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La Asociación de Bomberos de North Hudson

Welcome    

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

January 24-26, 2017 - IAFF Vincent J. Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit - Anaheim, California. CLICK HERE for more info.

February 8, 2017 - Wednesday - 11:00 AM - PFANJ State Delegate Meeting - Middlesex County Fire Academy, Sayreville, NJ. CLICK HERE for more info.

February 17, 2017 - Friday - New Jersey Firefighters Annual Ski Race - Mountain Creek Ski Area, 200 Route 94 - Vernon, NJ 07462. Hosted by Jersey City Firefighters and Officers. CLICK HERE for more info.

March 15, 2017 - Wednesday - 11:00 AM - PFANJ State Delegate Meeting - Middlesex County Fire Academy, Sayreville, NJ. CLICK HERE for more info.

March 18-24, 2017 - A. Michael Mullane IAFF Political Training Academy

April 12, 2017 - Wednesday - 11:00 AM - PFANJ State Delegate Meeting - Middlesex County Fire Academy, Sayreville, NJ. CLICK HERE for more info.

April 20, 2017 - PFANJ Annual Valor Awards Dinner - The Gramercy at Lakeside Manor, 410 Highway 36, Hazlet, NJ. CLICK HERE for more info.


Domestic Terror Attacks on the Rise in N.J. and U.S., Report Finds
The greatest terrorism threat facing New Jersey is likely already here, according to an annual counter-terrorism report that found domestic attacks across the U.S. were on the rise.


NFPA Issues Tentative Interim Amendment to Change PASS Alarm Sound
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has issued a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) that requires PASS manufacturers to change the PASS alarm sound required in the current edition of NFPA 1982–2013 for PASS devices manufactured after December 21, 2016, to a new, more audible PASS alarm sound. This impacts stand-alone PASS devices and PASS that are integrated with SCBA.

The 2013 edition of the NFPA PASS standard implemented a standardized PASS alarm sound for all PASS devices. The purpose of the standard alarm sound was to improve fire fighter safety, interoperability on the fireground and the directionality of the PASS alarm sound. For fire departments in the United States and Canada, most PASS devices are integrated with SCBA. 
In 2015, the NFPA committee responsible for PASS began to hear concerns from fire departments and fire fighters that the new standard alarm sound was harder to hear than the older PASS alarm sounds.   

The Technical Committee on Electronic Safety Equipment has identified a more effective pattern of sound and has incorporated it into the Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA), which requires all PASS manufacturers to implement the new universal PASS alarm sound to comply with NFPA 1982, 2013 Edition. The Technical Committee believes this new sound is more audible than the current PASS alarm sound and further enhances fire fighter safety.


SPEAKER PRIETO'S BILL TO REQUIRE THE STATE MAKE QUARTERLY
PAYMENTS INTO THE PENSION SYSTEM SIGNED INTO LAW

(TRENTON) – Legislation New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto sponsored to require the state to make required contributions to the state-administered retirement systems each fiscal year on a quarterly basis has been signed into law.

The Assembly passed similar bills in 2014 and 2015 and also approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 that would have required quarterly pension fund payments, but the Senate did not post it.

"The Assembly has long supported this concept, including sending it to the voters this year for consideration," said Prieto (D-Hudson / Bergen). "New Jersey's public servants who have done their part deserve better than repeated broken promises, but this law will at least represent progress toward a more fiscally responsible approach. Having the state wait until the end of the fiscal year to make one payment is an invitation to skip it, so this will be a common sense improvement."

Speaker Prieto noted quarterly payments could mean increased returns in the pension system from investing a portion of the payment earlier in the fiscal year.

"The intent is to ensure the state makes regular payments into the pension system and help ensure the pension payment is not used as the sole budget solution when revenue falls short of projections in future years," Prieto said.

The new law (S2810 / A4) requires the state to make its required contributions to the state-administered defined benefit retirement systems each state fiscal year on a quarterly basis on the following schedule:

     * At least 25 percent by Sept. 30;
     * At least 50 percent by Dec. 31;
     * At least 75 percent by March 31, and;
     * At least 100 percent by June 30.


The state-administered defined benefit retirement systems are the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund, the Judicial Retirement System, the Prison Officers' Pension Fund, the Public Employees' Retirement System, the Consolidated Police and Firemen's Pension Fund, the Police and Firemen's Retirement System and the State Police Retirement System.

The quarterly payment requirement will commence in the state fiscal year that starts next July 1.


SAVE THE DATE - JANUARY 25, 2017
EXCLUSIVE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

All IAFF members will have a unique opportunity to participate for free in two important workshops offered at the Affiliate Leadership Training Summit in Anaheim, California.

Presented live on Wednesday, January 25, your entire shift can watch these webcasts from the firehouse or union hall. Each webcast is two hours.

11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Pacific Time)
TOPIC: Active Shooter Incidents: Response and Lessons Learned
With the rise in the number of active shooter incidents, coordination between local fire departments and law enforcement agencies is more important than ever for planning, training and practicing for these events. This workshop includes lessons learned from previous active shooter events and current examples of response protocols, on-scene deployment and training programs.

Panelists:

  • Katherine Schweit, FBI Special Agent
  • John Delaney, Arlington County Fire Department
  • Roderick Williams, Orlando, FL Local 1365
  • Nick Starling, San Bernardino, CA Local 935
  • Lori Moore-Merrell, IAFF Assistant to the General President

1:30 p.m. Eastern Time (10:30 a.m. Pacific TIme)
TOPIC: Addressing PTSD Through a Peer Support Program
As post-traumatic stress becomes more widely recognized in the fire service, questions and requests for peer support services have increased. The IAFF Peer Support Training program is designed to teach essential skills for addressing the behavioral health needs of members. This workshop provides an overview of successful peer support programs, essential skills for peer support and resources for responding to members with behavioral health concerns, including the new IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery.

Panelists:

  • Angelo Sacco, Peer Support Trainer, UFOA Local 854
  • Kerry Ramella, Peer Support Trainer, Phoenix, AZ Local 493
  • Dr. Craig L. Katz, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Elaine Viccora, Behavioral Health Specialist, IAFF

Santa Makes His Way Through North Hudson
NJ.COM - December 11, 2016 - Santa Claus is coming to town, and he seems to have brought snow with him. 

The North Hudson Firefighters Association and Fire Officers hosted the annual 17th annual Santa Parade on Sunday afternoon, December 11, 2016. 

Children lined Bergenline Avenue from 85th Street in North Bergen down to 35th Street in Union City to get a glimpse of Father Christmas. Local marching bands, cartoon characters, and local first responders lead the way for Santa. 

Scroll through the gallery photos from the holiday festivities in North Hudson found HERE


The PFANJ, in Conjunction with our Law Enforcement Partners at the NJFOP,
Strongly
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



IAFF Dispatch Express


The Fight that Haunts Firefighters and Paramedics
A New Study Reveals Just What Kind of Toll Protecting the Public Can Take on Mental Health


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.


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




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.

Fraternally,

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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