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THE PFANJ WELCOMES EDISON FIREFIGHTERS IAFF LOCAL 1197
The PFANJ is honored to welcome Edison Firefighters IAFF Local 1197 back to our association! The PFANJ represents more than 60 Locals throughout New Jersey and is the leading advocacy organization for labor, health, and safety issues for fire and EMS professionals throughout the state!

PFANJ ENDORSES ANNETTE QUIJANO FOR ASSEMBLY (LD-20)
The Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey's union firefighters, EMS, and support service members endorse candidates who support us and stand for public safety, including Assemblywoman Annette Quijano for reelection in Legislative District 20.New Jersey's Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 8, 2021. On Wednesday, May 19, the PFANJ hosted a private event in support of Assemblywoman Annette Quijano. Assemblyman Quijano has been a tremendous advocate for New Jersey's PFANJ Fire &...

Enrollment is open for the IAFF's Fitness Principles and Practice Course
Enrollment is open for the International Association of Fire Fighters's newly developed virtual F2T 101 – Fitness Principles and Practice course (formerly the Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) certificate course). This industry-leading virtual experience combines the flexibility of online learning with interactive and practical exercises typically reserved for in-person deliveries. REGISTER for the June course by May 25 and RECEIVE 25% OFF the course fee! This course will be offered again in July....

Funeral Services Information for New Haven Local 825 Firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr.
Funeral services for New Haven Local 825 Firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr. will be on Thursday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. Following the mass, Torres will be buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford with full departmental honors.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION VIA THE IAFF REGARDING THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT
The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law by President Biden, provided $350 billion in direct federal assistance to state and local governments. We previously provided a breakdown of funding allocated to each state and locality and an analysis of how this funding benefits fire fighters and emergency medical personnel. This week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has released comprehensive guidance further outlining details on how these funds can be used. Broadly speaking, funds may be us...

NATIONAL EMS WEEK - MAY 16-21, 2021
This is National EMS Week and we recognize the critical role EMS professionals play in serving our communities. The PFANJ has thousands of members who are fire-based and single-role EMS providers, and the COVID-19 pandemic has tested those members like never before! National EMS Week is a time to recognize and honor EMS professionals for their tireless dedication to their communities — not just during this pandemic but every day of the year! As this pandemic continues, we must remain vigilan...

Public service in the U.S.: Increasingly thankless, exhausting
"They're battered and burnt out. They're stretched by systems where shortages are common... Colleagues are retiring early or resigning... There are mental breakdowns, substance abuse and even suicide, especially among first responders." FULL STORY: https://www.hollandsentinel.co...