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Newark firefighters vote to join the IAFF

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On July 12, members of the Newark Firefighters Union cast their votes in a meeting, deciding to join the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).

Newark firefighters rejoin IAFF: Accessing resources and benefits

Reaffiliation with the IAFF means that Newark firefighters will now have full access to the resources and benefits offered by the international body.

This includes comprehensive training programmes, effective communication resources, legislative advocacy, and crucial legal support.

Notably, Newark was originally a part of the IAFF, having joined on April 15, 1918 as Local 71.

IAFF membership: A crucial step for Newark firefighters

Michael Giunta, the President of the Newark Firefighters Union (NFU), expressed his enthusiasm about their decision.

He stated: “We are excited to become part of the IAFF.”

He further added: “The International has an unwavering commitment to protecting its members and their families, and together, I know we can improve working conditions for Newark fire fighters.”

The decision to join the IAFF comes in the wake of tragic events that raised systemic concerns about staffing, training, and equipment conditions within the Newark firefighting community.

Firefighters Augusto “Augie” Acabou, 45, and Wayne “Bear” Brooks Jr., 49, tragically lost their lives responding to a fire in Port Newark.

These concerns were consistently raised by the NFU and Newark Fire Officers Union Local 1860 with city officials.

Strengthening Newark firefighters’ collective voice through IAFF affiliation

Edward Kelly, the General President, spoke on the situation, affirming: “The legacy of Augie’s and Bear’s sacrifice will be a safer Newark for citizens and the brothers and sisters they served alongside.”

He continued: “Our union will honour their memory by ensuring fire fighters in Newark have a stronger collective voice to advocate for the safety, wellbeing, and protection of the community.”

This sentiment was echoed by 1st District Vice President James Slevin, who said: “We are stronger together. I am proud to support and welcome the Newark Firefighters Union back to the IAFF.”

About the IAFF

The International Association of Fire Fighters, established in 1918, is committed to protecting the rights, health, and safety of professional firefighters in the United States and Canada. The organisation provides comprehensive resources and benefits to its members, ensuring they are equipped with the necessary tools to protect their respective communities effectively and safely.

IFSJ Comment

The Newark firefighters’ vote to join the IAFF is a significant development for the community. It ensures greater access to resources and support, contributing to an overall enhancement of safety standards.

This decision marks a crucial step forward in the continued efforts to improve working conditions for firefighters and, ultimately, the safety of Newark citizens.

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