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    Call Alert!! for HB 1590 and SB 2699
    04/02/24 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    FOR ALL ACTIVE AND RETIREE MEMBERS OF PERS - ACT NOW!   CALL ALERT!!! House Bill 1590 will be taken up by the Senate’s Government Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m. The House of Representatives State Affairs Committee is set to meet on April 2 at 3:00 p.m.
    PERS Board Issues Statement Opposing House Bill 1590
    03/17/24 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    The PERS Board has issued a Statement Opposing House Bill 1590.
    PERS MEMBER ALERT - RED ALERT
    03/15/24 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    What You Need to Know: House Bill 1590 has passed the Mississippi House of Representatives and is now being considered by the Senate. The bill abolishes the current 10-member PERS Board effective June 30, 2024. All members of the current PERS Board have to be members of PERS.
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! CALL YOUR SENATORS TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TOO!
    03/14/24 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    HB 1590 passed the House and is moving to the Senate!   This unprecedented bill will remove the current PERS Board from a member-owned, elected board to a politically-appointed board!   Please use this message: If HB 1590 passes, you will see a mass exodus of firefighters leaving.
    ACT NOW! MISSISSIPPI HOUSE PASSES HB 1590
    03/14/24 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    CALL YOUR STATE SENATORS TODAY!!! House Bill 1590 passed the House and has moved to the Rules Committee of the Senate as of early this morning.  The bill allows for a dramatic change of the PERS Board from a member-based board to a POWERFUL political-appointee PERS Board. The most dramatic piece of legislation regarding PERS that has been proposed in the last thirty years.
    Summary of PERS Recommendations and Other Recent Board Actions
    02/08/24 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    PERS of Mississippi has issued a Summary of PERS Recommendations and Other Recent Board Actions.   You can review the one-page summary and the Linked Letter from PERS Executive Director Ray Higgins, Jr. here.
    Some Counties Requiring a Professional Firefighter Tag Letter Annually
    01/10/24 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    PROFAM has been receiving information from firefighters across the state that county tag offices are requiring a letter for annual renewal.  Although our legislation does not require a letter every year, we will gladly accommodate you.  Please contact us at www.pffms.org.
    Impact of Reducing Annual Cost of Living Allowance on Retention and Recruitment In the Fire Service
    12/27/23 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    The Fire Service in Mississippi stands as an essential pillar of public safety, dedicated to safeguarding lives and property. However, the state faces a critical challenge in retaining and recruiting skilled firefighters due to disparities in pay, benefits, and retirement requirements compared to neighboring states like Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida. The proposed reduction in the annual cost of living allowance exacerbates this issue and threatens to impede the retention and recruitment efforts in Mississippi's Fire Service.
    State Legislature Changes Being Considered for CURRENT AND FUTURE PERS Members
    12/21/23 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    The State Legislative 2024 Session begins on January 2, 2024. This year the State Legislature is considering changing to PERS that will remove the COLA retirement portion of our defined benefit for FUTURE PERS members and possibly FREEZE CURRENT COLA Benefits for retirees! These changes and a new Tier of this magnitude will adversely affect the fire service.
    IMPORTANT VOTE FOR PERS RETIREES
    03/21/23 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    Please Watch Your Mail Box for Your Ballot - Complete and Return or Use the Instructions to Vote On-Line. We encourage retirees to vote and share the information provided.  Make your choice for the person you believe will best serve the interests of current and future retirees.
    MISSISSIPPI CAREER FIREFIGHTERS CALL TO ACTION!!!!
    02/06/23 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    VOTE "NO" TO HOUSE BILL 605 Call your Mississippi House of Representatives NOW!  Vote "No" on House Bill 605 If voted into law, this bill would allow the legislature to have veto power over the PERS Board.
    First Responder Appreciation and Recruitment Act
    01/30/23 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    First Responder Appreciation and Recruitment Act - for every 5 years served, the First Responder receives 1 year of retirement credit!!!! The Mississippi State Legislative session is well underway for 2023.  There are two bills pertaining to career firefighters.
    Mississippi Department of Public Safety Taking Steps to Pay Premium Pay for Firefighters and Law Enforcement
    07/22/22 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    The Mississippi Department of Public Safety has developed a link to provide instructions and steps for departments to apply for the premium pay authorized during the 2022 State Legislative Session. PLEASE make sure you contact your fire department administration for instructions and training. https://www.dps.ms.
    Please Vote Tuesday, June 28th!! Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi Supports Mike Ezell for 4th District Congressional Representative
    06/15/22 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    Please Vote Tuesday, June 28!!! Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi Supports Mike Ezell for U.S.
    Call Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann on Monday, April 3rd!!!!
    04/03/22 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    Fire up the phone lines for firefighters! Call Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann MONDAY at 601-359-3770. Tell him to pass HB 451 to save lives with the First Responders Health and Safety Act funding! This bill provides funding for the 1st Responders Health and Safety Act as well as provides equipment and apparatus funding. Here is a link to the bill: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.
    Urgent! Urgent! Urgent!
    04/01/22 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    URGENT! URGENT!! URGENT!!! HB 451 to fund the First Responders Health & Safety Act has been stopped by Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann!  Please call (601)359-3200 or the switchboard at (601) 359-3770 to ask for his support of House Bill 451 immediately!   Please call immediately.
    Families of Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters will receive LODD Covid-19 Benefits from the State of Mississippi
    03/14/22 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    Firefighters and Law Enforcement personnel were on hand to join Governor Tate Reeves in celebration as he signed House Bill 779 into law at a ceremony on Friday, March 11.  The law will take 5 million dollars from the State Fiscal Recovery Fund for Coronavirus to support the families of those who died of COVID-19  after contracting the virus on the job.
    First Responder Legislative Caucus Meets At The State Capital
    03/08/22 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    First Responders met with Senators on Thursday, March 3, to discuss current issues with firefighters, EMS, and law enforcement.  Senate Caucus Chairman Brice Wiggins led the meeting.  President of the Caucus Bubba Carpenter and House Caucus Chairman Jeff Hale also spoke at the meeting.
    Urgent Request for Action!!
    03/01/22 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    Urgent Request! Urgent Request!! Please call from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm today!! We are asking for all first responders to call the State Capital to RESPECTFULLY request Chairman Briggs Hopson to support HB 819 and bring it out of the Appropriations Committee. SAVE FIRST RESPONDERS' LIVES BY SUPPORTING HB 819! Please call 601-359-3770 this morning.
    Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi Works with Columbia Southern University as a Learning Partner
    06/11/21 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    Columbia Southern University is pleased to have Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi as a Learning Partner. As a member, this partnership provides a reduced tuition, plus many additional benefits. And, for your convenience, all programs are offered in an online format.
    Assistance to Firefighters Grants 20th Anniversary
    06/11/21 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    This month marks the 20th anniversary of our Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).
    Mississippi State Fire Academy Hosts Cancer Symposium July 15, 2021
    05/27/21 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    The Regional Cancer Seminar in Jackson, MS is offered by the First Responder Center of Excellence (FRCE) in partnership with the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN). Based upon the 2017 FSOCA Cancer Symposium, this one-day event will provide stakeholders with an update on the current state of fire service occupational cancer and research, prevention training, best practices, information related to benefits and cancer presumptive legislation, and awareness of resources available to both departments and individual firefighters.
    GoFundMe Account Set Up for Jackson Firefighter Solomon Forbes
    05/20/21 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    Jackson Firefighter Solomon Forbes and his family lost everything in an apartment fire earlier this month. He is also recovering from burns he received while evacuating residents. Solomon evacuated residents out of the apartment complex and then worked to clear the parking lot of vehicles to prepare for fire ground operations.
    Mississippi Fallen Firefighter Memorial To Be Held on October 6, 2020
    10/01/20 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    The Mississippi State Fire Academy invites all firefighters to attend a Fallen Firefighter Memorial on Tuesday, Ocotber 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM at the Mississippi State Fire Academy.   The address is: Mississippi State Fire Academy 1 Fire Academy USA Jackson, Mississippi 39208 Phone:  601.932.
    St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Scheduled To Hold Annual 9/11 Services Online
    09/07/20 - Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi
    On Friday, September 11, St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral will hold its 19th annual community service honoring First Responders. This year, as we participate in the work of mitigating the spread of illness, our service will be online. We invite you to join us at Noon for this special service of prayer for those who work every day on the front lines to keep our community safe and well.
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