53rd IAFF Convention Report
Delegates at the IAFF 53rd Convention spent the week making decisions that will guide this union for the next two years and beyond. Read more about the votes and decisions your colleagues made about your union or see all convention coverage:
If you have any questions about the Convention, please contact your district rep or any primary officer.
This September, Ninkasi and PFFA are partnering once again to raise money for the PFFA Charitable Fund! All month, $5 from every keg sold in the Portland area will be donated to the Charitable Fund. Last year, donations totaled $10,000, and this money went to Operation Warm/Coats for Kids, seed money for the Portland Fire Fighters' Memorial Platoon, and to support the Pipes & Drums team. So, if you are out and about at a restaurant or pub, enjoy a Ninkasi beer, and don't forget to fill your growlers with Ninkasi as well!
Help our IAFF members in Louisiana!
As you all know, our IAFF brothers and sisters in Louisiana are facing a major disaster. The flooding in and around Baton Rouge (Local 557, Local 4524, and others) has taken its toll on members and their families. Please help to the degree that you can by donating to the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund.
From the IAFF:
The IAFF is on the ground and has established a command operations center to provide assistance – including financial relief through the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund – and to distribute clothing, water and other basic supplies to the almost 300 Local 557 members who lost their homes in the worst flooding disaster in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Immediately following the more than 21 inches of rainfall, Professional Fire Fighters Association of Louisiana President Chad Major and Baton Rouge Local 557 President Jeremy Spillman worked with members in the flooded area to assess needs and provide assistance.
The IAFF requests members not to self-deploy to the affected area. The best way to show your support for your brothers and sisters in Baton Rouge is to make a donation to the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund.
Alternately, you can make a $10 quick donation by texting "DISASTER" to 50555.
Operation Warm - Coats for Kids
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!
If you would like to help us keep Portland Children warm please visit: www.operationwarm.org/portland
Click here to see more photos of the event
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!
2014 Portland Starlight Parade Video
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.
100 PFFA Members Pack City Hall
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.
Read the full story
PFFA on the go with GoMobile!
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.
Click the link below from any mobile device or just navigate to iaff43.org
If you have any comments or suggestion about things we can add to our mobile site you can send us an email at email@example.com or join the on-line discussion.
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.
PFFA E-Newsletter in the Document Library