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Victory! Fire Fighter Cancer Registry Act Signed Into Law

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Culminating more than two years of intense lobbying and hard work by the IAFF and its leadership, President Donald Trump has signed the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2018 (H.R. 931) into law. With this final action, the federal government takes the first steps towards establishing a one-of-a-kind national cancer registry specifically for fire fighters. With President Trump’s signature, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now directed to undertake the collection of detailed data on the ...
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PFANJ 2018 Convention

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Thank you to all Locals, members, special guests, sponsors, and supporters who joined us in Atlantic City for the 2018 PFANJ Convention. Photo slideshow of event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ34BYfRIpo IAFF GST Edward R. Kelly video message and update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMwiFT9JpgA Photo gallery from event: https://newjerseyfirefighters.smugmug.com/organize/2018-PFANJ-Convention News about the 2019 PFANJ Convention will be released late in 2018.
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2018 PFANJ 5-Alarm 5K Run/Walk

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Thank you all of the runners, walkers, volunteers, and supporters who made the 2018 PFANJ 5-Alarm 5K Run/Walk benefiting The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas bigger than ever! Video recap of event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_eLza81SLs Photo gallery from event: https://newjerseyfirefighters.smugmug.com/organize/2018-PFANJ-5-Alarm-5K News about the 2019 PFANJ 5-Alarm 5K Run/Walk will be released late in 2018.
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PFRS Pension Takeover Update

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Dear Brothers & Sisters, The Pension Governance Bill, which transfers management of Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) from the Division of Pensions and Benefits in the Department of the Treasury to a new Board of Trustees of the PFRS, passed in the State Senate and Assembly this afternoon.  It is now is headed to Governor Phil Murphy's desk. If the Governor signs the bill into law, the PFANJ and the other unions will have a direct role in ensuring the stability of the pensio...
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2018 PFANJ 5-Alarm 5K Run/Walk to Benefit the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas

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Registration for the 2018 PFANJ 5-Alarm 5k Run/Walk is now open! Click  here  to register. The event will be held on the waterfront in Asbury Park on June 12, 2018.  The race kicks off at 6:30pm. Once again, all proceeds from the event will support the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center - New Jersey's  only dedicated burn treatment facility. This state-of-the-art facility is one of the largest in North America, caring for patients of all ages.  E...
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UPDATE ON S5 - THE PENSION TAKEOVER BILL

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Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Today, as we celebrate today's momentous 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) across the United States and Canada, we wanted to update you on critical legislation here in New Jersey that affects our hard-earned retirements.

As you are well aware, the PFANJ was against the plan to have unions take control of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS). Unfortunately, momentum supporting the legislation pushed the PFANJ to either stand by and let Senate Bill S5 – the pension take-over legislation - go forward as initially drafted, or to join the process and negotiate changes that would better protect the hard-earned retirements of our members. After negotiating to get several critical changes made to the bill, the PFANJ signed onto the legislation.

From the outset, a major PFANJ concern regarding this legislation was that it could morph into something much different than the unions originally pushing it intended.

Unfortunately, it's become increasingly apparent that we're now entering that territory.

S5 was posted for a vote in the NJ State Senate on Monday, February 26, 2018. Before a vote could be held, word spread that the Assembly and Governor’s office had changes to S5. The Senate then removed S5 from the agenda. No changes were discussed with the PFANJ or with any other stakeholder of the PFRS.

We have reached out to Governor Murphy, Assembly Speaker Coughlin, and other stakeholders for updates and to reiterate our concerns. We will not support S5 if changes are made to grant more control of the PFRS to municipalities over the unions. Senate President Sweeney has committed to us that he will not move legislation that undermines the intent of the original draft of S5.

This legislation affects the hard-earned benefits of our current and future retirees. The PFANJ will fight to ensure those benefits remain as secure as possible. With that, we also remind all members to members to vote for PFANJ 5th District Vice President and Newark Fire Officers Union Local 1860 Anthony Tarantino for PFRS Pension Trustee.

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Wisdom Wednesday - College Planning

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The next educational seminar in our "Wisdom Wednesday" series will be on 2/28 at 6pm and the topic will be College Planning. If you have any intention of sending your children to college, you probably have lots of questions about how to save for college and how to best position yourself for financial aid. This will be a very informative presentation. If you'd like to attend please let me know, or you can use the RSVP options on the flyer (but please still let me know). Hope to see many of you there!

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PFRS PENSION TAKEOVER BILL UPDATE

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, New Jersey State Senate Bill "S5" (Transfer PFRS to Board of Trustees)  will be introduced in committee this morning. After significant negotiations, the bill WILL include amendments that the PFANJ fought for to ensure more protections for the members of the PFRS. Although not all of the amendments that our pension attorney, actuary and the IAFF had recommended were agreed to, the included amendments will strengthen protections for PFRS members and their hard-earn...
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31st New Jersey Firefighters Ski Race Benefiting the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas

Hosted by Jersey City Firefighters IAFF Local 1066 and Jersey City Fire Officers IAFF Local 1064

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PFRS PENSION TAKEOVER BILL

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, On Thursday evening, New Jersey State Senator Steve Sweeney posted Bill S-5, otherwise known as the "unions" pension takeover bill, for a committee hearing. Identical to the bill that was opposed by the PFANJ/IAFF and vetoed by Governor Christie in 2017, this bill would transfer management from the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) from the state to the four major police and fire unions. Testimony on the bill will be heard in Trenton on Thursday, February 1, 201...
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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

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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

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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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