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April 26, 2017
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5th District PEP Event
Go to Member Home to register for the 2017 5th District PEP event being held in St. Paul, MN May 16 & 17.
Operation Warm With St. Paul Local 21

Members of Saint Paul Local 21 and 5th District Vice President Tom Thornberg  outfitted hundreds of Dayton’s Bluff students with brand new winter coats, thanks to Saint Paul firefighters as part of Operation Warm. Local firefighters partnered with the program and fundraised to personally fit the students with new coats.  


The IAFF Frontline App - Don't Leave Home Without It

All of the information you get from the IAFF web site is now available for your mobile device or tablet, wherever you are. The IAFF Frontline app lets you submit a change of address, request a membership card and much, much more.

Once you log in, you will have access to all members-only programs and services – all at your fingertips. New content and information is added continually, keeping you up to date. 

Download it today! The Frontline App is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Search for IAFF Frontline and download the app for your mobile device. 

Hatch Act Amended
Working with the bipartisan team of Senator Dan Akaka (D-HI) and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the IAFF secured passage of legislation repealing a federal law that prohibits fire fighters from running for political office if their employer received federal funds. The Hatch Act bars political activity by federal workers, but one provision extends this restriction to state and local government employees whose jobs involve duties that are funded with federal grants, including the FIRE Act and SAFER grant programs.

While some fire fighters will remain covered by similar state restrictions, often referred to as “mini-Hatch Acts,” municipal fire fighters will no longer be barred from seeking office under federal law.
PSOB Expanded
Enacted during the Lame Duck session was an important expansion of the Public Safety Officers Benefit program. Previously, families of fire fighters who die from heart attacks and strokes were eligible to receive the PSOB, but the Department of Justice narrowly interpreted that language and excluded deaths caused by aneurysms. The new law, which was championed by Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT), expands the definition of cardiovascular disease to include vascular ruptures caused by aneurysms.

Summing up the 112th Congress, IAFF Assistant to the General President Kevin O’Connor calls it “the most chaotic and contentious legislative session I have ever witnessed.” But he adds, “Our success in the final days proves just how much can be accomplished when you are willing to put politics aside. Even in the midst of partisan warfare, we lobby not as Democrats or Republicans, but as fire fighters.”
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