fighters, which were first enacted in 2007 covering eight types of cancers, plus heart disease. Legislation phasing in an additional six cancers was enacted in 2014.

Earlier this year, Ontario announced a post-traumatic stress strategy for first responders that includes an awareness campaign, an annual leadership summit, free online resources and research grants. Learn more ...

According to the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, a leading national post-traumatic stress advocacy group, 10 Canadian first responders have committed suicide so far in 2016. Last year, the group recorded 39 first responder suicides, including nine fire fighters.

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