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      Veterans Day, Wednesday November 11, 2015: VETERANS Concert

      On Veterans Day, Wednesday November 11, our non-profit Veterans group Til Duty is Done, www.tdid.org, is hosting an all-day event at Mohegan Sun Casino.  Our organization was founded by West Point graduate and wounded/disabled combat veteran CPT Justin Nash.
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      Legislation to Repeal the Cadillac Tax Introduced

      Legislation to Repeal the Cadillac Tax Introduced In front of the Capitol steps, Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT) on April 28 introduced H.R. 2050, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act.
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      April 4, 2015: Fresno Update - CAPTAIN DERN, FRESNO CALIFORNIA, LOCAL 753

      Captain Dern remains in critical condition. He has been breathing with the assistance of a ventilator since his surgery on Wednesday. His burns involve approximately 70% total body surface area (TBSA). The majority (approximately 50% TBSA) are full-thickness. Full-thickness burns require skin grafting procedures.
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      March 26, 2015:

      Thinking about going back to school? Kaplan University can help you shorten your path to a degree.
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      Download: IAFF_FebruaryEmail_022615_FINAL.pdf

      Fire Fighters Battling Cancer: New Awareness Campaign Aimed at Prevention

      Fire Fighters Battling Cancer: New Awareness Campaign Aimed at Prevention http://www.myfox28columbus.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Firefighters-Battling-Cancer-New-Awareness-Campaign-Aimed-at-Prevention-86441.shtml#.
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      May 11, 2015: 2015 MDA Boot Camp

      Last year we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the International Association of Fire Fighter’s commitment to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  We made a promise to stand with MDA and fight against muscle disease, until the battle was won and a cures and treatments were found for these terrible diseases.
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      Download: President Carozza - MDA letter 20150001.pdf , 2015BootCampRegistrationForm.pdf

      The IAFF 2015 Media Awards Contest

      The IAFF 2015 Media Awards Contest The International Association of Fire Fighters Media Awards Contest is conducted annually to honor reporting and photography that best portray the courageous and dangerous work of professional fire fighters and emergency personnel in the United States and Canada.
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      February 3, 2015: Measle Precautions for First Responders

      Measle Precautions for First Responders According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 59 cases of the measles were reported in the United States between January 1 and January 16, 2015. The outbreak has been linked to an initial exposure at Disneyland Amusement Park in Anaheim, California.
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      FCC Reverses Course, Puts Public Safety At Risk

      FCC Reverses Course, Puts Public Safety at Risk from IAFF in Action New federal rules to help locate wireless callers to 911 fail to incorporate important provisions which would have vastly improved the ability of fire fighters to locate indoor calls.
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      January 6, 2015: New OSHA Reporting Rules In Effect for 2015

      New OSHA Reportin Rules in Effect for 2015 http://www.constructionequipmentguide.
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      President Carozza with Mike Passero in New London on November 6, 2014
      Mike Passero announcing he is a candidate for Mayor of New London
      October 29-31, 2014 Health & Safety Seminar - Foxwoods
      Jointly sponsored by the UPFFA & RI State Firefighters
      Monday, November 24, 2014: UPFFA of Ct. & Ct. United Ride “Fund Distribution Ceremony”
      at Vazzy's Brick Oven on Broadbridge Ave., in Bridgeport, Ct.
      Monday, 11.24,14: UPFFA of Ct. & Ct. United Ride “Fund Distribution Ceremony” at Vazzy's
      Fred Garrity, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Peter S. Carozza
      [L-R] Mahlon Mitchell, State Pres Prof FF of Wisc., Peter S. Carozza Jr, Pres UPFFA of CT.,
      Joseph A. Andriole, VP Prof FF of RI, Robert K Neill Jr, Staff Rep Prof FF of RI
      August 28, 2014 Ct United Ride Dinner
      Bill Sydenham, Chris Tracy, Fred Garrity, George Jepsen, Robert Anthony, and Faith Douglas
      UPFFA of Ct., Delegates, Alternates, and Guests attending the 2014 52nd IAFFConvention in Cincinna
      52nd IAFFConvention
      Monday, May 19, 2014
      Governor Malloy & President Carozza welcoming everyone to the UPFFA of Ct. Golf Tournament at the Oronoque Country Club, Stratford
      Governor Malloy, President Carozza. Treasurer Anthony UPFFA of Ct. Golf Tournament
      May 19, 2014

      Peter S. Carozza, President, UPFFA of Ct. & UPFFA Members at the Capitol today to call on the House of Representatives to pass S.B. 593, which would expand workers' compensation coverage for fire fighters who are diagnosed with certain cancers due to work exposures.

      Call your House member and urge them to pass Senate Bill 593 today!

      GREAT JOB

      Thank you to all those who called and wrote letters to your state senators and state representatives concerning our cancer legislation and of course all of you who took the time to come to the state Capitol.

      The State Senate voted 25 -11 to support our bill at 1:00am on May 22, 2015.

      VOTING RECORD OF THE SENATE. Please call or write to thank those who supported this important piece of legislation and make note of those who voted against you.

      We are now half way home on this very important legislation that directly affects you and your family's future.


      NEXT  STEP:

      1. Starting today we have 12 days left in the legislative session so we must act immediately.  Our opponents will use every tactic to destroy this bill in the coming days. Every Connecticut firefighter should be outraged at the attacks on our profession by our opponents. You have heard the radios ads and news articles that are filled with lies and misinformation.  This will get worse next week. Do not let them discredit our profession and what you do each and every day to protect the citizens of your community's.

      2. We need you and your entire family and friends to call or write your State Representatives as soon as possible and ask them to support SB 593 Encourage members of your crew to do the same.

      3. Be prepared to come to the State Capitol next week (
      the legislative session ends at midnight Wednesday June 3rd) we need a uniformed presence every day.

      Time is our enemy so act now.

      Fraternally,

      Peter S. Carozza
      President

       

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      URGENT

      MESSAGE FROM THE UPFFA OF CONNECTICUT


      UPFFA OF CT. State Delegates Meeting and Lobby Day
      Tuesday June 2, 2015
      10:00am
      Officers Club Hartford
      Next to Legislative Office Building


      Breakfast at 9:00am
      Delegates  Meeting at 10:00 am followed by Lobby Day

      Please allow enough time for traffic and parking

      We are asking each local to attend this meeting and Lobby Day with as many of your local Unions Officers as possible in uniform (dress or work uniform)

      After our meeting we will proceed to the Capitol to lobby for our Cancer Bill

      Please call Jane McCarthy/NO LATER THAN 10:00 A.M, THURSDAY, MAY 28TH  [860.953.3200, ext. 10]with the number attending from your local.

      Every local must be represented this is the time for your LOCAL TO BE REPRESENTED!!!!!

      We must show the legislature how important this bill is to us

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      URGENT

      MESSAGE FROM THE UPFFA OF CONNECTICUT


      Cancer Bill HB 5871
      NOW IS THE TIME


      Starting Monday May 18th we are asking all CT FIREFIGHTERS to join us at the State Capitol every day the Legislature is in session until the end of the session June 3rd in support of our Cancer Legislation
      HB 5871. You can divide the time with the members of your department but uniformed personnel are needed each day.

      We want to maintain a uniformed presence each day to thank and show support to those legislators who are supporting our legislation.

      Our opponents the CT Conference of Municipalities (CCM)
      Continues to work against this legislation with
      misinformation and lies.  Don't let them succeed'

      All we need is for you to come to the Capitol in uniform (
      dress or work) each day to maintain our presence. Make sure your local is on the list of CT IAFF/UPFFA locals who are supporting this legislation.

      Before traveling to the Capitol please check to be sure the House of Representatives and Senate are in session.


      When arriving at the Capitol contact Rick Hart, Director of Legislative Affairs at 203.232.4792 for further instructions.

      With your help and support we can get this piece of legislation passed this year

      Thank you


      Peter S. Carozza, President

       

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      IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

      ALL UPFFA OF CT. MEMBERS ARE URGED TO CALL THEIR REPRESENTATIVES

      TO SUPPORT HB 5871/CANCER

      LEGISLATION

      Fraternally,

      Peter S. Carozza
      President

       

      Talking Points – Cancer in the Fire Service

      Fire Fighter & Cancer

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      Immediate Action Required!

      HB 5871 is moving to the floor of the House for a vote in the near future.

      We need the following:

      The following legislators have signed on as co-sponsors:

      Co-sponsors of HB-5871:

      Rep. Michelle L. Cook, 65th Dist.
      Rep. Theresa W. Conroy, 105th Dist.
      Rep. Linda A. Orange, 48th Dist.

      Rep. Peggy Sayers, 60th Dist.
      Rep. Kevin Ryan, 139th Dist.
      Rep. Jeffrey J. Berger, 73rd Dist.
      Rep. Susan M. Johnson, 49th Dist.
      Rep. Terry Backer, 121st Dist.
      Rep. Larry B. Butler, 72nd Dist.
      Rep. Emmett D. Riley, 46th Dist.
      Rep. Selim G. Noujaim, 74th Dist.
      Rep. James Albis, 99th Dist.
      Rep. Philip J. Miller, 36th Dist.
      Rep. Kelly J.S. Luxenberg, 12th Dist.
      Rep. Jay M. Case, 63rd Dist.
      Rep. Caroline Simmons, 144th Dist.
      Rep. Sean Scanlon, 98th Dist.
      Rep. David Zoni, 81st Dist.
      Rep. John K. Hampton, 16th Dist.
      Rep. Matthew Lesser, 100th Dist.
      Rep. Robert Sanchez, 25th Dist.
      Rep. Fred Camillo, 151st Dist.
      Rep. Mike Bocchino, 150th Dist.
      Sen. Art Linares, 33rd Dist.
      Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey, 133rd Dist.
      Rep. Edwin Vargas, 6th Dist.
      Rep. Mike Demicco, 21st Dist.
      Rep. Linda M. Gentile, 104th Dist.
      Rep. Jeff Currey, 11th Dist.
      Rep. Russell A. Morin, 28th Dist.
      Rep. Robyn A. Porter, 94th Dist.
      Sen. Danté Bartolomeo, 13th Dist.
      Rep. David Arconti, 109th Dist.
      Rep. Ben McGorty, 122nd Dist.
      Rep. Joseph C. Serra, 33rd Dist.

      If your legislator is NOT on this list, you need to contact them and get them to sign on as a co-sponsor as soon as possible.

      This is critical!!


      Download: VoteforSB593Tallysheet.pdf

      The Uniformed Professional Firefighters of Connecticut would like to thank the following locals who traveled to Washington, DC to attend the IAFF Legislative Conference this week.

      Bristol Local 773 - Ct Fire-S-15 - Danbury Local 801 
      Fairfield Local 1426 - Greenwich Local 1042
      Hamden Local 2687 - Hartford Local 760
      Manchester Local 1579 - Middletown Local 1073
      New Britain Local 992 - Norwalk Local 830
      Stratford Local 998 - Waterbury Local 1339


      Representative's from the above mentioned locals on Monday were briefed on issues such as Funding for SAFER and FIRE Grants, Protecting Public Sector Pensions, Excise Tax on High Cost Health Plans, 9/11 Responder Health and Compensation, Toxic Flame Retardants and Waiving the 10% Early Distribution Penalty and also heard from a number of elected Officials from both sides of the  isle including remarks  from Vice President Joe Biden.

      Monday afternoon they traveled to the U.S. Capitol to meet with staff from Representative Larson, Courtney, DeLauro, Himes and Esty.

      In a true demonstration of unity 35 delegates representing the above local and all Ct Fire Fighters did an outstanding job in presenting positions on the above mentioned issues.

      On Tuesday delegate s listened to a number of potential presidential candidates followed by a reception sponsored by the IAFF where delegates were able to meet and network with other IAFF leaders from across our country

      On Wednesday Ct delegates attended a breakfast at the U.S. Capitol sponsored by the UPFFA of CT.

      Attendees listened to remarks from Senators Blumenthal and Murphy.  They also had a frank and informal discussion with our General President who also attended.

      Following breakfast delegates visited the offices of Senators Blumenthal and Murphy to continue our lobbying efforts.

      Outstanding job to all.

      Ct Fire fighters can be proud of the representation of the above mentioned locals.

      Job well done!

      Fraternally,

      Peter S. Carozza
      President
       

      The Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut, Congratulates the UCONN Women’s Basketball Team on their 10th National NCAA Championship

      NCPERS FAMILY PROTECTION PLUS ATTENTION UPFFA OF CT. RETIREES RECENTLY YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE MAILING CONCERNING THE NCPERS FAMILY PROTECTION PLUS PROGRAM, THE CUTOFF DATE FOR RETIREES TO ENROLL IS APRIL 30, 2014, IF YOU HAVEN’T RECEIVED THE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT JANE McCARTHY AT 860.953.3200.

      The Hundred Club of Connecticut is a charitable, non-profit, tax exempt organization which provides financial assistance to families of police officers, correction officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty. The club consists of over 2400 members from all walks of life who are committed to this objective

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      "AMERICA'S BRAVEST" License Plate Program. You can support the UPFFA at the State Capitol by showing Professional Fire Fighter solidarity every day!
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      The 15th Annual CT United Ride Sunday August 30, 2015

      On behalf of the UPFFA of CT, Thank You All! It is your support that keeps the CT United Ride and everything that it stands for, to yearly being one of the regional highlights of the riding season.

      Please “Like” our page on Facebook – “The CT United Ride” and keep up with local events that we all support.

      Check out the SPECIAL OFFER BELOW!   Mark your calendars with Dates to Remember!

      Saturday August 29, 2015 (not required, but we do recommend this to avoid long lines on Ride day)

      Pre-Registration Event for the 15th Annual CT United Ride Sponsored by the UPFFA of CT. The Pre-Registration will be held at Captains Cove Marina, Bostwick Ave in Bridgeport CT from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Cost is $25 per ea. person. www.ctunitedride.com or contact Fred Garrity info@ctunitedride.com

      Sunday August 30, 2015, The 15th Annual CT United Ride – CT’s largest 9/11 tribute Sponsored by the UPFFA of CT. 60 mile police and fire escorted ride thru Fairfield County. Registration opens at 8:30 am at 10 Norden Place in Norwalk, get off Exit 17 on I-95. Tribute Ceremony begins at 10:30 and the ride leaves directly after. Cost is $25 per ea. person. Vendors, Food and Music at Seaside Park Bridgeport. More Info at www.ctunitedride.com or contact Fred Garrity info@ctunitedride.com

      ***Please help us support The Ride Against Child Abuse May 17th and bring your friends to help support prevention, education, and the families being cared for in the Safe Houses!

      The CT United Ride and Fred Garrity Jr are proud to support the Center for Family Justice

      and The Ride Against Child Abuse, so…..

      SPECIAL OFFER!  Anyone who attends the Ride Against Child Abuse on May 17th will be entitled to receive VIP bracelets in the Lead Reserved Section for this year’s 15th annual CT United Ride in August!

      It’s This Coming Sunday

      Sunday May 17, 2015 join us - The 3rd Annual Ride Against Child Abuse – Poker Run for The Center for Family Justice to help prevent and support victims of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence. Registration Opens / Ride start 9:00 am to 11:00 am at 753 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604. Ride 50 miles thru beautiful Fairfield County. Lunch at The German Club is from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Prizes, Raffles, Food, Music. Sponsors Vendors welcome. Cost is $25 for Rider, $15 for passenger, if passenger is playing Poker its $25. Contact Pam Dougherty The CFJ (203) 334-6154 or Fred Garrity. 203-257-2176

      Please Register your email with us and receive event updates and discounts offered for our riders only!

      Sign in at www.ctunitedride.com and register your email today to help save on our mailing costs. Thank You 


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