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      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. and will most likely take up Senate Bill 2799, which is rumored to be changed to negatively affect PERS retirees, active, and/or future members' benefits, and the PERS Board composition.

      Please call, text, or email your Senators and Representatives tonight or early tomorrow morning and let them know to keep your elected representatives on the PERS Board and make sure that all PERS Board members are members of PERS! If they are members of PERS, they will have a vested interest in keeping all of our benefits both short and long-term.

      Please also tell them that they should fund the PERS System for the benefits that were promised by the Legislature in the late 1990’s. We must act fast and make sure they support keeping our PERS system financially healthy!

      The Senate meeting can be viewed at 4:00 pm.  Here is the following link:https://www.youtube.com/@MississippiLegislature/streams.

      The House Bill is located at:

      The PERS Board has issued a Statement Opposing House Bill 1590.  

      Please email and call your Senate Government Structure Committee on Monday morning.  Ask them respectfully to OPPOSE HB 1590 and protect PERS employees and retirees.

      Chairman: Chris Johnson (R) District 45- Forrest, Perry
      chjohnson@senate.ms.gov  (601)359-2220

      Vice-Chair: Jennifer B. Branning (R) District 18 - Leake, Neshoba, Winston
      jbranning@senate.ms.gov  (601)359-2886

      David Blount (D) District 29- Hinds Co.
      dblount@senate.ms.gov   (601)359-2220

      Tyler McCaughn (R) District 31 - Lauderdale, Newton, Rankin, Scott
      TMcCaughn@senate.ms.gov   (601)359-2220

      Sollie B Norwood (D) District 28 – Hinds

      snorwood@senate.ms.gov  (601)359-2224

      David Parker (R) District 2 – DeSoto

      dparker@senate.ms.gov  (601)359-4088

      Daniel H. Sparks (R) District 5 - Itawamba, Prentiss, Tishomingo
      DSparks@senate.ms.gov  (601)359-3237

      Call Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann at (601) 359-3200 and Your Senator at (601) 359-3770.  

      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
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      2024 | Memorial Day
      05/26/24 - IAFF Local 21
      05/25/24 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
      06.01.2024 | Women's Expo
      05/24/24 - IAFF Local 21
      Lengkeek Flag Ceremony
      05/23/24 - IAFF Local 2781
      IAFF Local 2781 Union Firefighters of Snohomish County 108 Union Ave. |  Snohomish, WA |  98290 Brothers and Sisters, Please join us next week in honoring Brother Lengkeek's 31 years of service at his upcoming flag ceremony on Tuesday, May 28th, 2024. The ceremony will start at 0900 in front of Station 81.
      Monumental Victory!
      05/23/24 - PFFNH
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      May 22, 2024: West Haven, Connecticut Awards Ceremony, West Haven High School:
      05/23/24 - UPFFA
      June 5, 2024: UPFFA Executive Board Meeting, Delegates Meeting, and Ct. Firefighters PAC Fundraiser
      05/22/24 - UPFFA
      The Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut will hold a Delegates Meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, starting at 1:00 p.m., with an Executive Board Meeting starting at Noon Stamford Fire Fighters, Local 786 will be hosting the meeting which will take place at Stamford Police Station, 725 Bedford Street, Stamford.
      Constitution & Bylaw Amendments-Vote
      05/21/24 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      Attention Members: The IAFF Local 244 Election Committee has called for a secret ballot vote to be held during the June General Membership meeting on June 13, 2023, beginning at 7:00p.m. to adopt the proposed Constitution and Bylaw Amendments.
      Friday Update 5-17-24
      05/21/24 - IAFF Local 1014
      Friday Update 5-10-24
      05/21/24 - IAFF Local 1014
      New Union Members Swearing In
      05/20/24 - IAFF Local S-6
      On May 11th, 2024, Local S-6 welcomed some new union members. New members were sworn in by Local S-6 President Dan Olson.  Members include Treasurer D. Johnson, Firefighter R. Kiernan, Firefighter M. Allard, Firefighter J. Gaffke, Firefighter S. Kitzmann, Vise President B. Knoke(back), and President D. Olson.
      YOUR next Cancer Research Grant
      05/20/24 - Lets Fire Cancer
      YOUR next Cancer Research Grant will be for Pancreatic Cancer Research at Wilmot Cancer Institute (University Of Rochester, N.Y.) A formal check presentation will take place next month. A HUGE "Thank You" to all of our generous supporters.
      2024 | Memorial Day Service
      05/18/24 - IAFF Local 21
      MDA Boot Camp
      05/16/24 - IAFF Local 2629
      A few of your Independence Firefighters attended the MDA Boot Camp this past Tuesday! It was great to learn about all of the new research and progress that the MDA is making for so many with Muscular Dystrophy, ALS, and various other neuromuscular diseases. Last year, we raised close to $8,000 for this cause, and this year our goal is to double that.
      Sign up to Picket Boeing in Moses Lake
      05/16/24 - IAFF Local 453
      Brothers and Sisters please sign up for a time to walk the Picket line in Moses lake. https:/bit.ly/SupportBoeingFire
      06.13.24 | Veteran Firefighter Luncheon
      05/15/24 - IAFF Local 21
      2024 | Gillette Children's Carnival
      05/14/24 - IAFF Local 21
      ? SOLIDARITY ALERT ? Molson Coors Teamsters Tomorrow, 5/15 @ 8:30 a.m. in Golden
      05/14/24 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
      Join Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer FRED ZUCKERMAN and rank-and-file members for a RALLY outside the MOLSON COORS SHAREHOLDERS MEETING. Support Teamsters on the strike line.
      2024 | Happy Mother's Day
      05/12/24 - IAFF Local 21
      Union Meeting - Saturday 11th May 2024
      05/10/24 - IAFF Local S-6
      Local S-6 Membership, Please note there is a union meeting tomorrow, Saturday 11th May 2024, training room at Fire Station One @ 0745 sharp. B-Shift will be going off duty and C-Shift will be coming on duty. It's YOUR union... be involved!!! Next month's union meeting... Saturday 8th June 2024. C-Shift will be going off duty and B-Shift will be coming on duty.
      Press Release for HB 1632 PTSI
      05/09/24 - PPFFA
      “On behalf of the Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association (PPFFA) and our 7,000 members, we applaud the passage of House Bill 1632. This legislation, sponsored by Representative Jennifer O’Mara, establishes a standard for First Responders to be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits due to Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI). PPFFA understands firsthand the mental and emotional toll of this line of duty. An estimated 30% of first responders develop behavioral health conditions, including depression and PTSI. Sadly, more first responders die from suicide than in the line of duty. PPFFA looks forward to working with the Pennsylvania Senate and Governor Josh Shapiro on the final passage of this crucial legislation.” – Robert Brooks, PPFFA President About PPFFA The Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association is a 501(c)5 representing more than 7,000 career professional Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics throughout Pennsylvania. For more information about PPFFA, please visit PPFFA.org.
      Twin Cities Boxing Charity Event
      05/06/24 - IAFF Local 21
      Tickets are now on sale. All ticket proceeds will go to YWCA’s youth mentorship program,  “Teensworks!”?? Vs ??????? ?? YWCA Saint Paul has a long history of doing good for the community. They have four pillars: housing, employment, health / wellness and youth. Since the pandemic they’ve lost most of their funding to maintain youth programming.
      SB249 Passed!
      05/02/24 - IAFF Local 2629
      "Today after nearly two years the Michigan legislature passed SB 249, the Michigan only paramedic license. Thank you to Senator Hertel and all our friends who helped get this done.
      Members Attend Biennial MPFFU Convention
      05/02/24 - IAFF Local 2629
      A few of your Independence Firefighters are in attendance at the biennial MPFFU Convention in Traverse City. They have heard various presentations, both from the MPFFU Executive Board, different committees within the union, as well as guest speakers and vendors. They are assisting in making important decisions for the future of the MPFFU.
      Firefighters Receive Praise from Resident
      05/02/24 - IAFF Local 2629
      Fine work from firefighters Brent Turner and Lee Green! How rewarding to have this email sent to Chief Piché giving such high praise: “Hello, I wanted to reach out to you to tell you how amazing a couple of your firemen are! We had a call at our house and these two responded, and made our three year old feel safe and comfortable.
      Recent Benefits Fund Board Elections Results
      05/01/24 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
      We are pleased to announce that Traci Moore has been re-elected (Trustee 8) to the Board of Trustees by acclamation. Traci has been an invaluable member of our Board, and we are thrilled to continue working with her to serve the best interests of our members. Additionally, we would like to welcome Nicholas George to the Board of Trustees.
      2024 | Local 21 Golf League Starts May 1st!
      04/30/24 - IAFF Local 21
      Regional Peer Support Classes
      04/30/24 - IAFF Local 274
      Brothers, The NYSPFFA will be funding 2 Regional Peer Support Classes for the IAFF this year on May 20-21 in Batavia NY and May 21-22 in Kingston NY.More Information in the attached document.
      Hubie Widmer - KARE 11 Land of 10,000 Stories
      04/29/24 - IAFF Local S-6
      On Monday 4th March, MSP Airport Fire hosted Hubie Widmer and his wife Denice… but this wasn’t just any tour… after a 10 year journey to have his photo taken in front of every Minnesota fire department (775 in total), his goal was finally achieved. Please tune in tonight at 10:00 p.m. for Boyd Huppert’s Land of 10,000 Stories for all the heart-warming details.
      Presidents Message April 2024
      04/29/24 - GFFA L776
      Subject: April 2024 Update Dear Members, I hope all is well! As we move through Spring I wanted to keep you informed and updated about the latest developments and updates within the GFFA and the Glendale Fire Department. In addition, we continue to participate in upcoming events that promise to be both enjoyable and fun.
      04/29/24 - OPFFA
      On April 29, 2024, the Ontario government announced their intent to introduce legislation that, if passed, will expand presumptive coverage for skin cancer - lowering the service time required for firefighters to receive compensation from 15 to 10 years, bringing Ontario to the lowest required duration of service in the country.
      Levy Campaign Meeting !Amended!
      04/29/24 - IAFF Local 4045
      Apologies, I accidentally mistyped the post below. Our levy meeting is on May 1st, the below post is now correct. Good Morning, Due to a conflict with Chief Riley's schedule, the Levy Meeting has been moved to May 1st, 10:30 am. It will follow the Labor/Admin Meeting, and is being held in Station 1's conference room. During this meeting both the Local and the District will present their plans for the upcoming levy campaign. Your attendance would be greatly appreciated.
      April 28, 2024, Ct. AFL-CIO Workers Memorial:
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      April 28, 2024, Ct. AFL-CIO Workers Memorial: Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut, President Peter Brown received the Connecticut AFL-CIO Health & Safety Award on behalf of the membership of the UPFFA of Ct., in recognition of President Brown’s dedication to protecting all Fire Fighters in the State of Connecticut.
      2024 SoCal Ride for ALS
      04/28/24 - GFFA L776
      Subject: 2024 SoCal Ride & Rally to Cure ALS Dear Members, Hope all are doing well. We are reaching out to extend an invite to the 2024 SoCal Ride & Rally to Cure ALS, taking place on Saturday, May 4, 2024, in Newbury Park, CA. As Glendale firefighters, we understand the importance of supporting causes that impact our communities & families.
      Retired Firefighter Brad Harper: Funeral Announcement
      04/27/24 - IAFF Local S-6
      Bradley Alan Harper 3rd April 1961 - 26th March 2024 Funeral Service Details: Saturday 4th May 2024 11:00 a.m. Peace Christian Reformed Church 6600 C Avenue NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 Lunch reception to follow service legacy.com Please reach out to President Dan Olson with any questions. Godspeed, Brother Harper. We will take it from here.
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      Welcome New Recruits!
      04/27/24 - IAFF Local S-6
      Airport Fire has hit another milestone recently! We added an extra firefighter to each shift, bringing staffing up to 16 firefighters on all three shifts. We also welcome 5 great firefighters to our team: Sam Kitzmann, Seth Patchen, Matt Allard, Ryan Kiernan, and Josh Gaffke.
      2024 | Pride Fire Shirts
      04/26/24 - IAFF Local 21
      Pride month is a celebration of the LGBTQIA2S+ Community.  For the entire Pride month (month of June), SPFD Administration has authorized wearing our Saint Pride Fire shirts instead of our regular Class “D” t-shirts. Click the image for the Website.
      Friday 4-1-1
      04/26/24 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
      Just a few quick updates from the CPFF this Friday: 1st Annual Lafayette CPFF Classic Join Lafayette Professional Firefighters Local 4620 for the 1st Annual Lafayette CPFF Classic. This year's tournament will be held at Eagle Trace Golf Club in Broomfield.
      Labor/Admin Meeting
      04/25/24 - IAFF Local 4045
      Good Evening Brothers and Sisters! The next Labor/Admin meeting has been scheduled for next Wednesday, 5/1/2024, which is a deviation from our regularly scheduled date of the last Tuesday monthly. The agenda has been emailed out to everybody on the District mail server and attached to the Master Battalion Calendar event.
      Updated IAFF MERP Proposal
      04/24/24 - GFFA L776
      Subject: IAFF MERP Benefit Program Updated Proposal Dear Members, I hope this message finds you well. We are writing to bring to your attention the updated proposal regarding the upcoming IAFF MERP Benefit Program.
      Henry Picco is Retiring!
      04/23/24 - International Association of Firefighters
      Firefighter Henry Picco is retiring after 24 years of service to those who defend America. Henry will work his last shift at NWS Earle FD on April 23rd. We wish Henry a very long, healthy and happy retirement.
      SAVE THE DATE: 14th Annual Wishes & Heroes Benefit Concert
      04/23/24 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
      Mark your calendars for 14th Annual Wishes & Heroes Benefit Concert! Supporting local Firefighters and Make-a-Wish Foundation. Join us in helping our local heroes and wish kids! Come out to Breckenridge Brewery on Saturday, June 22nd - Doors Open at 3 pm.
      Elmira, N.Y. I.A.F.F. Local 709 to again host Golf Tournament
      04/20/24 - Lets Fire Cancer
      What a great opportunity to join with Brother & Sister Fire Fighters in supporting CANCER RESEARCH. Great People! Great Golf Course! Great Cause! SIGN UP TODAY! THANK YOU!!!
      April 17, 2024: UPFFA of Ct. Raymond D. Shea Legislative Conference/Lobby Day
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      04/16/24 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
      Brothers and sisters, It was good to be with many of you in Boston for last week’s State and Provincial Presidents Meeting. As you know, the IAFF is fighting for many legislative priorities on behalf of our members and their families – including adding occupational cancer to the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program.
      2024 Dues Assessment for VPFF
      04/16/24 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
      Newport News Firefighters Association IAFF Local #794 Dear Brothers and Sisters, As you should all be aware, the membership voted to once again join the VPFF. This will require an assessment of $6.00 per member. This letter is notice that we will be voting on assessing $6.00's (additional dues) to pay for this.
      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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