Welcome You are not currently logged in.Fox 25 Boston’s Blair Miller and the Rockalnd Firefighters Local 1602 address the dangers of exposed turnout gear when it is not thoroughly cleaned and replaced with a second, clean set. Clean gear is the first step in the fight against occupational cancer in the fire service!Fox 25 Boston's Blair Miller brings attention to the irresponsible and dangerous practice by the City of Medford. We stand with Medford Local 1032 and the safety of its citizens comes first!
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Boston Herald article - 11/15/18
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Fire officials are sounding the alarm over the death of seven active duty firefighters since late October - a number of them from occupational cancer.It's already a dangerous job, but the recent deaths in the region have renewed calls for a focus on safety and training."It's a job we love, a job we will do day in and day out, but it's killing our men and women in the fire department," said Richard Paris, president of the Boston Firefighters Local 718.
Wilmington Firefighter William Kent, BFit Manager John Whitesides, and Boston Bruins mascot Blades of the BFit School Assembly Program took some time to speak to the students at Ditson Elementary School in Billerica, MA about the importance of healthier and more active lifestyles!
2018 General Election ResultsLetter by PFFM President Rich MacKinnon Jr. to National Grid President Marcy Reed in Regards to Public Safety Concerns in Solidarity with USW Locals 12012 and 12003.
Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts Endorse Lori Trahan for U.S. Congress
The unanimous endorsement occurred at the PFFM’s September Meeting.
BOSTON – The Professional Fire Fighters of MA (PFFM) have endorsed Lori Trahan for U.S. Congress, 3rd MA Congressional District. The endorsement vote occurred September 21st with more than 300 union leaders in attendance at a PFFM meeting.
“Lori Trahan will be an excellent addition to our hard-working delegation in D.C.,” said Richard MacKinnon Jr., President of the PFFM. “During a time of political divisiveness, we look forward to Lori’s leadership to find common ground and fight for working families. As the daughter of a union steelworker, being raised with the values of a working-class family, she understands that unions provide families with stable benefits and income, at a time of unprecedented income inequality.”
“The SAFER and AFG federal grant programs are vital to firefighter staffing and firefighter health and safety. Lori understands the importance of these programs to public safety and will be a strong advocate for continued funding. The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts – and our 12,000 members and thousands of retirees – are proud to endorse Lori Trahan for U.S. Congress,” MacKinnon continued.
"Every day, firefighters are putting their lives on the line to protect our homes and our families. We saw their commitment and bravery during the recent gas fires in Lawrence, when hundreds of firefighters from all over Massachusetts came in to help their brethren and our communities without hesitation," Trahan said. "We must do everything to protect our firefighters as they protect us. In Congress, I will fight for the funding and grants they deserve. I thank the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts for its support and look forward to working with its 12,000 members."
About the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts
The Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts (PFFM) represent more than 12,000 active and retired professional firefighters within 220 local unions from across the Commonwealth. More information about the PFFM can be found at www.pffm.org.
Photo caption: Lori Trahan with members of Lowell Firefighters Local 853 at a local charity event.
# # #This powerful video was played at the 2018 Educational Seminar. The health of our members is priority, including mental health. The Member Assistance Committee is here for you.2018 Fire Ops
Video Demonstration on the new IAFF Smart program. A new tool from the IAFF to help our locals.
Yesterday (03/28/2017) MA Governor Charlie Baker signed a supplemental budget which would increase PSOB (Public Safety Officer Benefit) from $150,000 to $300,000. This will be a great help to those families effected by tragedy. Thank you to Governor Charlie Baker, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and all the members of the Senate and House Of Representatives. Watertown Firefighter Toscano's family will be eligible to receive this benefit.
It has been said that Firefighters have 2 families. The one at home, and the one at the firehouse. Although these families differ in many ways, they both suffer the same grief when their colleague or family member is lost to occupational cancer. This video was produced by the Boston Fire Department with the support of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. It is part of a campaign to raise awareness of the need for proper protective gear for firefighters. Studies have proven that firefighters are exposed to cancer causing carcinogens when engaged in firefighting operations, and further studies have shown that cancer rates in firefighters are significantly higher than that of the general public as a result of this exposure.