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This afternoon President Mitchell was joined by several of our PFFW members to testify in front of the Assembly Subcommittee on Government Accountability and Oversight on AB-17, the PFFW’s PTSD bill that would adequately cover firefighters and police as they face job related PTSD.
Welcoming all our Locals from around Wisconsin to a virtual Fill the Boot Camp with our Muscular Dystrophy Association and all of the IAFF 5th District. We are enthusiastic about 2021 and hopefully a return to normal fill the boot with some virtual efforts. Our members discussed different ideas and learned about the latest innovations in research and treating muscular dystrophy.  Thanks to all our members for being on today and being great advocates!!
Our annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Fill The Boot Camp will be virtual this year and excited that it will be our entire IAFF 5th district together for it.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
President Mahlon Mitchell testifying in support of a PTSD bill at the State Capitol today on behalf of the membership.
On this #WorldCancerDay the IAFF encourages our members to protect themselves at the fire scene. Stay healthy. Sign the pledge www.iaff.org/news/fire-fighter-cancer-awareness-month-ends-with-a-pledge/
The Rochester Volunteer Fire Company is devastated to announce the death of Assistant Chief Cathy Wagner. To say she was the heart and soul of our department would be an understatement. 

From raising her children to her work in EMS and as a registered nurse, she committed her whole life to the service of others. Her generosity and empathy, knowledge and skill built this department into what it is today. 

We extend our deepest condolences to Cathy’s children, partner, family, friends, and anyone who’s lives she touched. She lived to serve and we will continue to serve in her honor and memory.

If you or someone you know are ever struggling with mental health, know that there is help out there. Please pick up the phone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.
Thank you Green Bay for another amazing season!!
Congratulations Andrea M. Hall, President of South Fulton Professional Firefighters Local 3920, for inspiring us with your incredible recitation of our nation's Pledge of Allegiance!
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy lives through all those who organize for improved conditions for all!
Exciting to see our members from across Wisconsin getting vaccinated for COVID-19. This vaccine will provide much needed protection for the protectors.
Fire fighters have a 9 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14 percent higher risk of dying from cancer than the general U.S. population

https://www.iaff.org/cancer-awareness-month/#how-to-get-started
We extend our sympathies to the United States Capital Police. Officer Brian Sicknick passed away last evening while serving in the line of duty during the events Wednesday at the Capitol. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues.
In partnership with the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), the IAFF has designated January as Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month to provide fire fighters the necessary tools and guidance to develop life-saving protocols for cancer prevention and to support those with a cancer diagnosis within their departments.
Hoping for a happy and healthy 2021 for all! We also want to recognize and thank our firefighters and paramedics for being on the frontlines of the greatest public health challenge in our lifetime! Looking forward to brighter days ahead....
Hoping most will choose to stay in this year but for those venturing out to celebrate...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 🎉
Please help us and take an extra few minutes to clear out a fire hydrant those minutes may be the difference in life and death when we arrive on scene.
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.
Happy Festivus!! Hopefully the airing of the grievances and feats of strength don’t get to carried away this year.
Proud to support Frank Lima for IAFF Secretary-Treasurer.
CONGRATULATIONS Deputy Chief Sharon Purifoy. The FIRST African American Female Deputy Chief of the Milwaukee Fire Department.
Rest In Peace Sir!
All our thoughts and prayers with our Wisconsin National Guard 115th Fighter Wing for the pilot’s safe return.
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.firehouse.com/operations-training/article/10447100/fire-history-dec-7-1941-a-day-of-infamy-and-fire
Dec. 7, 1941 

“...a date that will live in infamy.” 

We honor the 2,403 service members who lost their lives, & 1,178 who were wounded, during a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 79 years ago.
Happy Thanksgiving! We are very thankful for all our members who are on duty today working to keep communities safe!!
Heading up north. Good luck hunters! Wishing all a safe and prosperous hunt!
Home of the free because of the brave! To the generations of brave men and women who have risked their lives to defend our nation and our freedom, we thank you today and every day! Special thanks to all PFFW Members who served our Country and continue to serve we thank you!
Happy Birthday Marines!
Less concerning who you vote for than how you treat the people that vote differently...
A beautiful fall day for Wisconsin. Get out and VOTE!!
If you haven’t already, today is the day!! It’s time to VOTE!!
More than 50% of home fire deaths are attributed to non-working smoke alarms. 
Change your clocks and change your batteries!
Rest easy Brother Michael Langlois!
Congratulations to our PFFW Secretary/Treasurer Steve Wilding on his retirement from Oak Creek Fire after over 31 years!! 21 years as Local President. We know you will continue to be an advocate for Fire Fighters and Paramedics throughout Wisconsin.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our Racine Sisters and Brothers!
We are honored to work closely with Mahlon Mitchell as the dedicated and innovative President of our Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. Mahlon makes member centered decisions, is always looking to grow our value to the membership, and demands our Board be on the forefront of enhancing the wellbeing of our members. He has navigated one of the toughest groups of politicians in Wisconsin history and still led the PFFW to make meaningful gains and protect what we have. Mahlon has the skill, the deep understanding of fire fighters and union leadership, and will take the IAFF to new heights. Politics be as they may, Mahlon will be someone that you’ll be very proud to have at the top of your organization looking after all members as equals. We 100% endorse Mahlon for GP of the IAFF. He will protect the image of the International Association of Fire Fighters and strive to make it better each day. #unitediaff
Our members are truly awesome. Our Wauwatosa Fire Fighters and Paramedics served dinner to Wisconsin National Guard and Law Enforcement last night at the Station.
Nearly 90 percent of all fire-related deaths take place in home fires, with one home fire reported every 86 seconds.

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
Hoping for everything to stay peaceful tonight and the coming days. Please keep our Sisters and Brothers in Wauwatosa in your thoughts and prayers.
Did you know?
Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.
Our 82.5 Virtual PFFW Convention is full underway. President Mitchell guiding us through another successful PFFW Convention.
Fire Prevention Week is October 4th - 10th.  The theme this year is "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!"
Thankful to all Stations across Wisconsin that participated in the national "Light the Night" campaign in recognition of all fallen firefighters. Fire stations across the nation have been asked to participate by lighting their stations in red in honor of our fallen heroes. This is replacing the annual national bell ceremony this year due to COVID-19.
The PFFW Honor Guard Presentation of the Colors looks a little different at the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO virtual 2020 Convention.
Gov. Tony Evers ordered the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff today, in honor of the Silent Procession Ceremony honoring firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities as members of the fire services at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Park in Wisconsin Rapids.
There were 343 fire fighters killed in the September, 11, 2001, attacks, according to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. More than 200 additional fire fighters have died of 9/11-related illnesses in the almost 19 years since the attacks. Over 1,045 people have died from 9/11 cancers since 2001, and over 17,000 more have been diagnosed with 9/11 cancers.
North Tower Collapses 1028
Flight 93 Crashes 1007
South Tower Collapses 0959
Pentagon Struck 0937
South Tower Struck 0903
North Tower Struck 0846
At this moment 19 years ago, we went to bed quietly, with no thought that the next morning our World would change forever. That night hundreds packed flight bags they would not live to open. Thousands slept with loved ones for the last time. One never knows what a new day has in store. Let us live each day to the fullest, and never miss a chance to let those dearest to us know of our love for them. So tonight if you have someone in your life that you love, tell them...
We will never forget!!!
Labor Day recognizes the American labor movement and workers who have contributed to America’s strength and prosperity. If you have the privilege of not working on the weekends, enjoy paid vacation, work only 40 hours per week and can take sick leave then take time to thank a union this holiday. Unions made it possible.
Seeing Kenosha coming together to clean up and help each other as a community is amazing. #kenoshastrong
Many of our members from Southeast Wisconsin participated in a salute to PFC Evan Bath (Oak Creek, one of 8 Marines killed in an AAV accident) as his funeral detail arrived Tuesday August 25th.

Thank you Franklin, Milwaukee, Airport, Cudahy, St Francis, South Milwaukee, Oak Creek and Caledonia Fire Departments.
A picture says it all! As things are already kicking off tonight we think of our Brothers and Sisters at Kenosha Professional Firefighters Local 414, after fighting fires non-stop following the rioting in Kenosha. The citizens of Kenosha should be proud of the bravery displayed by all. Thank you for your service.
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