Since 2001, The Austin Firefighter’s Relief and Outreach Fund has worked to raise money and give our time to help firefighters in their time of need.  Whether faced with illness, disaster, or anything else life throws at them, firefighters know that the Relief and Outreach Fund will be there to help.

$59,606

Dollars Donated in 2018

$139,565

Dollars Donated in 2017

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With Hurricane Isaias expected to impact the east coast of Florida and move up the East Coast, IAFF leadership, including, 12th District Vice President Walt Dix, 4th District Vice President Andy Pantelis and 16th District Vice President Jim Johnson have reached out to locals in the hurricane's currently projected path regarding response and disaster relief assistance. The IAFF Disaster Relief Go-Team stands ready to provide assistance to our brothers and sisters affected by this storm -- wherever help is needed -- and taking extra precautions during this pandemic. More updates to come.
1986 - A Cleveland, OH Local 93 member emerges safely through a ball of fire as he escapes from the upper story of a home. Photo credit: Mark Duncan of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. #FBF #IAFF Cleveland Fire Fighters IAFF Local 93
While we won't be gathering in September for a Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial at our beautiful site in Colorado Springs, CO we can still be together in solidarity by sharing tributes and remembering our fallen member(s) now through September 19. We will be providing more details on the virtual event in the coming weeks. #IAFFWallofHonor
While we can’t be in streets to collect this year, we hope our neighbors and supporters will help us help those with neuromuscular diseases and donate to our virtual fill the boot program. #FilltheBoot https://filltheboot.donordrive.com
Register: https://bit.ly/July30Trauma
1976 - Superheat from a fire that raged through 20 buildings during a firestorm in downtown St. Louis cut down this St. Louis, MO Local 73 member with heat prostration as fellow fire fighters try to remove smoldering gear and cool him down with spray. Nearly a dozen of 200 responding fire fighters were injured fighting one of the worst fires in the city's history. #FBF #IAFF St. Louis Firefighters Local 73
COVID-19 has made it impossible for many locals to hold traditional Fill the Boot campaigns this year. So we’re super excited to be launching a virtual Fill the Boot program so our locals can continue to support MDA and help raise critically needed funds. This virtual Fill the Boot campaign makes it simple for every local and member to participate across all social media platforms. We’re officially launching our campaign August 4, but you can learn more at https://firefighters.mda.org/toolkits/virtual-fill-the-boot.html.
Learn more and register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vW2TLEp4RPK8Oul2OKmy2A
The IAFF Human Relations Committee provided technical assistance training in partnership with Evansville, IN Local 357 and the Evansville Fire Department this week.The training focused on creating a strategic plan to help the local and fire department work towards a successful diverse and inclusive workforce. You can learn more about the training http://ow.ly/nqWJ30r0bGT
IAFF members are on the frontlines protecting their communities while fully aware of the impact of a COVID economy across the United States and Canada. Our COVID economy toolkit can help affiliates prepare for possible cuts to jobs and benefits resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The PREPARE principles are designed to ensure the highest level of success in the COVID economy. https://www.iaff.org/covid-economy/
The IAFF Elected Human Relations Committee is working for our fire union that promotes understanding and acceptance for all our members. Learn more about our resources and how you can establish a committee. #IAFFforAll https://www.iaff.org/human-relations/#contact
The IAFF launched a social media campaign to spread awareness regarding backyard pools and small child pools. Read more about it here: https://wbng.com/2020/07/17/water-safety-tips-for-backyard-pools/
1977 - A lightning stroke crackles and zigzags as rain pours over more than 100 St. Louis, MO Local 73 members battling a stubborn abandoned ice house blaze that took four hours to control and a week to fully extinguish. #FBF #IAFF St. Louis Firefighters Local 73
July is National Grilling Month. Remember the following when grilling to avoid burn injuries: 1. When your grill is in use – keep it in an open space away from anything that might catch fire – including siding, deck railings, eaves or tree branches 2. Keep Young Children Away from Grills While Cooking 3. Using long handled cooking utensils will help prevent burns 4. Never add charcoal starter fluid that has already been ignited
The IAFF Elected Human Relations Committee has resources for affiliate leaders on how to help with workplace interactions before issues arise in our fire union. Understand how we can help your local #IAFFforAll https://www.iaff.org/human-relations/#contact
The IAFF Elected Human Relations Committee recognizes the diversity of our membership and promotes unity in our fire union. Discover how we can help your local affiliate establish effective workplace dynamics by visiting our resources. #IAFFforAll https://www.iaff.org/human-relations/#contact
2011 - Woonsocket, RI Local 732 fire fighters respond to a mill fire just a few blocks from a shuttered firehouse. Photo credit: Tom Carmody, Firehouse Magazine. #FBF #IAFF Rhode Island State Association Of Firefighters
July is National Grilling Month. Remember the following when grilling to avoid burn injuries: 1. When your grill is in use – keep it in an open space away from anything that might catch fire – including siding, deck railings, eaves or tree branches 2. Keep Young Children Away from Grills While Cooking 3. Using long handled cooking utensils will help prevent burns 4. Never add charcoal starter fluid that has already been ignited
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With the uptick in COVID-19 cases around the country, it's important that affiliate presidents complete or update cases in their local/department in our tracker survey. https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-tracker-survey/
Have a happy and safe July 4th!
1999 IAFF Media Awards Honorable Mention - A Chicago, IL Local 2 member supports a man while leading him away from a gas explosion and fire that forced the evacuation of an apartment complex for senior citizens. Photo credit: John H. White of the Chicago Sun-Times. Reminder: The 2020 IAFF Media Awards deadline is July 8 (www.iaff.org/media-awards). #FBF #IAFF Chicago Fire Department Firefighters Union - Local 2
Like a fire, market volatility can wreak havoc on your retirement quickly. Are you taking steps to prevent that before it happens? A little prevention work can go a long way to help secure your retirement savings. For more information - call 877.700.6847 or go to Responders-First.com.
Good news! Recent changes in federal regulations mean that people with a fully insured Medicare health plan may see lower premiums in 2021. If you’re a Medicare member with an IAFF-FC Aetna Medicare Advantage plan, you could save up to $300 or more per year starting in January 2021. For more information about the IAFF-FC Aetna plans, go to IAFF-FC.AetnaMedicare.com. Or call Aetna at 1-866-246-8039 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM all time zones.
Your union delivers—we know that in an emergency, you have a game plan for responding. But do you have a game plan for retirement? Market volatility, healthcare costs and other factors can significantly impact your retirement dollars. Assess your retirement game plan - call 1-877-700-6847 or go to Responders-First.com.
Make your July 4th a union-made holiday! #ShopUnion
The IAFF releases statement on University of Notre Dame study addressing PFAS in fire fighter personal protective equipment.
1999 - Toledo, OH Local 92 member Jesse Garcia talks to a neighborhood boy who was watching the crew fight a small fire. Photo credit: Dave Zapotosky, The Toledo Blade. #FBF #IAFF Toledo Firefighters Local 92
The best and safest way to enjoy the Fourth of July is to leave fireworks displays to the professionals and view from a distance. #IAFFSafetyTips
The IAFF opposes the nomination of Nancy Beck to lead the US Consumer Product Safety Commission because she puts the interests of the chemical industry above the health and safety of fire fighters. http://ow.ly/pufr50AeKil
1998 - Fire fighters Scott Schumacher and Steve Osmanski of Kenosha, WI Local 414 carry a 2-year-old from her burning home. Photo credit: Dan Wade, Kenosha News. #FBF #IAFF Kenosha Professional Firefighters Local 414
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Has your affiliate president completed our COVID-19 tracker survey? This helps us document members' exposures, positivity, quarantines and more. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/ to begin.
1986 - Members of Hammond, IN Local 556 pass a small child to safety during a house fire. Photo credit: John Bojda of the Hammond Times. This photo won first place in the 1987 IAFF Media Awards Contest. The 2020 Media Awards Contest submissions are due July 8: www.iaff.org/media-awards. #FBF #IAFF
1987 - Fire fighter John Cappelano of Danbury, CT Local 801 hands an unconscious victim of smoke inhalation down a ladder head first from a third-floor apartment fire. Cappelano carried out the rescue in dense smoke despite the fact that the air supply in his tank was exhausted. Assisting on the ladder are Phil Curran and Al Mion. #FBF #IAFF Danbury Professional Fire Fighters, Local 801, IAFF
We are asking affiliate presidents to complete our economic impact survey to help us get a better picture of the impact of the financial fallout from the economic effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. https://my.iaff.org/Web/EC_Survey/EC_Survey.aspx. Also see our Preparing for a COVID-19 Economy toolkit at www.iaff.org/covid-economy
See the IAFF’s updated guidance for resuming CPAT testing: https://www.iaff.org/wp-content/uploads/CPAT-Reopening-COVID-19.pdf. Visit www.iaff.org/coronavirus for more resources.
The IAFF reminds affiliate presidents to update their numbers in our tracker survey whenever members are exposed, quarantined, have tested positive for COVID-19 or died .
Our Preparing for a COVID-19 Economy toolkit has the tools and resources to help affiliates facing cuts to staffing and other vital fire department resources needed to continue to protect your communities. https://www.iaff.org/covid-economy/ (login is required)
IAFF Statement on Civil Unrest Across America: https://bit.ly/2TX6dPZ
1976 - Lynn, MA Local 739 members saved the life of an 18-year-old boy after rescuing him from a house fire. Photo credit: Walter Hoey of Lynn Daily Evening Item. #FBF #IAFF
Members of Los Angeles, CA Local 112 are recovering from their injuries after a horrific explosion happened in downtown Los Angeles on May 16, 2020. The fire fighters work at LAFD station 9, the busiest fire station in the nation. https://www.iaff.org/news/12-los-angeles-local-112-members-injured-in-explosion/
Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) of New York Local 94 president Gerard Fitzgerald appeared on Fox News and MSNBC Wednesday morning to discuss the importance of local governments adequately funding fire departments during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Communities are counting on us to continue to protect them. The only way our members can do that is with the proper PPE to prevent exposure and with access to testing. The IAFF is asking affiliate presidents to complete our survey tracker to enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/
The IAFF-FC is here to help as you become eligible for Medicare. You can start to sign up for Medicare during the 90 days before your 65th birthday. The window to enroll closes 90 days after your 65th birthday. Apply for Medicare online at SocialSecurity.gov. For more information, go to IAFF-FC.AetnaMedicare.com/turning-65. We have helpful videos about enrolling in Medicare and your Aetna Medicare Advantage plan options. Or call Aetna at 1-866-246-8039 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM all time zones.
Thinking ahead to retirement? Your union is ready to help. There’s a lot to consider -- when you want to retire, what you plan to do, whether your spouse is covered, and more. An accumulation vehicle with no downside risk may help you meet your retirement needs. Consider your retirement options - call 1-877-700-6847 or go to Responders-First.com.
If you have turned or will be turning 65 this year, consider the four IAFF-FC Aetna Medicare Advantage plan options. These Medicare plans give you hospital care (Part A), doctor services (Part B) and prescription drugs (Part D), all in one plan. Plus, you get extra benefits and programs beyond what Original Medicare provides. Go to IAFF-FC.AetnaMedicare.com/your-plan-options to see the four plans we offer. Or call Aetna at 1-866-246-8039 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM all time zones.
Your union cares--on the frontlines, your safety is always at risk. Don’t put your retirement at risk. You may have a great pension benefit, but have you considered the impact of retiree healthcare costs or major purchases like a new truck, boat or motorcycle? Help ensure you have adequate retirement savings - call 1-877-700-6847 or go to Responders-First.com
Enter to win a fishing kayak -- IAFF members enter for free: https://powderhook.com/contests/just-add-water
1976 - Washington, DC Local 36 members rescue infant children from an apartment fire. Photo credit: James Parcell. #FBF #IAFF DC Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 36
Please review the IAFF’s website for the latest information and guidance. iaff.org/Coronavirus
Today during National EMS Week, the IAFF recognizes our brothers and sisters who serve as single-roll EMS practitioners. Our IAFF single-role EMS members provide emergency medical response within fire departments or EMS agencies in communities across the United States. We are all in solidarity on the community’s frontline.
The IAFF is asking affiliate presidents to complete our tracker survey to enter data to document exposures and infection among members in their local/fire department.
To all the IAFF members on the frontlines helping to fight COVID-19 and responding to emergencies in your communities - we say thank you and happy National EMS Week.
1999 - Members of Fairfax County, VA Local 2068's Urban Search and Rescue Team (commissioned by the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance) rescue a child from an earthquake in Turkey. #FBF #IAFF
1977 - Rockford, IL Local 413 members Bruce Love and Bob Nelson are shown giving CPR to a 5-year-old boy they rescued from a burning home. The boy regained consciousness shortly after this photo was taken. #FBF #IAFF City of Rockford Firefighters Local 413
The IAFF Financial Corporation is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14 on mortgage relief options with experts from CrossCountry Mortgage. If you or someone you know is worried about paying their mortgage, sign up for one of the two time slots. Experts will discuss mortgage relief options, where to turn for help and how to avoid scams. Wednesday, May 13 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) https://bit.ly/FinancialCorpWebinar513 Thursday, May 14 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) https://bit.ly/FinancialCorpWebinar514
The IAFF-FC is here to help as you become eligible for Medicare. You can start to sign up for Medicare during the 90 days before your 65th birthday. The window to enroll closes 90 days after your 65th birthday. Apply for Medicare online at SocialSecurity.gov. For more information, go to IAFF-FC.AetnaMedicare.com/turning-65. We have helpful videos about enrolling in Medicare and your Aetna Medicare Advantage plan options. Or call Aetna at 1-866-246-8039 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM all time zones.
A reminder to affiliate presidents to complete our tracker survey to enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. The numbers reported by news and other sources are for the general population – entering this date gives us a clearer picture of the impact of COVID-19 on our members and affiliates across the United States and Canada. You can find the survey at www.iaff.org/coronavirus
The IAFF has developed a resource for first responders on treating patients who may have been exposed to the Coronavirus. Please review for the latest information and guidance.
2010 - A Cincinnati, OH Local 48 member rescues a 4-year-old girl from a fire. The little girl was unconscious when rescued, but ultimately recovered after a few weeks in the ICU. Photo credit: David Jones #IAFF #FBF Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union Local 48
Communities are counting on us to continue to protect them. The only way our members can do that is with the proper PPE to prevent exposure and with access to testing. The IAFF is asking affiliate presidents to complete our survey tracker to enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. Enter data: https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/
The IAFF continues to urge Congress to provide direct funding to fire and EMS to provide the tools and resources to keep our members on the frontines when communities need them most during this COVID-19 pandemic: https://bit.ly/3eMxv4t
1986 - A Chicago, IL Local 2 member rushes to the waiting ambulance with a child rescued from a burning apartment. #IAFF #FBF Chicago Fire Department Firefighters Union - Local 2
The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Treatment and Recovery remains open to serve IAFF members while continuously adapting patient screening, contact precautions and isolation protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Center is for IAFF members struggling with addiction, post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) and other co-occurring mental health problems. Learn more: https://www.iaffrecoverycenter.com/
The IAFF supports the recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that results from antibody testing alone should not be used to diagnose or exclude COVID-19 infection or to inform infection status. Currently, the IAFF advises against the use of serologic testing alone as the basis of return-to-work decisions. Rather, such determinations should also include molecular testing and an evaluation by a healthcare provider. See more on our COVID-19 Testing Fact Sheet: https://www.iaff.org/wp-content/uploads/COVID-19-Testing-Fact-Sheet.pdf or visit www.iaff.org/coronavirus for more resources.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on our members, staffing levels and resources, it is critically important that affiliate presidents complete our tracker survey to enter data to document COVID-19 exposures among members in their local/fire department. Enter data: https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on our members, staffing levels and resources, it is critically important that affiliate presidents complete our tracker survey to enter data to document COVID-19 exposures among members in their local/fire department. Enter data: https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/
Respirators are being sold as if they are NIOSH-approved. Here's what to look for to ensure you're getting the best protection: https://www.iaff.org/wp-content/uploads/COVID-19-Counterfeit-Masks-1.pdf More COVID-19 resources: https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus
Visit www.iaff.org/coronavirus for more infographics and resources.
It's still critically important that affiliate presidents to complete our tracker survey to enter data to document COVID-19 exposures among members in their local/fire department. Entering this data gives us a clearer picture of the impact of COVID-19 on our members and affiliates across the United States and Canada and helps inform the media and legislators so they understand the full impact of COVID-19 on our members. Communities are counting on us to continue to protect them and the only way our members can do that is with the proper PPE to prevent exposure and with access to testing. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/ to get started.
https://www.iaff.org/behavioral-health/#online-recovery-meetings
1998 - Two Fort Worth, TX Local 440 members (James Gonzalez [left] and Homer Roberston [right] help a fellow fire fighter [Doug Gomez] exit by sharing their oxygen. Photo credit: Glen E. Ellman of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. #FBF #IAFF Fort Worth Professional Firefighters Local 440
IAFF members are on the frontlines of COVID-19, but some spouses may be out of work due to stay-at-home orders. If this is the case for your family and you are under financial stress, these are financial moves can you make right now: https://iaff-fc.com/protecting-your-finances-in-a-pandemic/
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on our members, staffing levels and resources, it is critically important that affiliate presidents - or an affiliate officer you assign - complete our tracker survey to enter data to document COVID-19 exposures among members in their local/fire department. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on our members, staffing levels and resources, it is critically important that affiliate presidents complete our tracker survey to enter data to document COVID-19 exposures among members in their local/fire department. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/ to get started.
New resources and protocols updated daily: www.iaff.org/Coronavirus
It's important that affiliate presidents complete our tracker survey and enter data to document exposures among members in their local/fire department. Go to https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/ to begin.
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