Eric Hayashi of Hawaii Island to be honored
Tune in Saturday, September 18 at 7:00 a.m. Hawaii (HST), 11:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) for the IAFF 2021 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Virtual Remembrance to honor our fallen whose names will forever be etched onto our Wall of Honor. The broadcast starts at 10:50 a.m. (MT) and the program begins at 11:00 a.m. (MT).
Three ways to watch:
Read about Brother Hayashi in the In Memoriam section
Every year on September 11, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and its 324,000 members pause for somber reflection on that tragic day, now 20 years ago, that forever changed the world and the fire service.
On the 20th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history, the IAFF has never forgotten the 343 FDNY members lost that dark day and will always remember the families of our fallen, including the 250 members who have succumbed to World Trade Center-related illnesses.
The IAFF honors those lost amidst the most daring rescue operation in American history by seizing on every lesson learned and every opportunity to protect our members and improve emergency response. Over the last 20 years, the IAFF has been the driving force behind securing benefits for the families of the fallen, protecting the health of Ground Zero responders, expanding terror response training, fighting fire ground toxins and fully confronting behavioral health challenges.
This union remains steadfast and determined to ensure our members are ready for the next shift, whatever that may bring. While the IAFF can take pride in this progress, this work can never pause. As the threats against the citizens we have sworn to protect change, the IAFF will meet these challenges head on.
Hawaii Members Climb 1,048 to Honor the 343
IAFF Mourns the loss of General President Emeritus Alfred Whitehead
A fire fighter who dedicated his life to the labor movement, Brother Whitehead passed away September 4, Labor Day weekend. He was 91.
Prayers for Brother Keoki Lindsey
Contract Negotiations Update
IAFF: Taking the Lead on the COVID-19 Vaccines
SEPT. 2, 2021: The IAFF continues to encourage and strongly recommend that all members be vaccinated to prevent the spread of disease. The reality is, the vaccines work and our union can collectively fight COVID-19 and its variants. Please watch this video from General President Ed Kelly encouraging every member to help prevent the loss of more of our members to this virus by getting vaccinated.
State of Hawaii COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation
We have received numerous comments from members and we are working together with other Hawaii Public Sector Unions to address the Mayors’ and Governor Ige’s Emergency Proclamation for all State and County fire fighters.
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- Members should send their concerns to: [email protected]
- Joint Statement to Governor Ige (August 16, 2021) – The six exclusive representatives of public employees continue to join with other community voices to strongly encourage residents and public employees to get vaccinated to end this pandemic. We support vaccinations and working together with the Employers to collaboratively develop a plan that best serves the health, safety and wellbeing of our frontline workers and the communities they serve across the state.
- Honolulu Mayor’s Directive No. 21-7, August 10, 2021, Amendment 1 August 16, 2021 – Extends the deadline for all City employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, partially vaccinated against COVID-19, or to submit to the City a medical or religious exemption request to August 23, 2021. In addition, the deadline for partially COVID-19 vaccinated City employees to complete their second dose is extended to September 23, 2021.
- HFFA Response to Governor Ige’s Emergency Proclamation (August 5, 2021)
- Joint Statement of Public Sector Unions (August 5, 2021)
- IAFF Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates (July 30, 2021)