Attention all! Volunteers are needed to help out at the Warrior Games at USF this Sat and Sun. Penny from Kids Wish Network needs some help handing out some goodies to the kids of the military men and women playing in the games. Times are as follows: Sat 0530-1100 and Sun 1400-1900 and lastly Sun 0600-1100. Penny knows our shifts ends at 0730 and she is willing to accept any help we can provide. Remember these games are very important to our City Council Chairman Luis Viera. Please reach out to Penny at 727-937-3600 x249 and send an email to me at email@example.com with the time you can help. Wear your union shirts if you have them.
Today we made the checks from all of your generous donations to the families of our fallen going on the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall this year in Colorado Springs. Also, Capt. Roger Shipp through his connections at Spirit Airlines was able to get some flight vouchers to be given to the families also. This shows how committed we are to our fire families. I'd like to personally thank each and every one of the people that supported this effort. A big thank you to Friends of Tampa Firefighters which committed a large portion to this campaign.
The City of Tampa has started a program to assist with the purchase of a home within the city limits. This program gives grant money to individuals whose income meets the guidelines established by the city and it's partners. the program is called Community Heroes Program. If you'd like more information please contact Housing and Education Alliance @ 813-932-4663. Or contact Joe Greco 813-393-6807 I have the program information at the union office. The amount can be as much as 50,000.00 the max home purchase price is 226,926.00. These monies will go fast please act quickly. www.tampagov.net/hcd
Three of our City Councilman strapped on the gear and went to get a taste of what the men and women of Local 754 do everyday. We thank Councilman Viera, Citro and Goudes for taking time out and getting involved. Local 754 President Joe Greco arranged the event to help local leaders understand the demands placed on the men and women in the fire/rescue service.
Congratulations to Captain Brian Eichholz on being selected Firefighter of the quarter. He stands as a great example of Local 754 members dedication and service.
Recruit class 19-01 was sworn in on May 3rd at the Tampa Fire Museum. We wish them well as these latest members of the Local 754 family begin their tour serving the citizens of Tampa.
Thank you to everyone that participated in this years Pediatric Burn Survivors 5k. Funds from this event help to provide Camp Hopetake through the Tampa Firefighter Charity Fund. This camp is cost free for a week of summer fun for young burn survivors. This only happens with your support. Once again Thank You.
Tampa Firefighters Local 754 members once again take first place in Fastest Team, fastest female (Stacy Fleming) and fastest male (Mark Delibertis) during the American Lung Association “Fight For Air Climb” in downtown Tampa. Competitors climbed 42 floors in full protective gear that included self contained breathing apparatus in just over seven minutes performed by by 754 member Delibertis. Team Tampa keeps their title for another year. Congratulations to all for helping a great organization. Great work
Local 754 attended the dedication of the State of Florida Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Tallahassee. May the one hundred ninety-seven that gave their life in the line of duty never be forgotten.
Honoring those this memorial is dedicated to.
Today the State of Florida dedicated a monument at the state capital to its Firefighters that paid with their lives in the line of duty. Local 754 is grateful to those that made this possible. God Bless
Local 754's support to Moffitt Cancer Research On Friday January 11th, Tampa Firefighters Local 754 was proud to present in cooperation with Tampa Fire Rescue a check for $10,000 to the Moffitt Cancer Foundation. These funds raised from the sales of “pink t shirts” that were worn in October will be used to treat and research a cure for this horrible disease. Our members worked hard to obtain these funds for such a worthy cause and we are proud of them all. From Unity comes the greatest fight.
Bay area IAFF unions including Hillsborough County Local 2294 and Pasco County Local 1433 were lead by Tampa Firefighters Local 754 in collecting funds, purchasing goods and delivering them to the hard hit areas of hurricane Michael. $7000 was raised in just four days. Donations came in from all over the country to help in the effort. Captain Tony Kupsis, Retired Driver/Engineer Pk Murphy and District Chief Ken Huff made the trip up and back on a 15 hour drive leaving all goods at a local church. The members there were in recovery mode themselves, yet still functioning as a large reflief center. We are very proud of everyone involved. Helping in all circumstances is the firefighter way.
Counselor Henry Williams and camper James from Tampa Firefighters Burn Survivor Camp Hopetake are off attend IAFF burn camp in DC. The camp is in DC during the week of October 7th. They will be attending with other counselors and campers from burn camps from around the nation. These camps help young burn survivors in their growth and development as well as supply peer support.
This year the International Association of Firefighters added 271 names to the granite walls during the 2018 service in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tampa Local 754 was present to aid in ceremonial activities and show support to the families and loved ones of those lost in the line of duty. Rest in Peace our fallen brethren.
Over 150 past and present members of Tampa Firefighters Local 754 attended the celebration of our 75th anniversary at the Tampa Firefighter Museum. Awards were given to various members including a lifetime achievement award to past President Sam Sinardi. Medals from the International were presented to the families of Captain Billek and Investigations Supervisor Alcover recognizing their passing as line of duty deaths along with allowing their names to be placed on the memorial wall in Colorado Springs. Many members of city council were in attendance to present Local 754 with a proclamation recognizing our 75 years as a union. In addition, there were exhibits of historical value to our local on display along with live music downstairs and full DJ set up in the dining area upstairs. Plenty of food and drink to go around along with the raffling of various items donated by businesses within the community to the event. Great time was enjoyed by everyone. (More photos to be…
Let’s pretend for a moment this angel is a brunette and we shall call her Megan. Thanks for all your hard work for Honoring you brother Stevie and all of the rest of us throughout the state with your mission in obtaining mental health benefits for all us first responders.
On lunch break with State Rep. Willhite @ the state FPF Office. A great day to pass a great bill!
On this date 100 years ago, delegates representing 24 of the 65 original fire fighter unions affiliated with the IAFF on February 28, 1918, founded the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Our forefathers had a vision for the future - to better the lot of those it represented, make a difference in their lives and livelihoods, and make their job safer. The IAFF became the voice of the fire fighter, the protector of the protector.
The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is a one-of-a-kind addiction treatment facility specializing in PTSD for IAFF members – and IAFF members only – who are struggling with addiction, PTSD other related behavioral health challenges to receive the help they need in taking the first steps toward recovery. It is a safe haven for members to talk with other members who have faced or overcome similar challenges.