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Coronavirus Update #17
Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
IAFF Delegates Elect New Officers
UPDATE: Honor Walk and Return Home of Brother Rich Pula
Denver Firefighters Local 858
Philadelphia Local 22
Union Meeting Today
Denver Firefighters Local 858
Visions Corp - Accepting Lawn Care Bids
IAFF Local 42
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For the last several weeks, Londonderry has experienced its highest number of active COVID-19 cases since the first few months of the pandemic, and after Thanksgiving, the numbers have been climbing at a faster rate than ever before. In fact, we have recorded nearly 100 cases since Thanksgiving alone. Currently, we sit at 180 active cases; our town test positivity rate is reported to be 16%, which is significantly higher than that of the state-wide positivity rate (hovering near 10%); and we rank in the “Top 5” for the most active cases in the entire state, even when the cities of Manchester, Nashua and Concord are included. Given these statistics, the prevalent community spread in Londonderry, and the danger that our hospitals and medical facilities could become overwhelmed, it is imperative that we work together to bring these numbers down.  In his capacity as Town Emergency Management Director, Fire Chief Darren O’Brien reminds and urges Londonderry residents to re-commit to, and observe, the following COVID-19 protocols:

  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering to protect yourself from getting or spreading COVID-19.

Governor Sununu has issued a Mandatory Mask Order (via Emergency Order #74), which requires that all persons over the age of 5 within the State of New Hampshire must wear a mask or cloth face covering over their noses and mouths any time they are in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, where they are unable to or do not consistently maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from persons outside their own households. A mask or cloth face coverings should be two or more layers and should be worn over the nose and mouth. This helps reduce the risk of spread both by close contact and by airborne transmission.

  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6’ and do NOT travel or attend or host social gatherings (especially indoors) with those outside of your immediate household members.

As set forth above, we are seeing a significant rise in transmission after the Thanksgiving holiday, when family and friends presumably gathered to celebrate the holiday.  As cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to increase across the state and the country, the safest way to celebrate the winter holidays is to celebrate at home with the people you live with and virtually with others via Zoom, FaceTime or other electronic means.

If you must attend any sort of social or other gathering, avoid crowded indoor spaces and ensure any indoor spaces are properly ventilated by bringing in outdoor air as much as possible. In general, being outdoors and in spaces with good ventilation reduces the risk of exposure to infectious respiratory droplets.

If you must travel, travel by car is safer than by plane, train or other public conveyance.

Finally, a reminder that wearing a cloth face covering or mask is not a substitute for physical distancing and other prevention measures.

  • Observe all relevant isolation and/or quarantine requirements (see attached), whether they be related to symptoms, exposure or travel.

DHHS has now issued a variety of isolation and quarantine requirements related to symptoms, exposures and travel.  Please see the attached FAQ document issued by DHHS which contains those guidelines and requirements and follow them so as to stop the spread.  Most importantly, any person who is experiencing even mild symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and be tested.  These symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue, chills, muscle aches, loss of taste and smell and in severe cases, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  You can now request to be tested even if you are asymptomatic.  To request a test, contact your healthcare professional or find testing options on the state COVID website:

  • Stay at home when at all possible.

The safest place for you, especially during this latest wave of the pandemic, remains at home, with your own household members.  Avoid unnecessary errands, social events/gatherings, etc.

  • Continue to practice good hand hygiene and regular cleaning.  Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Per Chief O’Brien, “This is all familiar advice; we hear it every day on the news from local, state and federal officials as well as the medical community  We as a community need to take care of each other; we’ve all become a bit lax.  I’m asking this community to stop ignoring the guidelines and re-commit to these protocols to keep each other safe.” 

Download: 12.9.18 COVID-19 EMD Press Release re current state of COVID in Londonderry.pdf
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Coronavirus Update #17
03/05/21 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
Original Article posted 03/04/2021  Covid-19 Antibody Infusion Treatment Finally after many months of trying we now have the Bamlanivimab Covid-19 Antibody treatment at the Wellness Center. If you qualify for it we can immediately start the treatment which is an IV infusion. This medication has great results in arresting the developments of Covid-19.
IAFF Delegates Elect New Officers
03/05/21 - PFFMaine
Ed "EDZO" Kelly Elected IAFF General President Jay Colbert Re-Elected IAFF 3rd District Vice-President Mark Ouellette Re-Elected IAFF Region 2 Trustee STRONG IAFF LEADERSHIP FROM IAFF DISTRICT 3 - Congrats to All! As provided in the election rules, all ballots were to be at the office of our election vendor, Survey & Ballot System (SBS) by 6:00 p.m. (ET) today, Thursday March 4, 2021.
UPDATE: Honor Walk and Return Home of Brother Rich Pula
03/04/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
We have TWO needs for Brother Pula if you are available. 
Philadelphia Local 22
03/04/21 - PPFFA
The PPFFA is proud to annouce that Philadelphia IAFF Local 22 has rejoined our association.  We are honored to represent the fine men and women of their organization, as we fight for the rights of our members in Harrisburg and around Pennsylvania.
Union Meeting Today
03/04/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Union Meeting Information Session via ZOOM   Thursdays, March 4, 2021, at 8:30 am - Click Here to get your ZOOM Link Union Meeting in-person attendance  As the numbers increase for occupancy in the Event Center, we are still not able to have full capacity.
Visions Corp - Accepting Lawn Care Bids
03/03/21 - IAFF Local 42
The Visions Building Corporation is now accepting bids for Lawn care for the grounds surrounding IAFF Local 42's Union Hall, located at 6320 Manchester Ave., Kansas City, MO 64133. If you are interested in submitting a bid please contact Eric Rose, Secretary-Treasurer of IAFF Local 42 at 816.605.5083 or via E-mail:
Monday Morning Headlines
03/02/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Good Morning This week,  Honor Watch for Brother Pula Women's History Month Union Meeting & Information Session 3/3 & 3/4 Collective Bargaining Survey HealthCare Update National Firefighter Ski Races
2021 Scholarship Applications Posted
03/01/21 - New London Fire Fighters
2021 Dr. Wies and John O'Connor Scholarship applications have been posted to the Scholarship page found in the menu above.
Women's History Month | March 2021
03/01/21 - IAFF Local 21
We are all products of our life experiences. Our gender, our religion, our race, our ethnic background, our sexual orientation, where we grew up, along with many other factors, contributes to who we are and what we value. We are often different in many ways from the individuals we work with, side by side, day after day. Our workplaces are characterized by this diversity.
03/01/21 - Suncoast Firefighters
KCFD Marker Event Dedication
03/01/21 - IAFF Local 42
Brother Rich Pula
03/01/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
It is with great sadness we inform you of the passing of Retired Lieutenant Rich Pula. Rich was born on December 1, 1970 and was hired on August 16, 2002. He was promoted to Lieutenant in October of 2010 and retired in July 2018. Rich was diagnosed with Cancer in 2015. Rich passed away this morning with family and friends at his bed side.
Funeral Arrangements - President Emeritus Raymond D. Shea
02/28/21 - UPFFA
Friday Update 2-26-21
02/27/21 - IAFF Local 1014
Crews called to fire in Springfield on Saturday morning
02/27/21 - IAFF Local 648
Crews called to fire in Springfield on Saturday morning HAMPDEN COUNTY by: Sofía Hernández Carrillo Posted: Feb 27, 2021 / 11:34 AM EST / Updated: Feb 27, 2021 / 12:42 PM EST (Photo Credit: Springfield Fire Department) SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Crews were called to a fire on 539 Nassau Dr.
Local 21 Regrets to Announce the Passing of Retired Captain Roger Beesley
02/26/21 - IAFF Local 21
Local 21 regrets to announce the passing of retired Fire Captain Roger Beesley. Captain Beesley started with the Saint Paul Fire Department on December 1st, 1948.  He was promoted to Fire Captain on August 1st, 1958. Captain Beesley retired in the mid 1980's as Captain of Ladder 07 on the B Shift. Roger passed away at the age of 94.
Rich Pula Update
02/26/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Brothers and Sisters, Our Brother Rich Pula’s health has drastically declined. He spent the last 2 weeks in the hospital and has returned home as of yesterday, now in the care of hospice. Unfortunately, it is hard for him to eat, drink, or even talk. Close friends are with him and working around the clock to keep him comfortable.
02/26/21 - IAFF Local 1164
      We are so grateful to our City of Livonia leadership and employees, our Livonia Fire & Rescue firefighters and paramedics and our Livonia Police Department and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers for their support and dedication! Our #VaccinateLivonia initiative would not be possible without them.
Livonia operates city-run COVID-19 vaccination clinic
02/26/21 - IAFF Local 1164
LIVONIA, Mich (WXYZ) — It’s day three of vaccinations at the Livonia Civic Park Senior Center, and those with appointments are getting in line to get their shot. “Oh we’re excited," said Livonia resident Ilene Suchora. "We’re excited. We’ve been waiting for it.
Female Firefighter Reproductive Cancer Coverage
02/25/21 - PFFMaine
On Wednesday, February 17th, 2012 first responders testified in support of a bill that would provide more protections under the workers' compensation system for fire fighters who contract reproductive cancers due to their employment. LD 213, sponsored by Rep.
02/24/21 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
Courtyard by Marriott Structure Fire
02/24/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
Shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24th,Local members were dispatched to a smoke investigation at the Courtyard by Marriott near I-25 and County Line Road. The response was upgraded to a working commercial structure fire when crews confirmed there was smoke and fire in the ceiling of the swimming pool room.
Kalispell Ct. House Fire
02/24/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 4:58 p.m. on Monday, February 22nd, Local members along with members from Local 1209 responded to a reported garage fire at 5781 S. Kalispell Court in Centennial. As units were responding, a large plume of black smoke was visible from miles away.
Friday Update 2-19-21
02/24/21 - IAFF Local 1014
Local 311 Memorial
02/24/21 - IAFF Local 311
In 2020, Fire Fighters Local 311 convened a committee with the goal of planning and constructing a memorial to honor those we have lost in the line of duty over the course of our history.
Community COVID Vaccine Volunteer Opportunity
02/23/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Local 858 Members and F.I.R.E. Members, Denver Firefighters Local 858 and F.I.R.E. want to continue this great volunteer opportunity. City Council members have been pleased with our participation and would like us to continue to help get the COVID Vaccine out to the public.
Two people taken to hospital after fire in Springfield
02/22/21 - IAFF Local 648
Two people taken to hospital after fire in Springfield NEWS by: Sofía Hernández Carrillo Posted: Feb 20, 2021 / 08:13 AM EST / Updated: Feb 20, 2021 / 08:16 AM EST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Fire department was called to a fire at 106 Clarendon St 2 on Saturday morning.
Chimney fire at Indian Orchard home
02/22/21 - IAFF Local 648
Chimney fire at Indian Orchard home HAMPDEN COUNTY by: Tony Fay Posted: Feb 22, 2021 / 05:38 AM EST / Updated: Feb 22, 2021 / 05:38 AM EST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield firefighters put out a chimney fire at a home in the city’s Indian Orchard neighborhood early Monday morning.
Powhaton Road Brush Fire
02/21/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 3:24 p.m. on Saturday, February 20th, Local 2086 and 1290 members responded to a grass fire along the west side of Powhaton Road just north of County Line Road. Gusty winds from the approaching cold front were pushing the fire south and west toward homes. Members began initial fire attack from the road while additional units were sent into the neighborhood for structure protection, if needed.
Engineer John Wood Sr. Memorial
02/21/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
On Saturday morning, February 20th, Local members honored the memory of Engineer John Wood Sr. On February 20, 1981 Engineer Wood was operating a brush truck on the scene of a large wildland fire east of Pine Drive and north of Mainstreet near Parker when he tragically suffered a heart attack and died.
Kit Carson Dr. Garage Fire
02/19/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 1:33 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2021, Local members responded to a report of smoke inside the home at 7780 S. Kit Carson Dr. in Centennial. The family safely evacuated without injuries. Members from first arriving Engine 15 reported smoke showing from the eaves and declared a working fire, prompting the dispatch of additional units.
Dallas St. Structure Fire
02/19/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 7:05 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, 2021, Members from Engine 31 were dispatched to a fire alarm activation at 5450 S. Dallas Street. Greenwood Village Police Officers were first to arrive on scene and they encountered heavy smoke inside the residence. The response was upgraded to a working structure fire and additional SMFR resources were dispatched.
Newton St. Structure Fire
02/19/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 2:25 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2021, Local members responded to several 911 calls reporting at house on fire at 5112 S. Newton Street in Littleton. First arriving Engine and Medic 11 found a large volume of smoke and fire visible from the front and rear of the home. Members advanced an attack hose line to control the flames and conducted a 360 degree walk around.
Southridge Way Structure Fire
02/19/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 2:17 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2021, Local members responded to several reports of a house fire at 6 Southridge Way in Littleton. First arriving Battalion 2 found a small single-story home with the attached garage fully engulfed. Members deployed an attack hose line and used it to prevent any additional fire damage to the living area.
02/18/21 - Suncoast Firefighters
Congrats Chief Van Helden on your retirement!!! Welcome Chief Fair.
February 20, 2021 Union Meeting Zoom Link
02/17/21 - IAFF Local F283
 Zoom Meeting  Zoom Link  Brothers and Sisters, In accordance with Motion 2021.001, the rules for conducting virtual meetings have changed. Local F- 283 has purchased a subscription and will continue to utilize the Zoom® platform (Motion 2021.
02/16/21 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
Brothers and Sisters, A few updates and reminders: - Please vote in the Local 30 Election of Officers.  Contact Brother Brandon Hugh with any ballot issues.  The voting deadline is Monday, March 1st at 12:00pm. - Please submit any proposals for Bargaining to Secretary John Magee at JLMagee76@gmail.
Our Deepest Sympathies
02/16/21 - International Association of Firefighters
Local F-147 regrets to announce the passing of James Tompey, father of Local F-147 member Joe Tompey. Mr. Tompey passed away on Monday, February 9th at Jersey Shore University Medical Center at the age of 75. Memorial visitation for Mr. Tompey will be on Friday, February 19th from 2-5 with a memorial service being held at 4:30 at the O'Brian Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35 in Wall Township.
Please Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Fraud and Scams
02/16/21 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
Please Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Fraud and Scams We have seen an increased rate of fraud and scams related to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Please be aware of fraud: If someone calls, texts, or emails you or a family member promising access to the vaccine for a fee, you should not share your personal or financial information.
National Firefighter Ski Races
02/16/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
National Fire Fighter Ski Races February 22-25, 2021 in Steamboat Springs National Firefighter Ski Races is raising money for burn injured firefighters. We’re selling chances to win a snowboard, a Colorado Firehose flag, a metal & wood American flag and a beautiful red fire helmet (pic doesn’t have the cool shield on it yet). Chances to win are $10 each or 3 for $25.
02/15/21 - Suncoast Firefighters
Monday Morning Headlines
02/15/21 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Good Monday Morning! " Lunch Time Edition"
Customer, firefighters use CPR to rescue Livonia man, 57, at car wash
02/13/21 - IAFF Local 1164
Livonia police discovered another hero when they were dispatched to a Plymouth Road car wash earlier this month. According to a police report, officers were dispatched to the 33905 Plymouth Road car wash the afternoon of Jan. 9 because of a medical emergency in progress.
Friday Update 2-12-21
02/12/21 - IAFF Local 1014
February 23, 2021: 2021 Virtual MDA Boot Camp
02/12/21 - UPFFA
Join us for this year’s 1st and 3rd District VIRTUAL MDA Boot Camp to prepare and plan for 2021  We would love for you to join us for this newly envisioned annual event to kick off the 2021 Fill The Boot Season.
IAFF Center of Excellence Trainings
02/11/21 - PFFNH
The IAFF Center of Excellence has two educational seminars coming up. Learn more below: Fire Family Dynamics: Promoting Healthy Home Lives on 2/18 https://zoom.
Cherry Creek High School Structure Fire
02/09/21 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Local members responded to a fire at Cherry Creek High School. Security reported a fire alarm activation and found flames inside a bathroom in the East Building. When members arrived, they found students evacuated, positioned apparatus on 3 sides of the building, secured water supplies from hydrants and pulled attack hose lines to the doors.

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