As you all know, our IAFF brothers and sisters in Fort McMurray (Alberta) Local 2494 are facing a major disaster. The wildfire there has taken its toll on members and their families. Members have literally let their own homes burn in order to save the homes of others in their communities. Please help to the degree that you can by donating to the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund.
From the IAFF:
The IAFF has received many questions about how to assist the efforts in Fort McMurray and support our members who are affected. The best way to assist the situation right now is through the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund, which is specifically designed to provide short-term, immediate financial assistance to IAFF members who are affected by major disasters. To make a donation, go to www.iaff.org/donate.
Alternately, you can make a $10 quick donation by texting "DISASTER" to 50555.
Portland Firefighters keep children warm this winter by giving them new American-made coats.
Thanks to donations from great community businesses Tripwire and Ninkasi Brewing, we were able to keep hundreds of Portland children in need of a coat warm this winter. We partner with Operation Warm to get these amazing coats made right here in the USA.
Many thanks to all the firefighters who showed up off duty this morning to make this event a huge success!
The IAFF Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Colorado Springs was rededicated in September 2015 as part of the annual fallen fire fighter memorial service after being completely rebuilt from the ground up. As part of this effort, over 70 fallen Portland Fire Fighters have been added to the wall. You can see the IAFF's coverage here.
Fire defeats Police in 2nd annual Rose City United match
On Saturday, September 12th, the Portland Fire Bureau's soccer team defeated the Portland Police Bureau's team 4-1 in the second annual Rose City United charitable soccer match at Providence Park. The match raised over $1000 in cash for PF&R's Toy 'N' Joy and the PPB's Sunshine Division programs in addition to donations of toys and non-perishable foods. See the highlight video and article covering PF&R's second straight victory here!
Congratulations to Fire Fighter Todd Sabrowski on his hat trick, the Portland Fire Fighters' team, and a big THANK YOU goes out to the Portland Timbers FC for their support in this young tradition!
Local 43 has been working with Portland Fire & Rescue to make sure you get the proper care and examinations you need to stay healthy. Please check out the information on the "Health and Wellness" Page.
Every year Portland Fire Fighters kick off the Portland Stairlight Parade with their flying acrobatics from a hand drawn ladder cart. This tradition has been many years in the making. Check out this highlight video from the 2014 Starlight Parade.
WATCH: Nearly 100 Portland Fire Fighters pack City Hall last night with their families, friends and neighbors.
Portland Firefighters Association, The International Association of Fire Fighters and Portland Fire & Rescue helped secure a two-year grant called the SAFER Grant that currently funds 26 fire fighters in Portland. When that funding runs out, those positions will be cut unless The City takes over funding. Not funding those positions will close fire engines, trucks and possibly neighborhood fire stations. The Mayor states this year's budget will not fund any of those positions.
KOIN 6 News, Jessica Morkert (@jmorkert), reported the story last night.
If you havn't already found this on your own, you can access the Portland Firefighters Association website while on the go with the GoMobile version of our website. It has many useful features that are formated for your smart phone or tablet computer.
Not only are you able to access our Homepage Highlights but you can use our on-line calendar, see member alerts, download meeting minutes and other documents from our document library, and much more. Try it out for yourself! Just visit iaff43.org from any smart mobile device and be redirected to the GoMobile version of our website. For quick access, you can save an icon on your phone's home screen.
For your best experience, it is recommened to login once you have navigated to our website. This will give you access to member's only areas, highlights, and documents.
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Local 43 is developing new ways and improving our old ways to better communicate with our members. One way we want to reach our members is through a new tool called the PFFA E-Newsletter. This newsletter will be delivered to your personal email that you used when you signed up for our website. You will only get this if you have selected the check box next to the PFFA Monthly E-Newsletter E-Mail list in your profile. You can edit your profile at any time on the left side of the website where you sign in with you username and password or click here. You may unsubscribe from this email list at any time.
The E-Newsletter will have all the current topics and happenings at the Union Hall. It will have a list of upcomming events, communication tools, a section on union rights, member forum topics, contact information and more will be added as time goes on. Please give us your feedback by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past issues will be available to download via the document library. This e-newsletter is not meant to replace any current means of communication (i.e. The Straight Stream, station visits). It is only meant to further connect our members to accurate and current information.