West Valley City Firefighters, IAFF 2970

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The members of Local 2970 E-Board have voted unanimously to endorse Ed "Edzo" Kelly for the office of General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters 2021.


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Outstanding work by our International Association of Fire Fighters staff (IAFF), who have prepared a GIS Study for the West Valley Professional Firefighters.  Feel free to take a look.


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Union Meetings 
Meeting to be held at Station 74 @ 0730 unless noted
E-Board meeting to follow the regular meeting
November - Monday 23rd (B)
2020 Meetings
Dec-  No Meeting

*Agenda Items must be submitted to the Local's Secretary no later than 7 days prior to the meeting
(Download and fill it out)

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IAFF Dispatch Special Edition

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The new IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is providing treatment and support exclusively to members struggling with addiction, PTSD, substance abuse, anxiety and depression. This webinar explains what members who need help can expect -- from their first call to admission, and from treatment to aftercare.


General President Harold Schaitberger, IAFF
Dr. Abby Morris, Center of Excellence Medical Director
Myrrhanda Jones, Community Outreach Associate & Center of Excellence Liaison to the IAFF
Tim Craig, Center of Excellence Operations Director

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Lucky 13 
135 West 1300 South in SLC
The next lunch get together is Monday November 9th (A) at 11:30ish.
2020 Dates
December 14th (C) 
*2nd Monday of the Month 

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Pipe and Drum practice

When / Where
Practices will be held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month
(Will be listed on the UFES Facebook page or UFES website)
UFES Board/Members meeting: 6:00pm (1st practice of ODD months only)
Warm up / tune up / maintenance: 7:00pm
Full group rehearsal: 7:15pm
A band rehearsal & B band rehearsal: 8:00pm
Beginner on chanters / drums: 8:30pm


Informal band practice will be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month
UFA Station 101 or 106
(Check the UFES website)

All members interested are encouraged to come to practice
Please visit our beginner page at utahfes.org under the Pipes and Drums tab for info on needed equipment to get started.

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Union 30 Year Anniversary Challenge Coin
$10 each - shipping included



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NIOSH Study Reinforces Link Between Fire Fighting and Cancer

October 17, 2013 – A new study conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on mortality and cancer incidence in career fire fighters shows an elevated risk of several types of cancer - and of all cancers combined - compared to the general U.S. population.  

The just-released study, published in the Occupational & Environmental Medicine, is among the largest examining cancer risk in career fire fighters, with a study population of 30,000 fire fighters from IAFF locals in Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. 

The study identified higher incidence rates of cancers of the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems, which suggest that fire fighters are more likely to develop these cancers compared to the general U.S. population. The incidence rate of mesothelioma was two times greater among fire fighters compared to the general population, indicating likely occupational exposures to asbestos, the known cause of mesothelioma.

These findings are consistent with previous, smaller studies assessing the cancer risk in fire fighters. The large study population and follow up for the NIOSH study strengthen the evidence for the relationship between fire fighting and cancer, and provides further support for the IAFF position that fire fighters are at increased risk of cancer due to occupational exposures to carcinogens.  The data also supports the ongoing need for cancer presumptive legislation, which entitles fire fighters diagnosed with certain cancers to disability retirement benefits and workers compensation benefits.

This study will serve as a foundation for ongoing analyses of fire fighter cancer risks. The next phase of the study will look at employment histories to learn more about the relationship between occupational exposures and cancer risk.

Fire fighters can be exposed to carcinogens during fire suppression, overhaul activities and in the firehouse. Occupational carcinogens include diesel exhaust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and various combustion byproducts found in smoke. Exposures can occur through inhalation of smoke or diesel exhaust, and skin exposure can occur through contaminated personal protective equipment and turnout gear. 

To reduce your overall risk of exposure:

  • Shower after returning from a fire

  • Use SCBA during overhaul activities

  • Perform gross field decontamination of PPE to remove as much soot and particulates as possible

  • Clean your PPE (i.e., gloves, hood and helmet) after a fire

  • Store PPE in dedicated storage areas and not in living quarters

For more information about cancer presumptive legislation efforts, click here.

The authors of the study presented preliminary results at the 2013 IAFF John P. Redmond Symposium/Barbara Symposium in Denver, Colorado. To view the presentation, click here

This important work by NIOSH is another example of its efforts to improve the safety and health of fire fighters. These efforts, along with the efforts of the Fallen Fire Fighter Investigation and Prevention Program and the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, warrant the full support of the IAFF.

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2018 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial


September 15, 2018
Colorado Springs, Colorado

The 32nd IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 15 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At this year's memorial service, the IAFF will add 261 fallen fire fighters from the United States and Canada to the Wall of Honor.

The Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, located in the shadow of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, honors the sacrifice made by IAFF members who have given their lives in the line of duty.

The annual ceremony remains an uplifting service for the families, friends and loved ones, celebrating the lives, heroism and accomplishments of our union's bravest of the brave.


2017 Ceremony Coverage

Visit the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Online Store

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Honor Guard

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In order to help IAFF members better understand the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the IAFF has developed this "What You Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act" online information resource about the law and what it means for IAFF members.

This new resource includes:

• An overview of the Affordable Care Act
• Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs)
• An educational video about the Affordable Care Act
• Strategies for negotiating health care coverage
• Links to both government and industry sources

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IAFF 90 Years of Service

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IAFF LEGISLATIVE FACT SHEET                                  


The IAFF opposes mandatory Social Security coverage for non-covered public sector employees.


When the Social Security system was created in 1935, government employees were expressly excluded. Even when state and local governments were given the option to join the system in the 1950s, many fire departments were still legally barred from electing Social Security coverage until 1994. Because of this long exclusion from the Social Security system, local governments created pension systems for fire fighters to address their retirement needs without Social Security. An estimated 70 percent of all fire fighters are covered by pension plans that are independent of Social Security. These comprehensive plans are tailored to meet the unique needs of fire fighters by taking into consideration the early retirement ages and high rates of disability retirement that are characteristic of public safety occupations.

Throughout the1980s and 90s, Congress considered various proposals to bring all public sector workers into the Social Security system, but decided each time to maintain the current practice of allowing public employees the option to join Social Security or retain their separate pension systems.

Recently, the issue has been resurrected as a way to generate additional revenue for the Social Security Trust Fund. In 2010, two separate national commissions on reducing the deficit included identical proposals in their recommendations to bring all newly hired public employees into Social Security beginning in the year 2020.

While the need for additional revenue is the primary reason for bringing all public employees into Social Security, proponents make two additional arguments. First, they contend that most non-covered public employees qualify for Social Security benefits, either from a second job or a spouse. They argue that workers who receive Social Security benefits should be required to pay into the system throughout their career.

A second, more recent, argument contends that public pension plans are unstable, and Social Security coverage would provide public employees with retirement income if their pension plan went bankrupt.

Opponents of mandatory coverage believe that forcing all public employees into Social Security—even if it is only new hires—would undermine existing pension systems that provide superior benefits and reflect the unique circumstances of public safety work. They argue further that the overwhelming majority of public pensions are on sound financial footing, and rumors about plans going bankrupt are not supported by the facts.

Opponents also note that any influx of funding to the Social Security Trust Fund would have a negligible and temporary impact on the Fund’s long-term solvency. Moreover, Congress already fully addressed concerns about people receiving benefits without paying in their fair share. The Social Security benefits of people who also receive a pension from non-Social Security covered employment are significantly reduced.


Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) are preparing to introduce legislation that will implement the recommendations of the Deficit Commission. Among those recommendations is a proposal to bring all newly hired public employees into Social Security. Specific details of the Warner legislation are still being developed at this time.


International Association of Fire Fighters
1750 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006 • 202.737.8484 • 202.737.8418 (Fax)
Copyright © 2011 International Association of Fire Fighters.  Last Modified:  12/22/2011

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The ICMA artical starts on page 30 of the Straight Tip - link above

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