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The IAFF Local 244 General Election will be held the first week of December 2016 (Exact Date-TBD)
The IAFF Local 244 General Election will be held the first week of December 2016 (Exact Date-TBD) Attention All Members: Nominations for the 2016 General Election officially open at the General Membership Meeting on September 8, 2016 and will close at the General Membership Meeting on November 10, 2016. Read More...
Rates of PTSD in Fire Fighters

Rates of PTSD in firefighters may be heightened more so than in other professions. See, many people will experience a potentially traumatic event at some point in their life. But just because you have experienced a traumatic event does not mean that you will definitely go on to develop PTSD. However, people who have experienced multiple traumatic events have been found to be at greater risk for developing PTSD.

One group of people that may experience many traumatic events as part of their job -- and thus be at a heightened risk for PTSD -- is firefighters.

Types of Traumatic Events Experienced While on the Job

One study of United States firefighters looked at the type of traumatic events experienced. High rates of traumatic exposure were found. For example, many had been exposed to crime victim incidents, people who were "dead on arrival" (where the death was not due to natural causes), accidents where there were serious injuries, and some also reported that they had experienced stress associated with giving medical aid to children and infants.

Another study found that firefighters generally reported that medical emergencies and motor vehicle accidents were the most upsetting types of calls that they received.

Rates of PTSD in Firefighters

Given that traumatic exposure is common among firefighters, it is not surprising that high rates of PTSD have been found.

Studies have found that anywhere between approximately 7% and 37% of firefighters meet criteria for a current diagnosis of PTSD.

It is clear from these studies that there is a big range in PTSD rates among firefighters. This is likely due to a number of reasons, including how PTSD was assessed (through a questionnaire or interview), whether other emergency responders were also surveyed along with the firefighters, whether the firefighters were volunteer or not, and where the firefighters worked.

Risk Factors for PTSD among Firefighters

A few studies have also looked at what factors might put firefighters at greater risk for the development of PTSD. A number of risk factors for PTSD among firefighters have been identified. These include:

Being previously in treatment for another disorder.

Starting work as a firefighter at a younger age.

Being unmarried

Holding a supervisory rank in the fire service.

Proximity to death during a traumatic event.

Experiencing feelings of fear and horror during a traumatic event.

Experiencing another stressful event (for example, loss of a loved one) after a traumatic event.

Holding negative beliefs about oneself (for example, feeling as though you are inadequate or weak).

Feeling as though you have little control over your life.

Hostility.

Protective Factors for PTSD among Firefighters.

Even though firefighters might be at high risk for stress as a result of their jobs, it is important to point out that most firefighters will not develop PTSD. In fact, several factors have been identified that may reduce the likelihood of developing PTSD among firefighters after the experience of multiple traumatic events.

One of the most important protective factors found was having social support available either at home or through work. In addition, it has also been found that having effective coping strategies available may lessen the impact of experiencing multiple traumatic events.

This is not surprising in that, among people in general, the availability of social support and effective coping strategies have consistently been found to reduce the risk for developing PTSD following a traumatic event.

Getting Help

Seeking out help may be an important way of reducing your risk for developing PTSD as a result of experiencing multiple traumatic events. There are a number of effective treatments available ranging from psychology to medication to help you overcome the impact of a traumatic event. You can also find out more information about treatment providers in your area through UCompare HealthCare from About.com.

By Matthew Tull, PhD

Updated May 02, 2016

Sources:

Bryant, R.A., & Guthrie, R.M. (2007). Maladaptive self-appraisals before trauma exposure predict posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 812-815.

Bryant, R.A., & Harvey, A.G. (1995). Posttraumatic stress in volunteer firefighters: Predictors of distress. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 183, 267-271.

Corneil, W., Beaton, R., Murphy, S., Johnson, C., & Pike, K. (1999). Exposure to traumatic incidents and prevalence of posttraumatic stress symptomatology in urban firefighters in two countries. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 4, 131-141.

Del Ben, K.S., Scotti, J.R., Chen, Y., & Fortson, B.L. (2006). Prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in firefighters. Work and Stress, 20, 37-48.

Haslam, C., & Mallon, K. (2003). A preliminary investigation of posttraumatic stress symptoms among firefighters. Work and Stress, 17, 277-285.

Heinrichs, M., Wagner, D., Schoch, W., Soravia, L.M., Hellhammer, D.H., & Ehlert, U. (2005). Predicting posttraumatic stress symptoms from pretraumatic risk factors: A 2-year prospective follow-up study in firefighters. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 2276-2286.

July Benevolent Fund Deduction

Brothers & Sisters,

For those enrolled and In accordance with Section 10 paragraph A of our Local's by-laws: "These payroll deductions will occur during the first pay period in January and the first pay period in July of each year." Call with questions.

IAFF/AFD CBA Ratification Vote 6-27-16
The 2016 City Chapter CBA was ratified by the membership with 79% approval. Special thanks to the Negotiating Team and the Members who worked the polls. Log-in to the members area under Contracts to review the official tally sheet. Please call Sgt. At Arms Miguel Tittmann with any questions or concerns. 
IAFF/AFD Collective Bargaining Agreement Ratification - June 2016

The IAFF Local 244 City Chapter Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been tentatively agreed upon (TA'd) with the City of Albuquerque. The ratification vote will take place on Monday, June 27, 2016 from 7:00am -7:00pm in accordance with Article II, Section 2 and Article XI, Sections 1, 2 & 5 of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws.  The designated poll sites will be: Union Hall, Station 8 and Station 17. To review the strike-and-delete version of the TA’d agreement, log in and click on the 'Contracts' section under main menu.

Absentee voting shall be provided for members unable to attend the ballot vote in the event that the member is on leave, departmental trip, training status, or on paid status at the time of the vote, in accordance with the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws Article XI, Section 3. Members who meet the requirements for Absentee voting may contact the Sergeant at Arms, or designee, and complete an Absentee Ballot at the Union Hall. Members must contact the Sergeant at Arms between 0900 to 1500 hours on the following dates, per the Election Committee: Wednesday June 22, 2016, Thursday June 23, 2016 & Friday June 24, 2016.

Informational meetings for review and discussion are scheduled for June 21 & 23 beginning promptly at 10:00am.

The Executive Board would like to acknowledge the City Chapter Negotiating Team (Roumpf, Cruz, Staley, Encinias and Watkins) for their diligent work and leadership in representing our collective interests. A job well done!

IAFF/BCFD CBA Ratification Vote 5-24-16

The 2016 County Chapter CBA was ratified by the membership with 68% approval. Special thanks to the Negotiating Team and the Members who worked the polls. Log-in to the members area under Contracts to review the official tally. Please call Sgt. At Arms Miguel Tittmann with any questions or concerns.  

City Council Resolution R-16-41 - AFD Minimum Staffing Requirements

Securing minimum staffing with rank specific sworn personnel is critical to safe and effective operations. In working with Council President Dan Lewis and Councilor Isaac Benton we have achieved the long standing goal of this union to secure the policy and practice of safe minimum staffing through a City Council Resolution (R-16-41). This resolution requires that as the growth of the city and call volume for the department increases, the city shall categorically maintain and increase staffing levels with sworn personnel in the field and in support divisions to sustain fire and EMS operations. This initiative coincided perfectly with the AFD's achievement of the ISO 1 rating earlier this year. Together these two accomplishments ensure optimal emergency services to the citizens of Albuquerque while keeping our members as safe as possible.

The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board would like to thank the Albuquerque City Council, The Mayor's Office and most importantly our IAFF brothers and sisters serving on the frontlines every day.

Please click on the link below to view the AFD Minimum Staffing Requirements Resolution:


Download: AFD Minimum Staffing Requirements R-16-41.pdf
IAFF/BCFD Collective Bargaining Agreement Ratification

The IAFF Local 244 County Chapter Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been tentatively agreed upon (TA'd). The ratification vote will take place on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 7:00am -7:00pm in accordance with Article II, Section 2 and Article XI, Sections 1, 2 & 5 of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws.  The designated poll sites will be: Union Hall, Station 33 and Station 40. To review the strike-and-delete version of the TA’d agreement, log in and click on the Contracts section under main menu.

Absentee voting shall be provided for members unable to attend the ballot vote in the event that the member is on leave, departmental trip, training status, or on paid status at the time of the vote, in accordance with the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws Article XI, Section 3. Members who meet the requirements for Absentee voting may contact the Sergeant at Arms, or designee, and complete an Absentee Ballot at the Union Hall. Members must contact the Seragent at Arms between 0900 to 1500 hours on the following dates, per the Election Committee: Friday, May 20, 2016 & Monday, May 23, 2016.

Informational meetings for review and discussion are scheduled for May 19 & 20 beginning promptly at 10:00am.

The Executive Board would like to acknowledge the County Chapter Negotiating Team for their diligent work and leadership in representing our collective interests. A job well done!

Support for IAFF Brother In Need

City Chapter Brothers & Sisters,

Firefighter Matt Sarazin is a 6-yr veteran with AFD and is also a US Army Veteran . The local is working on a policy with administration in order to allow FF Sarazin to train and keep a service dog at the station while on duty.  He has gone through an extensive process and secured a service dog. Now starts the beginning of a very long intensive training regimen. FF Sarazin will need to be off for all of his 10-hour day shifts from now through the end of the year.  He only has enough accrued leave to cover about half of those hours. We are asking members to help cover the rest of the hours through trade donations.

A Google Calendar has been created which shows the shifts needed (basically, all of B-shift's day shifts through January of next year).  Clink the link below to view the calendar and see what shifts need to be covered.  Firefighters from C and A shifts who are willing and able to trade can reference this calendar to see what's available.  If you can help out, please contact Vice-President Justin Cheney 505-238-3730 or Chief Steward Cris Cruz 716-864-7073, and they will enter your name for the shift you can work, then you must log into Telestaff and enter the "TRADE TIME WORK" for that shift, indicating FF Matt Sarazin as the "cover person".  You can also contact FF Sarazin directly at 505-514-6908. Please spread the word and thank you in advance for your help!

FF Sarazin Google Calendar Link:

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=qju7o9jk8lp3gps7m0ugb3asgk%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Denver

2016 Public Safety Basketball and Pingpong Tournament

Download: Ping Pong registration.pdf
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