Cincinnati Firefighter Daryl Gordon dies after fall down elevator shaft
Cincinnati Firefighter Daryl Gordon, 54, died this (Thursday) morning after failing down an elevator shaft at a four-alarm fire. The 11:00 a.m. briefing by city and union officials is immediately below.
Washington State Wire: Fire Protection Without Toxic Chemicals
As a Seattle Fire Fighter and President of Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, I have witnessed too many of my brothers and sisters in the fire service develop cancer and die. Many research studies provide scientific evidence that there is a direct correlation between fire fighting and cancer, and that fighters face an increased risk of cancer due to occupational exposures to chemicals as a result of our job. In fact, fire fighters have higher rates of all cancers combined than the US population.
In our modern society, fighting fires is like working in a chemical plant. We are exposed to a wide variety of chemicals in the toxic smoke created when homes burn. Our protective gear actually soaks up this toxic smoke and some of the worst chemicals found in the smoke can seep right through to our skin.
Fire fighters willingly take risks each and every day to protect the public. But we are also trained to avoid unnecessary risks and to mitigate risks as much as possible. So, while there are many sources of toxic chemical exposure we have to be concerned with, one source can clearly be prevented: toxic flame retardants.
For decades, manufacturing companies have been using extremely harmful flame retardants in sofas, car seats, cribs, sleeping pads, and changing pads instead of fireproofing products in a way that is not toxic to the health of children and fire fighters. A range of cancer-causing and neurotoxic chemicals are found in these products in the name of fire safety which are killers when exposed to the heat of a fire. They are just as toxic and dangerous in our homes without being burned as well. The flame retardants slowly escape into the air and are exposing our kids to harmful chemicals each and every day.
We now know that they are not necessary for fire safety. The California furniture standard that drove much of the use of these harmful chemicals has now been updated and companies can, and are, using inherently fire resistant materials and other methods to achieve fire safe products. However, there is not a law to prevent companies from using cancer-causing chemicals in their products. That’s why we need the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act (2ESHB 1174).
It is common-sense legislation that phases out the most harmful flame retardants in children’s products and furniture and helps ensure other ones don’t take their place. It passed the Washington State House two years in a row but stalled in the Senate. The bill has been introduced again this year, and this time it’s time for the Senate and House to work together to enact this important piece of legislation.
Fire safety, fire prevention, and cancer prevention is of paramount concern to fire fighters. The “Toxic-Free Kids and Family Act” will help us achieve all of these goals.
Please call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and ask your Senators to support HB 1174 Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act.
It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Fire Fighter Adam C. Franco of IAFF Local 1314 - Fall River, Massachusetts. Brother Franco, 32, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015 from brain cancer. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Cherry Place, 178 Winter Street, Fall River, Massachusetts 02720, (508) 676-1933. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover Street, Fall River, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his honor may be made to Chip Strong, 17 Fernwood Circle, Swansea, MA 02777 or to the Fall River Firefighters Wives Association, P.O. Box 423, Somerset, MA 02726. Other expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 1314, P.O. Box 9607, Fall River, MA 02720-0011 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant Eric Sondeen of IAFF Local 2086 - Littleton, Colorado. Brother Sondeen, 61, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from prostate cancer. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, Colorado 80401, (720) 865-2494. Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 2086, P.O. Box PO Box 620786, Littleton, CO 80162-0786 or emailed to email@example.com.
LODD Captain John R. Graziano, Sr., March 13, 2015
It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Captain John R. Graziano, Sr. of IAFF Local 854 - Uniformed Fire Fighters of New York. Brother Graziano, 63, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015 from pancreatic cancer as a result of responding at the World Trade Center. He was laid to rest on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 854, 225 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10007-3001 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brothers and Sisters, Local 27 is fully engaged in the political process to protect and support you, your family, and public safety. Our American democratic process relies on citizens and organizations for elections and for governance. Local 27 informs and supports candidates and elected officials on all issues related to fire fighters and public safety including: health and safety, training, equipment, department policies, compensation, benefits, retirement, staffing, response times, service levels, hazards, etc. Local 27, the WSCFF, and the IAFF rely on your voluntary financial contributions to fund these efforts. Many members already do their part and contribute, but many still do not. If you have not yet signed up for the Local 27 SAFEPAC or the WSCFF Fastpac, or the IAFF Firepac, please follow the link below to get started now. Thank you.
Kenny Stuart President Seattle Fire Fighters Union IAFF Local 27