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Possible Changes to Fire & EMS Members in PERS Advancing in State Legislature
At least a few hundred public safety officers in New Jersey would gain access to better pensions under legislation advancing in the state Legislature. Most officers and firefighters are enrolled in the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System. But some aren’t, usually because they started their job after age 35, and they may hold job titles that also keep them out of the law enforcement officer category in the Public Employees’ Retirement System. FULL STORY: https://nj1015.com/a-move-...

National Fire Academy to Offer Online Zoom Classes
The U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy is accepting applications for online virtual course offerings.These online virtual deliveries are presented live via ZOOM for 2 consecutive days. Students must have the technical capability to use ZOOM. April 26-27, 2021: · Fire Investigation: First Responder (S0770) - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST both days. · Incident Safety Officer (S0729) - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST both days.April 28-29, 2021: · Preparation for Initial...

American Rescue Plan Details for NJ Announced in Elizabeth
The PFANJ was on hand on March 12 as Governor Phil Murphy, Senator Bob Menendez, Senator Cory Booker, and many other political leaders from throughout the state, hold a press conference in Elizabeth to share the details of the "American Rescue Plan". Significant funding and benefits for fire fighters and emergency medical personnel are included in the pan.The International Association of Fire Fighters worked diligently to ensure the bill provides the following: • $200 million in supplement...

Bill Proposed in Assembly to Recognize Dispatchers as Emergency Services Personnel
Recognizing the integral role of 9-1-1 dispatchers in emergency response, legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John Armato to designate 9-1-1 operators as first responders was approved Monday by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. The goal of this legislation (A-3804) is for 9-1-1 operators to have a title that better reflects the services they provide. FULL STORY: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u...

Line of Duty Death of Irvington Fire Department Recruit Firefighter Victor Melillo
The PFANJ is saddened to hear of the line of duty death of Irvington Fire Department FMBA Local 14 Recruit Firefighter Victor Melillo. Recruit Firefighter Melillo collapsed during training at the Morris County Fire Academy on Thursday and his death was announced on Tuesday, March 9, 2021..

AMERICAN RECOVERY AND RESCUE ACT INCLUDES SIGNIFICANT FUNDING FOR FIRE/EMS
Significant funding and benefits for fire fighters and emergency medical personnel are included in the American Recovery and Rescue Act, HR 1319, which passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 50-49 on March 6. The IAFF worked diligently to ensure the bill provides the following:- $200 million in supplemental funding for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program to retain fire fighters at risk of layoff and rehire laid off fire fighters.- $100 million in supplemental...

IAFF Election Results
The PFANJ congratulates IAFF General President Elect Edward "Edzo" Kelly and General Secretary-Treasurer Frank Lima on their elections. The results are official when the 55th Convention reconvenes at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on March 10, 2021, and the Election Committee Chair reports the results to the delegates. The PFANJ also thanks PFANJ 1st Vice President Anthony Tarantino for serving on the Election Committee. The result of the election is as follows: General President: Edward A. Ke...