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.

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

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

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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Hmmm
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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

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!

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  

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

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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