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      Date Event Location Time
      May 31st Local 34 Golf Tournament Eagle Hill Little Rock,AR 9:00 AM
      May 9th-12th, 2018 APFF CONVENTION Little Rock
      Thursday, June 7, 2018 LOPFI Quarterly Little Rock 10:00 AM
      June 24th-27th, 2018 14th District Caucus Orange Beach, AL
      July 16th-18th, 2018 IAFF Peer Support Training Mount Magazine State Park
      Aug. 5th-10th, 2018 IAFF Convention Seattle, WA
      Aug. 16th-19th 2018 ACH Camp Sunshine Camp Aldersgate Little Rock
      Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 LOPFI Quarterly Little Rock 9:30 AM
      Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 APFF Quarterly Little Rock Local 34 Bld 12 Noon
      Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Colorado Springs, CO
      Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 LOPFI Quarterly Little Rock 9:30 AM
      Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 APFF Quarterly Little Rock Local 34 Bld 12 Noon
      On July 16-18 of 2018 the IAFF will be sending instructors to meet members from around the state at Mount Magazine State Park. Members will receive training on Peer Support counseling and how to deal with internal issues our careers create, as well as how to help each other through the tough times. For more information contact: Wade Marshall Email: wademarshall@me.
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      Download: Arkansas Peer Support Flyer.pdf
      Brothers and sisters, Just a reminder about the 26th Annual Local 34/Arkansas Children's Hospital Burn Center Golf Tournament. Attached is the registration information. Spots are filling up, so get your team together. Also, if anyone knows of a local business that may be interested in being a sponsor, contact me at (501)772-5034.
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      Download: 2018 Golf.doc
      Reminder: February 28, 2018, Tones Across North America On Wednesday, February 28, this great union will recognize its 100-year anniversary. We encourage all affiliates to help us celebrate by creating "Tones Across North America." At 2:00 p.m.
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      2018 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE ALL TOURNAMENTS WILL BE 7:00A.M.-3:00P.M., MUST BE AT RAMP BY 3:00. February 27 Lake Ouachita (crystal springs) March 6 Lake Dardanelle (Illinois Bayou Ramp) March 28 Lake Brewer (South Ramp) April 4 River (Maumelle Park Ramp) April 17th Lake Maumelle (Jolly Rogers) April 30th Greers Ferry (Devils Fork Ramp) May 10th Lake Hamilton (Fish Hatchery Ramp) May 23rd Lake Nimrod (Ramp “TBA”) June 5 Lake Brewer (South Ramp) -Classic is September 18 (location will be drawn for at the last regular tournament). -Have to fish at least 6 of the 9 tournaments to qualify for the classic. Board Contact Information Scotty Sanford 501-288-2051 Little Rock Fire Dept. Scott Stoll 501-425-8554 Little Rock Fire Dept. Dennis Mitchell 501-844-0938 Benton Fire Dept. Greg Widner 479-747-4103 Russellville Fire Dept. Luke Tischler 501-941-0348 Cabot Fire Dept.
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      Recently, Arkansas Professional Firefighters traveled to Washington D.C. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
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      After nearly two decades of working to get protections for members who get sick on the job, the Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters (APFF) have successfully lobbied for the passage of a new law that will provide line-of-duty death benefits to fire fighters who die of cancer caused by on-the-job exposure. The law is retroactive three years.

      “This is a good day for our members,” says APFF President Ed Jaros. “The Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters worked hard for the passage of this bill, and it was well worth the effort. It will go a long way toward giving peace of mind to members worried about contracting cancer.”  

      Springdale, AR Local 3007 member Bud Planchon, a 25-year veteran fire fighter, was diagnosed in 2009 with colon cancer that eventually spread to his liver. He died in April 2014.

      “He was the first member we had whose doctor said, ‘Yes, you got this because of on-the-job exposure,’” says APFF Legislative Director Wade Marshall. “It was his wish that future fire fighters who contracted occupational diseases including cancer receive some kind of protection. As this also has long been a goal of the APFF, we were determined to make it happen.”

      Past attempts to pass presumptive legislation were met with serious opposition from the Arkansas Municipal League, the Workers’ Compensation Board and some anti-worker lawmakers.

      Rather than pass a presumptive disability law, the APFF proposed legislation that would provide the same benefits already in place for other line-of-duty deaths to fire fighters who die as a result of job-related cancer. 

      The APFF wrote HB 1274 to provide families of fire fighters who die as a result of cancers proven to be more common in fire fighters than the average population with $150,000 in benefits, plus college tuition for any surviving children. Representative Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville), a longtime fire fighter supporter, agreed to be the bill’s chief sponsor and Senator Jon Woods (R-Springdale) sponsored the legislation in the senate.

      However, while in committee, some lawmakers refused to send the bill to the full House unless the word “presumption” was removed from the language. As a compromise, HB 1274 was amended to remove the word, but included the creation of a review panel. The panel will include two professional fire fighters, two volunteer fire fighters, a fire chief, an oncologist and a citizen, all to be appointed by the governor. The panel will review each claim and award the benefit to the family or beneficiaries.

      “Moving forward, we approached this bill a lot like a political campaign,” says Marshall. “We developed coalitions and got our message out through both traditional and new media. As the word got around, momentum for HB 1274 just grew.”

      The bill passed the House and the Senate and was later signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson. The bill is retroactive three years, so Bud Planchon’s family and a few others will be eligible to receive the benefit.

      The APFF now hopes to make progress on preventing occupational diseases by passing legislation requiring mandatory exhaust ventilation systems for firehouses and industrial turnout washing machines to remove carcinogens, among other protections. 

      Members of Local 4496 (Mountain Home) partnered with the local Salvation Army to raise money!

      May 29, 2014 - IAFF Local 2866 to host the Hero Half-Marathon.  The Fayetteville Fire Fighters Local 2866 will host the Hero Half-Marathon on October 18th at 10:00 am to raise funds for local charities.

      The Hero Half-Marathon includes an optional 1-Mile run in full turnout gear. 

      Event day will include both a 911 Memorial Service prior to the event, as well as post-race activities. 

      Beneficiaries of the event include:  the Cow Paddy Foundation, the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, Movies in the Park, Arkansas Special Olympics, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, ACH Camp Sunshine and the Fayetteville Firefighter Scholarship Fund.

      Registration, scheduling, volunteering and other event details can be found at the Hero Half-Marathon website.

      The Arkansas Fallen Firefighter Memorial Commemoration is set for Saturday, March 22nd at 1:00 pm.

      As a project that has been in progress for many years, the groundbreaking at the State Capitol began almost a year ago to the day in 2013. 

      Events will begin at 1:00 pm at 1 Capitol Mall, and will feature guest speaker Lt Ray McCormick from FDNY.

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      The event will be followed by an Open House for the new IAFF Local #34 (Little Rock) Lodge at 210 S. Gaines.  These same facilities are the location for the APFF Offices as well.  Drop by and see the new building!

       

       

      March 20th, 2014 --  Cpt Michael Cossey of the Maumelle Fire Department (Local 4453) is sworn in as a member of the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board.

      Appointed to the 4th position allocated for members of the Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters, Cpt Cossey was sworn in by Judge Bynum Gibson at the Drew County 10th Judicial District Courthouse.

      The Fire Services Protection Board was established at the 2003 Arkansas General Assembly by combining the Arkansas Fire Advisory Board, the Arkansas Fire Training Academy Board, and the former Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board.  The Board is tasked with setting the standards for Departments and assisting them with training programs, as well as many other tasks associated with fire departments in Arkansas.

      The 15-member Board is composed of four members of the Arkansas Association of Fire Chiefs; two from the Rural and Volunteer Firefighters Association; four from the Arkansas State Firefighters Association; four from the Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters Association; a designee from the Arkansas Forestry Commission; the Director of the ADEM; the Director of the Arkansas Fire Training Academy; and the State Fire Marshall.

      Each member serves a 3-year term.  The APFF looks forward to the quality and dedication Brother Cossey will bring to the job.

      The Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters met today at the Arkansas State Capitol. Over 50 members of the APFF, representing municipal fire fighters from all corners of the state, rallied today at the Capitol to lobby for issues affecting fire safety and fair employment of the profession.
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      The International Association of Fire Fighters Disaster Relief Fund, which was established after Hurricane Katrina under the IAFF Charitable Foundation, provides assistance to IAFF Members who suffer financial hardship during such disasters.
      Read More...
      After nearly two decades of working to get protections for members who get sick on the job, the Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters (APFF) have successfully lobbied for the passage of a new law that will provide line-of-duty death benefits to fire fighters who die of cancer caused by on-the-job exposure. The law is retroactive three years.

      “This is a good day for our members,” says APFF President Ed Jaros. “The Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters worked hard for the passage of this bill, and it was well worth the effort. It will go a long way toward giving peace of mind to members worried about contracting cancer.”  

      Springdale, AR Local 3007 member Bud Planchon, a 25-year veteran fire fighter, was diagnosed in 2009 with colon cancer that eventually spread to his liver. He died in April 2014.

      “He was the first member we had whose doctor said, ‘Yes, you got this because of on-the-job exposure,’” says APFF Legislative Director Wade Marshall. “It was his wish that future fire fighters who contracted occupational diseases including cancer receive some kind of protection. As this also has long been a goal of the APFF, we were determined to make it happen.”

      Past attempts to pass presumptive legislation were met with serious opposition from the Arkansas Municipal League, the Workers’ Compensation Board and some anti-worker lawmakers.

      Rather than pass a presumptive disability law, the APFF proposed legislation that would provide the same benefits already in place for other line-of-duty deaths to fire fighters who die as a result of job-related cancer. 

      The APFF wrote HB 1274 to provide families of fire fighters who die as a result of cancers proven to be more common in fire fighters than the average population with $150,000 in benefits, plus college tuition for any surviving children. Representative Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville), a longtime fire fighter supporter, agreed to be the bill’s chief sponsor and Senator Jon Woods (R-Springdale) sponsored the legislation in the senate.

      However, while in committee, some lawmakers refused to send the bill to the full House unless the word “presumption” was removed from the language. As a compromise, HB 1274 was amended to remove the word, but included the creation of a review panel. The panel will include two professional fire fighters, two volunteer fire fighters, a fire chief, an oncologist and a citizen, all to be appointed by the governor. The panel will review each claim and award the benefit to the family or beneficiaries.

      “Moving forward, we approached this bill a lot like a political campaign,” says Marshall. “We developed coalitions and got our message out through both traditional and new media. As the word got around, momentum for HB 1274 just grew.”

      The bill passed the House and the Senate and was later signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson. The bill is retroactive three years, so Bud Planchon’s family and a few others will be eligible to receive the benefit.

      The APFF now hopes to make progress on preventing occupational diseases by passing legislation requiring mandatory exhaust ventilation systems for firehouses and industrial turnout washing machines to remove carcinogens, among other protections. 

      Members of Local 4496 (Mountain Home) partnered with the local Salvation Army to raise money!

      May 29, 2014 - IAFF Local 2866 to host the Hero Half-Marathon.  The Fayetteville Fire Fighters Local 2866 will host the Hero Half-Marathon on October 18th at 10:00 am to raise funds for local charities.

      The Hero Half-Marathon includes an optional 1-Mile run in full turnout gear. 

      Event day will include both a 911 Memorial Service prior to the event, as well as post-race activities. 

      Beneficiaries of the event include:  the Cow Paddy Foundation, the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, Movies in the Park, Arkansas Special Olympics, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, ACH Camp Sunshine and the Fayetteville Firefighter Scholarship Fund.

      Registration, scheduling, volunteering and other event details can be found at the Hero Half-Marathon website.

      The Arkansas Fallen Firefighter Memorial Commemoration is set for Saturday, March 22nd at 1:00 pm.

      As a project that has been in progress for many years, the groundbreaking at the State Capitol began almost a year ago to the day in 2013. 

      Events will begin at 1:00 pm at 1 Capitol Mall, and will feature guest speaker Lt Ray McCormick from FDNY.

      --

      The event will be followed by an Open House for the new IAFF Local #34 (Little Rock) Lodge at 210 S. Gaines.  These same facilities are the location for the APFF Offices as well.  Drop by and see the new building!

       

       

      March 20th, 2014 --  Cpt Michael Cossey of the Maumelle Fire Department (Local 4453) is sworn in as a member of the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board.

      Appointed to the 4th position allocated for members of the Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters, Cpt Cossey was sworn in by Judge Bynum Gibson at the Drew County 10th Judicial District Courthouse.

      The Fire Services Protection Board was established at the 2003 Arkansas General Assembly by combining the Arkansas Fire Advisory Board, the Arkansas Fire Training Academy Board, and the former Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board.  The Board is tasked with setting the standards for Departments and assisting them with training programs, as well as many other tasks associated with fire departments in Arkansas.

      The 15-member Board is composed of four members of the Arkansas Association of Fire Chiefs; two from the Rural and Volunteer Firefighters Association; four from the Arkansas State Firefighters Association; four from the Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters Association; a designee from the Arkansas Forestry Commission; the Director of the ADEM; the Director of the Arkansas Fire Training Academy; and the State Fire Marshall.

      Each member serves a 3-year term.  The APFF looks forward to the quality and dedication Brother Cossey will bring to the job.

      The Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters met today at the Arkansas State Capitol. Over 50 members of the APFF, representing municipal fire fighters from all corners of the state, rallied today at the Capitol to lobby for issues affecting fire safety and fair employment of the profession.
      Read More...
      The International Association of Fire Fighters Disaster Relief Fund, which was established after Hurricane Katrina under the IAFF Charitable Foundation, provides assistance to IAFF Members who suffer financial hardship during such disasters.
      Read More...

      It is with a heavy heart that the APFF reports that the Pine Bluff Fire Department has lost one of it's members in a tragic vehicle accident on Thursday, April 11th.

      Pine Bluff Fire Fighter Caleb Satterlee was driving along US Highway 425 North at the Drew and Lincoln counties line when he lost control of his vehicle and spun out.  His vehicle crossed the center line into oncoming traffic where it was struck by a tractor trailer.

      Funeral Services were conducted by the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home on Sunday, April 14th.

      Satterlee was a full-time employee with the Pine Bluff Fire Department.  Please hold his wife, Amy, and his family in your prayers.

      Oct 9, 2012 - IAFF Local 4544 (Cabot FD) and the entire 14th District mourns the devastating loss of their Local President, Marty Stumbaugh.

      On Monday, October 8th, Brother Marty Stumbaugh suffered a sudden and fatal brain aneurysm while out of state.  Brother Stumbaugh is well respected by his coworkers and the loss is very tragic.  He is survived by his wife Mindy, his daughter Macy (8) and his son Mason (2).

      Visitation will be on Thursday, October 11th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Mt Carmel Baptist Church, 163 Mt Carmel Rd in Cabot, AR (72023).  The funeral service will be on Friday, October 12th at 11:00 AM, also at the Mt Carmel Church.  Interment will follow at the cemetery across the street from the church.  The funeral services are being provided Thomas Funeral Home in Cabot.

      As can be imagined, a loss like this places a considerable financial burden on the family.   An account has been established with Arvest Bank at 510 W Main St in Cabot for those members or Locals who would like to help Marty's family in this time of loss.  Checks should be made payable to the Marty Stumbaugh Family Fund and can either be mailed directly to the bank.

      Cabot Fire Department Chief Phillip Robinson and IAFF Local 4544 wish to express their sincerest gratitude for the outpouring of support from firefighters across the state of Arkansas.

      Local 4544 Website:  IAFF Local 4544

      It is with a heavy heart that the APFF reports that the Pine Bluff Fire Department has lost one of it's members in a tragic vehicle accident on Thursday, April 11th.

      Pine Bluff Fire Fighter Caleb Satterlee was driving along US Highway 425 North at the Drew and Lincoln counties line when he lost control of his vehicle and spun out.  His vehicle crossed the center line into oncoming traffic where it was struck by a tractor trailer.

      Funeral Services were conducted by the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home on Sunday, April 14th.

      Satterlee was a full-time employee with the Pine Bluff Fire Department.  Please hold his wife, Amy, and his family in your prayers.

      Oct 9, 2012 - IAFF Local 4544 (Cabot FD) and the entire 14th District mourns the devastating loss of their Local President, Marty Stumbaugh.

      On Monday, October 8th, Brother Marty Stumbaugh suffered a sudden and fatal brain aneurysm while out of state.  Brother Stumbaugh is well respected by his coworkers and the loss is very tragic.  He is survived by his wife Mindy, his daughter Macy (8) and his son Mason (2).

      Visitation will be on Thursday, October 11th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Mt Carmel Baptist Church, 163 Mt Carmel Rd in Cabot, AR (72023).  The funeral service will be on Friday, October 12th at 11:00 AM, also at the Mt Carmel Church.  Interment will follow at the cemetery across the street from the church.  The funeral services are being provided Thomas Funeral Home in Cabot.

      As can be imagined, a loss like this places a considerable financial burden on the family.   An account has been established with Arvest Bank at 510 W Main St in Cabot for those members or Locals who would like to help Marty's family in this time of loss.  Checks should be made payable to the Marty Stumbaugh Family Fund and can either be mailed directly to the bank.

      Cabot Fire Department Chief Phillip Robinson and IAFF Local 4544 wish to express their sincerest gratitude for the outpouring of support from firefighters across the state of Arkansas.

      Local 4544 Website:  IAFF Local 4544


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