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Cancer Awareness T-Shirts - ORDERING TO BEGIN SOON!

WSFD Cancer Awareness T-Shirt will be available for order soon. We will once again have the womens V neck available for order as well as youth sizes.

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Officer Elections: 2014-16 Term

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Firefighter Tax Deduction Tips

It is time to think about preparing your tax return. Are any of the amounts you spent in connection with your job as a firefighter tax deductible? They might be but first, you need to know the ground rules. Download this PDF document to learn more

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Track Federal Firefighter Bills in Congress

Click here to track all of our bills affecting Federal Firefighters...

H.R. 471: Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act
retirement reform)

H.R. 1141: Federal Firefighter Flexibility and Fairness Act
trade time)

H.R. 3718: Federal Firefighters Fairness Act of 2013 (presumptive disability)

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HR 1141, Federal Firefighter Flexibility and Fairness Act

We, as Federal firefighters, are now engaged in a big push to garner support and co-sponsors for HR 1141, known as the Federal Firefighter Flexibility and Fairness Act.

This cost-neutral federal legislation resolves trade time inequities for federal firefighters. Specifically, the bill ensures that we would get new trade time parameters similar to those provided for city firefighters under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations.

Currently, 27 members of Congress have signed onto HR 1141 as co-sponsors, but more as of this moment, WE DO NOT HAVE ANY NEW MEXICO and very limited TEXAS support, which is greatly needed needed in order to keep this bill alive and moving this year.

To make this happen, we need your help! A simple app has been created to help you look up your representative and fire off an e-mail in support of the legislation. Please take a moment to help New Mexico-based Federal Firefighters.


With warm regards,

Dusty Warden
Secretary, White Sands Professional Firefighters Association
IAFF Local F294

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Federal Presumptive Legislation Introduced in House

December 13, 2013 – Legislation granting disability retirement benefits to federal fire fighters who contract illnesses on the job has been reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

H.R. 3718, the Federal Firefighters Fairness Act, was introduced by Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA). The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that federal fire fighters who become disabled by heart disease, lung disease, certain cancers and certain infectious diseases contacted such illness on the job, sparing such fire fighters the burden of proving precisely how they contracted their illness, a nearly impossible task.

To date, 42 states have recognized that certain illnesses are occupational hazards of fire fighting, and have enacted laws presuming that such illnesses are job-related for the purposes or workers’ compensation and disability retirement unless proven otherwise. Federal fire fighters enjoy no such benefit.

“I congratulate Representatives Capps and Meehan on reintroducing the Federal Firefighters Fairness Act,” said IAFF 16th District Vice President Jim Johnson. “Federal fire fighters deserve the same occupational safeguards that the majority of their municipal brothers and sisters enjoy; this bill brings us one step closer to providing federal fire fighters benefits they have earned.”

IAFF Members are encouraged to contact their Representatives and urge them to cosponsor H.R. 3718.

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White Sands Firefighters are Department of Defense professionals tasked with protecting White Sands Missile Range, "Birthplace of America's Missile and Space Activity". The installation is a multi-service test range whose main function is the support of missile development and test programs for the Army, Navy, Air Force, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), other government agencies and private industry.

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Member Information

Please view the Current Events under the Member's Area for current information on what is going on with L-F294. Also, view the Voting Area for issues that needs the member's votes. Thank you Brothers.

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