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#FBF 1977: Two Highland Park, MI Local 355 members rescue a small child from a burning house. Photo credit: Lona O'Conner of the Detroit Free Press. IAFF 8th District ... See MoreSee Less

#FBF 1977: Two Highland Park, MI Local 355 members rescue a small child from a burning house. Photo credit: Lona OConner of the Detroit Free Press. IAFF 8th District

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The look on their faces says it all to me. Thankful for this rescue.

Purely random that this old photo came out today from the IAFF. If any one out there knows who these two firefighters are. I'd love to know.

George Olsen, on left. Jerry Ransom on right.

Kennedy Baughman Can you share this picture with Dick Veldman. He may know these guys.

Get up stand up for your right pleases

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Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation has agreed to pay the mortgage of Worcester Local 1009 Lt. Jason Menard, relieving his wife of that burden. IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer Edward Kelly and 3rd District Vice President Jay Colbert joined Worcester, MA Local 1009 President Mike Papagni, Cindy Chesna, (wife of Weymouth Police Sgt. Mike Chesna who was killed in the line of duty), and Foundation beneficiary, Frank Siller, Chairman and CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation for the announcement on Friday. ... See MoreSee Less

Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation has agreed to pay the mortgage of Worcester Local 1009 Lt. Jason Menard, relieving his wife of that burden. IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer Edward Kelly and 3rd District Vice President Jay Colbert joined Worcester, MA Local 1009 President Mike Papagni, Cindy Chesna, (wife of Weymouth Police Sgt. Mike Chesna who was killed in the line of duty), and Foundation beneficiary, Frank Siller, Chairman and CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation for the announcement on Friday.

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This is awesome! What about Disney? Have they stepped up to help the family with the expense of the trip the LT and his family were supposed to take?

Awesome!! Has the IAFF done anything?

Thank you for taking care of this amazing man's family members. He devoted his life to helping others and his wife deserves a worry free future. ❤❤❤❤❤

That is awesome! And that is what a union should be! Good job!

The wonderful Sillers foundation continues it's legacy.... heart break wrapped up with a wonderful last gift. Prayers and peace to all💞

Tunnels to Towers is such a blessing to so many. Thank you for looking out for our Brothers Family! 👩‍🚒👨‍🚒🇺🇸

Thank you for helping this is such a blessing to Jason's family.

What a wonderful thing to do. God bless you all

That’s amazing! My prayers are with his family! 🙏

Unbelievable generosity! 👍❤️

Wonderful!! Such a burden taken off of her shoulders. Thank you!

What a blessing !

That is so amazing. What a blessing.

Amazing! What a gift!

Great job

Awesome I am glad someone stepped up to help you the family

Way to go. Great news. Well Done.❤️❤️

Awesome. Prayers to the family.

Awesome, God Bless you for asisting this family in their time of need.......

Bless the brothers for honoring both firefighters and their families at this sad time.

Rush Limbaugh has donated a ton of money to Tunnel to Towers. His charitable fund raisers are the source.

How generous! What a weight off the widow's shoulders.

Thank you for talking care of this hero’s family.

That’s amazing, so sorry for your loss❤️🚒❤️

Wonderful! God Bless

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Court Rules EPA Must Regulate Legacy Toxic ChemicalsThe 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the federal government must conduct safety reviews of millions of tons of dangerous substances, including lead and asbestos, that are no longer manufactured but still in public use.

The three-judge panel said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unlawfully excluded asbestos and other toxic substances from review simply because they are no longer manufactured, even though these materials are known health hazards.

“The ruling marks a major victory for the IAFF, which has fought hard make sure the EPA monitors and regulates these legacy toxic materials,” says General President Harold Schaitberger.

Fire fighters are particularly susceptible to exposure to these toxic substances added over decades to common products, such as home insulation, fire retardant and plumbing materials, until they were pulled from production. These chemicals may not currently be manufactured in those consumer products, but legacy products remain a concern and exposure source for fire fighters.

In 2016, Congress passed, and President Obama signed a law updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), mandating that all chemicals be reviewed by the EPA. The Trump administration, at the urging of the chemical industry, has sought to limit the scope of TSCA and to exempt legacy activities from EPA review materials as they are no longer manufactured – such as asbestos.

The IAFF in 2017 joined labor and environmental groups in a lawsuit to block the EPA from watering down TSCA. The IAFF has worked tirelessly urging Congress to make sure the EPA is doing all that it can to keep the public and fire fighters safe from dangerous chemicals.

“Fire fighters, like other Americans, have put our trust in the EPA to regulate these toxic chemicals, but unfortunately, we have witnessed only modest efforts by the current administration to protect the health and well-being of workers exposed to such chemicals,” said Assistant to the General President for Health and Safety Patrick Morrison in a March 2019 testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change.

Research supports the need to closely monitor older toxic substances. A massive cohort study of 30,000 fire fighters conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found malignant mesothelioma is directly linked to asbestos, and that fire fighters were twice as likely to develop the deadly disease than the general population.

Asbestos becomes airborne when disturbed or damaged by fire. Fire fighters can inhale large amounts of these microscopic fibers, increasing their risk of developing an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.

This ruling would require the EPA to go back and evaluate the legacy use for numerous chemicals they’ve evaluated through the TSCA process. This is a victory for labor organizations, despite what happens next. The 9th Circuit Court ruling may be appealed; the EPA has said the agency will review the decision.
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Court Rules EPA Must Regulate Legacy Toxic Chemicals

IAFF members from New Jersey and New York are in Atlantic City, NJ attending the 1st District Caucus and PEP Event this week. 1st District Vice President James Slevin discussed issues affecting IAFF members in the region. Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small welcomed fire fighters to the city. ... See MoreSee Less

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Very well run and informative several days!

Today is #NationalPhilanthropyDay. Learn how the IAFF Foundation supports our members and their families foundation.iaff.org/ ... See MoreSee Less

Today is #NationalPhilanthropyDay. Learn how the IAFF Foundation supports our members and their families https://foundation.iaff.org/
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In Tampa, as with other major American cities, the evolution from all volunteer to career fire companies occurred due to the arrival of steam technology. Tampa’s first organized volunteer fire department was founded in1884. Seven “bucket brigades” were organized to serve the city. On May 10, 1895, the city council passed ordinance #307 authorizing Tampa’s first professional, paid fire department. A. J. Harris was named chief to preside over 22 fire fighters in five stations at an annual budget of $18,000. The paid firefighters worked in the stations for ten to twelve days at a time. Most of the firefighters lived near their duty stations and were permitted to go home for meals, provided they could return within one hour. Their salary was equivalent to that of police patrol officers, about $600 a year. From May 10, 1895, forward the fire department began to evolve. First the “bucket brigades” were slowly replaced by hand operated pumpers pulled to the scene by the firefighters. Fire hydrants and steam engines were introduced to do the work of pumping water to firefighter’s hoses. With the introduction of steam engines came the requirement of horses to pull the extremely heavy apparatus.  read more

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