What's New at IAFF 1945
September 8th is right around the corner, so that means it's time to get fired up for the annual Paul Gaucher Memorial 1 Club Golf Tourney.
This is the opening day to sign up.
For your entry/donation of $45 you will receive:
· 1 fun filled round of golf with 3 other great partners in which you have no idea who they are.
· 1 commemorative golf ball.
· 1/2 of a golf cart.
· 1 brat with a beverage.
· Many chances to win several prizes.
As the title says, this is a 1 club tourney, meaning you use the same club for everything.
No experience, No club, NO PROBLEM. I Have a club for you, and no experience necessary.
We use best ball play.
There are only 72 slots available so first come first serve.
You are officially signed up when Bryan Hason receives payment. Please help me out and sign up early. Like years past we will be allowing other FD's to sign up.
If you have any questions feel free to give me a call or email. Bhanson@poudre-fire.org
Look for official poster to come out this week.
Three of your Local 1945 E-board members just returned from a 2 day CPFF convention hosted by Local 5 in Colorado Springs. This is a meeting where most locals from the state gather to receive a state of the union address, visit and network with other locals, and get some insight on what issues other locals are facing, have faced and what they learned.
As everyone can imagine we are not the only local facing tough issues, in fact most of us are facing similar issues. What we did learn is we will continue to have the courage to ask the tough questions and continue to work for all of you; the membership.
in a Statement from Colorado Professional Fire Fighters & Colorado State Fire Chiefs
Colorado Supreme Court Decisions & Firefighter Cancer Presumptive Law
May 6, 2016
On Monday, May 2nd, three firefighter cancer cases from lower courts were reversed by the Colorado Supreme Court but the presumptive cancer statute was not overturned.
Workers’ compensation attorney, Neil O’Toole Esq, noted that, “These decisions dramatically weaken the cancer presumption statute and allow the cities and districts to provide limited evidence to overcome it. We may have some success in pursuing these cases down the line, but it has definitely become much harder. At the same time we will continue to go forward with pending cases.”
Joe DePaepe CPCU, CIC, from the Special District Association’s Insurance Pool and the Colorado Firefighter Heart and Circulatory Benefits Trust, noted that, “The Supreme Court did not agree with the lower courts and reversed three decisions that had been made that had not allowed employers to rebut each claim. The lower courts did not allow evidence or testimony that any of the 5 types of cancer could have been caused by any other source other than firefighting.
The statute has always allowed an employer to investigate and where it can find a “preponderance of evidence” that the cancer may have come from a different source then a claim can and should be able to be denied. So, in essence we are just back to where we started in 2007.
The Division of WC requires a claim decision to be made within 20 days of receipt of the claim being filed. Unfortunately, cancer claims cannot be investigated in 20 days so almost every WC carrier is required by the statute to issue a “tentative denial subject to investigation” (TNOC). This means that 30-90 days or more of investigation will be required to check off all of the other possible causes of cancer, check both current and prior employment history, as well as medical history, which admittedly can seem to be quite invasive.”
These rulings should not deter firefighters from seeking claims under the presumptive cancer law for worker’s compensation from cancers caused by firefighting. An assessment of the impact of these decisions is underway.
The Colorado State Fire Chiefs, Colorado Professional Fire Fighters, Special District Association, SDA Insurance Pool, Colorado Municipal League and risk managers will continue to work together to develop new legislation for a Voluntary Cancer Incident Program (VCIP) which would provide timely and appropriate cancer coverage for firefighters without the terrible burden of the worker’s compensation system, attorneys and trials.
Here’s the link to the three cases:
Brothers and Sisters,
The 2016 Colorado Fallen Firefighters Memorial will be held May 7th at the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Memoria in Belmar Park, close to the Lakewood Cultural Arts Center.
Apparatus Staging – 9:30am
Apparatus Procession – 10:30am
Memorial Service – 11:00am
Sadly, this year we are placing the names of two fallen Colorado firefighters on the monument. It is certainly appropriate to have a meaningful delegation from every Colorado fire department at the Memorial Service and apparatus in the procession showing strong fire service support for their families and their fire departments.
All firefighters and their families and the public are welcome. Firefighters who will participate in the procession at the Memorial should wear Class A uniforms if available.
If you plan to send apparatus for the procession please contact Paul Russell firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the attached flyer for additional information.
Mike Rogers - President, CPFFBrothers and Sisters,Baseball season is just around the corner! Colorado Rockies have once again invited the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters to participate in the Opening Day Ceremonies! We will be helping hold the U.S. Flag during the National Anthem for Opening Day on April 8th. We have space for 40 CPFF members to participate in the event. Each member receives one Rockpile ticket for the game. These spots will be filled on a first come basis. If you are interested in participating in Opening Day, contact Kent Grosse for further information (IAFFKG@gmail.com or text 303-913-1678, include your name and Local number).Mike Rogers - CPFF President
Interested in understanding Social Security benefits? The PFA pension board has organized two days to learn about eligibility, the rules of retirement benefits, collection strategies, and the Windfall Elimination/Government Pension Offset provisions. If your spouse will also qualify for benefits or just wants some additional knowledge they are also welcome.
Interested? Please RSVP
WHEN: Tuesday March 29th and Wednesday March 30th
WHERE: Fort Collins City Hall Council Chambers
RSVP: Kirsten Howard 970-416-2834 or KHoward@poudre-fire.org
Download: CPCC Social Security.pdf