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Reminder to Check Smoke Alarm Batteries When Clocks Change

Keep Your Community Safe:
Change Clocks and Smoke Alarm Batteries Sunday, March 8

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8, 2015 - promote public safety by reminding members of your community to also change smoke alarm batteries.

Spread your message to the media, civic groups, city leaders and local businesses using the materials provided in thiscommunity outreach campaign. Send the customizable
sample press release and info graphic to reporters to let them know you are available to discuss the importance of checking smoke alarm batteries when changing clocks for Daylight Savings Time.


The public service announcement (PSA) can be used in several ways:

  • On social media in conjunction with the info graphic and suggested tweets (below).
  • Send it to broadcast media outlets to generate earned media or interviews.
  • Post it on your local's web site.
  • Share it with your family, friends and neighbors and encourage them to post it on their social media pages.

Suggested Tweets

  • According to @NFPA, 2/3 of #HomeFire deaths result from broken smoke alarms. #TestYourAlarms
  • When adjusting for #DaylightSavings, make sure you are always checking your smoke alarms!
  • Your #firefighters encourage you to always test your #SmokeAlarm batteries so you can always #BeSafe
  • Changing your smoke alarm batteries can actually #SaveYourLife! Make sure to check them for #DaylightSavings
  • Make sure to always replace your #SmokeAlarms every 7-10 years. #TakePrecautions
  • @NFPA reports that a working #SmokeAlarm cuts the risk of dying in a #HomeFire in half
  • Your #firefighters recommend you install a #SmokeAlarm in every bedroom, outside of bathrooms and on each floor of your home
  • Testing your #SmokeAlarms is extremely important to your safety and so is testing your #CarbonMonoxide alarm at least once a month
  • Testing your #CarbonMonoxide alarm will decrease your risk of getting carbon monoxide poisoning, which is often fatal. #TakePrecautions
  • Having working #Smoke & #CarbonMonoxide alarms increases your safety and gives you a better chance of survival if your house catches on fire

All materials are also available in theDaylight Savings Time campaign toolkit.

For more ideas and materials to use in community outreach efforts,click here.


What's New at PFFMAINE
International Code Council Announces March 20 Deadline for Voting Members
All buildings that fire fighters respond to are designed, built and maintained to building and fire codes. By actively participating in the code process, IAFF members can ensure that safe construction design processes are established.  To help protect your work environment and your safety, the IAFF encourages members to become involved in the building codes process. Read More...
Peer Fitness Instructors Program


South Portland Fire Department, IAFF L 1476

will be hosting a Peer Fitness Trainer Course

June 8-12, 2015 at SMCC.

Description of the Peer Fitness Trainer course can be found here:

Tuition for the class is $800 per student.

In addition to tuition cost, Whole Foods will cater lunch for $60 per student for the week. Please

let the POC know if you would like the meal program. There are 16 rooms blocked out at the South Portland Marriott at a reduced rate of $169 per night. If staying at the South Portland Marriott please let them know that you are in the IAFF Peer Fitness Instructors Program.

Point of Contact for payment will be Chief Guimond who can be reached at

(207)799-3314 ext. 7330 or

Point of Contact for all other information will be Jason Perry who can be reached at

(207)329-0771 or sp*

Attention all PFFM Members
To all PFFM members - I am asking all of the members of the PFFM, to PLEASE log in to your PFFM web site account and update all of your information. The reason I ask - Every e-mail generated by the PFFM that goes to a closed e-mail account gets bounced back to me. As of today, I get 19 returned to me. Read More...
SAFER Grant Application Period Begins February 9
The application period for Fiscal Year 2014 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants opens February 9, 2015, and closes March 6, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT).  

The IAFF urges affiliates to work with their fire chiefs and local lawmakers to file for the grants. City management must submit the application, but the IAFF is available to assist fire department in applying for the grants. Municipalities with fire departments facing reduced emergency response capabilities can apply for SAFER funding, as well as departments that need to hire additional personnel to meet national standards for safe staffing.

Administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), SAFER has put thousands of fire fighters back to work, giving a much-needed boost to public safety in countless struggling communities. More than $340 million is available for FY 2014 grants.  

The FY 2014 SAFER grant Guidance and Application Kit is posted on the Assistance to Firefighters web site. FEMA will also be posting a Get Ready Guide to help with the application process. All SAFER applicants should read the Guidance to fully understand the FY 2014 award criteria, funding priorities and important special application instructions for completing the application.

The IAFF Grants Administration Department is available to assist IAFF affiliates and their fire departments through the application process. To request a review of an application for feedback and comments prior to submission, affiliates can send their completed application, including both the data entry and narrative portions, to the IAFF Grants Administration Department.

For more information, contact the IAFF Grants Administration Department at (202) 824-1575 or email

Save the Date for the 2015 Legislative Conference
IAFF Legislative Conference Returns to Capitol Hill! Mark your calendars for the 2015 Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference, scheduled for March 8-11, 2015, in Washington, DC. The Conference is returning to the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, and will once again feature the annual Congressional Reception attended by dozens of U.S. representatives and senators. Read More...
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. 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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