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If You Don't Feel Well, Don't Make it Your Farewell
Fire Chief Gary Ludwig, IAFC President and Chairman of the Board
I am pleased today to kick off my IAFC Presidential initiative, 'If You Don't Feel Well, Don't Make It Your Farewell', to raise awareness throughout the fire and emergency service about the fatal risks of firefighters ignoring signs of a cardiac event. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 41% of firefighter deaths in 2018 were attributed to sudden cardiac death.
IWCE Leader of the Year: A Call to Vote
Chief Jeffrey Johnson (Ret.), CEO, Western Fire Chiefs Association
It is a great honor to share my nomination for the 2020 International Wireless Community (IWCE) "Leader of the Year" award. The award recognizes an executive and thought leader whose outstanding leadership has resulted in the implementation and success of critical communications in their business and beyond. Popular vote over the course of two months ultimately decides the winner. It is a privilege to be nominated alongside many talented executives, including a great supporter and friend of the Western Fire Chiefs, TJ Kennedy, founder of The Public Safety Network. Amongst the nominees is an individual Mr. Kennedy and I believe deserves recognition, and ultimately the award ...
Cardiac Incident? Share Your Story and Save Others
The International Association of Fire Chiefs
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.
California Cities Charging Hundreds Of Dollars For Medical Emergency 911 Calls
Kristine Lazar, KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles
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.
New FireRescue GPO Partnership: Sourcewell
Jeff Tucker, President, Western Fire Chiefs Association
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.
The Firehouse Bully Opportunity
Billy Goldfeder, FirefighterCloseCalls.com
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.
CalChiefs Fire Operations Technology Summit
Jeffrey D. Johnson, CEO, Western Fire Chiefs Association
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.
Verizon Fails Public Safety Once Again
Richard A. Mirgon, Next Paradigm Consulting
Remember the Verizon commercial during the Super Bowl (http://allthingsfirstnet.com/the-verizon-super-bowl-ad-is-problematic-here’s-why) telling the world how much they support public safety? Many times, in the last year we at www.allthingsfirstnet.com 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.
FirstNet Contract Available on FireRescue GPO
Doug Schrage, WFCA President
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.
Historic Achievement: Clean Sweep of FirstNet Opt-In
Thomas Jenkins, IAFC President and Chairman of the Board
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.
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