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The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is a one-of-a-kind addiction treatment facility specializing in PTSD for IAFF members – and IAFF members only – who are struggling with addiction, PTSD other related behavioral health challenges to receive the help they need in taking the first steps toward recovery. It is a safe haven for members to talk with other members who have faced or overcome similar challenges.

https://www.iaffrecoverycenter.com

We Do More Than Save Lives!

  Tampa Fire Fighters would like to thank everyone who has supported our donation drives throughout the years. With the generosity of our friends, we have been able to provide the community throughout the Tampa Bay area with programs designed to educate the public about the many aspects of fire prevention and safety. Through our non-profit (501c3) charity, Tampa Fire Fighters continue to support local area programs and services which have included but are not limited to the following:

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With the uptick in COVID-19 cases around the country, it's important that affiliate presidents complete or update cases in their local/department in our tracker survey. https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-tracker-survey/
Have a happy and safe July 4th!
1999 IAFF Media Awards Honorable Mention - A Chicago, IL Local 2 member supports a man while leading him away from a gas explosion and fire that forced the evacuation of an apartment complex for senior citizens. Photo credit: John H. White of the Chicago Sun-Times. Reminder: The 2020 IAFF Media Awards deadline is July 8 (www.iaff.org/media-awards). #FBF #IAFF Chicago Fire Department Firefighters Union - Local 2
Your union delivers—we know that in an emergency, you have a game plan for responding. But do you have a game plan for retirement? Market volatility, healthcare costs and other factors can significantly impact your retirement dollars. Assess your retirement game plan - call 1-877-700-6847 or go to Responders-First.com.
Make your July 4th a union-made holiday! #ShopUnion
The IAFF releases statement on University of Notre Dame study addressing PFAS in fire fighter personal protective equipment.
1999 - Toledo, OH Local 92 member Jesse Garcia talks to a neighborhood boy who was watching the crew fight a small fire. Photo credit: Dave Zapotosky, The Toledo Blade. #FBF #IAFF Toledo Firefighters Local 92
The best and safest way to enjoy the Fourth of July is to leave fireworks displays to the professionals and view from a distance. #IAFFSafetyTips
The IAFF opposes the nomination of Nancy Beck to lead the US Consumer Product Safety Commission because she puts the interests of the chemical industry above the health and safety of fire fighters. http://ow.ly/pufr50AeKil
1998 - Fire fighters Scott Schumacher and Steve Osmanski of Kenosha, WI Local 414 carry a 2-year-old from her burning home. Photo credit: Dan Wade, Kenosha News. #FBF #IAFF Kenosha Professional Firefighters Local 414
Air Times: Tuesdays at 4 p.m. ET Fridays at 11:30 a.m. ET Saturdays at 1:30 a.m. ET Sundays at 11 a.m. ET www.brotherhoodoutdoors.tv
Has your affiliate president completed our COVID-19 tracker survey? This helps us document members' exposures, positivity, quarantines and more. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/ to begin.
1986 - Members of Hammond, IN Local 556 pass a small child to safety during a house fire. Photo credit: John Bojda of the Hammond Times. This photo won first place in the 1987 IAFF Media Awards Contest. The 2020 Media Awards Contest submissions are due July 8: www.iaff.org/media-awards. #FBF #IAFF
1987 - Fire fighter John Cappelano of Danbury, CT Local 801 hands an unconscious victim of smoke inhalation down a ladder head first from a third-floor apartment fire. Cappelano carried out the rescue in dense smoke despite the fact that the air supply in his tank was exhausted. Assisting on the ladder are Phil Curran and Al Mion. #FBF #IAFF Danbury Professional Fire Fighters, Local 801, IAFF
We are asking affiliate presidents to complete our economic impact survey to help us get a better picture of the impact of the financial fallout from the economic effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. https://my.iaff.org/Web/EC_Survey/EC_Survey.aspx. Also see our Preparing for a COVID-19 Economy toolkit at www.iaff.org/covid-economy
See the IAFF’s updated guidance for resuming CPAT testing: https://www.iaff.org/wp-content/uploads/CPAT-Reopening-COVID-19.pdf. Visit www.iaff.org/coronavirus for more resources.
The IAFF reminds affiliate presidents to update their numbers in our tracker survey whenever members are exposed, quarantined, have tested positive for COVID-19 or died .
Our Preparing for a COVID-19 Economy toolkit has the tools and resources to help affiliates facing cuts to staffing and other vital fire department resources needed to continue to protect your communities. https://www.iaff.org/covid-economy/ (login is required)
IAFF Statement on Civil Unrest Across America: https://bit.ly/2TX6dPZ
1976 - Lynn, MA Local 739 members saved the life of an 18-year-old boy after rescuing him from a house fire. Photo credit: Walter Hoey of Lynn Daily Evening Item. #FBF #IAFF
Members of Los Angeles, CA Local 112 are recovering from their injuries after a horrific explosion happened in downtown Los Angeles on May 16, 2020. The fire fighters work at LAFD station 9, the busiest fire station in the nation. https://www.iaff.org/news/12-los-angeles-local-112-members-injured-in-explosion/
Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) of New York Local 94 president Gerard Fitzgerald appeared on Fox News and MSNBC Wednesday morning to discuss the importance of local governments adequately funding fire departments during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Communities are counting on us to continue to protect them. The only way our members can do that is with the proper PPE to prevent exposure and with access to testing. The IAFF is asking affiliate presidents to complete our survey tracker to enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/
The IAFF-FC is here to help as you become eligible for Medicare. You can start to sign up for Medicare during the 90 days before your 65th birthday. The window to enroll closes 90 days after your 65th birthday. Apply for Medicare online at SocialSecurity.gov. For more information, go to IAFF-FC.AetnaMedicare.com/turning-65. We have helpful videos about enrolling in Medicare and your Aetna Medicare Advantage plan options. Or call Aetna at 1-866-246-8039 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM all time zones.
Thinking ahead to retirement? Your union is ready to help. There’s a lot to consider -- when you want to retire, what you plan to do, whether your spouse is covered, and more. An accumulation vehicle with no downside risk may help you meet your retirement needs. Consider your retirement options - call 1-877-700-6847 or go to Responders-First.com.
If you have turned or will be turning 65 this year, consider the four IAFF-FC Aetna Medicare Advantage plan options. These Medicare plans give you hospital care (Part A), doctor services (Part B) and prescription drugs (Part D), all in one plan. Plus, you get extra benefits and programs beyond what Original Medicare provides. Go to IAFF-FC.AetnaMedicare.com/your-plan-options to see the four plans we offer. Or call Aetna at 1-866-246-8039 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM all time zones.
Your union cares--on the frontlines, your safety is always at risk. Don’t put your retirement at risk. You may have a great pension benefit, but have you considered the impact of retiree healthcare costs or major purchases like a new truck, boat or motorcycle? Help ensure you have adequate retirement savings - call 1-877-700-6847 or go to Responders-First.com
Enter to win a fishing kayak -- IAFF members enter for free: https://powderhook.com/contests/just-add-water
1976 - Washington, DC Local 36 members rescue infant children from an apartment fire. Photo credit: James Parcell. #FBF #IAFF DC Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 36
Please review the IAFF’s website for the latest information and guidance. iaff.org/Coronavirus
Today during National EMS Week, the IAFF recognizes our brothers and sisters who serve as single-roll EMS practitioners. Our IAFF single-role EMS members provide emergency medical response within fire departments or EMS agencies in communities across the United States. We are all in solidarity on the community’s frontline.
The IAFF is asking affiliate presidents to complete our tracker survey to enter data to document exposures and infection among members in their local/fire department.
To all the IAFF members on the frontlines helping to fight COVID-19 and responding to emergencies in your communities - we say thank you and happy National EMS Week.
1999 - Members of Fairfax County, VA Local 2068's Urban Search and Rescue Team (commissioned by the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance) rescue a child from an earthquake in Turkey. #FBF #IAFF
1977 - Rockford, IL Local 413 members Bruce Love and Bob Nelson are shown giving CPR to a 5-year-old boy they rescued from a burning home. The boy regained consciousness shortly after this photo was taken. #FBF #IAFF City of Rockford Firefighters Local 413
The IAFF Financial Corporation is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14 on mortgage relief options with experts from CrossCountry Mortgage. If you or someone you know is worried about paying their mortgage, sign up for one of the two time slots. Experts will discuss mortgage relief options, where to turn for help and how to avoid scams. Wednesday, May 13 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) https://bit.ly/FinancialCorpWebinar513 Thursday, May 14 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) https://bit.ly/FinancialCorpWebinar514
The IAFF-FC is here to help as you become eligible for Medicare. You can start to sign up for Medicare during the 90 days before your 65th birthday. The window to enroll closes 90 days after your 65th birthday. Apply for Medicare online at SocialSecurity.gov. For more information, go to IAFF-FC.AetnaMedicare.com/turning-65. We have helpful videos about enrolling in Medicare and your Aetna Medicare Advantage plan options. Or call Aetna at 1-866-246-8039 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM all time zones.
A reminder to affiliate presidents to complete our tracker survey to enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. The numbers reported by news and other sources are for the general population – entering this date gives us a clearer picture of the impact of COVID-19 on our members and affiliates across the United States and Canada. You can find the survey at www.iaff.org/coronavirus
The IAFF has developed a resource for first responders on treating patients who may have been exposed to the Coronavirus. Please review for the latest information and guidance.
2010 - A Cincinnati, OH Local 48 member rescues a 4-year-old girl from a fire. The little girl was unconscious when rescued, but ultimately recovered after a few weeks in the ICU. Photo credit: David Jones #IAFF #FBF Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union Local 48
Communities are counting on us to continue to protect them. The only way our members can do that is with the proper PPE to prevent exposure and with access to testing. The IAFF is asking affiliate presidents to complete our survey tracker to enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. Enter data: https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/
The IAFF continues to urge Congress to provide direct funding to fire and EMS to provide the tools and resources to keep our members on the frontines when communities need them most during this COVID-19 pandemic: https://bit.ly/3eMxv4t
1986 - A Chicago, IL Local 2 member rushes to the waiting ambulance with a child rescued from a burning apartment. #IAFF #FBF Chicago Fire Department Firefighters Union - Local 2
The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Treatment and Recovery remains open to serve IAFF members while continuously adapting patient screening, contact precautions and isolation protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Center is for IAFF members struggling with addiction, post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) and other co-occurring mental health problems. Learn more: https://www.iaffrecoverycenter.com/
The IAFF supports the recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that results from antibody testing alone should not be used to diagnose or exclude COVID-19 infection or to inform infection status. Currently, the IAFF advises against the use of serologic testing alone as the basis of return-to-work decisions. Rather, such determinations should also include molecular testing and an evaluation by a healthcare provider. See more on our COVID-19 Testing Fact Sheet: https://www.iaff.org/wp-content/uploads/COVID-19-Testing-Fact-Sheet.pdf or visit www.iaff.org/coronavirus for more resources.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on our members, staffing levels and resources, it is critically important that affiliate presidents complete our tracker survey to enter data to document COVID-19 exposures among members in their local/fire department. Enter data: https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on our members, staffing levels and resources, it is critically important that affiliate presidents complete our tracker survey to enter data to document COVID-19 exposures among members in their local/fire department. Enter data: https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/
Respirators are being sold as if they are NIOSH-approved. Here's what to look for to ensure you're getting the best protection: https://www.iaff.org/wp-content/uploads/COVID-19-Counterfeit-Masks-1.pdf More COVID-19 resources: https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus
Visit www.iaff.org/coronavirus for more infographics and resources.
It's still critically important that affiliate presidents to complete our tracker survey to enter data to document COVID-19 exposures among members in their local/fire department. Entering this data gives us a clearer picture of the impact of COVID-19 on our members and affiliates across the United States and Canada and helps inform the media and legislators so they understand the full impact of COVID-19 on our members. Communities are counting on us to continue to protect them and the only way our members can do that is with the proper PPE to prevent exposure and with access to testing. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/ to get started.
https://www.iaff.org/behavioral-health/#online-recovery-meetings
1998 - Two Fort Worth, TX Local 440 members (James Gonzalez [left] and Homer Roberston [right] help a fellow fire fighter [Doug Gomez] exit by sharing their oxygen. Photo credit: Glen E. Ellman of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. #FBF #IAFF Fort Worth Professional Firefighters Local 440
IAFF members are on the frontlines of COVID-19, but some spouses may be out of work due to stay-at-home orders. If this is the case for your family and you are under financial stress, these are financial moves can you make right now: https://iaff-fc.com/protecting-your-finances-in-a-pandemic/
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on our members, staffing levels and resources, it is critically important that affiliate presidents - or an affiliate officer you assign - complete our tracker survey to enter data to document COVID-19 exposures among members in their local/fire department. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on our members, staffing levels and resources, it is critically important that affiliate presidents complete our tracker survey to enter data to document COVID-19 exposures among members in their local/fire department. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/ to get started.
New resources and protocols updated daily: www.iaff.org/Coronavirus
It's important that affiliate presidents complete our tracker survey and enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/ to begin.
The IAFF urges affiliate presidents to complete our survey tracker to enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. The numbers reported by news and other sources are for the general population – entering this date gives us a clearer picture of the impact of COVID-19 on our members and affiliates across the United States and Canada. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/#tracking-tool to enter data.
1999 - Ted Jackman of Peterborough, ON Local 519 (now Local 169) carries a child - found hiding under her covers - from a house fire.
Two IAFF members have also died from the COVID-19 virus this week – Chicago, IL Local 2 member Mario Araujo and Detroit, MI Local 344 member Franklin Williams. We are urging affiliate presidents to complete our tracker survey to enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/#tracking-tool
In the face of adversity, research demonstrates that embracing a spiritual or religious practice is a critical component of individual resilience. Download this PDF: https://www.iaff.org/wp-content/uploads/Spiritual_Connection_During_COVID-19.pdf
We know that our survey tracker is being used in emergency operation centers as cities and counties struggle to get the resources they need and to keep their fire fighters and EMS personnel on the job. The IAFF is reminding affiliate presidents to complete enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. Visit https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/#tracking-tool to complete the survey.
Marriott, IHG Hotels and Resorts and Red Roof Inn are offering special rates and discounts to healthcare workers, including fire fighters and emergency medical personnel, who are on the frontlines in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and may need a place to stay close to their work location or to self-quarantine away from their homes and families to protect their loved ones. Visit https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/#latest-news for details.
The IAFF urges affiliate presidents to complete our survey tracker to enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. The numbers reported by news and other sources are for the general population – entering this date gives us a clearer picture of the impact of COVID-19 on our members and affiliates across the United States and Canada. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/#tracking-tool to complete the survey.
On this #WorldHealthDay, we encourage our members to follow these tips to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in our ranks. Thank you for answering the call.
The IAFF urges affiliate presidents to complete our survey tracker to enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. The numbers reported by news and other sources are for the general population – entering this date gives us a clearer picture of the impact of COVID-19 on our members and affiliates across the United States and Canada. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/
Show your appreciation to fire fighters and emergency personnel on this #WorldHealthDay2020 who are answering the call to fight the Coronavirus pandemic in their communities.
Communities are counting on us to continue to protect them. The only way our members can do that is with the proper PPE to prevent exposure and with access to testing. The IAFF is asking affiliate presidents to complete our tracker survey to enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/#tracking-tool
2006 - Bradford, PA Local 655 - Members work on a fire that started in the basement of a Victorian-style, balloon-constructed house. One fire fighter was rescued after a stairwell gave causing him to fall into the basement from the second floor.
We know that our tracker survey is being used in emergency operation centers as cities and counties struggle to get the resources they need and to keep their fire fighters and EMS personnel on the job. The IAFF is reminding affiliate presidents to complete enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. Visit https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/#tracking-tool to complete the survey - only affiliate presidents have access to the survey.
Communities are counting on us to continue to protect them. The only way our members can do that is with the proper PPE to prevent exposure and with access to testing. The IAFF is asking affiliate presidents to complete our tracker survey to enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. Only affiliate presidents have access to the survey. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/#tracking-tool
The IAFF is urging affiliate presidents to complete our survey tracker to enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. This also helps us to inform the media and legislators so they understand the impact of COVID-19 on our members. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/#tracking-tool to complete the survey - NOTE: only IAFF affiliate presidents have access to this survey.
The IAFF is urging affiliate presidents to complete our survey tracker to enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/#tracking-tool - only affiliate presidents have access to this survey The numbers reported by news and other sources are for the general population – entering this date gives us a clearer picture of the impact of COVID-19 on our members and affiliates across the United States and Canada.
The IAFF-FC is here to help as you become eligible for Medicare. You can start to sign up for Medicare during the 90 days before your 65th birthday. The window to enroll closes 90 days after your 65th birthday. Apply for Medicare online at SocialSecurity.gov. For more information, go to IAFF-FC.AetnaMedicare.com/turning-65. We have helpful videos about enrolling in Medicare and your Aetna Medicare Advantage plan options. Or call Aetna at 1-866-246-8039 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM all time zones.
IAFF announces guidance on Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) testing during COVID-19. Visit www.iaff.org/coronavirus for latest updates.
The IAFF has developed checklists for decontaminating apparatus after a potential exposure and cleaning stations during this pandemic: www.iaff.org/coronavirus.
For fire service personnel in recovery from an alcohol or substance usedisorder, public restrictions imposed by the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can pose unique threats and challenges to an established recovery plan. For continued recovery from addiction during these unprecedented times, be proactive by anticipating challenges and having a plan. Learn more: https://www.iaff.org/wp-content/uploads/Staying-Sober-During-COVID-19_v2.pdf
2003 - Sterling, MI Local 1557 members extricate patients from a motor vehicle crash.
Visit www.iaff.org/coronavirus for more infographics and resources.
Does your department have an appropriate stock of recommended PPE to include N-95 or P-100 masks, gloves, gowns that are long-sleeved and fluid-resistant, and eye protection? Review these guidelines on extending the life of your respiratory equipment. More resources: www.iaff.org/coronavirus
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