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Professional Fire Fighters of Maine - Political Endorsements for 2014

Federal Race District  Party Name Status
U.S. Congress 1 D Chellie Pingree Endorsed
U.S. Congress 2 D Emily Cain Endorsed
Governor D Mike Michaud Endorsed
U.S. Senate R Susan Collins Endorsed
State Legislative Chamber Dist Party Name Status
House 124 D Aaron Frey Endorsed
House 127 D Adam Goode Endorsed
House 77 D Alan Tibbetts Endorsed
House 148 D Alan Whittemore Endorsed
House 55 D Alice Eliott Endorsed
House 27 D Andrew McLean Endorsed
House  14 D Barry Hobbins Endorsed
House 64 D Bettyann Sheats Endorsed
House 67 D Bonnie Lewis Endorsed
House 75 D Charles Dingman Endorsed
House 92 D Charles Kruger Endorsed
House 8 D Christopher Babbidge Endorsed
House 45 D Dale Denno Endorsed
House 150 D Daniel Martin Endorsed
House 36 D Denise Harlow Endorsed
House  54 D Denise Tepler Endorsed
House 9 D Diane Denk Endorsed
House 39 D Diane Russell Endorsed
House 120 D Donald Crossman Endorsed
House 85 D Donna Doore Endorsed
House 28 D Dwight Ely Endorsed
House 113 D Ed David Endorsed
House 130 D Emery Deabay Endorsed
House 41 D Erik Jorgensen Endorsed
House 13 D George Hogan Endorsed
House 61 D Heidi Brooks Endorsed
House 110 D Henry Murphy Beck Endorsed
House 40 D Herb Adams Endorsed
House 72 D James Bradley Endorsed
House 21 U James Campbell Endorsed
House 47 D Janice Cooper Endorsed
House 60 D Jared Golden Endorsed
House 91 U Jeffrey Evangelos Endorsed
House 107 D Jeffrey McCabe Endorsed
House 94 D Joan Welsh Endorsed
House 151 D John Martin Endorsed
House 126 D John Schneck Endorsed
House 5 D Joshua Plante Endorsed
House 59 D Margaret Rotundo Endorsed
House 43 D Mark Dion Endorsed
House 49 D Matthea Daughtry Endorsed
House 58 D Michel Lajoie Endorsed
House 122 D Michelle Dunphy Endorsed
House 74 D Paul Gilbert Endorsed
House 3 D Paul McGowan Endorsed
House 42 D Peter Stuckey Endorsed
House 82 D Rachel Sukeforth Endorsed
House 37 D Richard Farnsworth Endorsed
House 76 D Richard Tracy Endorsed
House 121 D Robert Duchesne Endorsed
House 73 D Robert Kirchherr Endorsed
House  2 D Roberta Beavers    
House 33 D Rosemarie DeAngelis Endorsed
House 123 D Ryan Tipping-Spitz Endorsed
House 48 D Sara Gideon Endorsed
House 31 D Terry Morrison Endorsed
House 109 D Thomas Longstaff Endorsed
House 146 D Troy Haines Endorsed
House 63 D Wayne Werts Endorsed
State Senate Dist Party Name Status
Senate 5 D James Dill Endorsed
Senate 6 D Anne  Perry Endorsed
Senate 7 D Theodore Koffman Endorsed
Senate 8 D Paul Davis Endorsed
Senate 9 D Geoffrey Gratwick Endorsed
Senate 11 D Jonathan Fulford Endorsed
Senate 13 D Christopher Johnson Endorsed
Senate 14 R Earle McCormick Endorsed
Senate 16 D Colleen Lachowicz Endorsed
Senate 19 D Rose Rogers-Wells Endorsed
Senate 20 D John Cleveland Endorsed
Senate 21 D Nathan Libby Endorsed
Senate 22 D Guy Desjardins Endorsed
Senate 23 D Eloise Vitelli Endorsed
Senate 24 D Stanley Gerzofsky Endorsed
Senate 25 D Catherine Breen Endorsed
Senate 26 D Bill Diamond Endorsed
Senate 27 D Justin Alfond Endorsed
Senate 28 D Anne Haskell Endorsed
Senate 29 D Rebecca Millett Endorsed
Senate 30 D James Boyle Endorsed
Senate 31 D Linda Valentino Endorsed
Senate 32 D David Dutremble Endorsed
Senate 33 D John Tuttle Endorsed
Senate 35 D Dawn Hill Endorsed
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Fiscal Year 2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program FOA Release

This serves as notification that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Fiscal Year 2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) will open on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 8:00 am eastern time. The application period for the FY 2014 AFG program closes on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm eastern time.

The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2014  (Pub. L. 113-76) provides $340,000,000 in AFG funding to assist fire departments and nonaffiliated ambulance and emergency medical service organizations meet their firefighting and emergency response needs.  The AFG Program enables these organizations to obtain the tools and resources necessary to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel.

Grant guidance for this program will be available at www.grants.gov, and at http://www.fema.gov/firegrants/afggrants/index.shtm.  Also the “Get ready Guide”, available at http://www.fema.gov/pdf/firegrants/Get_Ready_Guide.pdf, may also be useful for potential applicants and is provided to answer questions and to help prepare grant applications.

For additional information, please visit www.fema.gov/grants.

Download: FY2014 AFG_Fact_Sheet_October_2014.pdf
Cancer Risks for Firefighters: More Than You May Realize
Two years ago, 43-year-old Maine firefighter Mike Nixon was diagnosed with malignant melanoma — the most dangerous form of skin cancer. “I had a spot develop in a weird place on my ear,” he says. “It wasn’t on top where you’d think people would get skin cancer, where there is sun exposure. Read More...
Carbon Monoxide: the silent killer

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's called the silent killer. You can't see it, smell it, or taste it. Carbon monoxide kills an average of 160 people a year in this country.

Under Maine law apartment buildings now must have carbon monoxide detectors. So do long term rentals but older hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts, those built before 2009, do not.

Backers say hotels need to install carbon monoxide detectors, not just to safeguard Maine's vital tourism industry against damning disaster -- but to save lives.


Senators Carper & Collins Introduce Federal Firefighters Fairness Act
WASHINGTON- Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, and Sen. Read More...
Download: Senstor Collins April 2014.pdf
Urge Congress to Co-Sponsor Federal Fire Fighter Trade Time Bill
 Support the Federal Fire Fighter Flexibility and Fairness Act The IAFF’s federal fire fighters are engaged in a big push to garner support and co-sponsors for HR 1141 (Representative Sarbanes (D-MD). This cost-neutral federal legislation, also known as the Federal Firefighter Flexibility and Fairness Act, resolves trade time inequities for our nation’s federal fire fighters. Read More...
Maine Scientist to Study Link Between Fire Fighters and Cancer
Firefighters risk their lives daily for those in the community. A scientist says there are many health risks involved and what protects them is part of the problem. Caitlin Burchill explains. ==== The Orrington Fire Chief wants to protect his crew at all costs. Read More...
Bunker Gear - Does it Fit Right?
 When I began a career in the fire service, it was a common practice in many fire departments to be issued hand me down bunker gear.  I remember once where I had to repair my helmet to make it somewhat useful.  Most firefighters entering the fire service over 20-30 years ago had to earn the right to wear new or slightly used bunker gear due, in part, to economics. Read More...
How to Become a Professional Fire Fighter
The IAFF has released a new online resource on How to Become a Professional Fire Fighter for affiliates to use in recuitment campaigns or for individuals and organizations interested in learning more about how to pursue a career as a professional fire fighter/paramedic. Read More...
Study: Exposure to flame retardant chemicals means firefighters face higher cancer risk than previously thought
Study: Exposure to flame retardant chemicals means firefighters face higher cancer risk than previously thought  ELLSWORTH, Maine — New research by a Blue Hill scientist shows that during a fire, firefighters are exposed to dangerous levels of toxic, cancer-causing chemicals created when commercial flame retardants burn. Read More...
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