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October 18, 2017
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What's New at IAFF 244
Jonas Family
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of James McLaren Jonas, the son of Lieutenant James Jonas (Rescue 6C). The Jonas family is strengthened by the overwhelming support of prayers, thoughts, and donations from our Fire Family. An informal gathering for the remembrance of their beloved son ”Mac” will be held this Saturday, October 21st at the CrossFit facility from 12-2pm, located at 581 Quantum Rd NE in Rio Rancho. All off-duty members are invited to attend and are asked to wear a fire service T-shirt in support of our brother and his family.
IAFF Transition Team

Attention City Chapter Members: 

As we head into the Albuquerque municipal runoff election it is important that we identify and organize our collective priorities before working with a new administration. We are currently accepting letters of interest for members who are willing to serve on the IAFF Transition Team. The team will be comprised of one member from each rank and one non-rank specific member representing each support division. President Arencón will appoint the IAFF Transition Team from the letters submitted. Letters of interest are due by Friday, October 27, 2017. Please send letters to: iafflocal244@hotmail.com

Las Vegas Shooting – IAFF Response

The IAFF is reporting 12 fire fighters shot in the Las Vegas mass shooting:

  • Desert Springs, AZ Local 4543? – 1
  • Encinitas, CA – 1 (non-IAFF member)
  • Glendale, CA Local 776 – 1
  • Lake Havasu, AZ Local 2974 – 1
  • Las Vegas, NV Local 1285 – 1
  • Los Angeles City, CA Local 112 – 2
  • Los Angeles County, CA Local 1014 – 3 
  • San Bernardino, CA Local 935 – 
  • San Diego, CA Local 145 – 1
  • Torrance, CA Local 1138? – 1

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVCoffers resources and support to help victims and their families, victim service providers, law enforcement and first responders that are providing support to them during this difficult time?. Learn more … 

October 1 – As most of the country was sleeping, IAFF members from Clark County Local 1908, Henderson Local 1883 and Las Vegas Local 1285 were responding to the historic, tragic, mass shooting overnight in Las Vegas, Nevada, in which at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured.

While we are still gathering all of the details, the IAFF is already working to help our members. Assistant to the General President for Health, Safety & Medicine Pat Morrison is coordinating the full IAFF response, which will include mobilizing a Peer Support team and providing any other assistance our members and affiliates need as a result of this incredible event.

With so many members living in the area, including from North Las Vegas Local 1607, we know a number of off duty personnel and their families were at the event, with a number of injuries reported. We also had many more members from across the country who traveled to Vegas and were there when the shooting occurred.  We have already heard from Los Angeles City Local 112, Los Angeles County Local 1014 and San Bernardino County Local 935 concerning members or their family members who were injured during the shooting. 

We will release more details as they become available. 

Local 244 Kid’s Halloween Party!!

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

The 2017 Annual Kid’s Party will be held on Saturday October 28, 2017 at Dave & Buster’s starting at 10:00am-12:00pm.

Please call/text Kelly @ 505-288-2313 before October 20, 2017 for your family's reservation, an RSVP is required. This year’s event can only accommodate a total of 350 guests; no additional RSVP’s will be accepted once the 350 threshold has been met.

Members may arrive at 9:45a.m. to begin check-in; food will be served starting at 10:15am.

This event will be closed to the general public and will include a buffet, raffle prizes & pre-loaded power card to be used in the game area.

*UPGRADE UNLIMITED VIDEO GAME PLAY FOR $5 (ADVANCE COMMITTMENT REQUIRED)

Members may UPGRADE the power card to include unlimited video game play for the entire day of the event for $5.00 per card, this must be done in advance-when you RSVP. *Please note you must guarantee payment for upgrade at check-in to Kelly (cash/check only).

*To upgrade power card you must commit payment by cash or check, made out to IAFF Local 244, due at time of check-in to Kelly. Members will not be able to add unlimited video play the day of the event. Members who request/commit to upgrade will not be allowed into the event without payment for the upgrade fee.

RECAP:

Date:   10/28/17

Time:   10:00a.m. (check-in at 9:45a.m.)

Where: Dave & Buster’s

RSVP REQUIRED BY: 10/20/17

Brother James Green LODD

It is with great pride and honor that we placed our brother, BCFD Firefighter James Green on the IAFF Memorial Wall for his LODD in 2015. Special thanks to our honor guard members Adriana Delgado, Frank Chavez and Donovan Jacks for proudly representing us all in presnting the IAFF Flag to brother Green's wife, Maura Green. As always, The New Mexico Fire & Police Pipes And Drums standing strong representing New Mexico, alongside hundreds of Pipers and Drummers from across the country and Canada. Very proud day for IAFF Local 244.

IAFF Remembers: 16 Years After September 11

Sixteen years ago on September 11, in the greatest tragedy in the history of the fire service, 343 FDNY members died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. 

“We will always remember their service, their dedication and their courage in the face of one of the most horrific moments in our union’s history,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “We will never forget the supreme sacrifice made by our New York fire fighters who risked their lives to save others on that fateful day.”

In the tragic aftermath, the IAFF was on the ground to support our New York locals – the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) Local 94 and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) Local 854, raising and distributing more than $167 million to the families of the fallen, bringing members from across North America to dig on the pile to search for their lost brothers and providing counseling support services.

In the days, weeks and years since, the IAFF has made every effort to always remember and never forget. The IAFF continues to make it a top priority to ensure safer and healthier working conditions and to advocate through the political process for benefits and protections for members and their families.

In 2010, after nearly a decade of lobbying, the IAFF, along with Local 94 and Local 854, won passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides funding to monitor and treat members who become ill from exposure to toxins at ground zero. And, in 2015, the IAFF and its affiliates across the country helped to make sure the Act was permanently reauthorized so that fire fighters and others who responded after 9/11 will always receive the health care they need.? In addition, as part of the Zadroga Act, survivors of fire fighters who died from a 9/11-related illness and who applied for federal Public Safety Officer Benefits (PSOB) will now receive those benefits. 

Less than a week after the anniversary of 9/11, at the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial observance on September 16 in Colorado Springs, we will honor members who succumbed to respiratory illnesses linked to the rescue and recovery efforts at ground zero and etched onto the Wall of Honor. 

Membership Survey
Brothers and Sisters, Your Executive Board is proud to present our Local's first-ever Membership Survey! The survey is online, multiple-choice, 35 total questions, and should take no more than 10 minutes of your time, which we know is precious. Our intent is to check in with the rank and file and get input and feedback on union affairs and initiatives. What are we doing well. Read More...
Free Meditation Session 9/7/17

Come join us this Thursday, September 7th from 5:30-6:30 pm at the IAFF Local 244 Union Hall for a Yoga and Meditation session free to our members.

2017 NM Fire Muster & 5K

The 2017 NM Fire Muster & 5k raised over $11,000 for the Fire Fighter Survivors Fund! Thanks to all the competitors, volunteers and fans for participating. Congratulations to Santa Fe City, IAFF Local 2059, winners of the Combat Challenge represented by brothers Brendan Shafer, Chris Michaels, Edward Oliphant with a team time of 3:17. Also, congratulations to Albuquerque Area, IAFF Local 244, winners of the 5K Race represented by Joe Lopez 1st place, James Perez 2nd place & Kyle Stephenson 3rd place. Special thanks to Donavan Jacks and Daniel Encinias for their leadership in organizing this event! 

Golf Tournament
Brothers & Sisters, Brother Fuller, is holding a golf tournament to benefit local student athletes. Please read his mission statement and flyer. Lets help Chester help these kids! The work he's doing with these kids is outstanding, and whether you play golf or not, he needs our help. Read More...
Download: Golf tournament flyer.pdf
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