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You have the opportunity to hear your State Fire Marshal talk about the Fire Service in your state.
On Wednesday, January 24th at 7:00pm; the State of Michigan's Fire Marshal - Kevin Sehlmeyer will be holding his next Townhall Meeting at the Baroda Fire Station. He will have a short presentation and then he will be open to questions & a discussion on the Michigan Fire Service. Many of you are curious about how the two Senate Bills (264 & 265) that Governor Snyder signed on November 29th are going to affect our department's training in the future.
On February 14th Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson will speak along with Goshen Fire Chief Dan Sink at a Learn & Lunch at First Response in South Bend.
Both events are free, please see the attached flyers for information on how to let them know you will be attending.
Legislative update and the documents from the Consensus Revenue Estimating conference.
Also, State Budget Director Pscholka announced his resignation today. He plans to leave his post at the end of February. He will be running to replace Senator John Proos who is term-limited.
Attached is the last legislative log and update for 2017! Its been a great year!
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Well, after a long few weeks and especially long day yesterday, the legislature passed the Governor’s task force report. This was a huge victory for police and fire fighters across this state. Thank you to all of you that made calls and emailed your legislators. The Task Force report, as we have discussed, will go a long way to ensure that pensions and retiree healthcare are secured. SB 686 and HB 5298 are the main bills in the package and are identical. The legislature will no longer be voting on the bill to amend the Emergency Manager Act (PA 436). The remaining bills in the package amend the various statutes pertaining to local governments by referencing the new act created in either SB 686 or 5298. The bills have passed out of both chambers at about 2:30 am. On Tuesday, we expect that the bills will be taken up in the opposite chamber. There are several technical amendments that need to be made to ensure that the bills are consistent with the report. The legislature has agreed that the technical changes will be adopted.
For your review:
A longer report will be coming this weekend once my brain is working again!
Michigan Fire Service Coalition Members
The MAFC has advised Melissa that we will no longer be utilizing the services of Kelly Cawthorne. I realize that our coalition it has morphed beyond its original days of a coalition before a lobbyist and this creates some difficult decisions for you all to make.
The MAFC is willing to continue to work with our like minded associations, although it is unclear as to what our role with in the coalition would be based on previous actions by the coalition.
Please see the attached memo for further discussion.
Michael O'Brian, President
Michigan Assocation of Fire Chiefs
Pension and Health Care Legislative Update
Both the House and Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committees voted on and passed the 16-bills impacting police and fire benefits today.
These actions were not a surprise to us. We fully expected this to happen this week and we are still confident we can beat this on the House and/or Senate floor.
With the passage of these bills out of committee, we expect that the full House and Senate will try and vote on these bills as early as Wednesday (tomorrow).
The MPFFU thanks Rep. Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) for being the only republican to vote-no, joining all democrats on the committee. These legislators stood up for you today. Please send Rep. Wentworth an e-mail thanking him: JasonWentworth@house.mi.gov
We also have committments from several other Republicans in the House and Senate, thanks to your efforts. All of the Democrats in the House and Senate are opposing these bills.
To be Clear: We are OPPOSED to this legislation as currently drafted.
It is now more important than ever to contact your representative and urge a no-vote. You can find the contact information for your State Representative Here and your State Senator Here. Urge your legislator to:
· Maintain our ability to collectively bargain
Many financial challenges with local governments are being addressed locally through collective bargaining process. We cannot support any legislation that takes away our ability to negotiate through the collective bargaining process. The legislation in its current form does that.
Protect the benefits that have been promised
We cannot support legislation that changes CBA’s that have been negotiated and agreed to. These promises were made, and they need to be kept. This legislation does not protect existing agreements.
MPFFU members are urged to meet in Lansing tomorrow at 930am at the offices of Kelley Cawthorne, 208 N Capitol. 3rd Floor. A short briefing will be conducted and then everyone will go to the Senate session which begins at 10 am. We will be meeting with Senators and being visible in the hallways and gallery.
We will also attend the House session which begins at 130pm.
We anticipate a long day so please arrive whenever you can and feel free to leave when you need to. Any amount of time you can give us will be very helpful.
If you arrive in Lansing anytime after 10 am, go directly to the Capitol. You can contact Terry at 734-775-7077 if you have any questions. Text messaging would be best.
Be sure to follow the MPFFU on Facebook, Twitter for updates.
County Training Committee Chairpersons,
Please forward to the fire departments in your county the attached policy detailing the MFFTC Instructor II position. The “Instructor II Policy and Procedures” is taken from the rules as submitted by Council.
Also attached you will find the Instructor II Application which must be filled out in its entirety and submitted to the respective region supervisor for review. Although the policy asks that the application be made through the Information Management System (IMS), we ask that you submit your application in writing until IMS is brought up to speed.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Joseph A. Grutza
Mandatory OSHA safety regs and training deadline passed
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