The IAFF Podcast
Labor-Management Relations: Navigating Cancer in the Fire Service

Labor-Management Relations: Navigating Cancer in the Fire Service

January 18, 2021

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In this episode, Mark and Doug talk with Garland, TX Local 1293 President Bill Crews and Fire Chief Mark Lee about the benefits of having a positive labor/management relationship in place to strengthen cancer prevention efforts and take care of members when they are diagnosed.

 

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The Firefighter Cancer Support Network: Bryan Frieders

The Firefighter Cancer Support Network: Bryan Frieders

January 11, 2021

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Mark and Doug are joined by Bryan Frieders, president of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), to discuss the organization's rise and structure, its mission to keep fire fighters safe, its alliance with the IAFF, and the resources it provides in support of fire fighters who have received that dreaded cancer diagnosis. Bryan also explains efforts being taken by the FCSN to reduce cancer exposures in the fire service. 

 

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Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month: The National Fire Fighter Registry

Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month: The National Fire Fighter Registry

January 4, 2021

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For the first week in the Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month podcast series, Doug and Mark are joined by Dr. Kenny Fent and Dr. Miriam Siegel from NIOSH to discuss the National Firefighter Registry (NFR). Listen along to better understand what the NFR is, the legislative efforts behind getting the registry created, why it was created, who can join the registry and how the registry can be used to better understand occupational cancer in the fire service.

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Oregon Burning

Oregon Burning

November 24, 2020

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In September of 2020, massive wildfires raced through Oregon and left many communities in ruins.  Oregon State Fire Fighters Council President Karl Koenig and members of his leadership team join the show to discuss the severity of the fires, the State Council and IAFF response to support our members, and the psychological and economic impact these fires will have on Oregon in the years to come.

The Situation in Atlanta

The Situation in Atlanta

September 3, 2020

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Tensions in Atlanta have been running high since the George Floyd incident gripped our nation several months ago.  During this time, Atlanta Fire Fighters have faced many challenges. From rocks thrown at fire engines to ballistic gear being issued to members, the fire fighters that protect this great city did a tremendous job of responding to the situation at hand.

Atlanta fire fighters Paul Gerdis and Andrew Anderson join the IAFF Podcast to discuss the situation in their city, how its fire fighters continued to respond amid the challenges they faced and how despite their differences, they all came together to keep their city safe.

The IAFF/MDA Partnership: More Than Just Fill the Boot

The IAFF/MDA Partnership: More Than Just Fill the Boot

August 26, 2020

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The International Association of Fire Fighters and the Muscular Dystrophy Association enjoy a partnership that has lasted for 66 years.  Over this time, the IAFF has raised over $670 million for MDA.

IAFF/MDA National Coordinator Roger Lopez joins the IAFF Podcast to discuss the relationship, all of the services the IAFF provides beyond filling the boot and the new virtual fill the boot drive being held online because of COVID-19.

To participate in the IAFF virtual Fill the Boot campaign, visit www.mda.org/ftb.

 

The Tough Discussion on Diversity in the Fire Service

The Tough Discussion on Diversity in the Fire Service

July 30, 2020

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Jim Ridley, IAFF Assistant to the General President for Education and Human Relations, and Robert Sanchez, President of the New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association, engage in a frank discussion about racism they have encountered coming up in the fire service, the steps leaders can take to make their locals and departments more inclusive to all, and the IAFF programs they can use to make it happen.

The IAFF’s Role In Making Wildland Fire Fighting Safer

The IAFF’s Role In Making Wildland Fire Fighting Safer

June 25, 2020

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Our latest episode features Rick Swan, a 33 year veteran of CAL FIRE who now serves as the IAFF Director of Health and Safety Services.  In his duties, Rick oversees the implementation of the IAFF's new Wildland fire training program and advocates for better safety initiatives for fire fighters working in the wildland urban interface.

Rick talks about his time at CAL FIRE, the size and complexity of wildfires, and the 2020 wildfire season. 

I am a Fire Fighter… And I Had COVID-19

I am a Fire Fighter… And I Had COVID-19

June 17, 2020

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Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Captain and IAFF Local 1664 member Larry Lofland joins the show to discuss his vicious battle with COVID-19, what he actually remembers from it, and how it affected his family. Also joining the show is Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1664 President Jeff Buddle to discuss the union's role in assisting Captain Lofland in his time of need.

LAFD: The Boyd Street Incident

LAFD: The Boyd Street Incident

June 9, 2020

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A powerful discussion about the May 16th explosion in a downtown Los Angeles pot shop that injured 12 LAFD/Local 112 members. Captain Scott Barkley and Fire Apparatus Operator Ian Soriano walk through us through the incident, the injuries they sustained and their road to eventual recovery.

IAFF 10th District Vice President Frank Lima and UFLAC Local 112 President Freddy Escobar also speak on their response as IAFF leaders to support their injured members and families in their time of need.

To assist the families of the 12 injured fire fighters, please visit www.uflac.org/charitable.

 

 

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