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Urgent Action Needed to Save FIRE and SAFER Grants

Legislation (S. 829) to reauthorize the FIRE and SAFER grant programs passed the U.S. Senate months ago, but the U.S. House has failed to act, despite numerous opportunities. Unless the U.S. House of Representatives acts swiftly, the FIRE and SAFER grant programs will be abolished on January 2 -- in less than one month.   It is critical that these essential programs are reauthorized  NOW !  House Republican leadership promised America’s firefighters they would get the job done. It...
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Letting First Responders Use Higher Doses of Narcan to Fight Opiate Overdoses

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Bipartisan move to give paramedics, firefighters more flexibility in type and dosage of opioid antidotes New Jersey is considering updates to a law designed to protect emergency responders who administer life-saving opioid antidotes in order to address a growing and painful truth: preventing overdoses with today’s more powerful drugs requires increasingly robust strategies.The Senate health committee unanimously approved a bipartisan bill that would give paramedics, firefighters, and other first...
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Atlantic City Firefighters Get Temporary Stay On Pay Cuts

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Atlantic City firefighters will make it into the new year with their full pay. The union filed for a stay on state-imposed 11.3 percent pay cuts that were set to begin Dec. 22. Judge Julio Mendez  on Monday ordered the state to show cause as to why he shouldn’t restrain them from taking action that includes “implementing a drastic 11.3 percent” salary reduction.Argument is set for Jan. 10, when the two sides are due back in court. The state must file their response, with the union give...
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The PFANJ congratulates Assemblywoman Liz Muoio

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The PFANJ congratulates  Assemblywoman Liz Muoio  on her nomination by  Governor-Elect Phil Murphy  to become the next State Treasurer of New Jersey. " Assemblywoman Muoio’s  professionalism, knowledge, and enthusiasm will be a perfect fit for State Treasurer," says  PFANJ President Dominick Marino . "We applaud  Governor-Elect Murphy’s  excellent choice, and look forward to working with the new State Treasurer moving forward."
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Holiday Safety Tips From The IAFF & PFANJ

Holiday Safety Tips From The IAFF & PFANJ
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Judge Rules That State Can Cut AC Fire Department To 180 Members

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Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez ruled state overseers will be able to cut the city’s Fire Department by 15 members as a cost-saving measure. However, the cuts are not allowed until after Feb. 1, according to the ruling.  "Upon careful consideration of the facts and legal arguments, the court is of the view that the plan and timeline for immediate reductions is problematic, but it’s not impermissible by the Recovery Act," according to the 13-page ruling.  "The court will not restrict ...
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Don't Gamble on Safety AC

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Contact Your Legislators Don't Gamble on Safety AC Keep Atlantic City Safe
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New Jersey Fire Safety Organization Joins Build with Strength Amidst Push to Reform State Building Codes

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Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association comprised of fire service professionals, engineers, architects and industry experts, is pleased to welcome the Professional Fire Fighters Association of New Jersey to the coalition. In August, the Brigantine Beach Fire Company, located in Atlantic County, New Jersey, joined the growing coalition of statewide organizations committed to stronger building codes, and a more resilient New Jersey. “Stronger building code...
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FIRST Center Announces 5 Latest Fire and EMS Research Endeavors

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Drexel University’s Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST) is a research enterprise dedicated to supporting the U.S. fire and rescue service through the collection of objective data and analysis. FIRST recently announced five important new research projects, including efforts to study stress in EMS aspects of firefighting and how to keep better track of occupational illnesses and injuries. The first major announcement concerned a new FEMA R&D grant to study stress a...
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October Awareness

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October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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Communications Breakdowns Placing NJ Citizens & EMS Providers at Risk

New Jersey Deserves communications that work.. For everyone's safety
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS IN THE STATE HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN OF NEW JERSEY (SHBP)

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No Change in Rates for Active Members in 2018; Retiree Rates To Go Down Effective January 1, 2018 there will be no increase in premiums for any active state or local government workers that are in the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP). Premium rates for local government early retirees will go down by 2.3%; rates for local government Medicare retirees will go down 6.2%. Premium rates for state early retirees will fall 4.4% and the rates for Medicare retirees go down 6.3%.
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Halloween

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Halloween Safety Tips
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NJ State Supreme Court Rules On Step Pay Hikes For Out Of Contract Local Public Employees


August 2, 2017 Brothers & Sisters,    Earlier today, the state Supreme Court ruled in a critical case that the PFANJ participated in as a “friend of the court.” "In the Matter of County of Atlantic/In the Matter of Bridgewater", the state Supreme Court upheld the Appellate court decision to rebuke the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC), which previously decided that local governments do not have to pay step raises during lapses in contracts, even if contract language gua...
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35th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

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Every October, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.   There are 112 Fallen Firefighters to be honored at the National Memorial, to read more Click Here.   Here are some of the events  To Learn more Click Here
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Internet and Website Safety Tips

Internet and Website Safety Tips
Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others. Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target: Do not share things such as email addresses, usernames and passwords. Do not ...
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