Howard County Professional Fire Fighters

A Safety Message for Thanksgiving

The officers and members of the Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association wish you and your loved ones a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving.  In addition to the safety video above, please be sure to review the safety tips listed below.  



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Fire Fighters Battling Cancer - Why We Fight to Protect Our Members

Ever wonder why you hear about fire fighter unions fighting so hard to provide benefits to our members?  The video above is representative of the fight that fire fighters all over the country are facing each day; the fight against cancers caused by the hundreds of different chemicals we come in contact with every day. 

Highlighted in the video is the little discussed issue of diesel exhaust.  Even fire fighter/paramedics who might spend more of their time on ambulances than fire engines or fire trucks still come back to the same fire stations where diesel exhaust permeates the air, settles on any and all surfaces, and soaks into our gear and other porous materials.

As more studies are done, and more information is learned, the picture gets even more grim.  This is why we fight for our members.

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Worker's Comp Cell Phone App

If you are interested in having some basic information available at your fingertips, check out the new cell phone application designed by Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby. 

The application contains information about Worker's Comp law, your rights as an injured worker, the Heart & Lung Presumption for Fire Fighters, Occupational Cancer, and more.  It also includes contact information for the Towson office (Matt Darby's location), and the Gaithersburg office (Ken Berman's location). 

The application can be downloaded by going to the BSGFD website (, under "Important News and Updates" on the left hand column click on "for public safety officers, click here."  On the ensuing page will be links to both the Android Google Play app store and the Apple App Store.

The application is an additional resource at your disposal.  If you need any additional information, please let us know.

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Liberty Mutual IAFF Discount Program

Click on the banner at right or click on the following link for information about Liberty Mutual Insurance representative Karen Apter-Cohn.  Ms. Apter-Cohn will begin visiting the stations to inform our members about the discounted products offered to IAFF members. 

Liberty Mutual

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