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Local 4016 (Conway) MDA Golf Benefit 28-APR-14

The Greens at Nutter Chapel

Conway, AR

8:00 AM

LOPFI Seminar 6-May-14 Arkadelphia 10:00 AM
APFF Annual Convention May 27th - 30th North Little Rock
LOPFI Quarterly Meeting 5-Jun-14 Little Rock 9:00 AM
14th District Caucasus June 8th - 11th Orange Beach AL 10:00 AM
IAFF 52nd Convention July 14th-18th Cincinnati, Ohio 10:00 AM
LOPFI Seminar 24-Jul-14 Forrest City 10:00 AM
LOPFI Quarterly Meeting 4-Sep-14 Little Rock 9:00 AM
APFF Quarterly meeting 4-Sep-14 Little Rock Noon
IAFF Fall Fire fighter Memorial 20-Sep-14 Colorado Springs Colorado
LOPFI Seminar 15-Oct-14 Russeville 10:00 AM
LOPFI Quarterly Meeting 4-Dec-14 Little Rock 9:00 AM
APFF Quarterly meeting 4-Dec-14 Little Rock Noon
Local 4016 (Conway) MDA Golf Tournament

IAFF Local 4016 (Conway)will be hosting an MDA Benefit Golf Tournament on April 18th, 2014.  Proceeds will go to the Arkansas Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

Teams interested in registering for the tournament, as well as interested Sponsors for the event, should download the attached brochure. 

For questions or futher info, contact:

Jason Fulfer
501-339-6605


Download: conwayFFgolfbrochure.pdf
Fallen FF Memorial Commemoration: March 22, 2014

The Arkansas Fallen Firefighter Memorial Commemoration is set for Saturday, March 22nd at 1:00 pm.

As a project that has been in progress for many years, the groundbreaking at the State Capitol began almost a year ago to the day in 2013. 

Events will begin at 1:00 pm at 1 Capitol Mall, and will feature guest speaker Lt Ray McCormick from FDNY.

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The event will be followed by an Open House for the new IAFF Local #34 (Little Rock) Lodge at 210 S. Gaines.  These same facilities are the location for the APFF Offices as well.  Drop by and see the new building!

 

Attendees are encouraged to park as follows:


Download: Memorial Document.pdf
Cossey Appointed to the FSPB

March 20th, 2014 --  Cpt Michael Cossey of the Maumelle Fire Department (Local 4453) is sworn in as a member of the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board.

Appointed to the 4th position allocated for members of the Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters, Cpt Cossey was sworn in by Judge Bynum Gibson at the Drew County 10th Judicial District Courthouse.

The Fire Services Protection Board was established at the 2003 Arkansas General Assembly by combining the Arkansas Fire Advisory Board, the Arkansas Fire Training Academy Board, and the former Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board.  The Board is tasked with setting the standards for Departments and assisting them with training programs, as well as many other tasks associated with fire departments in Arkansas.

The 15-member Board is composed of four members of the Arkansas Association of Fire Chiefs; two from the Rural and Volunteer Firefighters Association; four from the Arkansas State Firefighters Association; four from the Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters Association; a designee from the Arkansas Forestry Commission; the Director of the ADEM; the Director of the Arkansas Fire Training Academy; and the State Fire Marshall.

Each member serves a 3-year term.  The APFF looks forward to the quality and dedication Brother Cossey will bring to the job.

Honor Flag Ceremony July 4th

What's New at APFF
CNN "Worst Charities" Report
June 14, 2013 – The recent release of the “Worst Charities” list on CNN and other major networks includes organizations with similar names to the IAFF’s charities, including “Firefighters Charitable Foundation” and the “Firefighters Burn Fund.” The IAFF and its Charitable Foundation are in no way affiliated with any of these charities, which use names mimicking reputable organizations to prey on the good nature of people who want to contribute to worthy causes. Released by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), the report lists the 50 worst charities which rake in millions in profit and give only a tiny percentage to the cause they claim to represent. “These unscrupulous charities are hijacking the good name, strong reputation and public admiration for fire fighters, police and other respected charities just to line their pockets,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. The IAFF Charitable Foundation, which supports and administers several charitable funds focused on helping IAFF members and their families in their time of need, is not on the list of the 50 worst charities released by CIR and reported in the media. Much of the Foundation's costs are underwritten by the IAFF and less than 20 percent of funds are used for administrative and fundraising operations.
IAFF DISASTER RELIEF FUND

The International Association of Fire Fighters Disaster Relief Fund, which was established after Hurricane Katrina under the IAFF Charitable Foundation, provides assistance to IAFF Members who suffer financial hardship during such disasters.  The IAFF Charitable Foundaiton is a 501(c)(3) and provides critical support to Emergency Responders who put their lives on the line to keep their communities safe and secure.  Donations to the IAFF Charitable Foundation, which can be directed to the Disaster Relief Fund can be made by clicking HERE.

From Danny Todd, 14th District VP:

"I have been in touch with the District 1 Vice President Bill Romaka concerning Hurricane Sandy. At this time they are still assessing the number of fire fighters affected and their needs.

He is sure that many fire fighters homes have received damage from the hurricance and some have been affected by the fires.

With so many members in the path of the storm, the IAFF will need to provide significant relief through the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund.

Please help us provide the much-needed support for IAFF members devastated by this storm by donating to the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund.
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Portions of this article reprinted with permission from the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters.

APFF Convenes at Capitol

The Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters met today at the Arkansas State Capitol.

Over 50 members of the APFF, representing municipal fire fighters from all corners of the state, rallied today at the Capitol to lobby for issues affecting fire safety and fair employment of the profession. 

One of the key issues has been the introduction of a Bill to amend a portion of the Arkansas Code regarding Worker's Compensation claims for mental injuries.  Under the current state law, Worker's Compensation claims for mental injuries can only be made when they include physical injuries.  The current understanding of stress-related mental issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder makes clear their need for treatment as serious life- and work-affecting injuries in their own right, outside of the scope of physical injuries.

Arkansas State Senator Jon Woods (R) has recognized this need and stepped up to sponsor the Mental Injury/Illness Bill.  It is due to be filed in the next few days, and will then go to the House and Senate committees for review.

There are other issues that the APFF has brought to the 2013 Legislation.

HB1280, amending a loophole in a previous Act that prohibited the sale of certain novelty lighters, added "grill lighters" to the defined list.  The potential for these lighters to be seen and used as toys by children is an issue that has hopefully been resolved.  HB1280 has passed both the Senate and the House, and is on it's way to the Governor for signature.

HB1392 establishes a timeframe for Civil Service Commissions to certify promotional listings.  Currently, there is no established timeframe.  If passed, this Bill will set the certification period to 90 days after the completion of testing.  HB1392 has cleared the House of Representatives and is now on it's way to the Senate for committee review.

HB1481 (the Firefighter Vacation Equalization Bill) will clarify a discrepancy regarding interpretation of the "work day" with respect to firefighters' vacations.  A few municipalities have treated the firefighter 24-hour shift as three work days in this interpretation, which results in firefighters recieving less than 3 weeks vacation per year, as the law intended.  Public Safety employees recieving the same "15 days" vacation per year get the full 3 weeks.  The amendment will change the 15-day rule to "three calendar weeks" which will clear up the discrepancy.  This Bill is currently filed and on its way to the Senate and House committees.

The Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters Association continues to work toward improving the working conditions of firefighters throughout the state; this in turn improves the quality of service provided to the public.


Pine Bluff FF Dies In Vehicle Accident

It is with a heavy heart that the APFF reports that the Pine Bluff Fire Department has lost one of it's members in a tragic vehicle accident on Thursday, April 11th.

Pine Bluff Fire Fighter Caleb Satterlee was driving along US Highway 425 North at the Drew and Lincoln counties line when he lost control of his vehicle and spun out.  His vehicle crossed the center line into oncoming traffic where it was struck by a tractor trailer.

Funeral Services were conducted by the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home on Sunday, April 14th.

Satterlee was a full-time employee with the Pine Bluff Fire Department.  Please hold his wife, Amy, and his family in your prayers.

Local 4544 (Cabot) Mourns the Loss of a Brother

Oct 9, 2012 - IAFF Local 4544 (Cabot FD) and the entire 14th District mourns the devastating loss of their Local President, Marty Stumbaugh.

On Monday, October 8th, Brother Marty Stumbaugh suffered a sudden and fatal brain aneurysm while out of state.  Brother Stumbaugh is well respected by his coworkers and the loss is very tragic.  He is survived by his wife Mindy, his daughter Macy (8) and his son Mason (2).

Visitation will be on Thursday, October 11th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Mt Carmel Baptist Church, 163 Mt Carmel Rd in Cabot, AR (72023).  The funeral service will be on Friday, October 12th at 11:00 AM, also at the Mt Carmel Church.  Interment will follow at the cemetery across the street from the church.  The funeral services are being provided Thomas Funeral Home in Cabot.

As can be imagined, a loss like this places a considerable financial burden on the family.   An account has been established with Arvest Bank at 510 W Main St in Cabot for those members or Locals who would like to help Marty's family in this time of loss.  Checks should be made payable to the Marty Stumbaugh Family Fund and can either be mailed directly to the bank.

Cabot Fire Department Chief Phillip Robinson and IAFF Local 4544 wish to express their sincerest gratitude for the outpouring of support from firefighters across the state of Arkansas.

Local 4544 Website:  IAFF Local 4544

Lt. David Curlin, 1970-2010

It is with deepest regrets that we announce the passing of Brother David Curlin. Brother Curlin succumbed to complications from injuries sustained while seriously injured at a structure fire on January 3, 2010. He leaves behind his wife, three children, mother, and father. Brother Curlin has made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Pine Bluff. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and members of IAFF Local 14.

Visitation will be 4-8 pm Thursday, May 27th at Ralph Robinson Funeral Home in Pine Bluff. Funeral services will be 11 am Friday, May 28th at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Online obituary & guestbook:
http://www.ralphrobinsonandson.com/obituaries.php?obit=2767


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