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  • August 21, 2018
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    Back to School Drive
    08/20/18 - IAFF Local 51
    Members,  If you can please stop by Lt Parkers Back to School Drive at Masonic Family  Back to School Drive 1808 Hunter Dr.
    IAFF Convention 2018
    08/11/18 - IAFF Local 51
    Check out this year's 100-year conference Please follow these links for more convention2018.iaff.
    Family Day Out
    08/10/18 - IAFF Local 3609
    Members are invited to attend our Annual Family day event.  The Event is scheduled for August 31st @6:00pm-10:00pm.  We will have Food, drinks, and games.
    Deputy Chief sworn in as Fire Marshal
    08/02/18 - IAFF Local 3609
    Family, co-workers, and friends attended the pinning ceramony of Deputy Chief Cavazos at City Hall.  Cavazos was offically sworn in as Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal for the City of Mission.  It's an honor having Deputy Chief Cavazos move up the ranks anf take on the responsibility of enforcing the fire codes to keep the community safe.
    Battle of the Badges
    07/31/18 - IAFF Local 51
    Join us this weekend to help make a difference in our community! This Friday, Saturday & Sunday United Blood Services will be hosting a Battle of the Badges Blood Drive at Cielo Vista Mall & Mesilla Valley Mall.  Each donor will donate on behalf of their favorite department so remember to tell them El Paso Fire sent you.
    City of Mission has new Fire Marshal
    07/30/18 - IAFF Local 3609
    Deputy Chief Cavazos was hired on January 10, 2001 as a fire fighter and shortly became an Engineer in 2005, he then was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007 where he then was transferred to Fire Prevention division and was promoted once again to Captain/Assistant Fire Marshal in 2010. Cavazos holds numerous certifications that include Advanced Fire Fighter, Hazmat Technician, Fire Officer, Instructor II, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, and in 2014 became a Texas Peace Officer. He now oversees the fire prevention division and currently will serve as the Fire Marshal for the City of Mission. The Fire Marshal can investigate the causes of fires and enforcing the fire code. Their training and responsibilities build upon those of fire investigators, but focus much more on the law enforcement aspect of the job. Fire prevention division consist of inspectors and investigators and is carried out by speaking to civic groups, schools, community groups, and others on the subject of fire prevention and emergency operations.
    Fire Fighters recognize citizen for saving child's life
    07/23/18 - IAFF Local 3609
    On 7/10/18 local 3609 members of Engine company #2 responded to a child choking at the 200 blk of east 6th street. Upon arriving on location a citizen was performing CPR on a 5 y/o child who went unresponsive. Today, we would like recognize Ms. Williamson for her outstanding performance and knowledge of CPR. The child's airway was cleared and her efforts revived the child.
    TCFP new rule change
    07/13/18 - IAFF Local 3609
    In the City of Mission alone we have had 6 fire fighters diagnosed with cancer which three of them in the past year. Fire departments will now have to adhere to the new rule change from TCFP (Texas Commission on fire Protection) ensuring fire fighters have clean gear to wear. There is far to many fire fighters obtaining cancer and dying from the release of toxic gases and chemicals.
    Lt. Gilbert Garcia farewell
    07/10/18 - IAFF Local 3609
    Today, we say goodbye to our colleague Gilbert “Gibby Garcia. Losing someone we love is nothing easy, we can realize that we are blessed to have been able to share in his life. After the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have is happy memories that we’ve shared together. You will be missed brother. Gone, but never forgotten.
    Swimming Safety tips
    07/08/18 - IAFF Local 3609
    Summer is a special time for having fun in the water, yet drowning is a leading cause of unintentional deaths. Many drownings and near-drownings happen when a kid accidentally falls into a swimming pool. But accidents can happen anywhere — at someone's home or even at your own house, and that's why you need to know how to be safe around water.
    Fire Fighters mourn the loss of one of their own
    07/05/18 - IAFF Local 3609
    It is with a heavy heart the passing of our brother Gibby. Gilbert served 23 years of service and dedicated his life to his family and the citizens of Mission. He will be missed by his family & his loved ones. Rest In Peace brother.  We got it from here. Funeral arraignments are still pending
    07/03/18 - Amarillo Professional Firefighters
    GRILL FOR USE AT THE UNION HALL We now have a grill for use at the Union Hall.  This was a gift donated through the guys at #5 A shift.   This is a really nice Tec Infrared propane grill that retails for more than $2000.00.  Please take care of it so we can all get use from it.  It does not have a bottle and you will have to bring your own propane for use.
    Mission Fire Fighters ask the public to use caution
    07/03/18 - IAFF Local 3609
    Happy 4th of July! But please stay safe on America’s birthday. The July 4th holiday is already expected to attract many americans to the roads. In fact, the holiday is considered to be the deadliest part of the year. In the month around July 4th, an average of 230 people end up in emergency rooms each day with fireworks-related injuries.
    Always on the front line
    06/27/18 - IAFF Local 3609
    Hours later and assessing the damage from yesterday’s disaster that occurred across the RGV was heart breaking. Mission Fire Fighters responded to dozens of calls and every inch of water was getting more dangerous, but there was no time to think about that. It was the overwhelming desire to help our citizens that kept us focused on our MISSION.
    Capt Alex Gallardo
    06/06/18 - IAFF Local 51
    Services will be held Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Del Sol Church East located at 11501 Vista Del Sol, El Paso, TX, 79936 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM with a 12:00-noon service. His Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 4:00 PM at the Fire Fighter Hall (3112 Forney Ln. El Paso, Texas 79935).
    Taken action against cancer in the fire service
    06/01/18 - IAFF Local 3609
    Mission Fire Fighters will be hosting a class for all departments who wish to participate.  This class will consist of cancer awarness, prevention and suggestions that help prevent a diagnosis. We have teamed up with the fire fighter cancer network in hopes to educate every fire fighter the dangers of fire fighters encounter each every day while on shift. We must make changes in the work environment in order to come home to our loved ones.
    05/13/18 - IAFF Local 51
    Fellow Brother and Sisters, If you have not seen or heard, one of our own,  Lt Rafael "Rafa" Rodriguez is battling cancer once again.  For those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting or working with Lt. Rodriguez, let me introduce him to you.  Rafael Rodriguez has been serving the department and his community for over 18 years.
    Kick Off
    04/30/18 - IAFF Local 51
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=IuhR1iGD83A Friday, May 18, 2018, Local 51 and the El Paso Fire Department, will Kick Off their annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
    Social Media
    04/12/18 - IAFF Local 4133
    Attention Executive board, In Lue of the class I am attending and the attempt to restructure and build good Public Relations and education as a Local and not as a Department. I will write and release policy on this subject in the coming days which will be a brief email. The Main points of which are as follows.
    SFPFF Confrence
    04/11/18 - Irving Professional Fire Fighters Association
    The 2018 SFPFF Conference will be held in San Antonio, TX and hosted by IAFF Local 624.  The Conference dates are Wednesday, April 11, 2018 thru Friday, April 13, 2018.
    SOTX 2018 Truck Pull
    03/31/18 - IAFF Local 51
    InCase you missed it, 2018 SOTX Truck Pull, Our annual Fire Truck Pull for the Special Olympics Texas was one for the playbooks.  The truck pull event for the Special Olympics Texas is at the El Paso Fire Department Training Academy located at Ascarate Park.
    Working with the web site modules
    03/08/18 - National Teacher Associates Emergency Services Division
    The UnionActive system is made up of individual Modules that can be added, removed, and customized throughout the site.   To view the current Modules, login to the site as an admin and you will now see gray boxes around each individual module. Each module box contains an x button, up and down arrows, the module order number, and the title of the module.
    Set a secure admin password
    03/08/18 - National Teacher Associates Emergency Services Division
    The first thing to do when you initially login as the administrator is set a secure password for the account. Click the User Settings button from the home page, then scroll down to the bottom of the page. You will see a password field. Delete the current password and enter in your own private password.
    The administration area
    03/08/18 - National Teacher Associates Emergency Services Division
    The Administration Area is the main control panel for the UnionActive system. To access the Administration Area, login to the website as an administrator, and then click the Admin Area button just below the website date. Each link in the Administration Area has a short description about what can be done in that area.
    100 Anniversary
    03/07/18 - IAFF Local 51
    Local 51 Participates in IAFF 100 Year Anniversary! Professional fire fighters first started uniting in the mid-19th century as organizations designed to assist fire fighters injured on the job or for the families of fire fighters killed in the line of duty. Many individual fire unions independently affiliated through the American Federation of Labor (AFL) – established in 1886.
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