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      This morning the House and Senate passed Senate Bill 2835!  This bill is headed to the governor for his signature.  
      On behalf of our brothers and sisters in fire service and law enforcement, we say THANK YOU to the members of the Mississippi Legislature for passing our First Responders Health and Safety Act (SB 2835) into law!
      This legislation is perhaps the most meaningful we’ve ever pushed... as it will help save firefighters and law enforcement officers, including volunteers. Please let your Mississippi Senate and House Members know what a great job they did with this incredible piece of legislation.  
      A few special acknowledgments in the Senate: Senator Joel Carter, Sen. Videt Carmichael, Sen. Eugene S. Clarke, and Lt Gov Tate Reeves.  In the House: Rep. Jeff Hale, Rep. Gary Chism, Rep. Scott DeLano, Rep. Kevin Ford, Speaker Philip Gunn.
      And so many organizations that worked together to make this legislation possible: The International Association of Firefighters, The Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi, The Mississippi Fire Fighters Association Mississippi, The State Troopers Association, The Mississippi Fire Chiefs Association, and the Mississippi Police Chiefs Association.  
      AND TO ONE VERY IMPORTANT PERSON:  DONNA ECHOLS.  She was amazing and we could not have done this without her!  Thank you Donna!  We love everything you have done for the fire service!
      And for the support of EVERY fire fighter and police officer in the State of Mississippi who made the phone calls and worked so diligently to make this possible! Job well done for so many!
      Highlights of the bill include:
      • Benefits paid to fire and police officers who have 10 or more years on the job. 
      • $35,000 lump sum benefit if diagnosed with metastasized cancer or terminal cancer.
      • $6,250 lump sum benefit if diagnosed with non-metastasized cancer.
      • Combined benefits can not exceed $50,000 in a lifetime.
      • Disability benefits to begin 6 months after the date of disability:
        • 60% of monthly salary for career fire and police up to $5,000.00.
        • $1,500 per month for volunteer firefighters
      • Unfortunately, the death benefits section was removed during the conference report and will not allow for first responders to claim a LODD.  This was placed in the bill from the beginning but was taken out at the last minute.  
      Again - great job by everyone that helped with this bill!  We will be talking this summer about changing the death benefit in this law, looking for other funding for the cancer presumption, and PTSD benefits.  

      Senate Bill 2835 - Mississippi First Responders Health and Safety Act passed the House Floor yesterday! With a vote of 114 to 1. Thank you to all House members for showing your support for fire and law enforcement!

      Thank you especially to Lieutenant Governor Reeves and Speaker Gunn along with Representatives Jeff Hale, Scott Delano, Gary Chism, John Reed, and Tracy Arnold and Senators Joel Carter, Videt Carmichael, David Blount, and Tommy Gollott for supporting us.

      The bill now moves to conference where 3 House and 3 Senate members will work on the final legislation.

      Lastly, thank you to Donna Echols of the Echols Group for her leadership and tenacity!

      Job well done!

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      PROFAM Legislative Meeting 2018
      Members are listening to Executive Director Pat Robertson from PERS
      PROFAM Legislative Meeting 2018
      Members met with House Representative Jeff Hale from District 24 on the final day of the PROFAM Legislative Meeting
      President Bass - Habitat for Humanities Build
      In September, President Bass assisted the Jackson Habitat for Humanities with a home in the downtown Jackson area.
      Laurel Fire Department Receives New Charter
      Welcome IAFF Local 207!
      Ridgeland FD wins 2015 Dragon Regatta
      Congratulationts to Ridgeland FD - first place for overall fastest time and t-shirt design
      Kris Carmichael plays "Amazing Grace" on the pipes at 9/11 Services at the State Cathedral
      9/11 Memorial Service at St. Andrews Episcopal Cathedral
      http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/article/2017/03/19/firefighters-cancer/2/ It was nearly 100 degrees outside when the emergency call reached Engine Company 39. A triple-decker in Savin Hill had erupted in flames, and a haze of thick black smoke was all but blanketing the sky.

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      UAW Strike
      09/22/19 - IAFF Local 4381
      Jeremy Tosh and Will Craft bring UAW Local 1853 snacks and drinks while they strike outside of GM.
      Stair Climbing
      09/22/19 - IAFF Local 4381
      Will Craft represented Local 4381 at the 2019 Nashville Stair Climb.
      Chatfield Water Rescue
      09/22/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      Around 1:30 on Saturday September 22nd, Local members responded to Chatfield State Park to assist Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Douglas County Deputies with a missing person search. Personal items were found unattended on the shoreline with no one around prompting the search operation. Members from Dive 16 searched under water near shore and Dive 31 used sonar to check a wider area.
      Maureen Miller Brosnan for Livonia Mayor
      09/22/19 - IAFF Local 1164
      Thanks to members of Livonia Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local #1164 for helping our team install signs across Livonia today. Absentee ballots will be mailed this week, make sure you put your yard sign back up or request one here: https://forms.
      Member Orientation Classes
      09/20/19 - MPFFU
      Registration is now open for the MPFFU Member Orientation Classes.  The class is being offered on two dates at three different locations each day.  Registration is FREE but you must register in advance to attend.  Class size is limited to 30 people at each location.  Register by calling 734-675-0206 or emailing tchesney@mpffu.org.
      REGISTER for Fall District Meetings
      09/20/19 - MPFFU
      The deadline is fast approaching for your opportunity to register for the MPFFU Fall District meetings.  These meetings are open to all MPFFU members.  It is a great opportunity to hear up to date information on legislative and legal issues that are affecting our members all across the state.
      Friday Update 9-20-19
      09/19/19 - IAFF Local 1014
      September 19, 2019: Salute to our Military
      09/19/19 - UPFFA
      We are planning a recognition of our Active & Retired military members, during the 21st UPFFA Biennial Convention at Foxwoods Resorts & Casino, November 18-20, 2019. If you are a current or retired member of an affiliated local, and have served in the Armed Forces, please notify your local President with your name, rank and branch of service that you served in.
      09/19/19 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
      Be advised: Eastern Advertising will be soliciting over the next few weeks on behalf of the Cambridge Firefighter's Relief Association.
      Lieutenant Promotion
      09/18/19 - IAFF Local 801
      Congratulations to our newest Lieutenant Joseph Stabile. He will be moving from D group to B group. Lt. Stabile was sworn in on Monday, September 9th 2019 in Council Chambers.
      7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
      09/18/19 - IAFF 1826
      To all Local 1826 Members, Please see attachment containing information on this Charity Golf Tournament, September 28th, 2019.
      Local 1826 Field Rep. Election
      09/18/19 - IAFF 1826
      To all Local 1826 Members, Please see attachment containing information on Dates, Times, and Candidates for the position of Local 1826 Field Representative.
      IAFF Financial Corporation
      09/17/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      The IAFF-Financial Corporation is now working with Security Benefit Life Insurance Company to help Fire Fighters provide a supplemental income for their families in the future. There are many challenges to consider when preparing for retirement, such as, income stream, the retirement gap, cost-of-living and market performance.
      Hillridge Place Structure Fire
      09/17/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 8:29 a.m. on Tuesday September 17, 2019, Local members responded to 6810 Hillridge Place in The Pinery after a neighbor saw smoke and called 911. First arriving Engine 43 observed smoke coming from the eaves of the home and upgraded the response to a working structure fire.
      MDA Fundraiser
      09/17/19 - Longmont Professional Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 1806
      Please join us for the MDA fundraiser@ Collision Brewing Friday, Sept. 20th 4-9PM.  See flyer for more information.
      Lt. Hamill Retirement
      09/16/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      Congratulations to Lieutenant Hamill who celebrated his last shift ceremony at Firehouse 43 in The Pinery on Sunday, marking his retirement after 24 years serving the South Metro community.  Enjoy your retirement! https://www.southmetro.
      Standard Life Insurance
      09/16/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      Open enrollment for Union Life Insurance will be October 7-18 .  You can increase your coverage by 30K with no questions asked.  If you would like to increase it over the 30K you would have to do a medical screening.  You can come in anytime from 7am – 3pm or you can fill out the form attached and email it claudine.buzzo@local1403.org or fax it back 305-591-9654.
      9/11 Never Forget Blood Drive Hugh Success
      09/16/19 - IAFF Local 311
      ?The September 11th Never Forget Blood Drive was a big hit this year with the big flag draped over St#14, and we set a new record!  ? The Madison Fire Department, Madison Police Department, and American Red Cross teamed up once again to host the September 11 “Never Forget” Blood Drive.
      Local 858 & Local 1604 fundraiser this Wednesday
      09/16/19 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Good morning,  Please come out and join us @ the historic Woodie Fisher kitchen and bar this Wednesday night @ 5pm as we welcome bicycle riders from the Seattle area and Local 1604.  Our brothers from the northwest are riding their bikes to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs this weekend and are raising money for the Gary Sinise Foundation.
      Friday Update 9-13-19
      09/13/19 - IAFF Local 1014
      SD Fire-Rescue Foundation 5K and Kids Run
      09/12/19 - IAFF Local 2180
      To All San Diego County Firefighters, The San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation is offering all San Diego County Firefighters an opportunity to represent their agency and the fire service with a 100% free entry to all first responders running/walking in turnouts (no liner and running shoes is recommended) at the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation’s 5k and Kids Run on Saturday October 5,, 2019.
      2019 Police and Fire Charity Ball
      09/12/19 - IAFF Local 311
      Tickets are on sale now!!! Make sure to get your tickets ASAP you won't want to miss out on dueling pianos, a petting zoo, raffles, auctions, dinner, dancing... need I say more?? Oh.... and all the proceeds go to the Dane County Humane Society :) https://2019policeandfireball.eventbrite.
      2020 Open Enrollment
      09/12/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      The 2020 Active Employee Open Enroll ment period is scheduled commencing Monday, October 7th and ending on Friday October 18th. THis is the only time of the year to make medical, dental, and vision plan changes and dependent changes. NO CHANGES = NO PAPERWORK TO SUBMIT.  If you need to make changes read the attached document for further instructions.
      September 3, 2019 - UPFFA Delegates Meeting, Hosted by East Hartford Fire Fighters, Local 1548
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      Astoria Ct. Structure Fire
      09/11/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 3:21 a.m. on September 11th, an observant neighbor called 911 after they noticed smoke and an orange glow coming from a home on Astoria Court in Lone Tree. When members arrived, they encountered heavy smoke in the area and confirmed that an enclosed deck attached to the home was burning.
      County PERA Board election
      09/11/19 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      County Brothers & Sisters, Please remember to vote for Shirley M. Ragin for PERA Board.
      Make-a-Wish Charity Golf Tournament
      09/11/19 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      Brothers & Sisters, Please consider coming out and supporting a worthy cause and have fun at the same time: The New Mexico Make-A-Wish foundation is holding a Charity Golf Tournament at the Isleta Golf Course on September 19th.  Please see attached flyer for registration details. Thank you.
      Passing of Br. Granton
      09/10/19 - Norwalk Professional Firefighters
      It is with a heavy heart that Norwalk Firefighters Association Local 830 announces the passing of Brother Jesse C. Granton.  Br. Granton passed unexpectedly in his home on Friday September 6th, 2019 at 37 years old.  Jesse joined the Norwalk Fire Department in 2011, and was promoted to the position of Fire Inspector in 2018.  During hes tenure, Br.
      2019 MSCFF Convention Report
      09/10/19 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
      Trial Schedule Change Committee Selected
      09/10/19 - IAFF Local 1014
      MDFR Retirement Recon
      09/10/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      Hello Again, After a nearly three year haitus, I finally found my way back to you with a new, and hopefully improved method of delivery - a video blog called MDFR Retirement Recon. I intend to produce one video every couple of months to provide useful information to help you with your retirement planning. The topic this month is Health Insurance Subsidies.
      Sunday, September 8, 2019: Ct. United Ride
      09/09/19 - UPFFA
      Sunday, September 8, 2019: Ct. United Ride Fred Garrity, Dir., Ct. United Ride recognized and presented a plaque to Captain Anthony Duff from the Ct. United Ride and Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut. While off-duty Captain Duff witnessed two suspects were in a shootout, Captain Duff was wounded when he intervened to stop the suspects.
      Livonia Firefighters Endorsements.
      09/09/19 - IAFF Local 1164
      Livonia Citizens we are proud to say the Livonia Firefighters Union has endorsed Maureen Miller Brosnan for Mayor! She has pledged to make public safety a top priority. We are currently at a tipping point in staffing and safety. Her influence and experience will right the ship.
      2019 PFFWV Fall Training Summit
      09/09/19 - Professional Fire Fighters of West Virginia
          The 2019 biennial PFFWV Fall Training Summit will be held October 15th-17th in Weirton, WV. To register for this important training opportunity, please click on the following link. https://www.surveymonkey.
      Annual Mass Fallen Firefighter Ceremony
      09/08/19 - IAFF Local 739
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      Retired Firefighter George Radle’s Celebration Of Life
      09/08/19 - IAFF Local 21
      Retired Firefighter George Radle’s celebration of life will be held at Mancini's in St. Paul from 1 to 4 pm on September 10.  Firefighter Radle passed away on August 22, 2019.
      IAFF Local 42 Implements New Mental Health Program
      09/08/19 - IAFF Local 42
      First Responders (Police, Fire & EMS) across our country have seen an increase in shootings, and mass casualty events which results larger numbers of victims who are injured or have died as a result of their wounds.   Here in Kansas City, MO the number of homicides so far this year has surpassed 100.
      Fire Ops 101
      09/08/19 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Denver Firefighters Local 858 will be hosting Fire Ops 101, and we need your help. Click Here to Sign -Up.  You might ask what Fire Ops 101 is, this provides elected and appointed officials and the media with a hands-on opportunity to better understand the complexities of what you do on a daily basis.
      Notice of Elections
      09/08/19 - IAFF Local 1403
      Nominations for President, 2nd Vice-President, Secretary, and 7 Executive Board positions will be accepted from the floor on September 24th, 2019 prior to the Union Meeting from 12:00 PM to 12:20 PM.
      09/08/19 - New London Fire Fighters
      The New London Firefighters are gearing up for their annual fill the boot campaign. The NLFD will be collecting donations benefiting people with Muscular Dystrophy every Friday from 2-4pm in September in front of Fire Headquarters on Bank street and in front of the North Station on Broad st. Look out for the boot drive and give what you can for this great cause.
      Boston Fire Local 718 Liar’s Club annual Vendome Memorial Breakfast.
      09/08/19 - Boston Fire Fighters
      Local 718 Treasurer Joe Quinn-PFFM President Richard MacKinnon Jr.- IAFF Secretary Treasurer Edward Kelly-Local 718 President Robert Petitti and Vice President John Sarro at  Boston Fire Local 718 Liar’s Club annual Vendome Memorial Breakfast.
      South Clayton Structure Fire
      09/06/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 4:26 p.m. on September 6th during a widespread severe weather event over South Metro’s District, Local members responded to a home struck by lightning in Centennial. When members arrived at 7947 S. Clayton Circle, they observed smoke coming from the eaves and a roof vent.
      Yosemite St. Flooding
      09/06/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
      At 4:02 p.m. on September 6th while portions of South Metro’s District were under simultaneous Tornado, Flash Flood and Severe Thunderstorm warnings, members were dispatched to an occupied vehicle stranded in high water at East Phillips Avenue and South Niagara Way in Centennial.
      Poker Run Information
      09/06/19 - IAFF Local 2866
      2019 Firefighters Poker Run Cost $25 per hand (unlimited amount of hands per person)             Extra Cards $5 (limit 2 cards per hand)                         Must be bought at the starting point Route is approx.
      Save The Date: Safety Stand Down
      09/06/19 - IAFF Local 1014
      Local 21 Regrets To Announce The Passing Of Retired FEO Kenneth Brisbois
      09/05/19 - IAFF Local 21
         Local 21 regrets to announce the passing of Retired FEO Kenneth Brisbois.  FEO Brisbois passed away on Monday September 2, 2019.  FEO Brisbois started with the Saint Paul Fire Department on April 20, 1968 and retired on December 24, 1993.  Private family services will be held at a later date.
      Will for Heroes
      09/05/19 - IAFF Local 51
      Do you have a will? Need one? This legal clinic will get you started. El Paso Asociation of Legal Professionals and El Paso Probate Bar Association Present Wills for Heroes Legal Clinic: The Wills for Heroes legal clinic will provide essential legal documents to first responders, including wills, living wills, and two powers of attorney.
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