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December 08, 2016
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Update-General Election

Dear Members,

This letter is to inform you that IAFF Local 244 will not be holding its annual General Election for 2016, as all positions for this election have been elected through acclamation by the membership in accordance with the Constitution & Bylaws.  

The nominations for the 2016 General Election opened in September and closed at the November General Membership meeting.  Below is the list of all positions up for election this year and the newly elected Executive Board Officers. New Executive Board Officers will be installed at the General Membership meeting on January 12, 2017.

  • John Roumpf, General Treasurer
  • Miguel Tittmann, Sergeant at Arms
  • Robert Sanchez, County Vice-President
  • Albert Ortega, City Chief Steward
  • Joseph Trujillo, County 2nd Steward
  • Donovan Jacks, City 2nd Steward
  • *Vacant, County 4th Steward
  • Matt Watkins, City 4th Steward
  • Vince Gnodle, County 2nd Trustee
  • Justin Staley, City 2nd Trustee

Please call with any questions or concerns.


Miguel Tittmann, Sergeant at Arms

*Please check online in January for more information related to vacancies and letters of interest. 

IAFF Veteran's Day and Remembrance Day Message

IAFF Local 244 Christmas Party

The Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters Christmas Party will be held on Friday December 16, 2016 at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at the union hall Monday through Thursday from 10am to 4pm. Please ensure you book your hotel room on or before 12/12/16. For more information call Kelly @ 505-288-2313.

Reservations can be made via passkey reservation web link that is set to the special discounted room rate of $99 & includes free breakfast:

Please submit nominations for Fire Fighter of the Year to: or in person at the General Meeting on December 8, 2016 for the Executive Board to consider. We will honor one member from each chapter with the Fire Fighter/Paramedic of the year and one general member for Outstanding Leadership.

New NFPA 1710 Explainer Video

For years, affiliates have battled politicians who make decisions on how many fire fighters a community has, based on budget figures developed by number crunchers. In most cases, this flawed approach leaves the community short of the number of fire fighters needed to successfully protect the residents and businesses they serve.

In past decades, there were very few tools to make credible arguments in debates on this issue – beyond our own experience. But over the past few years, the IAFF has been leading the charge on scientific research to help community leaders better understand how to best protect the taxpaying public.

NFPA 1710 is the internationally accepted standard on minimum crew size and operational staffing for career fire departments. Telling the 1710 story is difficult, even to IAFF members but this video can be the key to start a discussion.

A new explainer video on the NFPA 1710 Standard – an essential tool for conveying the message that proper staffing levels are essential for keeping your community safe - promotes the science of fire fighting and educating policy makers through leaders and the media in your community.

City Chapter Special Meeting to Review and Approve IAFF Proposal for ALS/BLS Redistribution

A Special Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:00p.m. in accordance with Article V, Section 6 of the Constitution & By-Laws. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the IAFF Local 244 proposal to enhance AFD's EMS delivery to adapt to current call volume trends that will better serve the public. 

Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Honors 123 in Moving Ceremony
The names of 123 IAFF members who died in the line of duty and reported to the IAFF in the last year are now etched in granite, to be remembered forever by family, friends and fellow fire fighters in communities across North America. Read More...
Local 244 Kid’s Halloween Party!!

Local 244 Kid’s Halloween Party!! Costumes Welcome! 

The 2016 Children's Annual Party will be held on Sunday October 30, 2016 at Cliff’s Amusement Park starting promptly at 12:00pm.

Please call/text Kelly @ 505-288-2313 before October 18, 2016 for your family's reservation, an RSVP is required.

Members may arrive at 11:30a.m. to check-in; food will be served from 12:00p.m.-1:30pm only.

This event includes all day general admission to the park from 12:00p.m. to 6:00p.m., a catered meal (Powdrell’s BBQ) from 12:00-1:30p.m. and an All Day Ride Pass for children 18 & under.

This will be the only children’s party for 2016.


Date:   10/30/16

Time:   12:00p.m. (check-in at 11:30a.m.)

Where: Cliff’s Amusement Park

RSVP BY: 10/18/16

*ADULTS ONLY (upgrade to an All Day Ride Pass for $6.00)

To buy your All Day Ride Pass upgrade tickets click on this link:

All Day Ride Passes include:  unlimited rides for the day, these tickets are good for October 30th ONLY.

Remembering the 343 FDNY Fire Fighters on 15th Anniversary of 9/11

Message from General President Harold Schaitberger:

“Fifteen years ago on September 11, 2001, on a beautiful and then horrific Tuesday morning on the south end of Manhattan, we were faced with a catastrophic moment in our country and our profession. 

“343 of the very bravest from FDNY made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation and on behalf of the citizens they were sworn to protect. And at the Pentagon, hundreds of members from locals in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland battled the flames and risked their lives to pull people from the rubble.

“Our two incredible locals, the Uniformed Firefighters Association Local 94 and Uniformed Fire Officers Association Local 854, were faced with a disastrous moment, for which no playbook had been written.

“This union of ours, our members and leaders across two great countries came together in an incredible display of solidarity to begin taking care of the families of our fallen and those who were left behind.

“The details of our work, the resources, the financial assistance – more than $164 million for the 9/11 Disaster Relief Fund – and the support from our combined efforts are well chronicled. In the face of an unspeakable disaster, the pure solidarity displayed by everyone across this union is a moment that we should all be proud of.”

County Chapter Appointments for Safety Committee and Staffing Committee (48/96).

Attention County Chapter Members, 

The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is currently accepting letters of interest to serve on both the BCFD/IAFF Safety Committee and the BCFD/IAFF Staffing Committee (48/96). If you would like to serve on one of these committees please submit a letter of interest via email to President Diego Arencón:

*Please review CBA Article 33, Section 33.2.1 for Safety Committee info & Article 41, Section  41.7 for Staffing Committee info.   


Letters of interest must be received by October 1, 2016 in order to be considered. 

IAFF Local 244 Per-Capita Dues Increase
IAFF Local 244 Per-Capita Dues Increase The 53rd IAFF Biennial Convention took place in August 2016 in Las Vegas. Some of the resolutions passed do require an expense that is passed on to us at the local and State levels. As an end result, the Resolutions which passed carrying an expense will increase in our monthly Per Capita dues to the International (our monthly dues to the International). Read More...
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