Marin Firefighter News

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NOVATO, CA – Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775 will host a program for elected and appointed officials, as well as members of the media, known as Fire Ops 101. This day long program will give our local decision makers the chance to be a firefighter/paramedic for a day. They will perform hands on firefighting and rescue operations under the watchful eyes of career firefighters from various Marin County Fire Departments.

This workshop will demonstrate many aspects of fire and emergency medical service operations, from wearing the proper protective gear to actually fighting fires. Participants will be confronted with multiple emergency scenarios (descriptions attached) and given the opportunity to do what Marin Firefighters and Paramedics faces on a daily basis.  Each participant will learn how to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus, essential for operating in smoky conditions, as well as other tools of the trade including thermal imaging cameras and cardiac defibrillators.

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 Local 1775 thanks John Grey for 40 years as Local 1775’s attorney!  John’s first meeting was July 19, 1975.  John is an active member of the IAFF, after being granted special disposition by the IAFF in the 1970s while serving as an attorney and union organizer for Local 1775.

The Executive Board adopted Resolution 2015-1 unanimously at the July 9th meeting, “Recognition of John Grey IAFF Local 1775 Labor Attorney.”  John was also presented with an IAFF pin, union Executive Board polo, a framed original copy of the resolution (read below), a bronze inscribed trumpet, and framed patch collection showing the 11 patches of all local 1775 represented agencies.

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The other shoe has dropped in the latest effort to roll back the retirement security of firefighters and it’s a profoundly devastating one for the next generation.

A new ballot initiative introduced today (June 4) would impose a Wall St.-style privatized retirement on new firefighters, police officers and other public workers, beginning in 2019. The measure would also require voter approval for any change in state or local pensions.

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North Bay fire departments, members of emergency response agencies and California Highway Patrol will rev up and roll through Sonoma and Marin County on Thursday, May 28th for the 18th Annual North Bay Firefighter Burn Relay, a benefit for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF).

This annual fundraising parade of antique and modern emergency vehicles will kick off at Southern Marin Fire Station 1 located in Sausalito (333 Johnson Street), arriving in San Anselmo at 10:45 (approximately), then make its way through the North Bay starting in Marin County and ending in Sonoma County. The North Bay Firefighter Burn Relay will end in a grand finale at Healdsburg Fire Department (601 Healdsburg Ave).

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Marin Professional Firefighters and MDA Rally Behind 60+ Year Tradition, Fill the Boot for Local MDA Families

Marin County, CA, April 23rd and 26th, 2015 — Members of the Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will kick off the fire fighters' annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease in the Marin County area. Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other related life-threatening diseases take away people’s ability to walk, move, smile, talk and even breathe.
More than 30 members of Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775, will fan out across the county with boots in hand for this year’s drive on April 23rd from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at 3rd Street and Grand in San Rafael, at The Hub in San Anselmo, and at Vintage Oaks in Novato. On April 26th, they will be in Sausalito and Tiburon for the Opening Day on the Bay from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 

“For more than six decades fire fighters have stood on the front lines for MDA, striving to make a difference in the lives of those affected by muscle disease,” said MDA Fundraising Coordinator, Sara Boring. “Fire fighters in the Marin County area do more for MDA and the families we serve than any other group, dedicating countless hours of their time every year participating in Fill the Boot drives and at MDA Summer Camp. We're grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who have made a profound impact on our families’ health, wellbeing and quality of life, and we're excited to make this year’s Marin Professional Firefighters Fill the Boot campaign the most successful yet.”

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