Thousands of firefighters are battling the evil North Bay firestorm, even as their own homes and families are threatened by the disaster. The union is standing up for its members and for those they serve.
The rights and benefits that we take for granted in California are at risk of falling prey to the worrying signs coming out of Washington. That’s why it’s more important than ever to stand up and be counted with our brothers and sisters – both within our profession and with all working people.
From the time they’re hired on for their first job, firefighters are committing to something more than just their own careers. Firefighters are making a commitment to their communities. To their families. To each other.
The nature of this commitment can be seen in actions from firefighters that go above and beyond the call of duty.
The commitment to something greater at the heart of the profession also guides the heart of the unions that proudly stand for them.
Did you know … that California firefighters were the first public employees to win the right to organize?
California firefighters enjoy training, equipment, compensation and workplace protections that are the envy of the nation.
Wondering what the union has done for you? Consider all of the "California Firsts".
The ties between firefighters and the labor movement are deep and long. Even with this history, for most modern firefighters, joining an IAFF local is their first experience as part of a union.
What does the union do for your? Protect firefighters while firefighters protect public safety.
This week, fire service labor and management took off their badges and took up a pressing challenge for the profession: the emotional and mental wellness of the men and women on the front lines.
They finished with a unified commitment to deal with a common threat that is affecting the lives of our brothers and sisters.
Firefighters must do their jobs in the midst of unimaginable stress, and are exposed to horrific scenes that some can only imagine. While they try to let go of these experiences, often the experiences won't let go of them.
With more and more suicides and risk factors being exposed, behavioral health has become the health and safety issue of the fire service for the 21st Century.
Each year, firefighters in California pay the ultimate price, either in the flash of an instant or the slow-motion torture of job-related illness. This sacrifice means a lot to the firefighter family ... and firefighter union family.
Remembering this sacrifice was the light that guided creation of the California Firefighters Memorial
California voters stood with firefighters on the issues that mattered in the November 8th elections. Firefighter-backed candidates & causes won overwhelmingly in state and local offices, and a handful of firefighters won election themselves.
In 1967, Sacramento firefighter Ed Luttig suffered a devastating injury thanks to faulty and outdated breathing equipment. His tragic case launched a union-led drive to guarantee that all firefighters have safe and modern PPE. It's a commitment that continues to this day.
Tiburon Firefighters Association has joined forces with their brothers and sisters throughout Marin County, voting to affiliate with Marin Professional Firefighters Local 1775. The affiliation means Local 1775 now represents all rank-and-file professional firefighters in Marin Co.
As firefighters, we know that every decision that affects our jobs and our livelihoods is made by an elected official. By speaking with a strong, united voice, we can help ensure that those elected officials understand and reflect the issues and priorities of first responders..
A trio of Fresno Firefighters Local 753 members were honored by their city this week for saving the life of a CHP officer.
The California fire service — management and labor — is asking all California firefighters and their families to take some time on October 15th — in person or online at the fire station — to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Cal-OES, California Professional Firefighters and the California Fire Chiefs Association are urging any available personnel to attend and participate in the Memorial Ceremony in Sacramento.
For those working, management and labor are urging all personnel to participate in a Safety Stand Down in fire stations on October 15th from 11:30am to 1:00pm to view the ceremony online via live stream from Cal-OES.
Across the state, firefighters are having Workers' Comp medical care delayed or denied for no good reason. Senate Bill 1160 -- CPF-sponsored legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown -- takes a critical first step to swing the pendulum back to the injured workers.
After a fierce fight by your local and state unions, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 2164, reaffirming a decades-old benefit for the children of fallen firefighters, threatened by a self-appointed "watchdog" in the bowels of California State University.
San Diego firefighter and Local 145 member Alex Wallbrett was awarded the Governor's Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor in recognition of the heroic actions he took to stop a life-threatening assault on a colleague.
Wallbrett's actions took place on June 24, 2015, when his crew was providing medical treatment to a sick and intoxicated patient at San Diego's downtown trolley station. A bystander, who refused orders to back away from the patient, began swinging a knife at firefighter Ben Vernon. The attacker stabbed Firefighter Vernon twice in the torso.
Without hesitation and regard for his own safety, Wallbrett jumped a metal fence and rushed to Firefighter Vernon's aid, placing himself between his partner and the knife wielding suspect.
Wallbrett wrestled with the attacker, preventing further injury to his partner. During the struggle, he was stabbed three times, including a stab wound close to his spine. The suspect was eventually subdued by other fire department personnel and officers from the Metropolitan Transit System. Firefighter Vernon suffered a broken rib and collapsed lung.
Both Vernon Wallbrett have made full recoveries and returned to duty.
The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2003 gives the Governor the authority to award a Medal of Valor to public safety officers who are cited by the Attorney General for extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty. The Attorney General's Office receives nominations from public safety agencies. These nominations are reviewed by the Medal of Valor Review Board, which makes a recommendation to the Attorney General.
Firefighters stepped up and gave back this Labor Day weekend, showing their solidarity with our proud movement and reminding everyone that the union is all of us.
Labor Day events around the state featured firefighters doing everything from cooking at Labor Day barbecues to participating in Labor Day parades and picnics.
Was your local standing strong for all working families? Tweet us your images from Labor Day to @CAFirefighters and #TheUnionIsUs.