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Rest In Peace Brother!
Our very own PFFW Executive Board Member Jerry Biggart with the big save of the day yesterday!
Happy 4th of July!!
Make a plan to celebrate safely tomorrow. Home fireworks and sparklers are never completely safe: over 10,000 people are injured by fireworks each year in the US and Canada. Leave firework shows to the professionals to avoid injuries and creating extra burden on fire departments.
The best and safest way to enjoy the Fourth of July is to leave fireworks displays to the professionals and view from a distance.
We remember, 7 years ago today, 19 Arizona firefighters died in the Yarnell Hill Fire. 

The 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were overcome after a change in wind direction pushed the flames back toward their position. One member of the crew survived.
I'll carry this flag
To the grave if I must
Cause it's a flag that I love
And a flag that I trust 
FLAG DAY
All gave some, some gave all. In memory of many, in honor of all! Thank you!
Happy National Emergency Medical Services Week to all our members!! National EMS Week 2020, May 17 - 23. 
Not only are our members Fire Fighters but also EMT's and Paramedics. Our members provide Emergency Medical Services saving lives and making a difference day in and day out. EMS is the backbone of what we do. If you see our members this week be sure to thank them for all they do.
Today marks the one year anniversary of losing our Brother Mitchell Lundgaard in the line of duty. Please keep his family and all our Brothers and Sisters in your thoughts and prayers today.
This week (May 10 – 16) is National Police Week and an opportunity to express our appreciation for all our law enforcement partners. 

It is especially important that we recognize our nation’s fallen officers. This is also an opportunity to thank law enforcement officers and their families for the sacrifices they make every day.

We thank you all!
The New Berlin Fire Department is accepting applications for the next Fire Chief. Click the link below for more information and to apply online! 
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/newberlinwi/jobs/2771772/fire-chief?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
Thank you to our Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation, Inc. for this reminder! 
You Can't Postpone Fire Prevention - With Fatalities Increasing, We Need Your Help - https://mailchi.mp/4a6578933d2f/you-cant-postpone-fire-prevention-with-fatalities-increasing-we-need-your-help
Happy Mother’s Day! We appreciate your sacrifices and unconditional love!
Thank a NURSE!

Today is National Nurses Day and this is National Nurses Week, it runs annually from May 6th through May 12th (Florence Nightingale's Birthday) and is a celebration for these wonderful caregivers.

Happy Nurses Week to all our friends in the Nursing profession! You are our partners in patient care from the streets to your facilities. Thank you for all you do!!!
Thank you to Senator Tammy Baldwin for providing updates on the Federal response and future safety and economic impacts of COVID-19 to our PFFW Leaders from across Wisconsin during our latest COVID-19 Committee presentation.
Happy Cinco de Mayo
A little more of the Force for you on Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you.
International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time where the world’s community can recognise and honour the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions. 

And also, May the Fourth be with you!
First ever PFFW Executive Board Meeting by video conference.

Makes you wonder what they did 100
years ago during the Spanish Flu. 

Did you know the PFFW has been in existence since 1907 and at that time was called the Wisconsin Paid Firemen’s Association?
Thank you to Governor Tony Evers for talking with the PFFW and it’s Fire and EMS affiliate leadership from around the State about our members COVID-19 Presumptive Medical Coverage, and Medicaid EMS Billing Reimbursement Rate Increases and Shared Revenue to cover our immense costs related to the pandemic.
Tornado Drill Today! Make plans to participate in Wisconsin’s Virtual Tornado Drill at 1:45 p.m., Discuss your plan with those in your home and practice going to your shelter.
This is National Public Safety Telecommunicators week. We want to recognize the men and women who provide the vital link between those calling 911 and us as first responders. The work they provide us is critical to our mission. Thank you for all you do!!
Happy Easter!!
Today, April 7th, is Election Day. Please be safe, be six feet away if possible, wash your hands when done, and be patient with poll workers. Remember, they are volunteers, risking exposure to protect your right to vote. Be Safe!
World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) is observed every year on 2 April in order to raise public awareness of autism. WAAD highlights the need to help and improve the quality of life of those with autism so that they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.
As our exposures continue to rise and members are getting the Corona Virus we are asking that you please take measures to protect yourselves and your families. 

Some best practices to prevent exposure to COVID-19 include washing your hands, not touching your face and avoiding contact with someone you believe is sick without wearing proper PPE. In addition to those practices, you should:

*Shower before leaving work
*Change into clean civilian clothes before heading home
*Don’t bring station uniforms and work shoes home
*Have contaminated or potentially
contaminated clothing laundered at work
*Maintain social distancing on duty and off duty
It may be difficult to see now, but Safer at Home orders and social distancing measures are working. Lives have already been saved and flattening the curve will avoid a health care capacity crisis.
‪Happy Doctors Day! Now more than ever, it is crucial that we show our support to all the physicians working tirelessly to protect patients from COVID19. Thank you!! ‬
Great presentation this morning from our PFFW COVID-19 Committee! Special thanks to Dr, Riccardo Collella, Medical Director of the State of WI and Medical Adviser to the PFFW, and Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, President of the International Public Safety Data Institute for both taking time out of very busy schedules right now to keep our members informed and prepared to be the first line of defense in dealing with COVID-19. We are asking our members to stay vigilant in protecting themselves from exposures. We cannot help those in need of we are sick ourselves.
Safer at Home! An easy guide to the Stay At Home Order. Stay home, help save lives.
Safer at home!

Certainly illustrates how rapidly this spread and the importance of social distancing.
And this is already old information as we are over 50,000 COVID-19 cases in the USA with 696 deaths.
Worldwide there are over 420,000 cases with almost 19,000 deaths.
‪Social distancing doesn't mean social disconnection. Why not call someone you haven't chatted with in awhile, text, or use Facetime. It's good for you and them! We're all in it together.‬
Our PFFW COVID-19 Committee presenting remotely to PFFW Affiliate Leaders from across Wisconsin. We are committed to providing guidance and assistance to our leaders and members throughout this Pandemic.
Your PFFW has been working around the clock with the International Association of Fire Fighters and Wisconsin Department of Health Services to ensure our members are ready to respond, and our members at the forefront of discussions when it comes to safety, funding, and other issues pertaining to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

We have a Corona Virus Committee who have been providing guidance and assistance to Local leaders in preparation for and during an exposure.

Due to the rapidly changing events related to the COVID-19 Pandemic we will be hosting two video conferences today and tomorrow at 14:30 for Local Affiliate Leaders. 

If your local as any questions do not hesitate to reach out to your PFFW Executive Board Members.
Happy St Patrick’s Day! Be well!
Great Public Safety Announcement. While trying to clean and decontaminate please don’t mix these cleaning agents.
A great reminder. Help protect our fire fighters and paramedics against #coronavirus. When calling 9-1-1, tell the dispatcher/call taker if you or anyone with you has flu-like symptoms.
Fun facts: There are 790,000 hospital beds 100,000 ICU beds total in all of the hospitals across the country 
Johns Hopkins predicts up to 9.6million people will need to be hospitalized and 3million will need ICU care.
Wishing a happy International's Women's Day to all the strong and dedicated women who help make the fire service and this union great!
Thank you to all our members for participating in the Fight For Air Climb - Milwaukee today raising money for the American Lung Association in Wisconsin! Congratulations to all who completed the 47 floors to the top and the winning teams.
Nashville firefighter raises an American flag following a deadly tornado that unleashed utter devastation in middle Tennessee, killing loved ones, leveling homes and businesses  🙏 #NashvilleStonrg #PrayForNashville
Since February 28, 1918, the IAFF has been on the frontlines - fighting for every advance in protecting the health, safety, and working conditions of professional fire fighters and paramedics. 

Check out history.iaff.org for more info.
Very inspiring and motivating day at our MDA Boot Camp! Hopefully all our locals and members are fired up for a successful Fill the Boot campaign this year! Thanks to all our members who came today. Special thanks to IAFF 5th District Vice President Tom Thornberg for coming!
Welcoming all our Locals from around Wisconsin to Badger State Brewing, Green Bay in the shadow of Lambeau Field for our Muscular Dystrophy Association Boot Camp. We are here to try and grow support among our members for Fill the Boot efforts and learn about the latest innovations in research and treating muscular dystrophy.  Thanks to all our members for coming today and being great advocates!!
At the State Capitol tonight with our co-sponsors Rep. Horlacher (R) and Rep Emerson (D) to watch the passage of SB-511 in the assembly for our PTSD bill that covers fire fighters and law enforcement officers in Wisconsin who dedicate their lives to our communities. We need to help those who help others. The bill will allow first responders to get the mental health treatment needed to get our members back on the frontline! 
Big thanks to Senator Jacque (R) and Senator Bewley (D) for the lead on this bill. The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin appreciate the efforts by all.
‪Happy National Wisconsin Day!! A day to celebrate how awesome we Wisconsinites are everyday!! Cheers!!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Once again, we want to thank New Berlin Firefighters Local 4724 for stepping up and agreeing to be hosts for this year's Bowling Tournament.

Saturday March 21st starting at 9am New Berlin Ale House, 16000 W Cleveland Ave, New Berlin, WI 53151.

If there are any questions, Locals can contact L 4724 President, Jason Shields at (262) 391-3564, or by email at 4724president@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Madison Fire vs. Madison PD Hockey - MFD brings home the win 10-7. 
Nice job fellas! 
All proceeds for the event benefit Safe Communities Dane County!
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy lives through all those who organize for improved conditions for all!
Thank you Green Bay Packers for another amazing season for us, the fans!
Thank you to all our members and everyone who made today a huge success lobbying for PTSD Coverage!! Thank you to all the legislators for taking time to hear from us. And thanks to our partners from the Wisconsin Professional Police Association and the Wisconsin Troopers’ Association for their collaboration.
Thank you too all the legislators who took time out of their busy schedules to hear about our PTSD Legislation.
Thank you to Senator Andre Jacque for addressing our delegation today and for being the lead author of this PTSD Legislation and a champion for this cause!!
Full house with standing room only for our Public Safety Lobby Day supporting legislation to protect our members suffering from Post Traumatic Stress.
Please share this photo in support of our efforts to get PTSD Coverage for our members! Feel free to make it your temporary profile picture. 

Tomorrow we will be at the capital making a push get this legislation voted on and signed into law.
PFFW political action: President Mitchell and Executive Board Member DeGarmo at the Capitol today with PFFW members testifying before the Assembly Committee on AB 569. This bill seeks to provide Workers Compensation coverage for Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers diagnosed with PTSD related to their employment. 
Please join us in Madison on January 15th for PFFW Lobbying day and help to get this important legislation passed!
Hoping for a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2020 for all!!
Choose wisely! It could be your life!! Every city has some variety of free rides to help you celebrate safely. No excuses!! Please celebrate safely! Wishing everyone a safe and happy New Years celebration 🎉 as well as a wonderful 2020!!
Always on duty 24/7. We are thankful for all our members do each and everyday! Special shout out to all those on duty this holiday season keeping us all safe!! And from our station houses to all Wisconsin we wish you a Merry Christmas!!
Our Milwaukee and Wauwatosa members helping Santa Claus, Spider-Man, and Batman bring some joy to unfortunate heroes a Merry Christmas at Children's Wisconsin. Merry Christmas & have a safe and happy holiday season!
Merry Christmas to all!!
Never Forgotten: December 24, 1994
Fire Fighter Lionel Hoffer, 44
Milwaukee Fire Department
On December 24,1994 Firefighter Lionel Hoffer of the Milwaukee 
Fire Department died at a fire in a church when he fell through a hole in 
the second floor. Hoffer had been operating an attack line in the church 
with an engine company when he went to check a room for fire extension. 
His crew heard him call for help and found him hanging from a hole in the 
floor, but they were unable to keep him from falling. He fell approximately 
12 feet into the first floor. Rescue crews tried to reach him, alerted by his 
PASS device which had activated, but were hampered by the collapsed floor in 
the front of the building and barred security doors at the rear of the 
building. Rescue crews eventually fought their way through heavy heat and 
smoke conditions to Hoffer's location, removed him from the building, and 
administered emergency care. His air supply had been exhausted and his death 
has been attributed to smoke inhalation.
President Mitchell and PFFW Members providing testimony while we continue to work to get PTSD legislation (SB-511) passed to protect all of our members, Fire Fighters and Paramedics. Thank you to Paramedic Devon Anders and Fire Fighters Brent Jones, Stephen Raclaw, and Nick Zimpel for sharing their stories! Hoping for strong bipartisan support to pass this important legislation. Thank you to our legislators for your time today. 
https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2019/proposals/sb511
PURPLE HEARTS: REMEMBERING THE FIREFIGHTERS KILLED & INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY AT PEARL HARBOR: As the Hickam Field firefighting apparatus was knocked out by the attack, Honolulu Fire companies responded to assist with the fires. 
At 0826 a Japanese aerial bomb was dropped on crews from HFD Engine Co.1, 4, and 6. 3 Firefighters, Captain John Carreira, Captain Thomas S. Macy, and Hoseman Harry T.L. Pang were killed in the Line of Duty. 
An additional 6 Firefighters were wounded from shrapnel. They were Honolulu Fire Lieutenant Fred Kealoha, Hoseman Moses Kalilikane, Hoseman John A. Gilman, Hoseman Solomon H. Naauao, Hoseman Patrick J. McCabe, and Hoseman George Correa. 
In 1944 they all were awarded the Order of the Purple Heart. They are the only non-military personnel to have received this award. MORE on Pearl Harbor as we remember those lost on December 7, 1941: https://www.google.com/amp/khon2.com/2016/12/05/honolulu-firefighters-among-those-killed-injured-in-pearl-harbor-attack/amp/
Photo from initial response from our members and law enforcement earlier at Waukesha South after ‪Gunshots were exchanged between a student and a school resource officer. 
‪Photo from The Waukesha Freeman
Happy Thanksgiving! We are very thankful for all our members who are on duty today working to keep communities safe!!
A turkey fryer is the cooking appliance that is most likely to cause a home fire on Thanksgiving. That doesn't mean you can't fry that bird, just do it the right way.
Good luck hunters! Wishing all a safe and prosperous hunt! Don’t forget a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector to keep your crew safe!!
Thank you so much to our members who give their time and effort to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association - Southern Wisconsin and to all Wisconsinites for their generosity!!! This year, our members raised over $425,000! Here's a fun fact: Over the last 20 years, our members raised over $7 Million for local families fighting back against Muscular Dystrophy!!
President Mitchell and Milwaukee Fire Lieutenant Jones testifying before the Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Advisory Council on PTSD being covered under Worker's Compensation.