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A. Michael Mullane 2016 Health and Safety Symposium

The A. Michael Mullane Health and Safety Symposium addresses occupational health and safety issues in the fire service and provides the knowledge and tools necessary to keep fire fighters and paramedics safe – now and in the future. The two-day conference features workshops on key health and safety topics, as well as networking opportunities.

The Symposium is named in honor of the late 3rd District Vice President A. Michael Mullane, who gave 43 years of dedicated service to the Boston Fire Department, Local 718 and the IAFF. This event carries forward his legacy by providing all fire fighters the health and safety information they need for a long and prosperous career.

You will receive 12 EMT credits from the Metropolitan Boston EMS Council for attending.

Download: Boston_Symposium_Flyer.pdf

What's New at PFFMAINE
SAFER Grant Application Period to Open in March
The application period for Fiscal Year 2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants is expected to open in March 2016. The IAFF urges affiliates to work with their fire chiefs and local lawmakers to file for the grant. City management must submit the application, but the IAFF is available to assist your department in applying for the grant. 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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