Cardiac Incident? Share Your Story and Save Others

Author: The International Association of Fire Chiefs
Published: 12/05/2019
In February 2020, Chief Gary Ludwig, IAFC president and chairman of the board, will launch his presidential initiative, If You Don't Feel Well, Don't Make it Your Farewell, which endeavors to reduce the number of firefighter cardiac deaths in the fire and emergency service.     read more

California Cities Charging Hundreds Of Dollars For Medical Emergency 911 Calls

Author: Kristine Lazar, KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles
Published: 11/25/2019
A growing number of California cities are now charging an extra fee when people call 911 for a medical emergency, forcing some to shell out hundreds of dollars in addition to their ambulance bill.     read more

New FireRescue GPO Partnership: Sourcewell

Author: Jeff Tucker, President, Western Fire Chiefs Association
Published: 11/01/2019
We are excited to announce that Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) has formed a new cooperative procurement partnership with Sourcewell, the largest government cooperative procurement organization in North America.     read more

The Firehouse Bully Opportunity

Author: Billy Goldfeder,
Published: 5/08/2019
So a term that would have never been heard or known just a few years ago is "Firehouse Bully"... Maybe a "School Yard Bully?" Sure. But a Firehouse Bully? Seriously. Come on...Much like dealing with firefighter behavioral health and cancer, it's relatively new.     read more

CalChiefs Fire Operations Technology Summit

Author: Jeffrey D. Johnson, CEO, Western Fire Chiefs Association
Published: 1/30/2019
In 2017, the California Fire Chiefs Association (CalChiefs) Operations Section (Ops Section) completed a “needs assessment” with its membership. High on the list of immediate concern was the need to have a better understanding of emerging technology affecting the fire service. Respondents indicated that they were hesitant to adopt new technology that may not be inter-operable with their neighbors and were concerned that the technology selected wouldn’t be supported in the future.     read more

Verizon Fails Public Safety Once Again

Author: Richard A. Mirgon, Next Paradigm Consulting
Published: 8/23/2018
Remember the Verizon commercial during the Super Bowl (’s-why) telling the world how much they support public safety? Many times, in the last year we at have provided examples of how Verizon has failed public safety. Like we said in our tweet Tuesday night, “you just can’t make this up”. Verizon keeps saying to public safety “we got your back”. Well they don’t and just because a Senior Vice President says so doesn’t make that true.     read more

FirstNet Contract Available on FireRescue GPO

Author: Doug Schrage, WFCA President
Published: 2/13/2018
Now that all 50 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories have opted in to FirstNet as a communication provider for emergency responders, they are already looking to access FirstNet related services through AT&T. The FireRescue GPO cooperative contract allows early access to FirstNet services and is a quick and efficient way to reap the benefits of states that opted in. Being able to access these services through a publicly awarded contract with FirstNet saves time and money for everyone involved.     read more

Historic Achievement: Clean Sweep of FirstNet Opt-In

Author: Thomas Jenkins, IAFC President and Chairman of the Board
Published: 1/08/2018
In case you missed our recent social media and blog posts, historic news broke over the holidays: all 50 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories have officially opted into FirstNet to build a wireless broadband network exclusively for the nation's first responders. Two other territories, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands, have until March 12 to make their decision. This is a milestone achievement. The IAFC has been a fierce supporter of FirstNet since its inception in 2012.     read more

Help Save the FIRE/SAFER Grant Programs

Author: Thomas Jenkins, IAFC President and Chairman of the Board
Published: 11/17/2017
I need your help saving the FIRE and SAFER Grant programs. Please contact your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives and urge him or her to save the FIRE and SAFER Grant programs by signing a letter from the House co-chairs of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. The good news is that on August 2 the Senate passed the AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act (S. 829) to reauthorize the programs, which are scheduled to expire on January 2. The bad news is that the House of Representatives has failed to act, jeopardizing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal assistance to fire departments across the country. We can’t allow this to happen.     read more

IAFC and IAFF Express Concerns with AAA-Backed EMS Legislation

Author: The International Association of Fire Chiefs
Published: 5/15/2017
Recently, the American Ambulance Association contacted members of the fire and emergency service in support of the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act of 2017 (S. 967). The IAFC and IAFF have serious concerns with this legislation as it is written and we urge our members not to support it. S. 967 was drafted to propose changes in federal reimbursement for the cost of providing pre-hospital emergency care to Medicare beneficiaries.     read more

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