Today 2-25-2015, Lieutenant Scott Schumacher (Shoe), 41 years of age, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. For a number of years, Lt. Schumacher has battled bouts of cancer with ultimately succumbing to his cancer today. Scott began his career with the Kenosha Fire Department on September 1, 1998. He was promoted to Lieutenant February 1, 2010. Throughout Scott's career he was an active union member, serving a number of years on Kenosha Local 414's Executive Board. He leaves behind his wonderful wife and 3 young children. Please keep Scott's family, in your thoughts and prayers. Further details will be forthcoming.
MILWAUKEE -- Three firefighters were injured battling a fire on Milwaukee's north side Tuesday night.
The fire started around 10 p.m. on an upper floor of a eight unit building near Sherman Boulevard and Villard Avenue. Officials said the blaze quickly engulfed the rest of the building.
As many as eight people lived inside and they all made it out. According to the Milwaukee Fire Department, residents living the second floor had to jump out of windows, including resident Trevone Trunwell, who cut his hand.
"We couldn't see nothing because the smoke was getting darker and darker," Trunwell said. "I had my phone, so I called the fire department. We tried to get the window up but we couldn't get the window up...we did it with all of our might."
The three firefighters were taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A cause of the fire has not been determined
Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin and
Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation are proud to announce Engine House 19 Fire Brewed Ale.
A portion of every barrel
sold will be donated to the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin
Attendee's of the PFFW Wisconsin Affiliate
Leadership Training Summit will be enjoying a Beer Launch Party on
Tuesday, September 9th @ The Merchant 121 N. Pinckney St. Madison, WI.
Hope to see you there!
PFFW Delegation with IAFF General President. Great job Cincinnati IAFF Local 48
Wisconsin Affiliate Leadership Training Seminar
September 8-10, 2014 in Madison, WI @ The Concourse Hotel
Please CLICK HERE for new registration information and details
Whether you are an experienced or new affiliate leader, there is always something to learn.
At WALTS, the focus is on helping affiliate leaders strengthen their skills
and grow as leaders through education and safety.
This education conference offers:
· Tools to improve your union leadership skills and knowledge
· Information on important issues facing the PFFW and your local
· Updates on current trends & issues
· Customized training for new and experienced leaders
· High quality education at a very reasonable cost
· High-quality instruction by distinguished guest presenters and PFFW leadership
· Opportunities to network and share experiences with leaders from across the
Welcome to the 79th PFFW Convention hosted by Sheboygan Firefighters IAFF Local 483 in beautiful Sheboygan, WI
Eau Claire firefighters mourn loss of crew member after fight with cancer
Eau Claire (WQOW) - With flags at half-staff, the Eau Claire Fire Department is remembering one of its own.
Waterman, a 16 year veteran of the fire department, lost her battle
with cancer yesterday. To her firefighter brothers and sisters, Denise
was known for her kind and generous spirit.
Described as an artist
by her colleagues, who say her love of animals, especially dogs and
horses, drove her compassion in her career. She spent much of her Eau
Claire career as an engineer and paramedic on Medic 10.
firefighters have been there with her husband and her family throughout
the whole thing so it has been something that has impacted everyone
quite greatly. Now, with the loss of her, that impact is felt even more
deeply," Allyn Bertrang, Deputy Chief with the Eau Claire Fire
A couple of weeks ago we told you about a group
of firefighters who are running in the Eau Claire marathon on Sunday in
full gear to raise money for cancer research. Those firefighters say
they will be running in Denise's honor.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A federal judge in Milwaukee struck down Wisconsin's
voter identification law Tuesday, declaring that a requirement that
voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair
burden on poor and minority voters.
U.S. District Judge Lynn
Adelman sided with opponents of the law, who argued that low-income and
minority voters aren't as likely to have photo IDs or the documents
needed to get them. Adelman said the law violated the U.S.
Constitution's guarantee of equal protection. He also said the law
appeared too flawed to be fixed by legislative amendments.
decision invalidates Wisconsin's law and means voter ID likely won't be
in place for the fall elections, when Republican Gov. Scott Walker
faces re-election. While Walker last month committed to calling a
special legislative session if the law were struck down in court, his
spokeswoman wouldn't commit to that Tuesday.
"We believe the voter
ID law is constitutional and will ultimately be upheld," Walker
spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said in an email. "We're reviewing the
decision for any potential action."
The ruling could set a
precedent for similar legal challenges in Texas, North Carolina and
elsewhere. There are 31 states with laws in effect requiring voters to
show some form of identification, according to the National Conference
of State Legislatures. Seven states have strict photo ID requirements
similar to the one a state judge struck down in Arkansas last week; that
decision has been appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court.
Pennsylvania's voter ID law has been put on hold because of court
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama waded into
the voter ID debate, accusing Republicans of using restrictions to keep
voters from the polls and jeopardizing 50 years of expanded voting
access for millions of black Americans and other minorities.
Dane County judge had already blocked Wisconsin's law in state court.
The state Supreme Court heard arguments in two separate lawsuits in
February, although it's not clear when the justices will issue a ruling.
For voter ID to be reinstated, the state's high court would have to
rule that it doesn't violate the state constitution, and Adelman's
decision would have to be overturned on appeal.
On March 20, 2014 Sheboygan Fire Fighters Charities, IAFF local 483, was awarded the 2014 Wisconsin AFL/CIO Community Services Project Award for the "Fire Engine Co #1" exhibit at the Above and Beyond Children's Museum. The Wisconsin State AFL/CIO each year presents a project award to an affiliate that has made a unique contribution to the community through volunteer service and innovative efforts. The Fire Engine CO #1 exhibit at the Above and Beyond Children's Museum was a collaborative effort of Sheboygan Firefighters Charities, Above and Beyond Children's Museum and Sheboygan Area Businesses. Accepting the award on behalf of the charity were Sheboygan Fire Fighters Nic Noster and Jamon Ingelse at a ceremony held at the Concourse Hotel in Madison, WI.
PFFW members meeting with Congress in Washington DC discussing Fire Fighter issues
Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters
with a heavy heart that the OAPFF sends thoughts and prayers to Toledo
Local 92 following the Line of Duty Deaths of two of our brother fire
President Sanders has been in contact with Local 92
leadership and expressed our deepest sympathies and assured them that
the OAPFF and our members stand ready to assist our brothers and sisters
through this difficult time.
We understand that
many of our members and the general public are interested in supporting
the families of these fallen fire fighters. We ask for your
understanding and patience, as well as respect for family privacy as
additional details are released.
May our Brothers Rest In Peace and their families find comfort in this difficult time.
DECORATE IN SOLIDARITY WITH A BLUE FIST HOLIDAY ORNAMENT
Winter in Wisconsin...got to love it.
Click picture for article from Milwaukee Journal
It is with great sadness that the Grand Chute
Fire Department announces the passing of Fire Prevention Specialist
Jesse T. Pickett.
Jesse and his family were involved in motor
vehicle crash while returning from a family gathering in the Wisconsin
Dells area on Sunday December 8, 2013. As a result of injuries
sustained in the crash, Jesse passed away at the scene. His wife and
two daughters were also injured and transported to a Madison area
Jesse began his career
with the Grand Chute Fire Department in February, 2009 as our Fire
Prevention Specialist. Jesse was the department's Public Information
Officer and was instrumental in working with the media. His tremendous
passion for promoting public education in our schools and at many
community events was evident through his dedication and strong
commitment to his firefighting career.
Our department, the
community, and his many friends are at a deep loss with his passing. Our
hearts go out to his wife, children, extended family, and the many
others which are affected as a result of this tragedy.
counselors will be available to meet with firefighters and Town
employees. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.
SouthShore Restructuring there fire department
Click picture to read article
a proposal was presented to the Public Safety and Welfare Committee to
ADD 6 additional firefighter positions to the 2014 operating budget,
without adding any increase to the current proposed tax levy. Kenosha
Firefighters Local 414 worked closely
with a number of aldermen on this proposal. We URGE EVERYONE to contact
their Alderperson and voice your support for increased public safety
with no added cost to the taxpayer.
We keep hearing how
politicians want to increase public safety but even when an opportunity
exists to add additional staffing WITHOUT increasing the cost to the tax
payers, their actions prove otherwise!
Special thanks to
Aldermen Kevin Mathewson, David Bogdala, G John Ruffolo and Steve
Bostrom for your efforts and approaching us with a potential solution.
We hope others are willing to step up at the next committee meeting!
Please read and share this outrageous story of killing the American dream
Attendees of the PFFW local officers meeting in Madison 10/15/2013
President Mitchell and PFFW E-Board member Rich Gee explaining new PAC program
Legislative update with PFFW lobbyist Joe Strohl
Contract bargaining updates with Atty Tim Hawks
Pension Overview by Bob Conlin, ETF/WRS
Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin at the State Fire Fighters Memorial 10/12/2013.
WSFM Final Alarm Ceremony and Final Alarm Procession is scheduled for
October 12, 2013
On October 12, 2013 the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial, Inc.
Board of Directors will be honoring fallen firefighters from the State
of Wisconsin by sponsoring the annual Final Alarm and Roll Call Ceremony
and the Final Alarm Procession in Wisconsin Rapids. We respectfully
request your presence at our ceremonies
as we pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while
serving their communities as members of the Fire Service. The Final
Alarm and Roll Call Ceremony will be conducted at the Wisconsin State
Firefighters Memorial Park. It is located on 2nd Street South in
Wisconsin Rapids beginning at 3:33 PM. At that time a memorial service
will be held to honor the memories of the 268 firefighters who have died
in the line of duty in the State of Wisconsin. The names of all Fallen
Firefighters listed on the Memorial Wall will be read along with the
tolling of the Memorial Bell for each.
This year we will be
recognizing five members of our fire service community who have made
this ultimate sacrifice since our 2012 ceremony:
HEO/Paramedic Joseph Floryance, Milwaukee Fire Department, 10/05/2012
Chief Steven Fritz, Rothschild Fire Department, 12/10/2012
Chief Philip Mortensen, Brooklyn Fire & EMS Protection District, 12/23/2012
Firefighter John Soukup, Sturgeon Bay Fire Department, 03/27/2013
Lieutenant David Cooper, Pleasant Prairie Fire Department, 04/28/2013
This is a very moving ceremony and a wonderful way to honor those
members and their families. Prior to, or at the conclusion of the Final
Alarm Ceremony, you are invited to check out the exhibits located within
the WSFM visitor center.
At 6:30 P.M. Fire Department drivers
planning to participate in the Final Alarm Procession are asked to
assemble at the park in preparation for the 7:00 P.M. start of the
procession. This procession makes a winding tour through the streets of
Wisconsin Rapids and terminates with a drive-by of the Wisconsin State
Firefighters Memorial Park.
For those of you planning an
overnight stay in Wisconsin Rapids on October 12th, we have included a
listing of the many local hotels.
3018 8th St. South
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494
451 East Grand Av.
Wis. Rapids WI 54494
715-423-1500 or 800-843-6323
3120 8th St. South
Wis. Rapids WI 54494
America's Best Value Inn
3480 8th St. South
Wis. Rapids WI 54494
911 Huntington Av.
Wis. Rapids WI 54494
3300 8th St. South
Wis. Rapids WI 54494
Sleep Inn & Suites
4221 8th St. South
Wis. Rapids WI 54494
If you need additional information, please contact me by phone at (414) 771-6794, via email at email@example.com
or send a note to WSFM at P.O. Box 248 Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-0248.
Updates will also be posted on the Memorial web site located at www.WSFM.org.
The W.S.F.M. offers our thanks for your continued support of the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial park.
watch the short video from Kenosha IAFF Local 414 and there position for adding additional resources
we so desperately need.
We are pleased to announce that IAFF Local 4724 (Representing New Berlin
and Town of Brookfield) has joined the PFFW tonight with 24 full time
members. We are very glad to have you and excited to have the PFFW
continue to grow. Thank you for allowing us to present information amd
Welcome to the PFFW.
Pictured are PFFW Officers and Board Members with members of IAFF Local 4724 our newest Local.IAFF
Local 4724 members with PFFW Board Members at our meeting after our
vote to join the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. Monumental
moment for our Local and we are proud to join with Locals across the
State of Wisconsin. Thank you to the PFFW Board Members for attending
our meeting to discuss the benefits.
PFFW supporting MDA with James jones of the Green Bay Packers.
3rd Annual MDA Wisconsin Muscle Team Gala
Athletes and sponsors flex their muscles for the families of MDA