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Portland Firefighters help give new coats to needy children

Twenty members of the Portland Firefighters Association participated in our first Firefighters Coats for Kids program. We helped distribute 230 new coats to children in need at Sacajawea Head Start in NE Portland. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) partnered with Operation Warm and created the program now known as Firefighters Coats for Kids. This program purchases coats that are made in the USA. With funding from Tripwire, Inc. and help from Portland Public Schools we were able to help keep these children warm and dry this winter. A big thank you to the Tripwire volunteers and Sacajawea Head Start faculty members of for helping to make this event a big success. We'd also like to recognize our members who volunteered their time off-duty and individually attended to each child to make sure they got the coat size and color that fit them best. Firefighters then wrote the children's name in their coat so they would know it was theirs to keep.

Thank you PFFA Members: Web Slavens, Mark Tilden, Nate Hall, Ryan Evans, Rich Neighorn, Brady Donahue, Mark Held, Mike Schultz, Greg Espinosa, Jason Lehman, Isaac McLennan, Chris Fukai, Time O'Donnell, Scott Berni, Ritch Espin, Kerry Kilner, Bill Schimel, Aaron Waldier, Elliot Dasler and Greg Rose

KGW Channel 8's News Story on the Event

Please enjoy the slide show below of our Firefighters Coats for Kids Event on December 19th, 2013.


Posted By Isaac McLennan, Portland Firefighters Association at 3:11 PM / Category:Portland Firefighters Giving Back

PFFA E-Board attends Oregon Educational Seminar

The PFFA Executive Board attended the IAFF/OSFFC Education Seminar January 12-14, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. This is an annual event put on by the Oregon State Fire Fighters Council (OSFFC) to educate union leaders across Oregon. Union leaders were educated on current issues including 2014 ballot measures, health care changes, PERS updates, Oregon legislature, IAFF issues, firefighters posting on social media and given an overview of the history of the IAFF and OSFFC. These updates were giving by leaders in our state council, the IAFF, attorneys representing our members and the Keep Oregon Working campaign. In addition to all these updates the executive team attended several 2-hour workshops to further understand key responsibilities of our union.

Workshops attended by Executive Board:

- Overview of Membership Services
- Discipline - Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Union Officer
- Duty of Fair Representation
- Intro to Public Relations
- Media and Messaging Strategies
- Crisis Communication

These training opportunities are crucial to the development of the Executive Board. They give new members tools to immediately get to work and further educate experienced union officers. Many of the topics discussed at this seminar will be put into action immediately. If you have any questions on topics discussed at this seminar, please contact your District Representative or any of your union leaders.


Posted By Isaac McLennan, Portland Firefighters Association at 2:05 PM / Category:General
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