*New 2015 Vice President John Barmore now has the VP phone (690.8000) If you need to talk to former VP Dean Gonzalez, you can reach him at (828.8288)
*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.
Fuchs Review of NN 2014-30
Solar Panels and Firefighter Safety
In an article from IAFF Frontline Blog titled "Solar Panel Rooftops and Firefighters", Jim Brinkley writes "It is no secret that the solar industry is booming. Photovoltaic (PV) systems are reportedly being installed every four minutes. The number is only expected to increase with experts predicting that a system will be installed every minute and 28 seconds by 2016. In addition, the U.S. is expected to reach one million cumulative residential solar installations by that time. States like Arizona, California and New Jersey have seen rapid growth in solar energy in recent years. But what does all this mean to fire fighters?"
To read the rest of the article, copy and paste this url into your browser:
There is also a ton of information available from this site:
Here are two very informative videos that you need to watch:
Do yourself a favor and read up on this real danger to you, especially if you're on a truck crew.
The Fire Protection Research Foundation released this report titled Firefighter Safety and Emergency Response for Solar Power Systems
Cellular Antennas - Officer Safety
Subject: Cellular Antennas - Officer Safety
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
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history and has spread to multiple countries in West Africa. The first confirmed case in North America was recently reported in Dallas, Texas, where the 9-1-1 system was used to treat and transport the patient to the hospital. The patient has since died. The ambulance crew - all members of Dallas, TX Local 58 - have been taken off duty with pay and are under continuous medical observation at their homes. For more information on what you need to know about Ebola, click here.
It is highly likely that more individuals infected with Ebola will seek assistance from emergency response personnel as the disease spreads. The IAFF is urging every affiliate to conduct a "safety stand down" with their employer and review all infectious exposure policies, procedures and guidelines. You should assess your department's preparedness for responding to and caring for patients with possible symptoms of the Ebola virus and whether you have the equipment and training needed for safely responding to worst-case scenarios in potential Ebola exposures should this virus spread in the United States and Canada.
All policies, procedures and guidelines should at a minimum address the following:
•Use standard precautions, including fluid resistant and or impermeable long-sleeved gowns, single or double gloves, eye protections, leg coverings, and disposable shoe covers. The IAFF recommends N95 respirators for all patients with respiratory symptoms.
•If there is a potential exposure, or the crew thinks they have been affected, DO NOT return to the firehouse. After transport, remove the unit from service while at the hospital. If an engine and EMS unit both respond, they should stay together throughout the call to keep other fire fighters from potential contamination. Exposure reporting should be activated from the hospital or while in route to the hospital with the patient.
•Establish follow-up and reporting measures after caring for a suspected or confirmed Ebola patient.
•Develop policies for monitoring and management of EMS personnel potentially exposed to Ebola. Policies should be flexible in terms of the amount of time required for monitoring and potential isolation of exposed personnel.
•Establish sick leave policies for personnel that are non-punitive, flexible and consistent with public health guidance.
•Ensure that all personnel, including staff who are not directly employed to provide patient care but provide essential daily services, are also aware of the sick leave policies.
•Ensure that fire and EMS personnel exposed to blood, bodily fluid, secretions or excretions from a patientwith a suspected or confirmed Ebola virus immediately:
1) Stop working and wash the affected skin surfaces with soap and water and irrigate with a large amount of water or eyewash solution.
2) Contact an occupational health supervisor for assessment and access to post-exposure management services.
3) Receive medical evaluation and follow-up care as appropriate. Medical evaluations should include fever monitoring twice daily throughout the Ebola incubation period, which is two to 21 days.
•Establish return-to-work protocols according to EMS agency policy and discussions with local, state and federal public health authorities.
•Fire and EMS personnel who develop sudden onset of fever, intense weakness or muscle pains, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains or any other symptoms after an unprotected exposure should NOT report to work or, if at work, immediately stop working, isolate themselves, notify their supervisor (who should notify local and state health departments as appropriate), contact an occupational health supervisor for assessment and post-exposure management service and comply with work exclusions until they are considered no longer infectious to others.
•Identify a single occupational health representative for reporting exposures.
•Fit test all personnel for use of N95 masks and provide them, as well as appropriate eye protection.
The transmission of the Ebola virus occurs through direct contact with blood and bodily fluids of an infected person. It can also be transmitted through exposure to objects that are contaminated by the bodily fluids, such as needles. Healthcare workers, including fire fighters and EMS personnel, are at the highest risk of becoming sick because they are exposed daily to many patients with common symptoms of Ebola and other infectious diseases.
The IAFF stresses the importance of consistently using standard precautions during every patient encounter and having the proper training and equipment to safely respond to and care for individuals exhibiting signs of Ebola.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides important guidance documents, most notably the Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients With Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease and EMS Checklist for Ebola Preparedness. For more CDC infection control guidelines, click here.
For more information on what you need to know about Ebola, click here.
Fire Fighter Response to Ebola
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).
Read the article by Samantha Alexander
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.
Click Here to participate in the study
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.
Watch the video about the attack on our Pension systems!
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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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.
City of Milwaukee Health Insurance
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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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