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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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Donovan Announcement/Fundraiser


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Fire Service Tribute Ride


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Warm Up Winter


WOW – “Warm Up Winter” fundraising was a huge success! The preliminary total raised is $85,000. The department-wide efforts over the three-day campaign to raise funds on June 26, 27, and 28 were nothing short of AMAZING. I applaud all who participated, from organizing the event to holding that boot and enthusiastically asking for donations for this worthy cause. Your commitment to go above and beyond, along with the spontaneous generosity of others, made this happen.

Once again we are reminded what we can accomplish as a TEAM. Thank you for your enthusiasm; thank you for your dedication to the families of our community. Know that your efforts will certainly bring smiles to the children’s faces when they are presented with a new warm coat come winter, and some peace of mind to the parents who will know their children are warm on their way to school; such a fundamental need being met.

You made a difference - THANK YOU!

Mark Rohlfing
Fire Chief
Milwaukee Fire Department


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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

Group,

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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Update from FF Jeffrey Moore


I hope this letter finds you well. Since initially contacting you regarding a cross-country firefighter bicycle ride for this summer, I have received many positive responses from fire departments all over the country. I am now sending out one broad email to inform you of some updates and more information regarding the trip. I have talked with some of you recently and others not since February or March, but because I've received so many different contacts for places all over the country, I am sending out this same email to everyone, and I will follow up with contacts in specific areas regarding the more detailed logistics.

First, I appreciate your help! Thank you. I am still committed to the this trip, and I have allotted time from July to September to travel. Unfortunately, I do not have an exact departure date yet. I need to finish up a few more commitments here in Madison before establishing an exact start date, but I plan on having that information ready by June 18, and I will contact you then with a more finalized timeline. For now I am tentatively planning to depart San Francisco the first week of July, and will be arriving at some of these larger cities - Denver (approx late July), Kansas City (approx late July, early August), Chicago (approx mid August), Columbus, OH (approx late August) and Washington, D.C. (approx early September). My goal is to arrive in New York City on September 9.

I've developed a website and facebook page for the ride, and the links are below. I plan on promoting the trip and keeping others up to date through the website.

http://fireservicetributeride.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/fireservicetributeride

Throughout the entire trip I will have access to my cell phone and email accounts, and I will have friends and family monitoring the email accounts also, so they may contact some of you through my email to determine some of the more detailed logistics. With some flexibility, good planning and maybe a little luck, I hope to keep a good schedule from fire station to fire station.

Many fire department personnel have passed along the ride info to other firefighters, chiefs associations, union representatives, bike clubs, businesses and other community members, and I really appreciate that. Some have also contacted other fire departments along the route to set up lunch visits and help break up the hours of riding. Many have also expressed an interest in contacting local media to promote the trip and raise awareness for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and I am appreciative of that also. If there is anything that I can do to help promote a good image for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation or your own fire department, please ask and I will do my best! Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments, questions or concerns. I am also open to any route ideas, local biking tips, other general information or any other riders who are willing to join.

Thank you for your help, and I look forward to working with you more and visiting your fire department. I will contact you further around June 18 with a more specific travel timeline.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Moore


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Attention Bicycle Enthusiasts

Below is a PDF of a letter the Chief received recently from a firefighter (Jeffrey Moore) from the Town of Madison. FF Moore is asking for support of his cross-country bike tour; specifically the MFD, to spend the night in a firehouse on his way through and to possibly excite MFD riders to join him for part of the leg of the journey.

Chief Rohlfing, AC Washington, and President Seager have approved an overnight stay. If you have any thoughts, ideas, correspondence, or suggestions for FF Moore, please forward them to Alice at the union office.

Also, I received this email comment:

I am a Firefighter/Engineer for the City of Healdsburg, CA and my wife Debbie and I are competing in the Race Across America (RAAM) as a 2-person relay to raise awareness of Fallen Firefighters across the country and raise money for The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). The bicycle race covers 3000 miles across 12 states and climbs over 170,000 vertical feet. We will be making forward progress 24 hours a day until we reach the finish line within the 9-day time limit. We are reaching out to IAFF Locals across the country to raise a minimum of $100,000 by May 1, 2014. Please donate to help accomplish our mission! For more information about us, the race, and of course to donate, please visit our website (www.TeamAlbers.com) Donations can also be made by check to Team Albers benefiting NFFF and addressed to 916 Sunset Dr. Healdsburg, CA 95448. We appreciate your donation and support!! Sincerely, Team Albers benefiting NFFF


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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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Miscellaneous

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

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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