Executive Board meeting will be held Tuesday, February 10th 2015
at 09:00 AM in the Union Office conference room. The
Union Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 11th 2015 (A shift) at 8:00 PM at the Benevolent Hall.
Bereavement Retired Firefighter Charles "Charlie" Hall
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved
Charlie Hall. Without a doubt, Charlie's service and sacrifices will
forever be immortalized in those fire service leaders he mentored and
trained. For those few that might not now of Charlie; He was an active
City of Miami Firefighter for about 27 years from April 18, 1952 until
March 5, 1979. For much of his career charlie was the driver at Engine
2. Charlie was known most of all for his never ending sacrifices
in fighting for firefighters rights and benefits. He was president of
Miami Firefighters IAFF Local 587 from 1966 to 1970. He was IAFF
International Vice President from 1968-1980 representing all of the
professional firefighters in Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina
and the US Virgin Islands. Charlie successfully fought for the right
for public employees to collectively bargain in florida in 1969.
Charlie was elected to and served as a Florida Legislator in the State
House of Representatives from 1980-1982 helping firefighters fight in
the state capital. Charlie was the first firefighter to serve on the
Miami Firefighters and Police officers FIPO Pension board created after
the Gates settlement. He served on and led our pension board with great
distinction for over 15 years. Charlie later became a grievance
arbitrator and college professor and was one of the first members of the
Miami Dade Commission on Ethics. Charlie personally mentored every
Local 587 Union officer to serve after him in the past 40 years. I and
many other are forever indebted to him. We pray for his surviving wife
Cindy who gave endless support to Charlie so that he could serve us. We
love you Charlie. Charlie is pictured at the center of each photo below.
The J and J Show" is an event created with an
artistic approach by a handful of Miami Firefighters and local artists
to help raise money and awareness for young Jesse James of the Santerre
family, in effort to support them as he continues his battle
with Leukemia. All participating artists have created 1-2 custom pieces
just for this show to be silent auctioned off. All proceeds will be
donated to the "Jessie's Journey" charity. The event will also include:
-Raffling of a $1000 tattoo session and limited edition t-shirts
-Live art show by select artists
-Complimentary wine and spirits
"The J and J Show" will be held at:
Dorissa Building 2751 N Miami Ave 2nd Floor Friday, July 11th 2014 *7PM-11PM*
Memorial Day PSA - Miami Firefighter Paramedics IAFF Local 587
remembrance of those in the Armed Forces who have died serving their country.
We honor the memory of the brave men and women who helped to defend and protect
our freedom. The Miami Firefighter
Paramedics IAFF Local 587 thanks all of those who served and sacrificed their lives for our
country. Please share the YouTube video with your friends and family.
Change Your Clocks and Smoke Alarm Batteries for DST
Miami, FL - Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from
fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire
Protection Agency (NFPA). IAFF Local 587 fire fighters remind you to not only
change your clock for Daylight Savings Time but the batteries in your smoke
your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year
and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years. Special smoke alarms are
even available for those who are deaf or hearing-impaired.
The NFPA reports that working
smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Research has also
demonstrated that photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective at warning
people of smoke from smoldering fires than ionization smoke alarms. With earlier
warning, people have more time to escape a burning structure and call to 9-1-1.
Your local fire fighters
recommend installing a dual purpose smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of
every bedroom and on each floor of your home.
should also install carbon monoxide alarms in your home and check them once a
month. Carbon monoxide fumes are poisonous and will increase the intensity of a
fire if ignited.
than 2,300 people die each year in home fires. Having a smoke alarm and carbon
monoxide alarm that works 24 hours a day greatly increases your chance of
survival if your home catches on fire.
case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire
A Memorial Service will be held for Retired Chief Bob Evans on Saturday, January
4th, 2014 promptly at 12 noon at Van Orsdel 4600 SW 8th St. Coral
Gables 33134. There will be a reception following from 1PM to 5PM.
If you are current participant in the FSA (Flexible Spending Account) here is some important information that you should be aware of.
If you have funds in your account you have till the end of the year to use it or lose it. Although this rule will change somewhat in 2014 you must exhaust your account prior to year end 2013. Below is the Cigna website login link so you can view you FSA status.
Pink On Duty T-shirt for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Once again with the support of Fire Chief Kemp our memebers will be wearing their pink onduty t-shirts for breast cancer awareness month during the days of October21st , 22nd, 23rd, 24th , 25th and 26th 2013.
Atthe 2010 IAFF convention a resolution was passed for the IAFF to recognize, support and encourage its affiliates to participate in campaigns to honor those fighting cancer. As a tribute to those affected by cancer the Miami Fire Department will officially be participating again this year.
In Honor of Pat, please come and celebrate his life with happiness and joy. We will share stories about Pat and dance to music from the 80s! Please wear your favorite rock concert T-shirt and BYOB. Thank you!
The IAFF has been a proud supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for over 59 years. We have always made sure that we come together to help provide the necessary funds/resources for those families affected by this unforgiving disease during their struggles to fight and survive. While firefighters from all over this great nation hit the streets to “Fill The Boot”, we ask that the Miami Fire Department step up once again and help bring hope to those affected by MDA.
The Annual MDA-Fill The Boot campaign is here once again. This year we will have the opprtunity to collect for this wonderful cause over the course of six days vs the traditional three days. Collections begin Wednesday, August 28 and end Monday, September 2, 2013.
In memory of the 19 Prescott Firefighters killed in the line of duty 6/30/2013
The Granite Mountain Hot Shots, established in 2002, were an elite ground firefighting crew known for their innovative problem-solving and history of safe, aggressive fire suppression. Members of the crew were highly trained, came from diverse backgrounds, and worked long hours in extreme environmental conditions doing the most demanding of fireline tasks.
All donations will go to the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association, together with Prescott Fire Fighter's Charities, on behalf of the Miami Firefighters Charitiable Fund. 100% of your tax-deductible donation - will go to benefit the families of the fallen killed in the Yarnell Fire.
Local 587 and the Miami Fire-Rescue would like to honor and recognize those members who have served in the armed forces.Approval has been given to allow all military members to wear the department approved MFD camouflage t-shirt on Saturday May 25, Sunday May 26 and Monday, May 27, 2013.
Here is an update regarding the IAFF response to the deadly tornado outbreak in Oklahoma.
To start with, first responders are being asked NOT to self dispatch themselves to Oklahoma. You will only be turned away. There are enough fire fighters on scene to handle the job.
Assessments are still being made as to how many members are affected and what they will need. Moore OK has an IAFF Local and their President, as well as IAFF 11th DVP Sandy McGhee, are on it. Affected members will be supported through the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund.
To make a $10 donation to help our IAFF members in Moore Oklahoma, text DISASTER to 50555. The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund will provide financial and other assistance to the fire fighters and their families affected by the tornado.
Thank you in advance for your support in this tough time. More updates will be provided as they come out.
Retired Fire Chief Bill Winchester passed away this morning at 5:00 A/M at Pembroke Memorial Hospital Hospice. Bill was a wonderful friend and exceptional Chief Fire Officer that will be missed dearly by all of his Fire Department family.
The viewing will be held at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, 8200 Bird Road Miami, FL 33155 on Saturday December 8, 2012 from 2 to 6pm. A short memorial service will be held at 5pm. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Today the members of the City of Miami Firefighters IAFF Local 587 mourns the loss of one of our own. 46 y/o Troy Humphreys was a 13 year veteran firefighter for the City of Miami Fire-Rescue and assigned driver at Fire Station 10. He leaves behind a 8 y/o daughter.
It`s time to get registered for the 2012, 55 story Fight For Air Climb Miami event on Saturday, April 14th, 2012. We are in need of climbers and volunteers to help with gear check in, shuttling, and stairway monitoring. Our team has been created on the website www.fightforairclimbmiami.org and registration for the first 50 team members is free using the discount code local5872012. Simply visit the website, click "Join a Team" on the left hand side of the page and search for our team, Miami Fire Climbers! You will be prompted through the registration steps, just make sure you enter our discount code so that you don`t have to pay the registration fee! Finally, make sure you hit the Complete Registration button on the final page of the process or your registration will not go through the system.
While you don`t need to pay to register, donations toward the cause is always appreciated and brings us closer to our fundraising goals.
If you have any questions, concerns or would like to sign up to volunteer, please feel free to email Firefighter A. Cardenas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012 Open Enrollment Period Ends December 14, 2011!
The last day for 2012 Open Enrollment for Group Benefits is December 14, 2011!
The City Group Benefits Team is assisting with Open Enrollment for 2012 if you need to make updates to your health and or dental coverage.
Please review the bullets below to help you determine if any action is needed by you for this enrollment period.
You DO need to visit one of our enrollment team members if:
• You are adding or removing dependents to your health coverage.
• You are adding or removing dependents to your dental, or changing level of dental coverage between HMO or PPO.
• You will be utilizing a Health Care or Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account.
If you are not doing any of the above, then no action is needed by you to continue your current health and dental coverage.
You can also visit the voluntary product representatives at the enrollment locations if:
• You participated in the Allstate/SIS voluntary products of GAP, Critical Illness, or Accident coverage, then you need to meet with the new provider, Colonial Life in order to re-enroll and continue these types of voluntary products. Your coverage with Allstate/SIS will terminate at the end of 2011.
• You want to meet with CONSECO to enroll or check the status of your short-term or long-term disability insurance (another voluntary product offered to employees).
Below is a link to the calendar of where the Open Enrollment team will be able to assist you with your enrollment needs.
Please remember the last date to participate in Open Enrollment is December 14, 2011.
A sample ballot for the upcoming Union elections/bylaw change is at the end of this notice. It will also be sent via email to be posted at the stations, and will be voted on by secret ballot on December 5, 6, 7, & 8, 2011.
Ballots will be carried around to each station of each shift. Also, the bylaws require a central voting place shall be kept open from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. on the same election days, and until noon on the fourth day so that members who did not vote will have an opportunity to cast their ballots. The central voting place will be the Union office.
Absentee ballots will be available November 21st - December 2nd at the Union Office, during normal office hours, only for members who will be absent from Miami-Dade County on all of the election dates.
For all offices, the candidate must win by a majority vote, except for the positions of Guard and Trustee which are won by plurality (the 3 candidates with the highest number of votes). In the event no one candidate receives a majority, a special runoff election shall be held between the two candidates polling the most valid votes for their respective office in the regular election. The Special runoff election shall be held the second calendar week of December. The same ballot rules will apply and the runoff election will be held December 12th-14th 2011.
If this Sample Ballot is not posted in your station, please contact the Union office so another copy can be sent to your station.
The Group Benefits team of the Department of Risk Management is pleased to announce the launch of the new Group Benefits webpage at: http://www.miamigov.com/riskmgmt/groupbenefits/insurance.html which employs a user-friendly system to find out key information about the City’s Group Benefits for 2012.
Please note that information is not yet available for the dental plans, as the securing of our 2012 vendor(s) is still within the City’s procurement process. In addition, the Open Enrollment link will take users to the Oracle system, however Open Enrollment in Oracle will not be open until November 28, 2011. Information on the upcoming 2012 Open Enrollment can be obtained by contacting your department Change Agent (see attached document).
Should you have any other questions, please email GroupBenefits@miamigov.com.
The Hialeah Fire Fighters That Were Fired Need Your Support
Who: The Hialeah Fire Fighters That Were Fired Need Your Support.
What: They are turning in their bunker gear in order to receive their last check. We are putting out a media advisory.
When: Thursday October 6th 4 pm
Where: We Are Meeting At The Union Office 752 E 1 Ave Hialeah, FL 33010
Why: To show support for our brothers and sisters, and solidarity
Hialeah Fire Fighters Please Wear Your Red Shirts
All Other Fire Fighters Please Wear A Red Shirt or One Of Your Locals Shirts
Hollywood Firefighter Derek Avilez suffered a traumatic cervical spine injury about one year ago while at the beach in front of his family. It’s been a long road but Firefighter Avilez continues the fight. Doctors told him he would never walk again and with the help of some great physical therapy he has showed constant progress. His physical therapy will be coming to an end due to his insurance benefits being exhausted. He was again on local news recently asking for help to continue his fight. Lt. Manny Arango SW3A, will be going to all the stations in the next few duty days to collect donations for Firefighter Derek Avilez. We have preliminary plans in the works for an all out Miami Dade County Fire Departments (MFD, MDFR, HFD, CGFD, and MBFD) Softball Tournament / BBQ to raise some more donations for Hollywood FF Derek Avilez. The MFFBA has opened acct # 2857000-5 at the CU to receive donations. Those wishing to make check contributions please make checks payable to:
Miami FireFighters’ Benevolent Association or MFFBA
Attn: Hollywood FF Derek Avilez
2980 NW South River Drive
Miami, FL 33125-1146
Acct # 2857000-5 at the MFFCU
Miami Firefighters Local 587 President Robert Suarez on News and Views with Eliott Rodriguez
Watch Miami Firefighters Local 587 President Robert Suarez as he rebuts Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado’s previous statements on News and Views with Elliot Rodriguez. Tune in Saturday September 3rd at 10am on cbs4 for News and Views with Elliot Rodriguez.
"It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of firefighters
Josh Burch and Brett Fulton, roll call has been taken and firefighters Josh
Burch and Brett Fulton have failed to answer, the bell has been struck for their
last alarm, may the sun shine upon their past, may the wind always be at their
face and may the lord hold them in the palm of his hands until we meet
Florida Division of Forestry IAFF Local S-20 Firefighters Josh Burch and
Brett Fulton lost their lives Monday while fighting the Blue Ribbon Fire in the
Suwannee Forestry Center. These courageous men spent their careers and their
final moments fighting fires to keep our homes and our families safe. Their
families lost a husband and a father yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out
to the families and loved ones of Josh and Brett and our deepest sympathies go
to all of you who have worked alongside them.
Two other firefighters in the Division of Forestry – Robert Marvin and
Stephen Carpenter – were injured yesterday while attempting to assist their
fellow firefighters at the same wildfire. Robert and Stephen suffered
smoke-related injuries, were treated and released later that night.
As your Union fights the "BIG FIGHT" in Tallahassee, we need all of you to do your part and call your Senate Budget Committee Members today and tomorrow urging to have them vote "NO" on SB 830 and 1128. SB 830: Eliminates our ability to utilize the necessary funds that are deducted out of our paychecks to be able to defend ourselves in economically dire situations such as the one we are currently in right now as budget committee members try to take the hatchet to our benefits. SB 1128: Direct attacks against our retirement benefits and eliminates your 175 funds. When contacting the committee members listed below relay the following message:
SB830 has no worthy purpose and fails to demonstrate how it would be in the best interest of the people of Florida. Membership is voluntary and members may quit at any time should the union's actions warrant it. Dues are not used for political purposes. The union has a separate political action committee funded entirely through separate voluntary donations. A union is an organization run by its members. Members are free to speak at union meetings, withhold support, challenge its officers in elections, and inspect its accounting records. They do not need protection from the union.Where is the urgency on job creation or closing the state's budget deficit? Legislators must focus on the state's pressing issues not on unwarranted legislation such as SB830. Stay out of our paychecks and focus on jobs! Please vote "NO" on SB 830.
SB 1128 is an attempt to resolve the state's budgetary problems on the backs of firefighters that have devoted their lives to protect yours and your families. If you value the fact that men and women, on average, lose about 5 years of expected life based on simply choosing this occupation you should vote "NO" on SB 1128. After all the years of service, the hazards of the job, and the circumstances involved with guys not living long enough to retire because of Cancers, diseases, and heart attacks, all our guys have is their retirement. Value your firefighters as they value you as your public servants. Vote "NO" on SB 1128.
Anitere Flores is our State Senator in Tallahassee. She has done a lot of work on our behalf with regards to other important issues, including retirement. She is getting a lot of serious pressure from the Leadership in the Senate, the current Governor, and past Governor Bush. Please call her and thank her for her support. Keep your message positive. Do not threaten her with retaliation if she does not vote our way. Ask her to please vote NO on SB 830.