West Valley City Firefighters, IAFF 2970

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Union Meetings 
Meeting to be held at Station 74 @ 0730 unless noted
E-Board meeting to follow the regular meeting
April 13th (B)
2017 Meetings
May 9th (C), Jun 22nd (A), July - No Meeting, Aug 11th (B), Sept 6th (C), Oct 20th (A), Nov 21st (B), Dec - No Meeting

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

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2017 James R. Judd Professional Fire Fighters Convention
April 19 - 21 at Embassy Suites / West Valley
Hosted by: PFFU District 4
Everyone is welcome to attend classes
(subject to change)
Wednesday April 19th, 2017
Training Day
0800 Political Training for Professional Firefighters DVP's Allred/Quinn/Sego Strategies
0945 Break
1000 Political Training for Professional Firefighters DVP's Allred/Quinn/Sego Strategies
1200 Lunch
1315 Workers Compensation for the Union Members DVP Hatch/PFFU Pension Rep Peterson
1500 Break
1515 Benefits and the PFFU DVP Williams/L 4892 Winder
1600 Round table Discussion and Panel All Professional Firefighters Interested
1715 Close of Training Day
Class Descriptions
Political Training for Professional Firefighters-will explain the importance of Political Action and how to get involved in Political Action.  How does the legislative process work in Utah and how to be more involved in Local and State level politics. This will give you a better understanding of the political climate and processes that are involved in making laws and issues that affect our members.

Workers Compensation for the Union Member-will explain the workers compensation process and how it effects your pension. Will give a guide into assist members who are injured on the job with helpful insight on do's and don'ts.  We work in a dangerous occupation and you need to know how the process works.

Benefits and the PFFU-will explain on what steps are being taken by the PFFU regarding acquiring more comprehensive benefits and how you can be involved in this process.

Round table Discussion-will be an open question comment period where you can ask question regarding situations that have arisen and together we can provide options and learn from each others past and present situations. 
Thursday 20th
Business Day
0900 Opening Ceremonies                                                           
Presentation of the Colors PFFU District 4 Combined Honor Guard
Utah Firefighters Emerald Society
Welcome Remarks - PFFU DVP and L2970 President Hatch 
West Valley City Fire Department Fire Chief John Evans
Guest Speaker
Excused Guests
0930 Convention Business - PFFU President Jack Tidrow
Call to Order, Credential Reporting and Committee Assignments          
0945 IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger
IAFF General Secretary/Treasurer Edward Kelly
1045 Break sponsored by Title Sponsor IASIS HEALTHCARE
1100 IAFF Financial Corporation and Nationwide Financial
1130 Utah AFL-CIO President Dale Cox
1200 Lunch Recess
1330 University of Utah Burn Camp Report - Brad Wiggins and Kristen Quinn
1430 District Reports by PFFU District 1 and District 2
1500 Break sponsored by Utah Disaster Kleenup
1515 Nominations for Office (PFFU President, District 1, 3, and 5)
1530 Legislative Report by Sego Strategies and PFFU President Jack Tidrow
1615 District Reports by PFFU District 3
1630 Convention Business and Committee Reports
1715 Points of Personal Privilege
1730 Recess
Friday 21st
Business Day
0830 Convention Business - PFFU President Jack Tidrow
Points of Personal Privilege
0900 IAFF 9th District Vice President Ray Rahne
1000 IAFF Legislative Conference Report DVP Allred
IAFF Affiliate Leadership Conference Report
1030 Break Sponsored by Alpine Cleaning and Restoration Specialists
1115 District Reports by PFFU District 4 and 5
1200 Lunch Recess
1330 Pension Report/Education - PFFU Pension Rep Marty Peterson
1430 Elections
1500 Break Sponsored by
1515 Muscular Dystrophy Association Presentation
1545 Firefighters Cancer Support Network - Michael Conn
1615 Convention Business and Committee Reports
Points of Personal Privilege
1700 Recess
1800 Reception
1900 Banquet
The Convention concludes following the banquet. There will be no Saturday business.

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Lucky 13 
135 West 1300 South in SLC
The next lunch get together is Monday April 10th (C) at 11:30ish.
May 8th (B), Jun 12th (B), Jul 10th (A), Aug 14th (C), Sept 11th (B), Oct 9th (A), Nov 13th (A), Dec 11th (C)
*2nd Monday of the Month 

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Pipe and Drum practice

When / Where
*Starting in May practices will be held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month
Tuesday March 21st 2017
(Will be listed on the UFES Facebook page or UFES website)
UFES Board/Members meeting: 6:00pm (1st practice of ODD months only)
Beginner / Intermediate practice chanter: 7:00pm
Drum Practice:  7:00pm
Beginning Bagpipes: 7:30pm
Band rehearsal: 8:00pm
Sectional Groups: 8:30pm
Done at 10:00pm

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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2017 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial


September 16, 2017
Colorado Springs, Colorado

The 31st IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial service will be broadcast live via streaming video on Saturday, September 16. The ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado, officially begins at 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time.

At this year's memorial service, the IAFF will add 195 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.


2016 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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