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  • Updated On: Jan 25, 2018

    Reflections from the:

    2017 20th UPFFA Biennial Convention

    Foxwoods Resorts & Casino

    November 13-15, 2017

    This year’s convention we had 100 registered delegates, which featured a number of guests: Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, General President Harold Schaitberger, General Secretary Treasurer Ed Kelly, [Videos from - U. S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, U. S. Senator Chris Murphy, U. S. Representative John B. Larson
    U. S. Representative Joe Courtney, U. S. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
    U. S. Representative Jim Himes, U. S. Representative Elizabeth Esty]

    Secretary of State Denise Merrill, Attorney General George Jepsen
    State Representative Joe Aresimowicz, State Representative Michael D'Agostino
    Dora B. Schriro, Commissioner, Department of Emergency Services
    & Public Protection, Jeffrey Morrissette, Ct. Fire Academy, State Fire Administrator
    Bill Higgins, Director of Training, Ct. Fire Academy

    David Billings, Chief Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS, President, Ct. Career Fire ChiefsFred Garrity, Executive Director, Ct. United Ride
    James “Skip” Thomas, President, Hundred Club of Connecticut

    William E. Sydenham, Jr., Managing Director, Hundred Club of Connecticut
    Bill Higgins, Director of Training, Ct. Fire Academy
    Joe Finn, Commissioner, Boston Fire Department
     Rich Paris, President, Boston Fire Fighters, Local 718,
    During the convention Robert Milie, President, Savannah Professional Fire Fighters & Vice President, Georgia Professional Fire Fighters, provided an overview on “Right to Work” v. “Collective Bargaining” to the delegates

     The Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut would like to extend our appreciation to the number of Vendors and Sponsors who participated in making the 20th Biennial Convention a huge success!!  

     On Monday, November 13, 2017 Hamden Fire Fighters, Local 2687 & North Haven Fire Fighters, Local 2987 hosted a Reception for the Delegates

    On Tuesday, November 14, 2017 attendees attended the IAFF Educational classes, which included topics on: Generational Differences, Internal Local Communications
    Increasing Membership Participation, Advance Skills for Negotiators

    On November 14, 2017 Connecticut Fire Fighters PAC hosted a reception for the Delegates 

    On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 the following events took place:
    Dr. Mary O’Connor, Director of Musculoskeletal Care, Yale New Haven, provided a presentation and demonstration on Firefighter Physical Fitness, that the hospital and UPFFA of Ct., have developed. Labor/Management Forum – “Working Together for the Connecticut Fire Service” Attended by - Delegates, Connecticut Career Fire Chiefs – Topics included; Legal Issues, Legislation, Centralized Testing for Entry-Level, Cancer Prevention, Behavioral Health, Pension & Benefit Changes


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