On May 8, 2015 nearly 50 members of Local 2000 spent the day providing local elected officials, legislative aides, partners, and media members the opportunity to be a fire fighter for a day. Participants suited up in fire fighter protective clothing, donned self- contained breathing apparatus, and entered a real fire to experience firsthand the environment in which fire fighters work.
County Executive Allan Kittleman, Deputy Chief of Staff J-Tab Siddiqui, County Councilman Jon Weinstein, State Senators Ed Kasemeyer and Guy Guzzone, State Delegates Trent Kittleman, Eric Ebersole, Dr. Terri Hill, Dr. Clarence Lam, and Vanessa Atterbeary, legislative aide to Delegate Kittleman Chelsea Amason, attorney Matt Darby, and WBAL TV reporter/anchor Sarah Caldwell participated in the day-long event.
We wish to thank the members who made for a fantastic experience for the participants, DFRS for helping to make the event a reality, and the key decision makers who took time out of their busy schedules to experience what it is like to be a Howard County fire fighter for day.
Worker’s Compensation attorney Matt Darby also provided this testimonial and thank you to the members of Local 2000.
WBAL News Anchor Sarah Caldwell "Feels The Heat" during Fire Ops 101
Click on the photo above to see the video
Our second Fire Ops 101 event on Friday, May 8, 21015 was a huge success. Over 50 members of Local 2000 gave their time to provide elected and appointed officials from Howard County a chance to experience first-hand what it is like to be a fire fighter and EMS provider.
We would like to thank Chief Butler and his entire staff for their support of this effort. We would also like to thank County Executive Allan Kittleman, Deputy Chief of Staff J-Tab Siddiqui, County Councilman Jon Weinstein, State Delegates Ed Kasemeyer and Guy Guzzone, State Delegates Trent Kittleman, Eric Ebersole, Dr. Terri Hill, Dr. Clarence Lam, and Vanessa Atterbeary, and Aide Chelsea Leigh Amason for spending the day with us and participating. Sarah Caldwell from WBAL-TV also attended and put together a news story shown on the 5 PM news that night.
The participants worked in teams of three, with each participant being assigned a Local 2000 member as a "Shadow." The teams rotated through four scenarios: Interior Structure Fire, EMS scenario with simulated cardiac arrest (complete with fake vomit), Auto Extrication, and Auto Fire.
The Baltimore Sun's Jon Sham also stopped by and produced a video for their website; link here.
Photos will be added to our site over the next several days and weeks.
County Executive Kittleman Honors Howard's Bravest
County Executive Allan Kittleman is braving the cold temperatures this weekend as a Super Plunger to raise money for the Special Olympics of Maryland. Before his second plunge he took the time to remember a beloved member of Local 2000, Nick Garner, who died this past Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.
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.
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 (www.bsgfdlaw.com), 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.
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.