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December 12, 2017
     
IAFF: Health, Safety and Medicine

OUR SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

The IAFF and its affiliates support numerous charitable activities at the local and international levels. Each of these funds holds 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status and operates for the benefit of the members the IAFF is privileged to serve.

The IAFF administers several charitable funds that focus on helping its members and their families when they are in a time of need.

Those funds include:

The IAFF Burn Foundation is dedicated to burn prevention and education, burn research and improving the quality of life for burn survivors. Created in 1982, the IAFF Burn Foundation is now the largest non-governmental source for burn research grants and the sponsor of the annual IAFF Burn Foundation International Burn Camp held each fall in Washington, DC.

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the

IAFF Counseling Support Foundation

was created to provide immediate and long-term counseling services to professional fire fighters, professional emergency medical personnel and their families. The Counseling Support Foundation has provided the FDNY Counseling Service Unit with more than $3,000,000 in direct support for its efforts in providing counseling services for fire fighters, emergency medical personnel and their families. Because of the stress and trauma associated with responding to emergencies and natural and man-made disasters, the IAFF has made it a priority to provide short- and long-term counseling for our members and their families, as it has also done in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

 

The

IAFF Disaster Relief Fund

, established in 1993 following Hurricane Andrew, provides assistance to IAFF members in the United States and Canada who suffer financial hardship and losses as the result of natural or man-made disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, or fires. This fund provides an immediate source of support to IAFF members and their families for food, water, shelter, clothing, medical supplies and services in the greatest time of need. The impact of this fund was never felt more than following the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005. Nearly $2,000,000 was provided to fire fighters, emergency medical personnel and their families to rebuild their lives after these storms. This destructive hurricane season has nearly exhausted our resources and ability to assist our members and their families when disaster strikes again. And we need to be there for those fire fighters and EMS workers so they can continue to serve their communities even while they suffer the kinds of personal hardships our nation witnessed following those hurricanes.

 

The

IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Foundation

was established in 1976. It provides assistance to the surviving spouses and children of those members killed in the line of duty. It also provides assistance to the surviving spouses and children of those members. Each September, a solemn memorial service is held at the site of the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and Wall of Honor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. That observance honors the ultimate sacrifice made by the individuals who gave their lives in the line of duty in the previous year. Our goal is to protect the legacy of these fallen heroes and provide ongoing assistance to their loved ones.

 

The

IAFF McClennan Scholarship Fund

provides financial assistance for higher education for children of professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel killed in the line of duty. Currently, the IAFF provides scholarships for more than 25 students annually. In total, more than 300 scholarships have been awarded with $736,500 in assistance. Approximately 100 IAFF members are killed in the line of duty each year; however, the terrorist attacks in 2001 brought that year’s total to more than 400.

 

The

IAFF Redmond Foundation

supports research and education on the occupational hazards and diseases associated with fire fighting. The Redmond Foundation sponsors a major international symposium every two years on the occupational health and hazards of the fire service. This Redmond Symposium continues to evolve and respond to new threats by providing advanced training against terrorism and weapons of mass destruction in order to ensure our members can safely and effectively protect our communities.


Dec 04, 2009

IAFF Disaster Relief Fund

The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund provides assistance to IAFF members in the United States and Canada who suffer financial hardship as the result of a federally declared disaster area or in cases of natural or man-made disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires or civil disturbances.

Created in 1993 as a nonprofit, tax exempt, trust fund affiliated with the IAFF, the Disaster Relief Fund provides immediate cash to IAFF members in time of greatest need. The Fund was established after the IAFF assistance to its members following the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew.

Disbursements from the fund are only be made to IAFF members suffering a catastrophic loss with resulting financial hardship following such a disaster and are not granted to cover costs to perform building or property repairs, renovation or construction. A member is only eligible for assistance if he or she is displaced from his/her home because of the disaster. Disbursements are only allowed for immediate housing, food, medical supplies and services, clothing and other similar disaster relief. The maximum amount of any grant is $500.00 for any single disaster occurrence.

After Hurricanes Charley, Francis, Ivan and Jeanne caused widespread damage in 2004; the Fund disbursed more than $215,000 to 347 IAFF members in Florida and Alabama who were displaced by the storms.

After Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005, the Fund disbursed more than $1,750,000 to IAFF members in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Florida who were displaced by the storms. Additionally, the IAFF assisted more than 45 local affiliates and their 5,000 members in the stricken area, and provided incident command staff, communications, evacuation, food, medicine (including vaccinations and baseline medical evaluations), behavioral health and counseling, building materials, crews for house repairs, transportation and housing support. The Fund provided more than $500,000 for these efforts.

The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees chaired by IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger.

The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund is a 501 (c)(3) Trust Fund. Tax deductible contributions can be sent to:

IAFF Disaster Relief Fund
1750 New York Ave., NW
 Washington, DC 20006
(202) 824-1571

Click here to donate online.


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John P. Redmond Foundation

Death, injury and illness reduction for fire fighters is a major concern of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), which has been actively involved in the health and safety problems of fire fighters. During the course of a single year, a fire fighter has greater than a 40 percent chance of being injured. In fact, fire fighters' deaths, injuries, and occupationally induced illnesses exceed the mining, construction and logging industries, each of which annually ranks among the most hazardous occupations. Clearly, the profession of fire fighting, "the world's most hazardous profession," is deserving of concentrated attention and support in order to reduce the number of injuries, illnesses and deaths.

As a result, the John P. Redmond Memorial Trust Fund (later renamed the John P. Redmond Foundation) was established as a nonprofit organization at the IAFF Convention in 1958. The fund was named in memory of John P. Redmond, the IAFF’s fourth General President, who died in office from occupational heart disease. The purpose of the fund is to encourage and carry forth research and education regarding the occupational hazards and diseases associated with fire fighting. These efforts have been supported over the years through IAFF membership dues, voluntary contributions from IAFF affiliates, IAFF Auxiliary chapters and memorial gifts from families and friends of fire fighters as well as support from federal agencies such as the U.S. Fire Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Bureau of Standards.

To promote education, the Redmond Foundation sponsors a biennial symposium on the occupational health and hazards of the fire service. The 14 symposiums since 1971 provided forums for detailed discussion on safety and health matters directly affecting fire fighting personnel by bringing together fire fighters, medical researchers, medical practitioners, safety experts, fire chiefs, city management representatives, political leaders, universities, industry representatives and federal government representatives from various agencies. Often times, those in attendance have initiated new research efforts or caused programs to be implemented to reduce the hazards associated with fire fighting. In addition, these symposia have served as a valuable forum for fire fighters from across the United States and Canada to learn about and understand the occupational hazards of their profession, as well as ways to minimize these dangers. In this way, the Redmond Foundation has developed a record of achievement by keeping in the forefront of the health and safety issues affecting fire fighters. This, the fourteenth symposium, promises a program addressing what we believe to be the most significant health and safety issues in the fire service. This program will address relevant and timely issues and promote new IAFF initiatives and challenges, which will significantly change the fire service and save lives of our emergency response members.

Although much deserved attention has been focused on the biennial symposiums, they are just the pinnacle of the Foundation's efforts. The studies funded through the Foundation have led to medical evidence that correlates heart and lung diseases as well as occupational cancer with the profession of fire fighting. This research has been used successfully to lobby numerous state legislatures for the adoption of statutes that automatically provide compensation benefits to fire fighters with heart and lung diseases and occupational cancer. The Foundation has also supported research that examined the effects of the number one fire killer (carbon monoxide), as well as studies involving product liability, diesel exhaust in fire stations, and lower-back injuries. The Foundation has used its resources to continue field testing advances in protective clothing via Project FIRES.

Mail Foundation donations to the following address:
IAFF
Attn: John P. Redmond Foundation
1750 New York Avenue, N.W., 3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20006


Dec 19, 2009

W. H. "Howie" McClennan Scholarship

 

Purpose:
The W. H. "Howie" McClennan scholarship provides financial assistance for sons, daughters or legally adopted children of fire fighters killed in the line of duty planning to attend a university, accredited college or other institution of higher learning.

Application Deadline: February 1

Amount of Scholarship: $2,500/year

Award Dates:
Scholarships are awarded annually, on or before August 1 for the proceeding academic year. They may be renewed (if approved) up to four consecutive years.

Selection Criteria:
Awards are based on financial need, aptitude promise and demonstrated academic achievement. For a complete description of selection criteria, download the Scholarship Application Form.

How to Apply:
All applicants, both new and renewal applicants, must submit all application materials. Applications materials include:

  • A completed Scholarship Application Form.
  • An official copy of a school transcript and grade report from the school currently attending or most recently attended. The official school transcript should list all grade points earned and academic course work completed to date.
  • A brief statement (about 200 words) prepared by the applicant that indicates their reasons for wanting to continue their education.
  • Two letters of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator, counselor, clergy, work supervisor or military supervisor (active, reserve or National Guard) who can address the qualifications and academic aptitude of the scholarship applicant. The required letters of recommendation may not be from immediate family members, close family friends, blood relatives, or relationships by marriage.

Send To:
W. H. "Howie" McClennan Scholarship
Office of the General President
The International Association of Fire Fighters
1750 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006

For full information, download the Scholarship Application Form.


Dec 19, 2009

IAFF New York September 11 Firefighter Counseling Support Foundation (IAFF Counseling Support Foundation)

The IAFF Counseling Support Foundation was organized immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to provide immediate and long-term counseling services to career fire fighters and career emergency medical services personnel who require such services as a result of the destruction of the World Trade Center towers, as well as to the families of career fire fighters and career emergency medical services personnel who died in connection with this event.

This Counseling Support Foundation was further established to provide immediate and long-term counseling services to career fire fighters and career emergency medical services personnel who require such services as a result of their response to incidents after September 11, 2001, at which there occurs at least one line-of-duty death that is recognized by the Public Safety Officers Benefit program -- administered by the U.S. Department of Justice -- or to the families of career fire fighters or career emergency medical services personnel who suffer such a line-of-duty death.

The Counseling Support Foundation is organized to receive and maintain a fund or funds of real or personal property, and to use and apply the whole or any part of income and the principal thereof to provide counseling services to the persons described above.

The Counseling Support Foundation provides such services by either directly providing counseling services or paying for the cost of third parties providing such services.

Since September 11, 2001, the IAFF Counseling Support Foundation has provided the FDNY Counseling Service Unit with more than $3,000,000 in direct support for its efforts in providing counseling services for FDNY fire fighters and EMS personnel, as well as their families. New sites throughout the city were opened for the Counseling Service Unit, staffed with trained counselors and clinicians. During the past five years, the Counseling Services Unit has directly assisted more than 10,000 active fire fighters to identify early symptoms of stress, depression and substance abuse.

The IAFF Counseling Support Foundation is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors and is chaired by IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger.

The IAFF Counseling Support Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) Corporation. Tax deductible contributions can be sent to:

IAFF Counseling Support Foundation
1750 New York Ave., NW
 Washington, DC 20006
(202) 824-1571




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