January 31, 2015

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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 kguimond@southportland.org

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

(207)329-0771 or sp*re67@yahoo.com

Captain Frank Bachelder, retired, from Portland Local 740 Passes away
It is with deep regret that the PFFM announces the death of Brother Captain Frank Bachelder, retired, from Portland Local 740. Frank died after a battle with cancer. He dedicated his life to public service as a member of Portland’s police department and then as a member of the PFD and Local 740. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Read More...
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 grants@iaff.org.

Rockland - 4th annual Chili & Chowder Cookoff to benefit MDA

ROCKLAND For the fourth year, amateurs and professionals are invited to compete with their best chili and chowders Sunday, Feb. 15, in an event to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The event is being organized by the Rockland Professional Firefighters Local 1584 chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters and being held at Trackside Station, 4 Union St., Rockland. So far, these events have raised over $5000 for MDA.

The public is invited to taste, enjoy and judge the entries from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 during the event at Trackside. Winners will be chosen in the professional category, featuring local restaurants, as well as in the individual category. Anyone interested in entering a chili and/or chowder for consideration should contact Carl Anderson at 831-9323 or via email at canderson@ci.rockland.me.us. The cost is $20 per entry with all proceeds benefitting the MDA.

Along with tasty chili and chowder there also will be a 50/50 raffle and local 1584 T-shirts on sale. Admission for folks interested in attending the benefit is $10 at the door with proceeds going to the MDA. A ballot is included with admission to choose the best chili and best chowder.

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

For information, contact Carl Anderson at 831-9323 or via email at canderson@ci.rockland.me.us. For updates leading up to the event visit Trackside Station on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tracksidestation.

Download: chili chowder 2015 flyer[1].pdf
Way to go Maine Firefighters

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...
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2015 Local 1826 MDA Boot Drive-March 20, 21, & 22, 2015
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Rockland Chili cook-off
Feb 15, 2015
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