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While it's a scary trend, it's one that's commonly swept under the rug.
Each year, the number of men and women in the fire service taking their own lives continues to rise, according to the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance.
84 percent of firefighters have experienced a traumatic event while on the job.
In 2017, 103 firefighters committed suicide nationally, where only 93 were killed in the line of duty.
It’s not the flames or even the smoke. It’s the toxins that escape during a fire that are causing high cancer rates among the nation’s firefighters.
In the new film “7242650180,” 19 members of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots, a skilled team of firefighters from Arizona, die when a bolt of lightning ignites a fire and entraps the men.
The real-life deaths of these men, who’ve been called the Navy SEALs of firefighting, is how many people still think most firefighters die.
But a surplus of new evidence shows that it’s not just the flames themselves or the inhalation of smoke that’s taking our firefighters in historically large numbers.
In fact, neither heart disease nor lung disease is the number one killer of firefighters in 2017.
And it’s largely because fires have gotten far more toxic in the past 25 years.
Turkey Fryer Safety
Fire Safety Tips
Hurricane Michael Disaster Relief for IAFF Members
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) - October 2, 2018 --Thanks to nearly 20 million in federal grants, Philadelphia and its fire department are finalizing plans to restore fire companies that had been shut down during the recession.
Plans include restoring Engine 8 at the Ben Franklin Fire House in Old City.
For union officials, this is big news.
"It is big news because with the increase in manpower, our Commissioner indicated he would try to reinstate the companies that were placed out of service a number of years ago when we were back in the recession," said Edward Marks, President of Local 22.
The city says firehouses used never physically closed but during the prior administration, seven fire companies were put out of service. They were: Engine 14 at Foulkrod and Darrah, Engine 6 at Belgrade and Huntingdon, Engine 39 at Ridge and Cinaminson, Engine 1 at Broad and Bainbride, Engine 8 at 4th and Arch, Ladder 11 at 12th and Reed and Ladder 1 at 13th and Parrish.
"One of the main firehouses we're talking about is down in Frankford at Foulkrod and Darrah, Engine 14," said Marks. "It's a densely populated area, and we had a number of fire deaths down in that area since the closing of Engine 14 so that's going to be a big shot in the arm for that neighborhood."
With the grant money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Fire Department expects to begin hiring new firefighters in early 2019.
The Fire Commissioner said this will allow the department to respond more efficiently and safely to all types of emergencies.
Step in the Right Direction: Decontamination of PPE Must Include Boots
WHAT DO THE GUIDELINES SAY ABOUT CLEANING FIREFIGHTER BOOTS?
3657155138 doesn’t provide specific guidelines for cleaning firefighter boots to the degree that the standard 732-588-2220.
IAFF Century of Progress Through Unity
Bulletin Regarding EMT Medical Direction and People with Special Health Care Needs
- The Office of Emergency Medical Services wants to remind Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) that on-line medical direction is a resource that is available from the following sources, and should be familiar to all:
- Your Agency Medical Director's established process (e.g. on-call phone number);
- Your local hospital emergency department that patient will be transported to, or;
- Poison Control (1-800-222-1222).
Agencies should ensure that all EMTs know how to contact on-line medical direction when they have questions about the appropriate care for a patient. This is particularly important for medication administration, such as epinephrine and naloxone, however, it applies generally to all circumstances.
- The Office of Emergency Medical Services wanted to remind all Mobile Healthcare clinicians that when faced with pediatric patients, clinicians should give significant weight to the parent's prior experiences with the child's illness. Children with chronic medical conditions are the most rapidly growing group of children under age 18 who need emergency medical care. Referred to as "children with special health care needs," these patients include children with anaphylaxis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, asthma, hemophilia, autism, diabetes and various genetic disorders. Children with special health care needs live in about 20 percent of U.S. households with children. When these children have an acute illness or injury, their underlying conditions can place them at greater risk for complications than children without chronic medical conditions. Many children with special needs have problems that may be completely undetectable by a clinician treating the child for the first time. Some children with special health care needs do not respond to standard treatments for their diseases, but have individualized regiments developed for them through years of treatment by their own physicians.* When the parent of a child with a special health care need requests a therapy that is within the clinician's scope of practice but outside of the parameters of an established protocol, it is good clinical practice to contact on-line medical direction to establish a collaborative decision making process between the clinician, the physician, and the parent.+
*American College of Emergency Physicians, Emergency Care of Children, Fact Sheet
+The concept that caregivers of people with "special health care needs" have a unique knowledge is not just limited to parents. Any person with a significant and personal relationship to a person with special health care needs who regularly cares for them will usually be extremely knowledgeable about the care appropriate for that patient. Their knowledge should be taken seriously and they should be included in any collaborative decision making process regarding the patient's care.
Here's Why the Koch Bros. and Other Billionaires are
Trying to Kill the Labor Movement with the Janus Case | Opinion
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case that revolved around the administration of collectively bargained contracts for public sector union members.
The outcome of this case could potentially have devastating effects on wages, benefits, and protections for working families.
While the anti-union funders behind this case would like you to believe this is about issues of free speech, this case is truly about political power, structural inequality, and the future balance between labor and capital throughout the United States.
To be clear, the Janus V. AFSCME case is the culmination of lexiconist of a handful of anti-union billionaires and their front groups carrying out a mission aimed at weakening labor unions for purely political reasons.
At its core, this case is about taking away power and money from working families to redistribute it to the already incredibly rich and well-connected.
December 24, 2014: Off duty Collingswood Firefighters, their families and friends spent their Christmas Eve helping Santa Claus deliver Christmas presents to families in need.
December 18, 2014: Thank you to all who supported Local 3249's 2014 Fill the Boot Campaign for the benefit of families impacted by Muscular Dystrophy. Local 3249 presented the Muscular Dystrophy Association with a check for $8,250.00 at Voorhees Fire Station 662.
Please hold the family of 7 year old Honorary Firefighter Aiden Riebel (Washington Township Fire Department, Gloucester County, New Jersey) in your thoughts.
December 15, 2014: Thank you to all who supported Local 3249's 2014 Toys 4 Tots campaign. Gloucester Township Engine 82 and Rescue 84 members delivered a shipment of toys to the township's municipal building today in support of Mayor Mayer's annual toy drive. More toys will be delivered to support the Collingswood Fire Department's annual toy drive later this week.
N.J. Pensions: All Payers Treated Equally?
Your local tax collector is a payment point for a number of other entities and obligations. A very large portion of the property taxes collected are sent to fulfill County and School obligations. In that list of payees is the pension payment due to the local pension systems to meet the obligation of the local employment contracts. The State of NJ has similar obligations for its employees.
You as a taxpayer have paid your tax bill and we as local government entities have subsequently paid the local pension obligations. So where is the problem?
If it is not already, it should be common knowledge that there are four significant pension systems (excluding teachers) Local PERS, State PERS (Public Employees), Local PFRS, State PFRS (Police and Fire). The two local systems are actuarially funded at greater than 70% while the two state systems are funded at 50% or less. The reasons for this have been well documented. Local employers and employees have been required by state law to make every payment required of them. The local payments are required in every annual adopted budget and the employees make them through payroll deductions. Every One. Without Fail.
On the other hand the State of NJ has excused itself from significant contributions over the years by simply not including the payments in the state budget. In more recent years they have budgeted for the obligation but simply did not pay for it while using the money for something else. Have you tried this tactic with your mortgage company and been successful? What would happen if your employer tomorrow decided to stop paying their contractually obligated match to your 401K?
Local 3249 congratulates Collingswood Firefighters Paul Bonamassa and Kyle Jarozynski upon the successful completion of their one year probationary periods. Probationary firefighters are required to undergo an extensive training program and demonstrate competency in fire suppression, emergency medical service and other emergency response work.
Fire Protection Through Fire Prevention
Local 3249 Vice President and Gloucester Township
Fire District 4 Firefighter Frank Reiss is pictured giving
a fire prevention talk to children at the Kindercare in Blackwood's Cherrywood section.
Squad 16 and BLS Ambulance 16 members are pictured with children from the Good Shepard School in Collingswood during their annual fire prevention week activities.
Camden County, New Jersey Local 3249 members recognized: From left to right, Firefighter Jason Shafer, Firefighter Timothy Zeck, Lieutenant Charles Knighton, Firefighter George Read and Firefighter George Bundick were recognized at the Voorhees Fire District's September 18, 2014 Board of Fire Commissioners meeting for their life saving actions after responding to a recent emergency involving a teenage boy struck by a vehicle.
As part of their regular training regiment, the Voorhees Fire District's paid professional Firefighters and Fire Officers complete initial arrival drills or "5 Minute Drills" monthly. They practice laying in from a hydrant, establishing their water supply and placing the first fire attack hose line in operation. All of this is accomplished within 5 minutes of arriving at a fire.
Advocates of gutting public pensions are running into the same wall over and over again.
From California to Illinois to New Jersey and beyond, pension gutting efforts are being overturned by judges who recognize that breaking promises to workers isn’t just regrettable, it’s illegal. Pension opponents castigate the courts as the enemy while conveniently ignoring why legal protections exist in the first place—to protect public employees from politicians who spent years playing politics with their retirement savings.
For decades, elected officials across the country skipped pension payments, often while funneling money into pet projects. Until the Great Recession, politicians were able to hide these mistakes behind a booming economy. But by 2008 the economy had plummeted, shining the spotlight on this financial malfeasance.
IAFF Calls Out Looters Of Public Pensions
Across America, state budgets are being balanced on the backs of current and former public employees by breaking commitments to fund their defined-benefit retirement plans. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) is the latest to go this route, recently warning his state’s fire fighters, police officers, teachers and other public employees that he’ll propose skipping a couple (more) yearly installments against the state’s pension liability due to an unexpected revenue shortfall.
STOP THE BLAME GAME!
Looting the Pension Funds
Cross Trained Collingswood Firefighters Save 2 Overdose Victims
"Earlier this year, the New Jersey State Legislature passed regulations allowing Basic Life Support emergency crews to carry Narcan. On May 20th, 2014, the members of the Collingswood Fire Department completed necessary training to carry this life saving drug. Since completing that training, Collingswood’s cross trained Firefighter/EMT’s have used their new skills to save two lives.
On Saturday, July 19th, the members of Squad 16 and BLS Ambulance 16 (A Platoon) responded to a report of an unconscious person. The patient was found not breathing and exhibiting signs of an opiate overdose. Following protocols, the members administered Narcan and transported the person to the hospital where the patient made a full recovery. On Saturday, August 2nd, members of Squad 16 and BLS Ambulance 16 (C Platoon) responded to a report of a person in respiratory failure. Their patient was also found exhibiting indications of an opiate overdose. Narcan was again administered and the patient transported to the hospital where she made a full recovery."
Thursday, July 24, 2014: Gloucester Township members assisted our brothers and sisters from the Gloucester Township Police Department at their annual "Junior Police Academy". Engine 822's members reviewed engine company operations while Tower Ladder 84's members reviewed truck company operations with the cadets.
Tuesday, July 22: Gloucester Township Station 86 and Pine Hill Ladder 62 members provided children at the Point Ariel Park Nature Camp with some relief from the summer heat with this wet down.
Study Finds Firefighter Cancer Rates have Increased
Firefighters have higher rates of cancer than the rest of us, according to a recent study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Cancers of the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems account for much of the reported cases, the study found.
Running toward burning buildings is a risk firefighters face daily. But the true cost of the job could appear years later, reports USA Today.
Collingswood Firefighters Bring Holiday Joy to Needy Families
Firefighters from Collingswood set out with Santa to deliver Christmas gifts to families in need as part of the Department's 3rd Annual Toy Drive. On Christmas Eve, Santa was escorted on a decorated American LaFrance engine and gifts were placed under the tree for 25 children.
Thank you to Everyone Who Supported Our 2013 Christmas Toy Drive
Operation Warm: Firefighters Coats for Kids 2013
|On Thursday, December 5, 2013, Camden County Local 3249 members helped out at radio station 93.3 WMMR's annual Preston and Steve Campout for Hunger, buying food with money from the Local's First Responders' Charities Foundation for people in need.
|Probationary Firefighter Harold A. Mitten Jr. was administered his Oath of Office during the December 2 Borough of Collingswood Commissioners' meeting. Prior to joining the Collingswood FD, Brother Mitten was a member of Gloucester County, NJ Local 3592 while serving within the Harrison Township Fire District. Welcome Brother Mitten.
Study: Firefighters Have Higher Rates of Cancer
Thank you to all who supported Local’s 3249's 2013 "Brave Enough to Wear Pink" campaign and 2nd Annual "Shaving of the Heads" event at Rizzieri's Salon in Voorhees.
Camden County, NJ Local 3249 Welcomes Probationary Firefighters Paul Bonamassa and
Kyle Jarozynski who were administered their Oaths of Office during the October 7, 2013 Collingswood Borough Commissioners meeting.
Both hires are the direct result of the Borough of Collingswood being awarded a 2012 SAFER Grant. Photo through the courtesy of Local 3249 Delegate Ted Aurig.
Interim Fire Chief Michael Brezee assumed command of Gloucester Township Fire District 6's reorganized combination fire suppression force effective 12:01 AM on Friday, October 4, 2013.
Chief Brezee, representatives of Local 3249 and the Board of Fire Commissioners have met to address initial transitional issues and will continue to do so as necessary.
Local 3249's Executive Board and represented membership wish Chief Brezee and Gloucester Township Fire District 6 success within this new operation.
Local 3249's 2013 "Fill the Boot" Campaign raised $6,576.87 for the benefit of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and all people affected by muscle disease.
We are in the process of planning a check presentation and will announce arrangements as soon as they are complete.
Thank you to all who supported our 2013 MDA Campaign
On June 29, 2013 Local 3249 began its 2013 Fill the Boot collection campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Jerry's Kids today with the Collingswood FD's A Shift holding this year's first collection. A regional campaign is being conducted throughout Camden County. All donations received will be used to help those affected by Muscular Dystrophy. Watch for announcements of future MDA Fill the Boot events.
Thank you Borough of Collingswood Mayor James Maley and Fire Chief Keith Davis for your support of our June 29th event. Special thanks to everyone who donated to Fill the Boot. Daily contributions will be posted as soon as possible. 100% of the donations will go directly to help those from our area who have been affected by Muscular Dystrophy.
Filling The Boot for MDA
On Saturday, July 27, 2013 the Collingswood FD's C Shift Filled the Boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association @ Haddon & Collings Avenues.
$971.91 was raised in three (3) hours.
One hundred percent of the money raised will be used to support area people and families affected by muscular disease.
Thank you to all who donated.
April 10, 2013 –Results were released today of a new army engineering conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that scientifically documents the effects of crew size in responding to fires in high-rise buildings.
Information and materials are now available online to help affiliates better understand the study and potential ways to use it with local press and decision makers based on their jurisdiction and situation. The toolkit includes sample press releases and sample op-ed that can be modified/customized to submit to local newspapers, radio stations and television stations.
Click here for the affiliate toolkit.
Whether your jurisdiction is contemplating cuts to crew sizes or you need additional evidence to document why crew sizes need to be increased for public safety and fire fighter safety, this groundbreaking study is an invaluable coulee for IAFF affiliates to use to educate policy and decision makers about why having too few fire fighters on each apparatus can cost lives and property in high-rise building fires.
Additional information, including a video description of this landmark high-rise fire study is available here.
State Health Benefits Program Information (SHBP)
402-254-4478 - Plan Year 2019
Medical Plan Summaries of Benefits and Coverage - Plan Year 2018
Monthly Rates - For Plan Year 2018
Links to the NJ Division of Pensions and Benefits Health Benefits Guidebooks may be found here
NJ State Health Benefits Mobile Phone Applications
Aetna, CIGNA, and Horizon have developed applications for the iPhone, smartphones, and other web-enabled mobile devices to provide State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) members with plan information "on the go."
Medco Health Solutions, Inc. has also developed the Medco Pharmacy mobile app for its Prescription Plan, now available at no cost on BlackBerry® and Android™ smartphones using the Verizon Wireless network.
CHAPTER 330 RETIREES
Chapter 330 Medical Plan Summaries of Benefits and Coverage - Plan Year 2019
Chapter 330 Medical Plan Summaries of Benefits and Coverage - Plan Year 2018
2103929777 - For Plan Year 2019
Retiree Dental Rates - For Plan Year 2019
SPECIAL NOTE FOR CHAPTER 330 RETIREES
Below is a link to the State Health Benefits Website and a printable change form.
Chapter 330 Coverage Change Form
Link to State Health Benefits Website
Claimants May Now Fill Out Eligibility Form on Fund’s Website
The Department of Justice announcement the VCF is accepting claims for the First Responder
injuries associated with the attacks or with debris removal.
Individuals who wish to visit the VCF’s site, learn more about the eligibility criteria, or receive future communications regarding the VCF should visit: www.vcf.gov or call: 1-855-885-1555
Congratulations Gloucester Township Fire District 4 Fire Marshal Frank Reiss and Firefighter Pete Urso on the occasion of taking their Oaths of Office on Wednesday, November 16, 2011.
Congratulations Voorhees Fire District Captain James Poland, Captain Cliff Demo and Lieutenant George Devokas on the occasion of taking their Oaths of Office on Thursday, November 17, 2011.
The pension and health benefits bill (S-2937) was signed into law on June 28, 2011.
8593321435 for a list of pension and health benefits changes (for Firefighters in PFRS)
Click here for Senate Bill S2937
Click here for Assembly Bill A4133
Sorry, but there were no "union thugs" on the streets of Trenton last week when the Legislature voted to impose thousands of dollars of new and unexpected costs on a half-million public workers and retirees. And, if the day brought a great political victory by Gov. Chris Christie over big, bad unions, it is likely to come at great cost to just plain people.
Don't cut public safety!!!
*Cuts to public safety WILL allow more small fires to grow into killer blazes.
*Cuts to public safety WILL allow violent criminals the opportunity to prey upon
citizens with too few cops on the street to intervene.
*Cuts to public safety WILL make response times longer when emergency medical
services members must arrive in time to save a life.
Help Us To Help You!!!
With the continued help of our families, friends, neighbors and other supporters,
we will continue to protect and serve our communities.
Make Sure We're There When You Need Us!
Firefighters and First Responders Support Rally
Protest Attacks Against Public Employees
February 25, 2011: Approximately 2,500 public employees and supporters, including more than 200 firefighters, assembled on the steps of the State House in Trenton to protest continued legislative attacks on public employees. Public employees from the State of Wisconsin also traveled to New Jersey in order to support this Rally.
|Local 3249 President and recently retired Gloucester Township Fire Captain Keith Kemery reminds a local reporter that firefighters and other first responders are not nameless or faceless. We are taxpayers with families to support just like everyone else. "I resent being called a greedy special interest for expecting the right to earn a living that will support our families while we work to protect and serve the citizens of New Jersey".
|Firefighter Joe Hunter - Pine Hill Fire Department.
11 Years on the Job
Married with a son and a daughter.
Tax Paying Resident of Berlin, NJ.
Getting his head shaved in support of kids with cancer
Kids are trapped!!!
Do you want to go in there with him?
Statement Concerning the Concept of Countywide Shared Fire and Emergency Services
The Camden County Uniformed Firefighters Association, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3249, can not comment directly concerning an endeavor for which we have no specific information.
We are willing to listen to presented concepts that will help us provide better Fire/EMS service to the people we protect while also insuring that we the people providing the emergency services, continue to be able to safely earn a living to support our families.
Any newly organized Fire/EMS services system must be carefully and properly organized. Its members would have to be properly prepared for any new emergency services work or response area that they would be responsible for. Such an endeavor would take time. FAILURE is not an acceptable option when lives are at stake.
Any newly created regional Fire/EMS services system must be organized for the right reasons. Undertaking such an endeavor for political purposes is a recipe for DISASTER.
For Additional Commentary Contact President Keith Kemery via 609-820-2675
NFPA: 2017 LODD Report is Lowest in Over 40 Years
The 2095430116 released the lowest U.S. firefighter fatalities report in over 40 years, with a total of 60 on-duty deaths reported in 2017.
New Pension Law Giving Control to N.J. Firefighters and Police Scorned by Wall Street
A law Gov. Phil Murphy signed earlier this month relinquishing much control over pensions for police and firefighters is drawing scorn from a big Wall Street ratings agency.
Moody's Investors Service warned in a report that the spinoff will hamper any future efforts to reduce benefits within the Police and Firemen's Retirement system, "a credit negative for a state that has weak pension funding and has struggled to make adequate annual contributions."
The opinion does not change the state's credit rating, which is second-lowest of any state, but signals an area of concern for the rating agency.
FDNY Adds Signs to Ambulances Warning of Assault Penalties
Signs will be added to the exterior of FDNY ambulances that highlight penalties for assaults against EMS personnel, officials FDNY officials announced.
The first ambulances to display the signs are assigned to Station 26 in the Bronx, where EMT Yadira Arroyo was struck and killed in March 2017 while attempting to stop the theft of her ambulance at an emergency scene.
Arroyo, a 14-year-veteran of FDNY's EMS bureau, was killed March 16, 2017 when a 765-481-6224 of her ambulance after she stopped the emergency vehicle. The man struck fatally struck Arroyo and injured a second EMS worker.
The man jumped into the ambulance and drove forward, striking an EMS worker. He then put the ambulance into reverse and backed over EMT Yadira Arroyo before speeding around the corner where he crashed into a parked vehicle.
A pathway flanked by six stones meant to symbolize strength and determination will be added to the Sept. 11 memorial site in lower Manhattan to honor the rescue and recovery workers who toiled for months at ground zero, officials announced Wednesday in unveiling the design concept.
The new dedicated area will also serve as a way to honor those who became sick or died from exposure to the toxins in the environment after the twin towers fell.
The Public Safety Employer Employee Cooperation Act of 2018 has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) as S. 2845, marking a crucial next step in the IAFF’s continued commitment to provide basic collective bargaining rights for all members. The House version of the Cooperation Act, H.R. 4846, was reintroduced in January 2018 by Representatives Dan Kildee (D-MI) and John Duncan (R-TN).
NFPA Releases First Active Shooter Standard
The 4128185969 released the first standard on active shooters and hostile events.
According to a press release, the NFPA 3000 Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response Program was created with insight from fire, EMS and law enforcement officials to provide guidance in unified planning, response and recovery, and civilian and responder safety.
The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017 (S. 382) is closer to becoming law following a favorable vote at a hearing to consider the legislation by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
The U.S. Fire Administration alerted stakeholders about a recent, NIOSH-funded study about whether working conditions of career firefighters are associated with elevated blood pressure and hypertension. The research study by the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine found there is a link between the job demands of career firefighters and HBP.
Kidde Recalls More Than 5 Million Combination Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Kidde is recalling 3.6 million smoke alarms in the United States, and another 1.5 mllion in Canada, the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday.
The recall involves the Kidde NightHawk talking combo smoke/carbon monoxide alarm with model number KN-COSM-IB and manufacture dates between June 1, 2004 and Dec. 31, 2010.
After Christie is long gone from the State House, taxpayers will have to pay $3 for every $1 he skipped in pension payments.
The Truth About N.J.'s Pension Crisis And How To Fix It | Opinion
Next November, New Jerseyans will be asked to vote on a constitutional amendment to require the state government to make regular quarterly pension payments, which would put the state's pension system — and the state of New Jersey itself — on the road to fiscal solvency within six years.
IAFF Continues Boycott Of All Staples Stores
Since July 14, 2014, the IAFF has stopped doing business with, and will continue to boycott, Staples until further notice. The IAFF has joined the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the AFL-CIO's boycott of all Staples stores.
Opinion: Christie Broke Promises To Police, Firefighters, N.J. Voters
By Bill Romaka and Ed Brannigan
If a man is only as good as his word, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie breaks his word to first responders, what does that say about the character of a man who is trying to position himself as the next U.S. president?
U.S. Attorney General Unveils PSOB Changes
More changes are on the horizon for PSOB -- one to include fire police officers and another to streamline the filing process.
World Trade Center Health Program Enrollment for Pentagon, Shanksville Responders
Beginning May 1, 2013, fire fighters who responded to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, crash sites will be eligible to enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP).
Cockeyed Comparisons Inflate Health Insurance Legislation
The effort of New Jersey's political leaders to seek parity in public employee contributions to health insurance costs is based on an incorrect comparison.
Christie Campaign Letter Promised 'No Harm' to Police, Firefighter Pensions
The State’s pension actuary has exposed this simple truth: the State’s own mismanagement is responsible for the unfunded liability in the pension fund for fire fighters and police.
An increasing number of governors are joining New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s antiworker chorus. Too bad they’re all off key.
Update on S2220
We have been advised that the Senate Democrat's will not adopt the changes called for in Governor Christie's CV of S-2220 that would limit payouts to local and school district employees for accrued sick and vacation days.
What this means, at this point in time, is that if the changes are not adopted, the current existing law regarding accrued sick leave and vacation days will remain unchanged. So however you are currently being compensated under your existing contract remains in effect.
If anything changes with the legislature, we will notify our members via email and our website.
The Unspoken Truth About Pensions
The efforts to shift blame to public employee unions for any projected shortfalls in the pension system are the equivalent to calling in a fire alarm on a house that you set ablaze.
The Truth About Arbitration
Many politicians, local and state, want everyone to believe that binding arbitration is the reason local property taxes are high, when this simply is not true.
Video: Smoke Showing
213-453-7108 - "Smoke Showing" is a short film that visually demonstrates the dangers and challenges faced by firefighters during a structural fire. This film will serve to educate recruit firefighters, elected officials and the public in fire operations. "Smoke Showing" demonstrates the need for an aggressive interior attack coupled with adequate resources in order to save lives and reduce property loss. The film is opened by the cast of "Rescue Me." It is dedicated to the proud service of Tom F. Brennan.
CLICK HERE to download the video.