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IAFF 4TH Annual Minnesota / Wisconsin Burn Fund Golf Outing

5th District Partnership Education Program

Register now to get your choice of workshops for the 5th District Partnership Education Program (PEP) event, scheduled for May 19-20, 2016, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Workshops will be offered in three tracks. Space is limited to 50 participants at each workshop, so early registration is strongly encouraged.

Workshops Tracks:

Health and Safety

  • Introduction to Behavioral Health
  • Cancer Awareness: Tools for Affiliate Leaders
  • Staffing for Safety: An Introduction
  • Making It Work: Addressing Work/Family Issues

Local Union Administration

  • Local Union Administration
  • Budgeting for Local Unions
  • Increasing Membership Participation
  • Generational Differences

Political Action

  • Introduction to Political Action
  • Lobbying 101: Understanding the Local Legislative Process
  • Establishing and Maintaining a PAC
  • Building Coalitions

Registration is $135. Workshops begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 19 and conclude at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20.

For more detailed information regarding the agenda and individual workshops, visit the conference website or download a brochure.

Book your room at the Inter Continental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel. The discounted IAFF room rate is $159/night, plus tax.

For additional information, contact the IAFF Education Department at (202) 824-1533 or

IAFF 3rd District VP Michael Mullane Passes Away

The recent passing of IAFF 3rd District Vice President A. Michael Mullane is a loss felt throughout the IAFF.

“Michael was a fighter,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “He would be the first to stand up and lead on any issue that had to do with IAFF members and their families. He did it for more than three decades, on the frontlines, fighting on behalf professional fire fighters and paramedics throughout the IAFF’s 3rd District, never backing down until victory was at hand. He will forever be missed.”

Mullane began his service as a Boston fire fighter, serving the city and its citizens for more than 40 years. During his time with the Boston Fire Department, he was also a proud member of Boston Local 718, serving as its president for many years.

Mullane represented the 3rd District for more than 30 years, making him the longest-serving IAFF Executive Board member. 

“Stories of Michael will be told for years,” Schaitberger adds. “Across our International, he will be remembered as a tough negotiator and lobbyist, as a mentor, and for his selfless dedication to taking care of fellow fire fighters, especially widows and children of the fallen. To him, there wasn’t a nobler mission than to ensure that the families of the fallen were protected in a time of such great loss.”

Mullane helped create the Boston Firefighters Children's Fund, which donates to Boston residents who have suffered a fire and sustained losses, especially around Christmas.

Mullane, 68, died January 1 surrounded by friends and family.

Funeral Services

Arrangements for 3rd District Vice President A. Michael Mullane are as follows: the Wake will be held Thursday, January 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester, Massachusetts. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 8 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Brendan’s Church, 589 Gallivan Boulevard, Dorchester, Massachusetts. There will be a Coalition after the service at Florian Hall.

Members should report to District Fire Chief Robert Dowling at St. Brendan’s Church at 8:30 a.m on January 8. Uniform of the day is Class A uniforms. The staging area for parking will be located at the Heritage Hall and the Park & Ride Lot at 114 Granite Ave, Milton, MA. Buses will transport members from staging to the church and back to the staging area after the services.

Rooms are available at the following hotels:

InterContinental Boston
510 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA
Room rate is $199 - call (866) 378-0533 and use code Y9Q. The room block is under Mullane Funeral and International Association of Fire Fighters

Best Western Adams Inn
29 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 
(617) 328-1500

Comfort Inn
900 Morrissey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA
(617) 287-9200

Ramada Boston
800 Morrissey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA
(617) 287-9100

Doubletree Club by Hilton Hotel
240 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 
(617) 822-3600

Donations in Mullane's memory should be sent to the IAFF 718 Children's Fund.

For additional information, contact Boston Firefighters Local 718 at (617) 288-2100 or visit

Message From General President Schaitberger

January 1, 2016 - It is with profound sadness that I inform you that our beloved Brother A. Michael Mullane passed away early this morning, January 1, 2016.

Michael was the longest-serving member of our great union’s Executive Board, representing IAFF members in the 3rd District for over 30 years as our District Vice President. He was also one of the greatest champions of all of our members and workers everywhere that this union and our labor movement will ever know. 

All of our thoughts and prayers go out to Elaine, Neal Jr. and Michael's personal family, as well as his Boston Local 718 and IAFF extended family. 

There will be so much to say about this extraordinary man. We have already begun the process of assisting with the plans to celebrate and honor Michael's life and incredible career. We will keep you informed.

Stay Safe,

Harold A. Schaitberger
General President

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. 

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