Welcome to Norfolk Professional Fire Fighters - IAFF Local 68

Children's Christmas Party December 16th at the hall.


December 10,11,& 12 from 0700-0930 at the hall elections will be held for Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Presidents and Trustees


11-11 Election ballot and dates posted to Election Committee page and emailed to members on website



4-15: Fish Fry info added to calendar

3-15 Link to Facebook page put on main page, click on "american flag IAFF logo" to enter. Also check for updated calendar events. 

2-8 New contact info put under "Board of Directors", Calendar updated for Feb. events. 

1-29-11 New January Heat Sheet put on website under Home page.

12-19: New Officers posted to Board of Directors Page. 

12-1 NPFF Election Info posted to website 


11/11: Email sent to members about union  meeting in Nov. and Kid's Xmas Party. Also info on Xmas party posted on calendar section. Photos from Fill the Boot also put on site.


9/10: Added round up of the Sept board meeting. Announcement of retirement of VP Steffens. MDA Fill the Boot report. "Why Unions Matter" editorial in Washington Post". Awardees of 2010 Whelen Scholarship....Check it all out!!!

8/23: 1st District VP Ray Steffens, has posted a new message under the VP page, also a link has been put on the main page going to the Va. Burn Camp

8/4 Rules for Whelen Scholarship posted on website under "members only" site. Vote on benefits for 9-1-1 benefits sent to members. Congress failed to pass these benefits for our members. 


7/29 All our registered members have been mailed info on the 2011 Chris Whelen Scholarship application a nd "Fill the Boot" info. Also info on the MDA golf tournament at Kings Mill. If you are a member of the local and want to keep up with what's going on REGISTER!!! The "Board of Director's Site" has also been updated, as we have a number of committees that need new chairpersons. If you are interested, call Cricket. All this info is also in it's appropriate place on the website 

If you are registered and not getting our emails, check your profile and email me if you have problems. or have info that you want put on the web or site..Ray


6/5  After spending another 3 weeks in SNGH after a relapse of my infection I have updated the webpage. The new BOD are on the BOD page and I have posted my June message to the membership on the Welcome Page. 

4/30: After 2 months, I was released from NGH on Tuesday and am home. Thanks to all of you who stopped by, called, offered assistance or best wishes.

I have added info on upcoming Union Meetings to the "About Us" area. Council Endorsements are also there. I have also put information for both the Burn Camp and MDA Camp for the kids under "About Us" and Information on the "Over 40 Softball team" for Maryland the weekend after Labor Day is under the "Members Only" section since only members can be on the team. 

4/2 Calendar was updated, info on Cent ral Va. Burn camp has been added to "About Us". Remember the union meeting is this coming week....

2/21: VP Steffens has posted his February message to the membership on the About Us page

2/12: Update on Kyle G avin under "Members Only". We did not get a quorum for the Feb. meeting so there will be no minutes. St. Patricks Day shirts are in call your Dist. VP to purchase. $15 for tees. More for sweats. If we don't have your size Cricket can order it. They come in med. blue and green.  

2/1: Super Bowl Party Info in Home Page area (need RSVPs guys) and Ronnie Tofton condition update in Members Only area.  

1/25 a NEW January Heat Sheet, new reports from VPs Steffens and Nelson, under "home page". Ronnie Tofton Update in members only section.   

1/22: I have put p hotos from the Legislative Seminar on the webpage and VP Nelson and myself have posted reports. There is also a grid on the VPFF page under "Virginia Bills" on their main page which tracks all the bills we are watching and what our positions are on them. You can get there by clicking on the VPFF logo on the "home page". The session lasts until April and funds that are cut from the city budget mean funds cut from city services. So please lobby your legislator to protect city and fire programs funding. 


1/16 Added link to streaming audio of our fire calls, click on NFR patch logo and updated members list. Also, we have full sized shift calendars and they were sent out at the January meeting to the members of stations who came to the meeting

1/2 For those wanting shift calendars, click on the calendar on the website and then click on "Yearly View" and you can print it out from the website and alter it to your needs on your computer. 

12/31: Happy New Year, we have LOCAL photos on the RSS header now. We also have updated information on the VPFF Legislative Seminar. Lastly there is a report on what happened at the December meeting under Members Only. Wishing you all a Happy New Year

12/19: Dec 10th meeting happenings posted under Member's Only section. VP article on Norfolk budget shortfall posted under "Home". Members applying for access have been approved. Election results posted under "Election 09 Results" on Home page. VP Steffens has put a new message under "about us" jscripts/tiny_mce/themes/advanced/langs/en.js" type="text/javascript"> pan>

12/6" Reminder sent on Elections, article on problems at VRS put on "About Us" section  Also Photos of Kids Christmas party posted under "Photos". 1st Dist. VP Message has been updated.


11/20  Updated info on Kids and Member's Xmas parties posted. Election info updated, but ballot info and election info is yet to come. We do have contested offices. And note that more info can be found by members by clicking on "RSS FEED" icon in the top right corner of the home page. It will lead you to URL's for sites and info posted on the webpage. Also, Trustee Mark Johnson's bio has been updated.


11/18 Retirees Party rescheduled for Station 9 on Nov 21st


11/17  Retirees Party Postponed, see info in Committees area. Union Meeting rescheduled to 11/18


11/7: Recent member applications have been updated, Calendar has been updated



11/4  Information on Kids Xmas party in Members Only section



10/29: Nominations for Local 68 Office put under "About Us" and "Local 68 Nominations for Office" and under Members Only section "Nominating Committee"

10/27: VP Steffens has updated his message under "1st Dist VP Message". New members have been updated


10/23 Our History added to "About Us" section 


10/20 Entered info on Lt. Brady's Retirement Celebration on web page calendar. Also put info on how to donate to Central Va. Burn Camp through United Way under "Members Section" and then "Committees". Updated other sections of webpage. Info for Kids Christmas party also put on web page.  Arrangements for Adult Xmas party are still being finalized.   




10/16 Updated info on Retirees Luncheon and calendar updated for dates on future events 


10/9  Update calendar, start entering bios under Board of Directors, added members to "members only section" 

10/6  Passing of Carl Nordwall under Memorial section  


10/5 Site updated and all applicants added to "members only " section


10/1 Information from Cricket on AFLAC and more photos posted 


9/25: Calendar updated with Retirees Luncheon info  


9-18  Many new photos on photos page in Members Only section most courtesy of Lt. Bailie  


9-12 New 1st Dist. VP letter under "President's Message" in the Members Only Section 






New Hampshire Members Awarded Liberty Mutual’s Firemark Award

Durham, NH Local 2253 Secretary David Blatchford is the newest IAFF member to be honored with Liberty Mutual’s Firemark Award for his part in a successful three-year campaign to install the first automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in two University of New Hampshire sorority houses – Alpha Xi Delta and Alpha Phi.

Posted on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:46:47 GMT

Connecticut Members Reach Out to Young Cancer Patients

Members of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association (UPFFA) of Connecticut are always looking for new ways to be involved in the community, particularly when they can assist young cancer patients.

Posted on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:38:38 GMT

Philly Fire Fighter Dies in Line of Duty

A Philadelphia fire fighter was trapped in the basement of a burning row home early on December 9, becoming the first female member of the Philadelphia Fire Department to die in the line of duty.

Posted on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:50:19 GMT

New York City and 8 Labor Unions Reach Tentative Contract

Posted on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:30:49 GMT

Fire Fighters Question Governor’s Failed Leadership During Ferguson Unrest

IAFF members in Ferguson, Missouri, and other communities surrounding North St. Louis County worked frantically in the days following the November 24 release of the grand jury decision. Emergency calls came in mere minutes after the announcement that Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted, and fire fighters worked nonstop to respond to dozens of fires and other reported emergencies.

Posted on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:15:09 GMT

December 3 Marks 15th Anniversary of the Worcester 6

The IAFF is remembering the six members of Worcester, MA Local 1009 – Thomas Spencer, Paul Brotherton, Timothy Jackson, Jeremiah Lucey, James Lyons and Joseph McGuirk – who paid the ultimate sacrifice as they were fighting the multiple-alarm Worcester and Cold Storage Warehouse fire.

Posted on Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:16:34 GMT

Memphis Fire Fighters Donate $12,000 to Local Cancer Charity

After a successful pink T-shirt fundraising campaign in October, Memphis, TN Local 1784 members donated proceeds totaling $12,000 to the Wings Cancer Foundation, a local charity assists families of cancer patients.

Posted on Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:02:54 GMT

IAFF Brotherhood Helps Member Diagnosed With ALS

The sequence of events that led up to East Peoria, IL Local 1498 member Greg Underhill, recently diagnosed with ALS, receiving a van customized for a wheel chair can all be linked to one thing: the comradery among IAFF members.

Posted on Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:06:59 GMT

Buffalo Local 282

At the request of Buffalo Local 282 President Dan Cunningham, any local sending manpower or resources to the Buffalo area should call Dan on his cell at 716-998-4130.

Posted on Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:59:55 GMT

Charlie Hall, Former IAFF DVP, Dies

It with regret and sadness that the IAFF announces the passing of Charlie Hall, who served as 12th District Vice President from 1968-1980. His service and sacrifices will forever be immortalized in the many fire service leaders he mentored and trained.

Posted on Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:26:42 GMT

New York City Members Push City Council to Fix Disability Pension

Flanked by members of the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) Local 94 and Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) Local 854, as well as New York City Council members outside City Hall, Local 94 President Steve Cassidy called on the Council to do its part in fixing a critical problem with the fire and police disability pension.

Posted on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:53:51 GMT

Thousands Gather at Memorial Park to Honor Fallen Fire Fighters

Under a bright blue September sky, thousands of friends, family members, comrades and local spectators gathered at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to pay solemn tribute to the IAFF members who gave their lives in service to their communities.

Posted on Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:54:01 GMT

Buffalo Fire Fighters Carry Patient 10 Blocks to Hospital During storm

Buffalo fire fighters were forced to carry a patient about 10 blocks to a hospital after a snowstorm shut down the city's streets.

Posted on Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:53:49 GMT

'Tis the Season to Give Back

Add the IAFF Charitable Foundation to your Cyber Monday shopping lists this holiday season and help members and their families in their time of need.

Posted on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:23:29 GMT

Inside a Burning Building at DC Fire Ops 101 Event

NBC News reporter Mark Segraves experiences what it's like being a first-responder for a day in a Fire Ops 101 event conducted by Washington, DC Local 36

Posted on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:04:58 GMT

Tulare Fire Fighter and Burn Survivor Raises Awareness for Importance of Smoke Alarms

Fire fighter Luis Nevarez suffered severe burns after accidentally grabbing a 12,000 volt powerline. Now Nevarez is raising awareness for fire safety.

Posted on Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:36:38 GMT

Arlington County Local 2800 Responds to Ebola False Alarm at Pentagon

When the 9-1-1 call came in about a woman exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms in the parking lot of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, the Arlington Local 2800 fire fighters were fully prepared to respond.

Posted on Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:40:19 GMT

Memphis Fire Fighters Foundation Donates $25,000 to Burn Center

Memphis, TN Local 1784 demonstrated its continued commitment to the community by donating $25,000 to the Firefighters Burn Center at Regional One Health. The Memphis Fire Fighters Association (MFFA) Foundation contributes 100 percent of the proceeds from its annual golf tournament. This year was a record-setting year, thanks to the support of Nationwide Insurance and its participants.

Posted on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:06:33 GMT

Franklin Township Local President to Run 35 Miles for Issue 35

Franklin Township, OH Local 1441 President Ron Delozier plans to run 35 miles on November 4 to remind and encourage voters to vote yes on Issue 35, a fire levy that will raise the money needed to fund the Franklin Township Fire Department and prevent the layoffs of six to 12 fire fighters.

Posted on Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:11:16 GMT

D.C. First Responders Prepare as Ebola Threat Grows

At the D.C. Fire and EMS Department Training Academy in Southwest Washington on Saturday, a few dozen people, many with soot-smeared faces, milled about waiting for the smoke from a cinderblock building to clear. The crowd, mostly civilian volunteers, spent the morning storming smoking stairwells and peeling roofs off cars under the supervision of professionals. But the most fearsome mock adversary of the day was still to come. It was not a five-alarm fire, but Ebola. The Ebola response demonstration was the finale of Fire Ops 101, an event the International Association of Fire Fighters, a union that represents more than 300,000 firefighters and emergency medical technicians, organizes nationwide. It is mostly for the benefit of lawmakers, to help them appreciate the perils that first responders face.

Posted on Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:58:09 GMT


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