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Remember 9/11

Thirteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, our nation was attacked in a cold and cowardly manner. In New York City, at 8:45 a.m., the first highjacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center North Tower. Shortly after, at 9:03 a.m., in a blur viewed by millions on live television, the second plane sliced through the South Tower.

By the end of that morning over three thousand people would perish in the collapse of both towers, including 343 members of the FDNY and seventy-three police officers and rescue workers from New York City. As a nation, we must never forget the events and sacrifices made that day.

     In the immediate days and months after the attack, we came together as a country to support the initial rescue attempts. We watched as the arduous task of recovering the remains of those that died continued. We learned about the personal lives of the civilians who were lost. We attended the myriad funerals of the heroes who worked their way up the stairs of those towers to save as many lives as possible. Many of us wondering if we could have found the same type of courage these brave first responders had showed.

  The events of that day changed how we went about our daily lives. It also made us look differently at the women and men who serve as our nations first responders. Forcing many to realize a newfound respect for the sacrifices these people make as part of their daily job.

Thousands of firefighters, cops, construction workers and engineers worked the acrid pile of Ground Zero to recover the remains of those that perished, exposing themselves to a toxic mix of chemicals that would take a toll on their health and well being.

These men and women were our Domestic Veterans, they came together in our nations time of need, doing what had to be done. Their actions on that pile were a daily reminder for us that we will stand together as a nation. 

But as with many things, time tends to erode our memory. The unconditional support showed to first responders by many elected officials in the days after 9/11 slowly faded to tactile praise.

       But yet, when it came time to take care of them, as one after another came down with cancer, respiratory problems or other health related issues, our elected officials seemed to had forgotten that we, as a nation, have a responsibility to take care of their health needs.

It took ten years for Washington to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Safety Act that would give a measure of health care to those who worked Ground Zero. If not for the relentless behind the scenes work of Maine Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, that bill would have never passed the Senate on the last day of Congress in the winter of 2010. Just as we take care of our military veterans who have served our country, we must continue to take care of those that sacrificed for us on that September morning in 2001.

Our nation has been shaped by historic and sometimes tragic events like Pearl Harbor and 9/11. It is the responsibility of those that lived during those times to honor the sacrifice of the fallen, take care of those who served, and ensure that future generations will never forget.

John Martell


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AFG Workshop

On Friday, September 26th the Scarborough Fire Department will be hosting the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program Workshop for fire departments in Southern Maine at 9:00AM. The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the ability of first responders to protect the health and safety of the public. Lance Harbour, FEMA Region 1 Program Specialist, will be conducting the workshop at the Scarborough Fire DepartmentDunstan Station, and will be available to answer any questions you may have in regards to the AFG Program and the awards process.

If you have any questions about this workshop, or are interested in attending, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or by phone at (207) 283-1101.Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you on September 26th!

Portland Stair Climb

The Innagural 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will commemorate the 343 FDNY Firefighters that lost their lives on 9/11/2001, will be held on September 14th. One hundred percent of funds raised through the 110 story climb will go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to support families whose loved ones have died in the line of duty.

For more information download the flyer below.

Last Alarm for Captain Mike Kucsma
More than 300 firefighters gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on Saturday to sound the “last alarm” for Michael C. Kucsma Jr., who died of a heart attack while scuba diving Monday. 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.

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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