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    April 17, 2024: UPFFA of Ct. Raymond D. Shea Legislative Conference/Lobby Day. Thank you to all the Legislators that have joined our members for an update on our Legislative Priorities.  Following the morning program, members will proceed to the Capitol to continue conversations with our Legislators.




    Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut, Congratulates the UCONN Men’s Basketball Team on a Back-to-Back NCAA National Championship!!

    SAVE THE DATE – Friday, May 17, 2024
    UPFFA of Ct. Golf Tournament
    Laurel View Country Club
    310 W. Shepard Avenue, Hamden, Ct

    President Peter Brown’s Letter

    Sponsorship Form

    We are pleased to announce that the delegates assembled at the 23rd Peter S. Carozza UPFFA Biennial Convention held on November 13, 2023, at Foxwoods unanimously endorsed the following candidates for re-election at the 57th IAFF Biennial Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, August 2024:

    Edward A. Kelly, General President, IAFF

    Frank V. Lima, General Secretary-Treasurer, IAFF

    Jay Colbert, 3rd District Vice President, IAFF

    Mark S. Ouellette, Eastern Region Trustee, IAFF

    Firefighters from across #Connecticut were hosted by Hartford Fire Fighters Local 760 at Engine 11, Ladder 5 and Tac 1 to announce the signing of Public Act 23-204, which includes coverage for certain cancers contracted in the line of duty. Our great thanks to the many bipartisan Representatives, Senators and Constitutional Officers for helping provide the protection necessary for our members to do their jobs and be protected should they contract cancer in the course of those duties.

    International Association of Fire Fighters
    IAFF District 3 VP Jay Colbert
    Focus Government Affairs
    Office of Governor Ned Lamont
    CT Senate Democrats
    Connecticut AFL-CIO
    Connecticut House Republicans
    Connecticut Senate Republican Caucus
    Connecticut House Democrats 

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    CT Firefighters Seek New Cancer Protection with Access to Workers' Comp

    Today at our Affiliate Leadership Training Summit, I announced that the IAFF has retained three nationally recognized law firms to change regulatory standards, demand PFAS-free gear, and be available to be retained by members and families seeking compensation for PFAS-related illness.

    PFAS “forever chemicals” are in our protective gear and have been linked to cancer, the leading cause of fire fighter death. The toxic nature of PFAS puts our members at unnecessary risk, yet PFAS-free alternatives are not currently on the market. With today’s announcement, we now have three firms to join the immediate fight to keep our IAFF brothers and sisters safe.

    The chosen firms are Motley Rice LLC; Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC; and Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. Collectively, they have decades of experience representing fire fighters and other hardworking individuals. The IAFF Executive Board selected these firms following a thorough vetting process based on their commitment to fire fighters and their families, available resources, and ability to handle litigation at this level.

    They will help us:

    • Change the regulatory standards and systems that have enabled toxins in fire fighter protective turnout gear
    • Demand that all turnout gear be replaced with PFAS-free alternatives
    • Be available to be retained by members and their families to seek compensation for PFAS-related injuries

    The independent firms – collectively known as PFAS Law Firms – have established a website, PFASLawFirms.com, for members seeking information on the effort.

    We need to combat what is killing us. These firms have long fought for hardworking families who have been taken advantage of, including recovering billions of dollars for injured clients.

    This is the challenge of our generation – and I refuse to let it become a challenge for our children and their children. The IAFF will do whatever is necessary to remove PFAS from our gear, and protect the health of our members and the well-being of our families.

    Be You. Be Strong. Be Fire Fighters.

    Edward A. Kelly
    IAFF General President 

    UPFFA of Ct. President Peter Brown concerning House Bill 5501, An Act Concerning Alternative Physical Testing Requirements for Female Candidates for Firefighter Positions

    IAFF and Metro Chiefs Advise Members of Adverse Health Risks Linked to Fire Fighter Turnout Gear

    For Immediate Release:

    The Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters of Connecticut Executive Board has voted unanimously to endorse the following candidates for the 2022 Connecticut Statewide Election:

    Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut


    The PSLF program offers complete federal student loan forgiveness after making 120 qualifying payments while working in public service. As you may know, since the Department of Education created a temporary PSLF waiver in October 2021, more than 70,000 student loan borrowers qualified for federal student loan forgiveness under the PSLF program, totaling close to $5 billion in relief. Even more public servants have received credit for past periods of repayment that previously did not qualify, putting them closer to reaching the minimum number of payments required for forgiveness. The Department of Education estimated that at least 550,000 public servants will benefit from the temporary waiver. 

    The temporary waiver allows monthly payments that previously weren’t eligible to count towards the 120 required monthly payments for PSLF. It will help the many borrowers who have previously been denied forgiveness because they had the wrong type of federal loan, were in the wrong type of repayment plan, encountered a payment technicality or administrative error, etc. However, this waiver expires on October 31, 2022. We want to make sure that all public servants have the opportunity to benefit from this important change.

    PSLF PROGRAM – Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program



    Ct. State Fire Fighters' Associaiton Cover Letter

    Ct. State Fire Fighters' Association Pledge Form

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    SAFER Application Period - March 11, 2024 @ 8:00 a.m. ET and Closes April 12, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

    The FY 2023 SAFER Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is available. The SAFER application period is March 11, 2024, at 8 a.m. ET and closes on April 12, 2024, at 5 p.m. ET. Plan your application by reviewing FEMA SAFER Grant Documents.

    March 2024: IAFF National Sleep Awareness Week

    The IAFF is committed to protecting the health and safety of our brothers and sisters, on and off the job. Research has increasingly shown that the impact of chronic sleep deprivation and irregular sleep patterns are linked to leading causes of fire fighter deaths.

    IAFF - Three Federal Grant Opportunities

    Dear IAFF Affiliate Leaders, We want to bring to your attention three federal grant opportunities aimed at enhancing safety and emergency response capabilities within your communities. These grants support training, education, and technology initiatives that directly benefit our members and the communities we serve.


    Brothers and Sisters, A new novel and unvalidated approach to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been introduced named, “Heads Up CPR.” The IAFF presently does not support this procedure or associated equipment until further research can be performed.

    January 29 - March 8, 2024 AFG Application Period is Open!

    AFG Application Period is Open! The FY 2023 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity is available. The AFG application period is Jan. 29, 2024, at 8 a.m. ET and closes on March 8, 2024, at 5 p.m. ET. Plan your application by reviewing FEMA AFG Grant Documents.

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