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Memorial Ceremony for fallen Wisconsin Firefighters

The Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Inc., Board of Directors, invites you, the family and members of the Wisconsin fire service, to join us in Wisconsin Rapids on October 11, 2014 for the annual final alarm ceremony and roll call of our fallen brothers and sisters at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Park. We will be reading the names of all the individuals whose names are engraved on the memorial wall followed by the tolling of the Memorial Bell for each.

This year we are honoring the memory of members of the fire service who have died in the line-of-duty since our 2013 ceremony and we will be making a presentation to their families. The members of the Wisconsin Fire Service who have made the ultimate sacrifice in 2014 are as follows:

Engineer Denise A. Waterman, Eau Claire Fire Department, 04/30/2014
Div. Chief Richard A. Heft, Fitchburg Fire Department, 08/09/2014

Following the afternoon ceremony, observe the final alarm procession solemnly winding through the streets of Wisconsin Rapids.

We respectfully request that you share this announcement with your family members, friends, and other supporters of the Fire Service.

Please join us in honoring our fallen brothers and sisters.

Schedule of events:

3:33 p.m.: Final Alarm & Roll Call Ceremony
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner break
6:30-7:00 p.m.: Vehicles line-up at the park prior to the start of the procession
7:00 p.m.: Final Alarm Procession

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Top 5 Fire Safe Metros in the Midwest

Homeowners in certain areas are just more conscientious about fire-safety than others. We’ve ranked the Midwest region’s biggest metros by their residential fire risk, preparedness and response time to fires.

From lightning to old electrical wiring, fires can start anywhere, making fire safety important in any region. When it comes to fiery threats, these Midwestern cities are the least prone to, and the most prepared for, residential home fires.

Check them out and see why they topped our list! (See the Rankings chart at the end for more information).

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Frontline News Alert

Study to Collect Data for Monitoring Health of Female Fire Fighters

The IAFF is assisting the Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research in its efforts to collect data from as many female fire fighters in the country as possible.

While there are considerable advances in information related to fire fighter health, most are focused exclusively on male fire fighters. This project will collect data specific to the health, perceptions and experiences of women in the career fire service.

Click here to participate in the study.

Funded by the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute at National Institutes of Health, the findings will be used to help monitor the health of female fire fighters and identify areas of need for future research.

The IAFF encourages you to forward this email to any female career fire fighters. Participation in the study is completely voluntary.

For more information, contact the project lead, Dr. Sara Jahnke, at Jahnke@ndri.org or (913) 681-0300.

Thank you in advance for your time and effort.

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The Latest News

*Click the link below to read the review of MFD Numbered Notice 2014-30 regarding Computers, the Internet, and your employment.

*"The Register" is back! Look for the page in the drop down menu under Members.

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IAFF: The Solution to America's Retirement Crisis

Please follow the link below to view the IAFF Pension Resources Department, which provides assistance, tools and resources to help affiliates in the continuing battle to defend and protect IAFF members' hard-earned and well-deserved pension benefits.

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Classified Ads

Did you know that we have a Classified Ads page? You can use it to buy, sell, trade, request, almost anything you can think of! For instance, Melissa Floryance just posted a practically new snow blower for sale. Go there now to check it out! This tool could be a great benefit for our members... if we would just use it! Spread the word.

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Cancer Rates Among Firefighters Are Skyrocketing

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Cellular Antennas - Officer Safety

Subject: Cellular Antennas - Officer Safety
Importance: High


We were advised of the warning regarding antennas for Verizon on our Safety Building in downtown Milwaukee and the risk they pose to anyone on our roof. What is being warned to us is that anyone standing in front of or in certain proximity to them run the risk of having their internal organs super heated like food in a microwave. I also know that many private buildings in downtown Milwaukee have these antennas as well by Verizon or other cellular companies. I've attached photos of the antennas on our rooftop and the related signage.

This is not something I was really aware of until someone involved with this took the initiative to pass along the concern. I'm sure many of you have these antennas in your areas and the same hazard exists. Whether conducting surveillance from a sniper standpoint or perhaps for a protest, you may have officer that see these rooftops as a tactical vantage point. They should be aware of the hazard. I may be the minority, but the warning sign sure doesn't give me the same response/warning as someone telling me my organs may be microwaved and die.

It was an education piece for me (particularly because I haven't been on our rooftop here in probably 10 years), so I'm either sharing my ignorance or passing along something worthy of sharing that may save an officer from an unintended consequence.

By Federal law all transmitting, receiving and signal boosting antennas are to have the proper signage. This however may not be the case due to weather or lack of oversight on the host building.

The general rule of thumb is that if you are worried that the equipment may harm you and there are no signs to indicate a warning; then treat the area as if it is highly dangerous.

Tobie Weberg, Deputy Inspector
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office
SWAT Commander

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The Latest From The President's Desk

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Questions about our Health Insurance?

If you have questions regarding your benefits, unpaid bills, or problems with service, please call your health or dental plan. DO NOT call Employee Benefits until you have contacted your health or dental plan and are unable to arrive at a resolution. Employee Benefits will attempt to assist you to resolve your problem, but in no case will Employee Benefits attempt to change, question or provide a medical opinion. Remember to document all your conversations with dates, times and names. We will ask you for this information when you call our office.

If you are an ACTIVE employee, please contact the Employee Benefits Division at 286-3184, or click here to send an E-Mail message.
If you are a RETIRED employees, please contact the Employes' Retirement System at (414) 286-3689, or go to http://www.cmers.com/Benefits/Health-Insurance.htm.

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Attention: Local 215 is not handing out copies of the Engine 32 Board of Investigation. If you have any questions, please contact a principle

ALL MEMBERS: Per President Seager; Please log in and check your profile to make sure that your telephone numbers (with area codes) home address, and email address are all current. DO NOT USE YOUR DEPARTMENT EMAIL ACCOUNT! If you have that listed, please remove it and replace it with your personal email address. Also, make sure that your appointment date is entered and accurate as well as your rank, shift assignment and location is current.

If you stopped receiving your Local 215 emails, simply log in to your account, click Edit My Profile, and update your email preferences.

CLOTHING STORE: * 5.11 has made some changes to their pants and therefore changed the part numbers. 74399 is the new Company Cargo pant that replaces the 74311 Cargo. 74398 is the new Company Pant (straight leg station pant) that replaces the 74302 station pant. These are strictly part number changes, the style of the pant and materials remain the same.

*A greater supply of optional clothing is available at Local 215.

We have sweatpants, mesh shorts, long and short sleeve t-shirts, red t-shirts in long and short sleeve, cotton and wicking polos in short sleeve for firefighters. We also stock baseball hats, knit hats and skull caps. In addition I have inside and outside auto decals for Local 215 and MFD. I have limited stock of other items, if you're looking for a workshirt or sweatshirt, call ahead first. Most officer items have to be ordered but we do have some exchange items here. If you can pay by cash or check, call us.

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