Seattle Fire Fighters Union, IAFF Local 27

Why King County’s EMS is the best in the world: Q&A with Mickey Eisenberg

By Lindsay Bosslet on May 22, 2015

Those of us here in King County are lucky enough to live in one of the best places in the nation (perhaps, the world) for emergency response. Our cardiac arrest survival rate, the gold standard in emergency response, has been documented everywhere from academic journals to the Wall Street Journal, and our system is studied far and wide.

In honor of EMS week, we met with Dr. Mickey Eisenberg, King County Emergency Medical Services Medical Director, Co-Director of the Center for the Evaluation of Emergency Medical Services (CEEMS), and the guy who wrote the book on EMS, to learn more about what makes King County's system work so well.

Read the Full Interview Here

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Scott Fire Fighter Stairclimb Results!

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CDC & NIOSH: New Study Examines Relationship between Firefighters and Cancers in California

A new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) examined firefighters in the statewide California Cancer Registry and found that firefighters had increased risks for several major cancers. Black and Hispanic firefighters were found to have increased risks for more types of cancer than white firefighters. For the purposes of the study, only adult male subjects were included.
Firefighting is considered one of the most hazardous occupations, and involves regular exposure to known carcinogens. In this study, which used data from 1988-2007, firefighters were found to have increased risks for several cancers, including melanoma, acute myeloid leukemia, multiple myeloma, and cancers of the esophagus, prostate, brain, and kidney. Black and Hispanic firefighters, unlike white firefighters, were also found to have increased risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia and cancers of the tongue, testis, and bladder.
"California has the largest statewide cancer registry in the country," said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. "This focused study generates novel findings for firefighters of various race and ethnicities and strengthens the body of evidence to support the association between firefighting and several specific cancers."
This study, now available online by the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, included more firefighters with cancer than any previous study. This allowed authors to assess the association between firefighters and the development of 32 different cancers in all firefighters combined, and firefighters of various races and ethnicities. Of the 32 cancers assessed, the risks of 14 cancers were significantly elevated in one or more firefighter groups. Black and Hispanic firefighters had significantly increased risk for more cancers than white firefighters which speaks to the need for further investigation of cancer risks among various race and ethnicities within this profession.

Click here to see the study.

Click here for more information on the health and safety of fire fighters.

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Press Release: SFFU Local 27 Endorses Burgess, Bagshaw, Harrell, and Godden for Seattle City Council

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LODD Fire Inspector Peter J. Campbell, May 2, 2015

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Fire Inspector Peter J. Campbell of IAFF Local 1582 - Oakville, Ontario. Brother Campbell passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from lung cancer. The Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario L6K 1E1, (905) 844-2600. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Kopriva Chapel. Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 1582, P.O. Box 60004, RPO Glen Abbey, Oakville, ON L6M 3H2.

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2015 M. Kenneth Hoefner Scholarship Application

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Are you doing your part?

Brothers and Sisters,
Local 27 is fully engaged in the political process to protect and support you, your family, and public safety. Our American democratic process relies on citizens and organizations for elections and for governance. Local 27 informs and supports candidates and elected officials on all issues related to fire fighters and public safety including: health and safety, training, equipment, department policies, compensation, benefits, retirement, staffing, response times, service levels, hazards, etc.
Local 27, the WSCFF, and the IAFF rely on your voluntary financial contributions to fund these efforts.
Many members already do their part and contribute, but many still do not.
If you have not yet signed up for the Local 27 SAFEPAC or the WSCFF Fastpac, or the IAFF Firepac, please follow the link below to get started now. Thank you.

Kenny Stuart
Seattle Fire Fighters Union
IAFF Local 27


Local 27 Political Action Volunteer Form


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