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La Asociación de Bomberos de North Hudson


Who We Are, What We Do
The North Hudson Firefighters Association

In 1999 when the five municipalities consisting of Guttenberg, North Bergen, Weehawken, West New York and Union City unilaterally decided to merge their individual fire departments into a single department under the newly created North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue, they disrupted long term collective bargaining groups and firefighter international and fraternal organizations.

In direct response to this, the firefighter organizations of West New York/Guttenberg IAFF Local 620, Weehawken FMBA Local 26, Union City FMBA Local 12 and North Bergen IAFF Local 1387 formed a singular organization to protect its members from any forms of injustice; to secure just compensation for their services and equitable settlement of their grievances; to promote the establishment of just and reasonable working conditions and strive constantly for their improvement; to improve the efficiency of its members; and to cultivate friendship and fellowship among its members. Hence, the North Hudson FireFighters Association was established.

We are affiliated with the following organizations:

Coming Events

November 15, 2016 - Tuesday - PFANJ State Delegate Meeting - Atlantic City - Location & Time To Be Announced.

December 11, 2016 - Sunday - 12:00 Noon - 17th Annual Santa Parade - Presented by North Hudson Firefighters and Fire Officers, in conjunction with the Towns of North Bergan, West New York, Union City, Guttenberg, and Weehawken - CLICK HERE for more info.

December 14, 2016 - Wednesday - PFANJ State Delegate Meeting - Middlesex County Fire Academy, Sayreville, NJ - CLICK HERE for more info.

December 27, 2016 - Tuesday - 7:00 PM - NHFA General Membership Meeting - 3rd Platoon - Edward McDowell VFW Post No. 2648, 510-81st, North Bergen, NJ 07047

The PFANJ, in Conjunction with our Law Enforcement Partners at the NJFOP,
Oppose the NJFMBA/PBA Notion that the “Unions” Should be in Control of
the Administration of the Fire and Police Pension System.

The defined-benefit pension is the single most important benefit a fire fighter and police officer have

FEMA Announces Notice of Funding Opportunity for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program
WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently announced the annual funding opportunity for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).

The Fiscal Year 2016 AFG program will award $310.5 million to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters against fire-related deaths and hazards.

FEMA awards AFG funding to fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Service (EMS) organizations, and state fire-training academies.  In addition, FEMA awards funding to other nonprofit organizations recognized for their experience and expertise with respect to fire prevention, fire safety programs and activities, and firefighter research and development programs.

Since 2002, FEMA has awarded $6.8 billion in fire grants to more than 62,300 recipients. Historically, 84 percent of awards go towards purchasing personal protective equipment, vehicles, and other operational equipment.

The application period is open through Nov. 18, 2016. The grant guidance is posted at www.grants.gov and here.  Fire departments and other applicants who need additional information or assistance may contact the help desk at firegrants@fema.gov or by calling 866-274-0960.

New NFPA 1710 Explainer Video
NFPA 1710 is the internationally accepted standard on minimum crew size and operational staffing for career fire departments.

Delegates at the IAFF 53rd Convention spent the week making decisions that will guide this union for the next two years and beyond.
Read more about the votes and decisions your colleagues made about your union:

*** See All Convention Coverage ***


The IAFF 54th Convention and 100-Year Anniversary is
August 6-10, 2018 in Seattle, Washington

Opening Ceremony Highlights
The IAFF 53rd Convention in Las Vegas opened with a spectacular Opening Ceremony in celebration of the theme Strength, Solidarity and Success. The program began with a parade of members carrying flags from all of the U.S. states and Canadian provinces and territories that contain IAFF affiliates. At the peak of the ceremony, IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger delivered the State of the Union address.

Schaitberger Tells Delegates at 53rd Convention –
No Endorsement for POTUS, Focus Will Be on Down Ballot Races

During his state-of-union address at the IAFF 53rd Convention in Las Vegas, General President Harold Schaitberger announced that, after discussions with on this critical decision over the last 16 months, the IAFF Executive Board had made a decision not to support either candidate in the race for president.

“This election is like none we have faced in our lifetime,” he said. “We all know we have a politically diverse union, and have always faced a membership with strong partisan views. But it’s clear those intensely held feelings are unlike normal political disagreements we’ve seen in past election cycles.”

The decision not to endorse reflects the reality of the circumstances in this very different election season, and also recognizes the harm a decision to endorse – either way – could do to our union’s solidarity.

“Solidarity has made this union strong,” he said. “We won’t break that solidarity or tear our union apart for anyone.

Kitchen Table - Overcoming Post-Traumatic Stress

General President Harold Schaitberger talks with IAFF members who have struggled and recovered
from post-traumatic stress, one of the biggest but often untreated health issues among our ranks.

IAFF Dispatch: Season 2, Episode 1: Fighting Fire With Facts

Two exciting new data systems will ultimately help keep you safe, as well as give us the scientific
data needed to hold communities accountable when it comes to public and fire fighter safety. 

IAFF Dispatch Season 2 Episode 2

• Stronger and Safer – What happens at IAFF conventions affects us all
• Legislative Victories – Getting lawmakers to understand what we've known all along.

IAFF Dispatch - Season 2, Episode 2: Cancer Awareness

The Truth About N.J.'s Pension Crisis And How To Fix It | Opinion
NJ.COM - Next November, New Jerseyans will be asked to vote on a constitutional amendment to require the state government to make regular quarterly pension payments, which would put the state's pension system — and the state of New Jersey itself — on the road to fiscal solvency within six years. 

The biggest winners, if the constitutional amendment passes, are not public employees — who will get their pensions anyway — but all of New Jersey's taxpayers.  
State laws, Supreme Court rulings and legal opinions have already established that public employees are entitled to the vested pension benefits they have earned.

The dirty little secret Gov. Chris Christie is not telling you is that the state ultimately will have to pay the bill – whether the money comes out of pension funds or directly out of the state budget – and that the cost goes up exponentially every year we fail to act.

That is why Senate President Stephen Sweeney introduced legislation to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to require the state to make pension payments on a regular schedule that makes fiscal sense and saves taxpayers billions.

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Important Information on Supreme Court Health Care Decision

As many of you are aware, recently the Supreme Court handed down another landmark decision addressing the president’s controversial health care law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the case of King v. Burwell, the court was charged with determining if individuals purchasing health care through the federal exchange were permitted to receive tax subsidies.   Since the court’s ruling, we have received numerous questions regarding the impact of the ruling on our members and their health plans. Generally speaking, there is no immediate effect on IAFF members or their plans. To help our IAFF members to better understand the ruling, we have prepared the following supplemental materials:

Regardless how the Supreme Court ruled, we have a major concern over the portion of the ACA which imposes a 40 percent excise tax on high-cost health plans beginning in 2018. The IAFF has taken a leading role in a coalition of labor and corporate interests in trying to repeal the excise tax.  Current legislation (H.R. 2050) to repeal the tax has been introduced by Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT), a bipartisan bill with more than115 co-sponsors. We will continue our fight to repeal this provision of the ACA and work to ensure that the benefits our members and their families enjoy will not be diminished. I hope the information proves helpful.  As always, I appreciate your hard work and leadership.


Harold A. Schaitberger
General President 

IAFF Calls Out Looters Of Public Pensions
Across America, state budgets are being balanced on the backs of current and former public employees by breaking commitments to fund their defined-benefit retirement plans. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) is the latest to go this route, recently warning his state’s fire fighters, police officers, teachers and other public employees that he’ll propose skipping a couple (more) yearly installments against the state’s pension liability due to an unexpected revenue shortfall.

Study: Firefighters Have Higher Rates of Cancer

North Hudson Firefighters Association

NIST Report Shows Crew Size Matters
Study compared how long it took crews of three, four and five to handle the same tasks.

FIREHOUSE.COM - April 29, 2010 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - For years, firefighters across the nation have touted the importance of having enough crew members when they start to attack a fire.

Now, they have scientific research to back up their claim that size does matter when it comes to saving people from fires as well as making sure they go home after their shift.

On Wednesday, the National Institute of Standards and Technology released the results of an extensive study that used technology to determine how long it took for crews of two, three, four and five to handle the same 22 tasks.

"Four- and five- person crews were able to complete the 22 essential firefighting and rescue tasks in a residential setting 30 percent faster than the two-person crew and 25 percent faster than the three-person crews," said Jason Averill, NIST fire protection engineer and the project manager.

NIST announced the findings of the study to members of the fire service attending the annual Congressional Fire Services Institute event in Washington, D.C.

Tasks included stopping at the hydrant, positioning the engine, conducting scene size-up, engaging pump, establish 2 in/2 out etc.

The data also showed that the largest crew was able to apply water to the fire 22 percent faster than two-person crews.

The small crew also encountered a much larger fire upon arrival than the five person team.

NIST also used its fire dynamic simulator to determine slow, medium, and fast-growth fires and estimate how the crew sizes would affect the exposure of occupants to toxic gases.

"Two-person crews arriving later (than the larger ones) would also likely find a significant portion of the general public incapacitated by the time of the rescue," Averill said about his findings.

IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger lauded the research, saying it will be used as a tool for fire officers across the country as they educate public officials.

"This is an extremely important document," he said. "Now, we have the technology and research to back up what we've been telling politicians who are cutting budgets..."

He said the research validates NFPA recommendations regarding crew size. Schaitberger said while he understands the tough economic hardships, reducing the number of firefighters, stations or apparatus is not the answer.

In addition to firefighter safety, the public welfare is at risk, he said, when small crews are involved.

NIST received a federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant to fund the project that involved only career firefighters. Researchers said the results could be similar for combination or volunteer fire departments that have crews in their stations.

USFA Administrator Kelvin Cochran said the document will be utilized by those who need justification for additional personnel, equipment or training. This will give officers something to back up their requests.

"We now have the technology, the science to prove what we've known for a long time -- it's very dangerous for a small crew to attempt an attack," he said.

A 2,000-square-foot, two-story building was specifically constructed for the study on the grounds of Montgomery County, Md. Fire Rescue training center.

Rooms contain cameras as well as instruments to measure toxic gases and temperatures The data is recorded on computers and other monitoring equipment located in a separate section of the building.

Each assignment included a truck and three engines.

"Our study is the fist to quantify fire service lifesaving and firefighting operations for a low-hazard residential structure including the effects of changes in crew size, arrival time and stagger on rescue and suppression effectiveness," Averill explained to the crowd.

Dennis Compton, chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, called it a landmark study. "This can really help everyone," he said.

"It will benefit local decision makers tremendously as they work to determine and provide the resources necessary to adequately protect their communities from fire and other life safety emergencies," Compton said.

Watch some footage from the experiments. Credit: International Association of Fire Fighters

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