UNLEASH THE POWER OF COMMUNITY - STAND TOGETHER
The Local 1146 should stand up for our members everyday, every time, without bias - engaging our community and public administrators to improve workplace conditions with validated research and statistics, to advance member interests in a way that enhances service delivery in the City of Lynchburg.
It is time for the Local to change how we do business - how we handle our internal affairs, message the public, and address the dynamic evolution of our profession.
Our internal affairs should be effecient, responsive and transparent - modeled in a way to maximize member participation and accommodate our varied schedules.
Utilizing proven methods, the local can generate the public interest necessary to reshape priorities and gain support of our interests at city hall - like never before.
As demographics shift in our jurisdiction, so will the demand for service delivery. We need to proactively provide public administration with solutions to address future strategic challenges.
Collaboratively, we can work to provide low or no-cost proposals to fire administration that enhance working conditions, and promote the mental and physical health of our members by thinking "outside the box."
We live together, we eat together, we fight together - WE STICK TOGETHER. As a body of members, we are more effective if we are united as one. Good benefits and good wages are good for our members, our families and our community. Just as we want to see our city succeed, we should also join in our city's success. As a body of members, we can stand in solidarity to succeed in our efforts to advance our profession, protect our community and jobs, and bring attention to issues that will have a lasting impact on our organization.
Chartered in 2000, we are a local affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters, and the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters. As a local, we engage and collaborate with department and local government administration to advance fire and EMS capabilities for our community, and advocate for safe and improved working conditions in an inherently dangerous profession.
Understanding the state of the fire service in our community today
CALLS FOR SERVICE INCREASE
Since 2007. we have increased Emergency Medical Service Response by over an alarming 40%.
Lynchburg Fire Fighters is truly passionate about this issue, as it is one that impacts so many people all over the world. We hold this issue close to our hearts, working day in and day out to find ways to improve the cause of workers. Lynchburg Fire Fighters aims to maintain balance within the labor system, and will keep pushing until the right deal is reached.
Issues that are important to our responders and our organization - the reason we fight for better working conditions and fair compensation and benefit packages.
Nearly a third of fire fighters may not survive due to cancer
Firefighters have a 27.3% risk of cancer death, which is an increased risk from the profession. Almost every other workplace in the U.S. has established occupational controls to limit exposure to cancer causing carcinogens over the last 40 years, such as asbestos removal regulations. There have also been legal limits set for industrial occupational exposures to known carcinogens in the workplace over time, to limit risk.
In contrast, firefighters are exposed to an unlimited amount of carcinogens over time from exposure to smoke and soot in fire suppression. Three scientific studies (The NIOSH Study, The Nordic Study, and the LeMaster's Meta-Analysis) have all identified an increased risk in certain forms of cancer directly related to the occupation of fire fighting.
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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS COMPLETES GIS RESPONSE ANALYSIS FOR LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT
August 26, 2018
"Currently, Lynchburg Fire Department (LFD) operates apparatus that are not staffed to provide for effective, efficient, and safe emergency operations required by industry standards and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) rules and regulations."
"The provision of fire protection and EMS response are essential services that governments must provide. However, in order for these services to be effective and efficient, they must be staffed and positioned appropriately to address emergencies in an equitable manner, as they occur. LFD’s current staffing design is inconsistent with industry standards for response to fire and EMS incidents."
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