AFFPA/FABF Golf - Aug 27th

ATTENTION ALL, Short version : 1.   We're golfing Tuesday August 27th 2. We need to slow our roll and proof read better. 3. Register today! (please?!?) Extended cut : It was brought to our attention that our recent golf email contained a rather critical typo.  The date of this event was listed as Sep 27, but WE ARE GOLFING AUGUST 27TH , just 2 short weeks away.  09:30 Shotgun start, check-in at 08:30.  We'll have breakfast burritos, coffee, juice and range balls for you.  We will take registrations online until 3 days prior to the event, but you will be helping our organizers immensely by not waiting an...
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Aurora Fire Fighters Golf 2019 - Register Now

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Members, retirees, friends and family, Good morning folks, our flagship fundraiser for our benevolent fund is right around the corner (Aug. 27th), PLEASE REGISTER NOW.  The sooner we get everyone registered the better we can plan for you all!  You may register at AuroraFireFighters.org For the record, good luck finding another charity golf tournament you can enter for $100...and at a nice course to boot, like Saddle Rock in Aurora ! For more information please visit our event page by clicking here When visiting the establishments of our sponsors, please tell them thank you for their support:  HealthONE - Platinum Sponsor H...
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Urgent Call-to-Action








After more than a decade of work by the IAFF, Locals 854 and 94 in New York City and many others to finally get The Never Forget The Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has placed a hold on the bill, preventing it from advancing to the floor of the Senate for a vote and further delaying the help that 9/11 responders need and deserve. The U.S House passed the bill last week by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 402-12. Call Senator Lee's office and demand that he quit playing games wit...
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Aurora Fire Fighters Annual Golf Outing (Probationary Fire Fighters please read all)

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Members, retirees, friends and family, While we have our Annual Big John Ale Tapping coming up July 27th at Dry Dock - North Dock benefitting our antique apparatus (Big John) restoration, we are also looking ahead to our annual golf outing on August 27th .  The Kenny White Memorial will be held at Saddle Rock Golf Course in Aurora.   DON'T WAIT!   REGISTER OR BECOME A SPONSOR TODAY by clicking here .  We would like to thank HealthONE for, once again, teeing off as our Platinum Sponsor. H&E / E-ONE equipment knocked down an eagle (2 under par) as our Gold Sponsor.  We simply couldn't pull this off without...
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General Membership Meeting - July 15th

Members and retirees, Our upcoming July Membership Meeting will be held at our new office and union hall co-located at the CPFF Event Center, 12 Lakeside Lane, Lakeside, CO 80212 .  We have shield/helmet mounts to hand out to some of our previous retirees that we've been having a hard time catch up to, so we hope to see some of them!  We hope to have something meaningful to pass on regarding the FLSA issues we're experiencing.  We'll also discuss our recent CPFF Annual Meeting, held in Aurora for the first time ever. We are currently finalizing Your 1290 Connection , our quarterly newsletter due for next release early this mont...
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7th Annual Big John Ale Tapping - July 27th

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Members, retirees, friends and family, Congratulations to Aurora Fire Fighter Medic Dan Garrett on his winning brew,  a watermelon cream ale nicknamed, Wondermelon.  We are really excited to tap into this! Please come join us Saturday July 27th, noon to 5:pm for some great games, food and beer as we tap into this year's winning batch of Big John Ale (#BJA2019).  Games include: giant jenga, bowling, cornhole, disc golf and  foosball. This year's event is returning to Dry Dock's North Dock at 2801 N. Tower Rd, Aurora, CO 80011 Please visit our website for more information by clicking here . History:  Big John is a ...
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In Honor of Flag Day Tomorrow:



Post those Media Policy compliant photos tomorrow and use the hashtags, #AuroraFFs and #FlyTheFlag Please coordinate with your Officers and Battalion Chiefs for compliance.  Look for our post as well!   On FB & Twitter: @iaffLocal1290 and  Instagram: aurora_firefighters On June 14, we honor Old Glory on  National Flag Day  in the United States to commemorate the adoption of the U.S. flag on this day in 1777. This is a day for Americans to show respect for the U.S. flag and what it represents: independence and unity. To honor our flag this June 14, the IAFF is joining forces with the  National Flag Founda...
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Attention Beer Lovers

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Big John Ale winner reveal & tasting tonight. Sorry for the late notice folks...I thought this went out yesterday. Attention beer lovers,  Join us at 6:00 pm tonight, May 28th as we announce the winner of this year's Big John Ale at South Dock .  We will have appetizers to enjoy and you will get to sample the entries submitted for this year's Big John Ale as well as find out which beer Dry Dock will be serving.     See you Tonight, Dave Hamam, AFFPA Local 1290 C-Shift VP & Comms team
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Aurora Fire Fighters Golf Tournament - 8/27 SRGC

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We are excited to announce that our event and sponsorship pages are up and running. Special thanks to those that have already registered! Online Registration Here  Proceeds go to Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund (FABF) and support Colorado Professional Fire Fighters (CPFF) Foundation . We'll have no new surprises this year.  Those of you that have golfed with us can count on the same laid back, highly organized shindig you've come to know and love!  Our lead organizer has decided not to golf this year and instead will be found mingling with the guests!  As we always strive to improv...
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Mike Somma Kick-off Party

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Please join us on Friday, May 17th at 7pm for Union Brother Mike Somma's RUNOFF KICKOFF! There are only about three weeks left until the June 4th runoff election. Let's send a message and get Team Somma started off right! There will be food and fun for the whole family! We suggest a contribution of $25, but we'd love to have you even if you're not ready to contribute! Come on down, meet Mike, and let's have a blast. When : Friday, May 17th at 7:00pm Where : 12 Lakeside Ln, Denver, CO 80212 Why : Support fellow union member Mike Somma in his Denver City Council Runoff Campaign Click Here to Learn More
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IAFF-FC Webinar: Supplemental Lifetime Income for Members, Spouses and Retirees


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Are you preparing for retirement or recently retired and concerned about market volatility with your retirement accounts? Join the IAFF Financial Corporation (IAFF-FC) Tuesday, May 7 for a webinar on Responders First , an optional guaranteed supplemental lifetime income program available to you and your members through Security Benefit. The program is designed to help members and their spouses ages 45+ who are ready to retire or currently retired. This webinar is an opportunity to learn more about the products and pricing options, and to ask our program provider direct questions. DATE: Tuesday, May 7 TIME: 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Are yo...
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Brother Al Cockrell Follow-up

Good evening, Retired Aurora Fire Engieer, brother Al Cockrell passed away nearly a month ago.  Local 1290 has recently heard from the family that any memorial or funeral services will be handled by the family and closed to all but those by personal invitation.   Therefore, discussions are underway by members to hold our own memorial for Al, Bob Kern and all of our fallen brothers.  As these plans firm up, we will inform you all of the details.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families. Members, friendly reminder about our union meeting tomorrow morning, 9am, Station 3 Community Room. Sincerely, AFF...
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Passing Away of Al Cockrell

It is with great sadness that we're informing you all of the passing away of Al Cockrell, Aurora Fire Engineer, Retired. Al passed away this morning, so it's early yet for funeral/memorial service information. As soon as we know more, we will pass the information along.  Sincerely, Aurora Fire Fighters Protective Association
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St. Balderick's Fundraiser Tomorrow 4/13

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From organizer Bert Herrera: Don't forget that tomorrow (4/13/19) is the St. Baldrick's Head Shaving Event! Please come and support a great cause and either get your head shaved or support those that are! Again, if you are not aware, St. Baldrick's uses events like this to fund child cancer research. It is an annual event that I have assisted with prior to and especially after my son was diagnosed in 2012. Thanks for your support and I hope to see you all at Cheluna Brewing at the Stanley marketplace tomorrow from 11-1. Cordially, Bert Herrera, Station 2 Medic
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AirLife Volleyball - Team Members Needed

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Members,  (short version:  We could use 4 or more people to ensure we have some reserves available.  If there's enough interest, we could form 2 teams.  Saturday May 11, 10:30 ~ 15:00, Hudson Gardens.  Please specify the shirt size you will need) Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to participate.  Entry fee is $150.00/team.  You may pay Keasa Reynolds the day of the tournament.  If we charge just those receiving shirts (up to 8) that's ~$20/ea. Requirements: Teams will consist of at least 6 persons, with a minimum of 2 women on each team. Hospital, emergency, police, rescue personnel and their families are...
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Passing Away of Tim Sheats

Members,  It is with great regret we're informing you all of the passing away of Retired Aurora Fire Lieutenant Tim Sheats. Unfortunately we don't have a lot of information to pass on at this time.  We will pass on any information as we receive it. Or thoughts and prayers go out to the family in their time of grieving.  Sincerely,  Local 1290
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Aurora Fire Hockey Club Tournament this Weekend

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Good morning! Come join the Aurora Fire Hockey Club playing in the @4th Annual Craig Moilenan Memorial Hockey Cup!  This tournament benefits the family of the late North Metro Firefighter that passed away after succumbing to cancer.  The early lineup has the good guys (us) facing APD Saturday at 14:30 then West Metro Fire at 17:00. Please come join us!  We'll need all the help we can get! Location: Edge Ice Arena, Littleton  6623 S Ward St, Littleton, Colorado 80127 Please visit the facebook page for more information. Sincerely, #aurorafirehockey
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Police vs. Fire Dodgeball - March 23rd Pepsi Center

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Hello All, Please see the attached flyer and details about the event below and contact Andrew Bobet from the Colorado Mammoth with any questions!! We are working with Police and Fire Departments all over to Denver to invite them out to our Unsung Heroes/Military Appreciation Night here at the Pepsi Center on March 23rd, 2019.  Below are a few details about the event: - Date: March 23, 2019 - Event: Police vs. Fire Department Dodgeball Game - Time: Immediately following to the Colorado Mammoth game - Location: Pepsi Center - Seats: Start at $10 - Note: You do not have to field an entire team, we will be dividing teams before the event Thi...
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Passing of Brother Mooney - SMFR

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Please see attached letter from Colorado Professional Fire Fighters.  Further information will be disseminated as soon as it's made available.  You may also follow us on Facebook for latest, @iaffLocal1290   Download PDF File Here
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Fundraiser for TJ Cunningham

Members, friends and family,  TJ, a dear friend of Aurora Fire Fighter Sean Moran, is a recent victim of gun violence. TJ was the Assistant Principle at Hinkley High School in Aurora amus played in the NFL but not play long enough to receive a pension. He was the primary bread winner in his family and leaves behind 5 young daughters.  We are hoping you could find it in your hearts to give a little of you're able. Below is a link to a fundraiser for TJ's family.  https://www.gofundme.com/f/tj-cunningham-memorial-fund Sincerely,  Aurora Fire Fighters
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St. Patrick's Day Gear Order

Members,  Get all your swag here,  https://afrstpattysday2019.itemorder.com/sale The link closes on February 25th @ 11:59 PM. - Zac Varela
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Today's Station 5 Groundbreaking Postponed

Good morning!     The Station 5 Groundbreaking Ceremony scheduled for today, Jan. 28 has been canceled. Your patience is appreciated and we will make you aware once the event has been rescheduled.     The contractor is on site conducting initial site work. The reschedule of the groundbreaking ceremony will not impact the construction schedule.   Thank you,      1290
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Recent (purchase of) Union Hall Vote

Members,  Below are the results of our recent vote pertaining to whether or not we should move forward with the purchase of the property at 15533 E. Mississippi. Of the 199 respondents: For - 90 (45%) Against - 109 (55%) The Executive Board of Local 1290 thanks you for your participation. 
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New Station 5 groundbreaking rescheduled

This event was originally scheduled for tomorrow, 1/14/19.  It has been rescheduled for 1/28.  All members, retirees and their families are welcome to attend this event. Copy of dept. memo below: As you are well aware, our department/community is within a period of transition and growth. This memorandum serves as an invitation for all members, retirees, and their families to attend upcoming celebrations recognizing the addition of new facilities to our department. These celebrations will include the grand opening ceremony for our newest facility, Station 16, and the initiation of the construction of a new facility to replace Station...
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Retired Aurora Fire Lt. Bob Kern has Passed Away

We're deeply sorry to inform you all of the death of Retired Fire Lt. Bob Kern. Bob also served in the Army prior to serving the citizens of Aurora for 25 years.  After a very extended battle with cancer, Bob was not able to escape damage he suffered from his recent stroke. He will be dearly missed.  All family needs are currently being met and we will inform you when memorial/funeral arrangements are made.  Sincerely,  Local 1290
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Children's Hospital Toy Run, This Sunday

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Aurora Firefighters and Santa will be leading the charge again at the 33rd Annual Children's Hospital Toy Run benefitting Children's Hospital Colorado. All participants must be pre-registered PRIOR to park entry. Park opens at 8:30 am, all bikes in by 10 am. Ride leaves Sports Park at 11 am SHARP! ENTRY FEE is a NEW unwrapped toy. Pre-register at any Metro Denver Harley-Davidson Dealership starting in November.  BikerDown.org  will be providing the breakfast burritos and hot coffee/chocolate for the event with the proceeds going to Children's Hospital. Please support this great event. For additional information click here . See you ...
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Dante's Wingferno, TODAY!

Members, family and friends,  Head on down to Dry Dock Brewing Co. at Hampden and Chambers for the 7th Annual Dante's Wingferno hot wing eating contest. All proceeds benefit Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund!  12pm-4, TODAY!!! See you there! 
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Pat Clapham Internment

As a reminder, Memorial Service for Retired FF Pat Clapham will be at Fairmount Mortuary this Monday 11/12 at 17:30. Internment will be at Ft. Logan Cemetery Wednesday 11/14 at 13:30. Any vehicles should be in staging at the main entrance to the cemetary at 13:15.  All personnel are invited to both Memorial and Internment.  Sincerely,  1290
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Bennett FFs Clay Shoot for CPFF Foundation this Saturday

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Members, friends and family, please see the attached flyer for details about an upcoming fundraiser.
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Registered voters in CO Springs

From CPFF: We are asking any CPFF members that live in Colorado Springs or want to come down to Colorado Springs to show support and come out for their Signature Kick-Off. Do you know a registered voter in Colorado Springs? Bring them too!!! Colorado Springs Professional Fire Fighters Join Together for a Campaign Kick-Off for “Firefighters for a Safer Colorado Springs” On October 6 th  at 1:00pm, the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association will be hosting a campaign kick-off event for our upcoming campaign “Firefighters for a Safer Colorado Springs”. It will be hosted at former fire Station 4 (our association building), wh...
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Denver FF's Local 858 Chili Cook-Off Tomorrow (10/5)

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Members, Friends and Family, Aurora Firefighters will be serving it up with Colorado's Bravest and sample some amazing Red and Green Chili. All proceeds go to the Colorado Muscular Dystrophy Association. $5 entrees and $1 samples. Colorado Craft Beer available for sale day of the event. Please stop by the Aurora Firefighters booth, say hi and taste our amazing chili recipes! Friday, Oct 5, Larimer Square, 9a-4p. See you there!
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Retiree Bob Kern

AFD Retiree Bob Kern, Werner's brother,  has suffered a severe stroke and is at the University Medical Center Neuro ICU in Colombia, MO.  Werner is there and he said Bob is having a set back. Going back to CT for a scan. Doctor says he might have had a seizure which is not abnormal after this event. Was fine a little while ago but now is hard to wake up. Pressure in his head is ok and is not building which indicates that he is not bleeding.  Bob is  is still in need of our thoughts and prayers.   Bob also has at least two more cancer surgeries he has to get through too.   Werner has asked all contact go thro...
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Funeral for Chuck Hicks

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Chuck Hicks worked ambulances in the city of Aurora for many years. We will be celebrating the life of Chuck Hicks on Saturday August 4 from 12:00-2:00 at Hyatt Lake in Arvada (6056 Eldridge St Arvada CO 80004). Please feel welcome to bring a food dish to share and drinks (alcoholic or otherwise) to toast to Chuck.  We encourage all to share their memories of Chuck at the gathering.  The site is child friendly if you wish to bring children, everyone is welcome.    To view Chuck Hicks' obituary, visit http://www.newcomerdenver.com/Obituary/160976/Charles-Hicks/Denver-Colorado We hope to see you there! 
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Golfers: Putt-up or Shut-up...REGISTER TODAY!

The probie foursome has been filled.  We appreciate all those newbs that attempted to get in for free!  To EVERYONE that doesn't get to play for free, PLEASE REGISTER ASAP .  There are still spaces available for foursomes, threesomes, twosomes and individual golfers...you know what they say, golfers make the best swingers!  Registering prior to the day of the event really helps us organizers immensely and allows us to enjoy the day a little just as we hope all of you do! If you have issues using the online registration system, please email Paul Shoemaker by clicking here . Thank you all! xoxo
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Sign up for Golf ASAP...June 25th approaching fast!

 Good day all! Friendly reminder to get your foursomes finalized asap.  We are in the home stretch for our June 25th Golf Outing at Saddle Rock in Aurora.  If you do not have a foursome you will be placed with others in the same boat.  Don't be fooled by the roster you can see.  Our sponsors have a different area for registration...carts are filling up fast!  If you don't golf, you'll fit right in...come hang out for a great cause that we all hope our families never need (but some will). We are still recruiting volunteers and donors for this event.  If you have a lead on any prizes we can use as raffle or si...
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PTSD in the Firefighting Community

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It is National Mental Health Awareness Month which is a great reason to talk about the invisible injuries firefighters suffer from because of the physical and mental stress of their jobs. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is alive and well in the firefighting community. Click on the link below to learn more about how many firefighters suffer from PTSD. View CBS News Video Here
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Building on a Legacy

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Local 1290,   As the campaign to restore Big John comes to an end, we have a chance to leave a lasting legacy for future generations of Aurora Firefighter's and their families.  Our kid's have riden on him, he has been used in funerals and hopefully we can continue to use him for weddings and parades.  But in order to keep Big John on the road and working, it is essential that we give him a much needed restoration.   We have the opportunity to be the generation of Aurora Firefighters that make this happen.  We are asking that everyone purchase a raffle and forward the link to family, friends and other groups.&nbs...
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Big John Fundraiser, home stretch!

Aurora Fire Rescue,   As the campaign to restore Big John comes to an end, we have a chance to leave a lasting legacy for future generations of Aurora Firefighter's and their families.  Our kid's have riden on him, he has been used in funerals and hopefully we can continue to use him for weddings and parades.  But in order to keep Big John on the road and working, it is essential that we give him a much needed restoration.   We have the opportunity to be the generation of Aurora Firefighters that make this happen.  We are asking that everyone purchase a raffle and forward the link to family, friends and other groups. ...
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Part-time/Temporary Work Opportunities

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Members, Local 1290 has been approached from several people and organizations offering employment to fire department members.  Based on feedback we've received we know some of your budgets are stretched with our recent contract that provided minimal increase to salaries.  We're offering a forum to help any firefighters interested in picking up some extra dough.   If you or someone you know has additional job opportunities, please share in the comments section below. Falck Rocky Mountain:  (From Dave Patterson)  I wanted to personally extend an invitation to members of 1290 who may be interested in part time work ...
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IAFF 100th Anniversary - Wed. 2/28

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Members, With the help and leadership of your IAFF, the industry of Firefighting has come a long way in the past 100 years.  All CPFF members are asked to come to the State House at 0800 for a resolution to be read on the Senate Floor of this historic day. Please wear Class A and let Jimmy Allen ( (303) 359-1451 ) know you plan on attending. At 0900, there will be a photo on the west steps documenting this day in history.  Afterwards there will be a reading of an IAFF resolution in the Senate Chambers followed by the National Anthem on Bagpipes. It's natural to sometimes wonder what your union has done for you. &...
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Big John Ale 2018 - Exciting News!

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Please mark April 5 in your calendars!  It is once again time for the annual Big John Ale (BJA) brewing competition! We need YOU to begin perfecting your best ale recipes for this year’s Big John Ale event.  There are a few changes to this year’s event.  We will be opening the BJA competition to all Colorado Professional Fire Firefighters (CPFF) and Retirees! Ale Judging will be on April 5 at 6:00pm at Dry Dock South (Hampden and Chambers) by Dry Dock brewers. Dry Dock has once again offered to brew the winning home brew batch as the official 2018 Big John Ale.  The first keg of 2018 BJA ...
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Aurora Family in Need

Hello to All, I hope this letter finds you all well during this holiday season. I am writing this letter seeking donations for a family in our Aurora Community. Aurora fire responded to the Nguyen residence on Dec 1 st , on reports of a house explosion . When we arrived we found two of the five family members with life threatening burns. Both family members were taken to the hospital for further care. Unfortunately, the Nguyen family has lost their 62 year old father who succumbed to his injuries. The family also has a 22 year old son that is in the ICU with many complications from burns. As a first responder we all have seen our fair share o...
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Home Brewers, Beer Lovers and Volunteers!

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It's time again to start thinking of this year's Big John Ale Event.  We need all who are interested in submitting an entry for this year's Big John Ale to get going on perfecting your Ale.  Entries will  be accepted from both Active Members and AFD Retirees.  Entries will be judged at Dry Dock the first week of April (exact date will be communicated later).  The winning beer will be produced by Dry Dock's head Brewmaster - Tim and be crowned 2018 Big John Ale. All entries must fall into one of the following categories - Pale Ale, Amber, IPA, Wheat, Brown or similar.  Sorry, no Sours, Lagers/Pilsners or Barrel ag...
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Thank you for your support

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The Aurora Firefighters Local 1290 would like to express our gratitude for your overwhelming generosity during our fundraising campaign. The outpour of support from our community proves that when we come together, we can make Aurora a great place. Your generosity will make a real difference in our firefighters lives. We are honored to have your continued support and we pledge to continue protecting the community that we love. Thank you. 
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Help Make a Difference in Our Community!

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Since 1957, our firefighters have proudly protected the lives, homes and businesses within our community. Firefighting is rigorous and puts many demands on the human body, both mentally and physically. We are honored to serve community members like you, however our brothers and sisters need your help. Give by Clicking Here Today! The dangers associated with firefighting continue to increase with new hazards and challenges faced head-on by our firefighters every day. We remain dedicated to providing the finest care we can. However, our committed service is not without need for assistance along the way. Our firefighters are asking for your gene...
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Aurora Firefighters Local 1290 Endorse Marsha Berzins

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Finding and supporting the best candidate to protect and serve you is very important to us. We believe that Marsha Berzins is a quality candidate because she has continually shown support towards public safety. Berzins pledges to keep it that way by having the best leaders, constant training, and the most up-to-date equipment for our brave first responders. She plans on supporting our Police and Firefighters by approving a new training facility and programs to assist them and our community. Learn more about Marsha Berzins here.
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Aurora Firefighters Endorse Nicole Johnston

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When choosing a candidate to endorse, we take great care in choosing an individual that we believe will best serve our community. We feel that Nicole Johnston is that individual. “When it comes to public health and safety in our neighborhoods, let’s follow what is best for our families’ health as well as home values, not make decisions on what the oil and gas industry tells us.” Johnston takes pride in the community that she represents, and values order and public service. Nicole has been an advocate for military families for the last fifteen years. She served as the Marine Family Liaison at Buckley Air force Base. Learn more about Nicole Joh...
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Aurora Firefighters Local 1290 Endorse Sally Mounier

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We care about what matters to you: providing quality services and safety to our residents. Sally Mounier understands that working hard on the issues that matter to families is what makes our community stronger, safer and more stable. A few of the ways Mounier plans on prioritizing public safety includes: Ensuring funding and training for Police, Fire and Dispatch Reducing incidents crime in heavily trafficked areas. “My number ONE budget priority is reducing crime on Colfax,” Mounier stated to the Aurora Sentinel. Bringing the community together as neighbors through a myriad of local events and expansions on community centers Learn more about...
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Help our City Council Candidates Please!

Friends, family and supporters, Only 10% of mail-in ballots have been returned in the City of Aurora. We still have a great opportunity to affect positive change in the city! City funding for the Fire Department is shameful right now.  We need a City Council that will begin addressing this desperate situation.  Below are the candidates we think will greatly help us get back on track. If you or someone you know live in the City of Aurora City , please vote for the following City Council Candidates: At-Large: Tom Tobiassen Ward I: (Incumbent) Sally Mournier Ward II: Nicole Johnston Ward III: (Incumbent) Marsha Berzins Please click on ...
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Aurora Firefighters Endorse Tom Tobiassen

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Our top priority is looking for the best candidate to protect and serve you. After careful deliberation we have endorsed Tom Tobiassen because he has displayed his dedication to public safety. As a longtime Neighborhood Watch Head Area Coordinator and RTD Board member, Tobiassen has worked to keep our streets and neighborhoods safe, and ensure a quick, reliable responses when we call for help. Some of the reasons that we choose to endorse Tom Tobiassen are: Ensuring that our police and fire departments have the staffing, equipment, and training they need to remain world class. He believes that through community outreach, he will improve relat...
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Fundraiser for FF Grizzle tomorrow 10/21

Please join Aurora Firefighters for a fundraiser tomorrow's at Cheluna Brewing Company, 1pm. Cheluna is located at Stanley Aviation Marketplace.  there will be a silent auction and lots of prizes! See our FB event page for further details.
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Taking New Registrations for Golf this Friday

We will be making our 3rd attempt at golfing this Friday, the 13th, and it's shaping up to be a beautiful day...despite what you may think based on today's weather.  If you had a conflict for our first 2 attempts, this is your opportunity to play! New registrations are still being accepted. Please click the "Eents" drop-down and select "Golf".  We also have room for some free golfers to fill-out foursomes of sponsors unable to play this make-up day. If you want to play for free, put your name in the contacts list below . If anyone that has paid to play is unable to play this Friday, I will be reaching out after Friday's tournament t...
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Aurora FFs Golf - Oct. 13

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(Yes, Friday the 13th)   Sponsors and Golfers,   If any of you get this email more than once I apologize.   We will give one more shot at completing this tournament.  Friday Oct. 13th, 09:30. Foursomes have changed over the course of these previous cancellations and I'm learning a lot from the experience.  Please communicate with whomever you intend to golf. EVERYONE INTENDING TO GOLF MUST  have one member of the foursome contact me with the names of said foursome, the email AND cell phone number of the primary contact of said foursome. Any special requests must go through your fours...
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Aurora Firefighters Golf - Sep 27 (free golf opportunities)

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We're just 2 weeks out folks! If you have not signed up yet please do so right away.  Several of you have spoken with me about signing up this week. We will be taking registrations up until a week from friday (Sep 22). If you have to wait until the event to pay, you may do so but please coordinate with Dave Hamam asap.  I will start building the roster early next week and it will help get everyone organized if we get on this sooner rather than later.  In all the years we've been doing this, we've never turned anyone away, and we won't start now. Now to the FREE GOLF OPPORTUNITY ...Christine and Jay McDonald of Colorado McDonald...
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Last Alarm for Arvada Firefighter Schaefer - Sep 14

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Please join together with Arvada Fire in their time of mourning: Thursday, Sept. 14, at Faith Bible Chapel, 6250 Wright St. in Arvada. The Celebration of  Life Service will begin at 10am. For further information regarding the service and procession will be posted on thier website  www.ArvadaFire.com  as they become available.
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Call for Political Action - Tomorrow

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Members, Retirees, Friends and Family, Please pass on to any interested family members, friends and family living in Ward II of Aurora. Your Local 1290 eboard believes the race for Ward II will be a tight one. It is also very important. Local 1290 supports Nicole Johnston in Ward II.  She is smart, ambitious and very efficient.  Nicole is very much pro Fire and EMS, she fully understands the poor state of affairs the fire department is in right now and how we got here. We all have many goals for our department...most, if not all, are achievable. We need smarter and more motivated people on the city council to achieve our lofty, but ...
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Into Harms Way

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There are always the annual anniversary articles of remembrance, patriotism and honor that reappear around observed holidays or prominent historical dates, like the upcoming anniversary of the September 11 th attacks. However, modern historical events like 9/11 are slow to make their way on to the main pages of history books or classroom discussions. There are thousands of people across the country that breathe that history every day as the effects of such events are real and enduring. Lt. Paul Geidel (FDNY R1-ret) is one of those remarkable people, who has experienced life to an unmeasurable level in all the good and bad ways. Paul Geidel is...
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Upcoming Events - Embrace the Craze!

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Anyone feeling busy about now?  Let's just embrace it! This Saturday, 826, Aurora Firefighters are asked to join two different events:  1. 7/20 Memorial Foundation is hosting a beer tapping and 5k (8a-3p) to help raise funds to finish the Reflection Garden across the street from where the Theater Shooting took place. To learn more, buy tickets and/or donate visit their facebook page by clicking here . 2.  Pink Heals organization is coming to Aurora to visit 3 yr old Kirby Sergeant from Butte, Montana.  Kirby has been diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer.  Kirby and his family have been at Children’s hospital in Au...
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South Metro Fire Rescue LODD - funeral this friday

It is with great sadness that South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) shares news of the death of Engineer Michael Freeman. Engineer Freeman passed away peacefully in his home at today, July 16, 2017, after complications from cancer. Mike started his career in 1974 with the Cherry Hills Fire Department and his many honors include being SMFR’s most senior active member, holding badge number 74-1. SMFR is recognizing Engineer Freeman’s passing as an Active Member Line of Duty Death. Flags will be lowered to half-staff at all SMFR facilities and badges worn by SMFR personnel will be shrouded. Details of Engineer Freeman’s memorial service will be shared ...
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General Membership Meeting Tomorrow

My apologies for ommitting this from the earlier email.  If you care for more timely notice of planned events, including membership meetings, please add our Google calendar to your device. Jim 'N Nicks BBQ, Southlands; 24153 E Prospect Ave, Aurora, CO 80016; 09:00-11:00 Thank you, that is all
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Upcoming Events - July 17th Gen Memb Mtg Jim n Nicks BBQ

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Members, It is with great sadness (not) that I'm informing you all we will no longer be providing monthly upcoming events flyers for the stations. Though it may not seem like a lot of work, it's just tipping the scales away from my productivity.  I feel the time it took to produce could be better spent elsewhere.  That being said, if one of you feel strongly enough about keeping it around, please step forward and we can try to find a path forward. Besides all that, the information is always at your fingertips on our website via the member dashboard.  If you struggle navigating the website we will have a webinar (...
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New Publicly View-able Shift Calendar!!!

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Geez, you would think we would have done this sooner...but as Paul DeMarco likes to add, "...but you'd be wrong" Please refer family and friends to our website if they are interested in when the heck you are working and/or what days/holidays/birthdays etc. you are scheduled off! AuroraFirefighters.org - Click Events, then Calendar (see image below). In short order I hope, we will be adding our current events and dates that we think our family and the public might be interested in. Be safe all!
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Retiree Picnic Anyone?

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Retirees, Wayne Jones approached us to inquire if there was much interest in a picnic for all of our esteemed retirees.  The date tentatively scheduled is September 30th at General's Park. This is a fenced off area on the Fitzsimmons Campus at the NE corner of Peoria and Colfax. We thought it would be nice for you all to see some of the amazing growth and development in your old stomping grounds...the Nick's Liquors building is still there, but we'll see it's still standing come Septemer. For this event to take place, we need to hear from you all! Local 1290 has already secured a pavillion and we can cancel the reservation if there is a ...
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Upcoming Events, June 2017

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St. Baldricks Foundation Fundraiser this Friday!

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Good day all! This Friday we will be holding our Annual St. Baldricks Foundation fundraiser! Please bring your families down or fly solo to Chaluna Brewing Company at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010 .  If you have seen how Stanley Aviation Marketplace is shaping up, this is a good opportunity.  Big John will be there as well! Come help raise money to combat Child cancer! There will be firefighters(and others) shaving their heads, and if you want to have a beer, the beer is VERY GOOD! There are also food/restaurants in the building, shopping, ice cream and coffee. Come have a good time and help raise money for r...
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FF Jim Smith retiring...Save the Date: September 23

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Save the date:  Saturday September 23 Retirement Party @Beck Recreation Center. This will be for all family members, kid friendly. There will be Food, Drink, and Music for Dance and even drinks for kids. RSVP invite and flyer will be sent out around late July- August. Thank You Jim Smith "Smitty" And in case you missed it, Please watch Smitty and Firemedic Sean Christon represent Aurora Firefighters on the morning news.  BIG JOHN CHILI COOK-OFF ONE WEEK FROM TOMORROW!!! http://kdvr.com/2017/05/02/4th-annual-big-john-chili-cook-off/
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Local 1290 Upcoming Events, May 2017

Local 1290 Upcoming Events, May 2017
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Busy month coming up...hold your hats on!
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Big John Ale Tapping Party, Chili Cook-Off and Frisbee Golf Tourney

Big John Ale Tapping Party, Chili Cook-Off and Frisbee Golf Tourney
Our 4th Annual Beer Tapping hosted by Dry Dock Brewing Company to take place at Dry Dock Brewing Company - North Dock . Dry Dock Brewing Co. is brewing us a unique Stout this year of which a portion of each sale will go to help fund our Antique Apparatus Fund. Other proceeds will go towards Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund, which is a 501(c)3 charity beneffitting families of injured, ill or fallen Aurora Fire Rescue Firefighters. #bigjohnale May 13th, 12p-4p, Dry Dock Brewing Company, North Dock 2801 Tower Rd Aurora, CO 80011 We hope to see you there!
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Volunteers Needed for BJA Tapping and Chili Cook-Off

Volunteers Needed for BJA Tapping and Chili Cook-Off
Good day all! I'll be overseeing this year's Big John Ale Tapping and Chili Cook-off.  I'm seeking volunteers to hit the streets asking for prizes, donations and support.  We will also be in need of volunteers to work the day of the event from 8a-5p. This year's event will be held on Saturday May 13 - SAVE THE DATE (C-Shift working).  We hope to continue growing this amazing event, but it simply can't be done without your help!  Aurora Firefighters will continue to impress on this event as with others, I'm sure! Thank you, Sean Christon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 303-250-7650
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Message from the Pres.

Brothers and Sisters of Local 1290, As many of you may know already, the Aurora Sentinel posted an article today, stating that city management has determined the final two candidates for the position of Fire Chief. The E-Board has sent several requests, over the last week, asking to be notified of the final candidates, so that we could conduct fact finding. Our requests have gone unanswered and emails have not been returned by city management or human resources. Local 1290 was excluded from being notified of the final candidates, prior to the Aurora Sentinel's Facebook post today. We have still not been contacted by city management or human r...
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David Danek
Hmmm
Thursday, 16 March 2017 20:51
Jim Lynch
Try contacting the media???
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Exercise Cooking Safety this Holiday Season!

Exercise Cooking Safety this Holiday Season!
Fire Fighters Stress Cooking Safety During the Holidays Winter is the leading season for home cooking fires Aurora, CO - According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires during the holidays.  “Most fires during the holidays occur between noon and 4:00 p.m. – the peak cooking hours,” says Sean Moran, Aurora Firefighters Local 1290 President “A lot of those fires can be easily avoided by staying alert and in the kitchen while cooking.” Many home cooking fires are caused by unattended equipment, abandoned material, a heat source left too close to flammable materials, product misuse and...
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Hiring for Fire Chief - City of Aurora, CO

Hiring for Fire Chief - City of Aurora, CO
The City of Aurora, Colorado is seeking a progressive fire professional with proven fire and EMS services administrative experience in a medium-to large-sized urban setting to assume the role of Fire Chief. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated a proactive approach to creating beneficial partnerships in the community and the fire profession, and will be experienced in assessing fire and EMS service models. The annual starting salary range for this position is $145,000 - $160,000. This final filing date for this position is Monday, January 9, 2017 Recruitment Brochure - PDF http://www.cpshr.us/documents/ExecSearch/FC_Aurora.pdf
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Children's Hospital Toy Run...THIS SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!!!

Children's Hospital Toy Run...THIS SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!!!
It's going to be a beautiful day for the 2016 Children's Hospital of Colorado Motorcycle Toy Run! Aurora Fire Rescue, Aurora Firefighters Local 1290 and the Aurora Firefighters Chapter of Wind and Fire Motorcycle Club are once again collaborating to make this a great event.   If you would like to ride in the event you will need to be at Aurora Sports Park (18601 Sports Park Dr, South side of Colfax Ave east of Tower Rd) at 08:00 that morning. The first motorcycles should arrive at the hospital a few minutes after 11:00. Riders have the option of parking their bikes and walking into the hospital or dropping off their toys and leaving.&nbs...
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Catherine Floyd GoFundMe

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An Aurora Fire family still needs your help! I know they appreciate every penny raised. Thank you all so much! https://www.gofundme.com/2nq5twzq
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Colorado Gives Day - 12/6/2016

Colorado Gives Day - 12/6/2016

Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund is participating in Colorado Gives Day 12/6/2016.

Click here to give to FABF:

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Southlands Holiday Parade - This Sat. Nov. 19th

Southlands Holiday Parade - This Sat. Nov. 19th
Come join us this Saturday evening at Southlands Shopping Center for this year's Southlands Holiday Parade!   https://www.facebook.com/events/365209493818567/ Parade will begin at 6:00 pm, please see the attached map.  We hope to see you there!
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Aurora Fire Rescue Military Veterans Breakfast

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Aurora Local 1290 will be providing a complimentary breakfast to AFR firefighters who once served and/or continue to serve our great country.  If your off that day, come on down for some chow and rehash some old stories with fellow vets!   Click Here to Download the Flyer  
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Dante's Wingferno

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Good afternoon! Tomorow is the 5th Annual Dante's Wingferno challenge.  If you have any free time between 12 -4, please stop by Dry Dock (South Dock - Hampden & Chambers) to support those participating in this year's challenge.   We have a new format where those participating suffer for free, and the non-eating sadists pledge to those participating.  You simply pledge a dollar amount per wing that a participant can eat. Each participant must eat at least 3 hot wings and up to 9.  The winner is determined by who eats 9 the fastest.  There are some great prizes this year and we expect this to be the biggest event ye...
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35th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

35th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
Every October, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.   There are 112 Fallen Firefighters to be honored at the National Memorial. Click here for more info
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Aurora firefighters have highest number of calls in the nation, union says

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The Aurora Fire Department — having already racked up more than  $2 million in overtime  last year — can claim the title of having the busiest firefighters of any department in the nation, according to an industry report. The fire department union compiled 2014 data from Firehouse magazine, a leading industry trade publication, and found that Aurora firefighters respond annually to more calls per firefighter than any other department in the nation.  The 270 line firefighters in Aurora each responded to an average of 203 calls in 2014. Cities of comparable size saw fewer calls, including firefighters in Tampa, Fla., which had 12...
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