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Congratulations! First Class of Community Paramedics Graduated 9/25/2015

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Our very own union brother Brent R. Jones with IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger at the 2015 Wall of Honor ceremony. The names of fallen IAFF members that were added to the wall and honored on September 19, 2015 at the 29th Annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Observance can be found on the IAFF site. Copy and paste the link below to view the names.


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NOTICE: We received a message last night (September 14th) from our neighbor Joe at 615 N. Hawley Road that someone was parked over his driveway. This was for the September 14th union meeting. He called us at approx. 8:20 p.m. Please make every effort when coming to these meetings to adhere to the rules of the road. Leave proper distance for driveways and follow all street parking signs. This time he chose not to call the
police - he said he would prefer not to.

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. Be sure to scroll down and hit the "update" box to save your info.

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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Two Amicus Briefs Filed

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel's submission to the State Supreme Court in the form of an Amicus Brief has been posted in our Resource Library. This Amicus Brief identifies the erroneous decision of the appellate court in the 1st district. President Seager would like to thank AG Schimel for recognizing this and penning this brief.

Another Amicus Brief penned by the Wisconsin Law and Liberty Group has also been posted in our Resource Library. President Seager personally knows many of the individuals that work with this organization from his many hours spent in the Capitol. President Seager wishes to publicly thank them as well.

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Summer Camp - Burn Center Golf Invitational

Battalion Chief Snyder would like to "...personally thank all who purchased a square on one of the 50/50 raffle boards that the Battalion Chiefs have been bringing around the last few weeks. The funds raised go directly to Columbia-St. Mary's Burn Center and the Burn Camp.

This is the 27th year of this event and we have raised over $2 million dollars in that time. These two organizations have brought healing and relief to many people for many years. We would like to see a day when neither entity is necessary, but until then, it's events like this that help give support to people who have experienced a horrible tragedy.

Please take the time to look at this video link and see exactly how much our efforts are appreciated. It's five minutes of your time that you won't regret giving up."

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MFD Softball Team Results - Congratulations!

On Aug 8th Local 215 sent a softball team to Madison (for the first time) to Compete in the PFFW softball tournament. Milwaukee's team represented well, taking 3rd out of a 23 team tournament. Below is the team.

Back row (L-R)
Tom Hamberger, Steve Scherer, Dustin Herring, Brian Glancey, Pat McGarry, Rich Krygiel, Luis Marquez
Front Row (L-R)
Chris Vogt, Josh Gudgeon, Tim Heling, Bill Code, Casey Kerwin, Matt Austin, Jim Malecki

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13th Annual Local 215 Packer Party for the Burn Camp!

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Reading Smoke - Behavioral Health Seminar

This information is being sent on behalf of Jason Mims, Health and Safety Officer for the Milwaukee Fire Department.

I thank you in advance for the next five, valuable, minutes to address this very important subject of firefighter behavioral health and the opportunity that is available to us in Wisconsin. According to the American Addiction Centers, the incidence of substance abuse in the fire service is upwards of 25-30%, compared to 7-9% within the general population. Substance abuse is commonly known as a co-morbidity to a number of the mental health conditions that are inherent to firefighting, such as depression or PTSD. This probably comes as no surprise to you; we can all acknowledge that substance abuse has always existed in the fire service. In today’s fire service, taking care of a member in need now means getting the firefighter professional help and peer support, vs just covering for them. We know that without the appropriate treatment and preventive programs, firefighters in need will continue to face loss of family, job, and life, it does not have to be this way.

Implementing a, substance abuse program is still a very new concept for departments. What factors, inherent to the fire service, lead to substance abuse, how does substance abuse impact the fire departments, what are the available resources to departments and how to take advantage of them? All these questions and more are going to be addressed, from leaders in the substance abuse arena for the fire service, in Reading Smoke, Taking Care of Our Own in the Fire Service. No matter where your current substance abuse and behavioral health program is you will be able to gain great resources from this event. We encourage each department to have a joint labor management representation attend this seminar in Milwaukee on September 16th. Please review the attached brochure and pass it on to those responsible for the behavioral health of your department and anyone else you think would be interested. Continue to be safe, and Guard Your Health.

Jason Mims
Health and Safety Officer
Milwaukee Fire Department

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MFD Supports Susan G. Komen of SE WI

The Milwaukee Fire Department not only fights fires, but also fights breast cancer. How? By selling t-shirts. This simple act helped people like Milwaukee native Tiffany Dotson, 35. Due to her rigorous treatment, she was unable to work for six months, which meant she would not have a steady income to help pay the bills.

It is because of people like these firefighters who raise money for Susan G. Komen that Tiffany was able to get help on her copays and other payments so she could focus on winning the fight with breast cancer rather than worrying about how she will pay for it all financially.

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Assistance To Firefighters Grants Success Stories

Read the story of how the Milwaukee Fire Department successfully applied for a 2012 AFG Grant for Wellness & Fitness activities.

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Residency Update

Brothers and sisters,

Over the course of the last two weeks we have engaged the city of Milwaukee in discussion regarding the Appellate Court decision. We have reached an agreement with the city of Milwaukee that entails the following:

The Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association and the City have agreed that the City will NOT enforce its Residency Rule during the Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association appeal to the Supreme Court as follows:

1. Unless and until the Supreme Court refuses to take the case; or
2. If the Supreme Court does take the case, unless and until the Court rules in the City’s favor.

In summation, this puts Local 215 members in the exact same place as they were throughout the Circuit Court and Court of Appeals Litigation.

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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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