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York Poquoson Williamsburg James City Fire Fighters Paramedics Dispatchers

WFI 4th Edition Now Available
The 4th edition of IAFF/IAFC Fire Service Joint Labor/Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) is now online. The WFI provides a holistic, positive rehabilitation and educational approach to wellness and fitness. In addition, the WFI complements NFPA 1582, Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments.

Revisions include new fitness protocols based on the latest research and designed to the unique demands of each fire fighter. The 4th edition of the WFI program addresses issues including:

Medical evaluation
Fitness evaluation
Injury and medical rehabilitation
Behavioral health
Cost justification
Data collection
Implementation
The WFI improves fire fighter wellness and fitness and reduces the number of on-duty fatalities and injuries. Numerous fire departments credit the WFI for early detection of medical issues, decreasing the financial burden of fire fighter illnesses and for saving lives. The updated chapter on cost justification provides the evidence-based research on departmental cost savings.

The WFI is intended to improve mental, physical and emotional capabilities and help fire fighters withstand the stresses and strains of the job.
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Rain, rain, go away...but until then - Remember, windshield wipers on = headlights on. (Virginia law!) ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

York Poquoson Williamsburg James City Fire Fighters Paramedics Dispatchers

Thank you Virginia Governor Ralph Northam for keeping Virginia Citizens SAFE !!!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

York Poquoson Williamsburg James City Fire Fighters Paramedics Dispatchers

the York County / City of Williamsburg / City of Poquoson / James City County Professional Fire Fighters, Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers IAFF Local 2498 Welcomes our Newest 4 Union Members to OUR FAMILY !!!! Keeping York County ABOVE 95% Union !!!!!!!!!..........Special Thanks to Vice President/Membership Chairman Ricky Weneck, Treasurer Dustin Williams, Secretary Will Lugo, Vice President Barry Powell, and IAFF Local 2498 Auxiliary Treasurer Mary Lugo for providing such a wealth of information to our New Union Brothers and Sister.... ... See MoreSee Less

Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Restricting Local Authorities from Adopting Fire and Life Safety Regulations

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 1595 and Senate Bill 972, which would restrict the ability of local governing bodies to adopt standards for protecting citizens and structures from fires involving combustible landscape cover materials. The Governor’s full veto statement for House Bill 1595 is below. Governor Northam signed an identical statement for Senate Bill 972.
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Who are the York County / City of Williamsburg / City of Poquoson / James City County Professional Fire Fighters, Paramedics and 911 Dispatchers IAFF Local 2498?

The York County / City of Williamsburg / City of Poquoson / James City County Professional Fire Fighters, Paramedics and 911 Dispatchers is a local union representing career professional fire fighters, paramedics and 911 dispatchers of York County, City of Williamsburg, City of Poquoson and James City County Virginia.

We are a local of the International Association of Fire Fighters located in Washington DC. We are also associated with the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters (VPFF), which consists of more than 45 locals representing well over 5,000 fire fighters, medics and dispatchers. Virginia Professional Fire Fighters, medics and dispatchers provide fire protection and EMS services to over 80% of Virginia’s population. As well, the VPFF members provide these and other specialized services to all of Virginia’s major airports and several military installations.

Virginia Professional Fire Fighters members consist of Fire Fighters, Fire Officers, Fire Inspectors, Fire Investigators, Hazardous Materials Specialist, Emergency Medical Technicians, Cardiac Technicians, Paramedics, Training Instructors, Water Rescue Specialists, 911 Dispatchers and Home Land Security Officers.

We also are members of the AFL/CIO, the Virginia AFL/CIO, the Eastern Virginia Labor Council, the National Fire Protection Agency and the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

What Do We Do?

We, along with the VPFF, and its member locals are active in many endeavors on the federal, state and local levels. Whether it’s raising money for the family of a fire fighter killed in the Line of Duty (LODD) or fighting for legislation to prevent another fire fighter from dying needlessly, our local, and the VPFF are there. Working hand in hand with the VPFF, the IAFF and local unions throughout the United States, Our Local, VPFF, and the IAFF are strong advocates in Washington DC, Richmond Virginia, York County, City of Williamsburg, City of Poquoson, and James City County for the safety and well being of fire fighters, medics and dispatchers as well as their families and the general public.

Recent Accomplishments of our organizations in Washington DC are:

• Hazardous Materials Legislation
• Pension Reform Legislation
• Ryan White Act
• Enforcement of OSHA 2-in/2-out
• Age Discrimination Employment Act
• Increased benefits for Public Safety Officers killed in the Line of Duty (PSOB)
• PSOB Heart Attacks

Issued being pursued:

• Public Safety Employee Cooperation Act
• Federal Investigations of all Fire Fighter Line of Duty Deaths
• Federal Fire Fighter pay reform
• Protection of the Fair Labor Standard Act
• Collective Bargaining
• S.A.F.E.R. Fire Fighters Act
• Homeland Security/FIRE Act Funding
• Economic Stimulus
• Firefighting Research & Development
• Federal Presumption Disability
• Protection from the Cadillac Tax

Accomplishments in Richmond Virginia:

• Heart & Lung
• Cancer Presumption
• Disease Presumption
• Increase of Virginia’s Public Safety Officer Benefits
• Increase in VRS Benefits
• 25/50 Retirement
• Over Time Protection
• Increased penalties for assaulting a fire fighter or medic
• Virginia S.A.F.E.R
• Increased Training Funding
• Fire & EMS Board Appointments

Issues being pursued in Richmond Virginia:

• CVA and Stroke Coverage
• Meet & Discuss
• LEOS for Life
• Increased VRS Benefits
• Enhanced Worker’s Compensation Legislation
• Straight 25 Year Retirement
• Protection of Line of Duty

Accomplishments in York County:

• Allow York County Fire Officers to join the union
• Lobbied to ensure that York County participated in the 25/50 VRS Retirement
• Unlimited Shift Trades
• Insure purchase of Safer Fire Fighting Turn Out Gear
• Lobby to insure adoption of NFPA 1710 Safe Staffing
• Insure fair application of County Policy
• Took the lead on insuring passage of York County’s Health Care After Retirement
• Increased in Staffing
• Pay Raises
• Adoption of the 1.85 VRS Multiplier

Issues being pursued in York County:

• Full implementation of NFPA 1710 Safe Staffing
• Bring York County in line with the majority of fire departments with regard to fire fighter over time
• Monitoring Mandatory Fire Fighter Physicals
• Restore Sick Leave Earning to Fire Fighters
• Full Implementation of the IAFC/IAFF Wellness, Fitness Iniative
• Increase of On Duty Training
• Restoring 24-hour Sick Leave

Issues being Pursued in the City of Williamsburg:

• City of Williamsburg joined IAFF Local 2498 in January 2010
• Full Implementation of NFPA 1710 Safe Staffing
• Monitoring of Fire Fighters Mandatory Physicals (NFPA 1582)
• Working towards improvements in Post-Retirement Benefits
• Pay Raises with COLA

Accomplishments in the City of Williamsburg

• Protection Job Related Injury Fire Fighters and Paramedics
• Created a City of Williamsburg Professional Fallen Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund
• Fair application of policies

Accomplishments in the City of Poquoson:

• City of Poquoson joined IAFF Local 2498 in January 2012
• Protecting Job Related Injured Fire Fighters and Paramedics
• Creation and funding of the City of Poquoson Professional Fallen Fire Fighters and Paramedics Benevolent Fund
• Master Fire Fighter Positions
• Health Care After Retirement
• Paramedic Incentive Pay Increases

Issues being pursued by the City of Poquoson:

• Full Implementation of NFPA 1710
• Full Implementation of NFPA 1582
• Fair Application of Policies

Accomplishments in James City County:

• Prior to joining IAFF Local 2498 in January 2014 won the right to have their officers in the same local, fought and won to get paid for the FULL 24-hour period.
• After join IAFF, Local 2498
• Protecting Job Related Injured Fire Fighters and Paramedics
• Creation and Funding of the James City County Fallen Professional Fire Fighter and Paramedic Benevolent Fund

Issues being pursued in James City County:

• Monitoring of Mandatory Physicals (NFPA 1582)
• Full Implementation of Safe Staffing (NFPA 1710)
• Pay Raises with COLA
• Post-Retirement Health Care Coverage
• Adoption of VRA Multiplier of 1.85%
• Fair Application of Policies
• Increase in Paramedic Incentive Pay



Our Local, and other area locals focus on issues that are important and unique to their own needs. This may include lobbying local officials and citizens for better equipment, additional staffing, pay and benefits. We are advocates for adequate fire protection for you, your family, your home and or your business, increasing awareness of factors that will impact the Health and Safety of our members. This is a very small part of what we do locally.

We also participate in many charitable organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Associations (Fire Fighter Fill the Boot) Fund Drive, The American Cancers Societies (Relay for Life), Summer Burn Camps for Burned Children, Charity Golf Tournaments, York County Safety Town just to name a few.
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4 days ago

York Poquoson Williamsburg James City Fire Fighters Paramedics Dispatchers

Yesterday, we gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Fire Station 1, which will be located on the corner of Dare and Constitution. The original Fire Station 1 has served the community well for the past 58 years. Though we remain proud of the history and contributions of our original Fire Station 1, the increasing cost of maintenance and emerging logistical and location challenges has led to the development of a station replacement initiative.

In this “Then and Now” photo, you can see the groundbreaking for the original Grafton Fire station (Fire Station 1). Holding the Shovel is H. Worthington and to his right is H. Riley.

Below you can see members of York County Administration, Board of Supervisors, Fire and Life Safety, Department of Public Works, and the contractors of RRMM Architects and Oyster Point Construction as they broke ground on the new fire station site.

#Throwback #ThenAndNow #FireStation1 #Groundbreaking York County, Virginia
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5 days ago

York Poquoson Williamsburg James City Fire Fighters Paramedics Dispatchers

We are grateful to all who came yesterday to support the groundbreaking of our new Fire Station 1. This moment was made possible by the hard work and combined effort of people across several departments in the County, as well as our contractors.

An additional "thank you" to the Fire and Life Safety personnel who came in attendance of this event. This project impacts our entire department, and will provide increased efficiency and the necessary space for all aspects of modern fire and rescue operations.

#Groundbreaking #York757 #FireStation1 York County, Virginia
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5 days ago

York Poquoson Williamsburg James City Fire Fighters Paramedics Dispatchers

We are grateful to all who came yesterday to support the groundbreaking of our new Fire Station 1. This moment was made possible by the hard work and combined effort of people across several departments in the County, as well as our contractors.

An additional "thank you" to the Fire and Life Safety personnel who came in attendance of this event. This project impacts our entire department, and will provide increased efficiency and the necessary space for all aspects of modern fire and rescue operations.

#Groundbreaking #York757 #FireStation1 York County, Virginia
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5 days ago

York Poquoson Williamsburg James City Fire Fighters Paramedics Dispatchers

To Our Citizens and Business Owners of York County / City of Williamsburg / City of Poquoson / James City County who contributed to our 2018 Spring Mass Mailer (sent out Easter Week Each and Every Year). Your First Responders THANK YOU for Your Continued Support....Please display your 2018 Support Decal on your vehicle or business window. If you need additional Support Decals? please call 757 532 3337 or email YCPFFs@iaff2498.org. or stop by our office at 7294 Merrimac Trail. Williamsburg, Virginia 23188.

We will be sending out Personal Thank You Letters to all those who contributed later on this year.................
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Who are the York County, James City County, City of Poquoson, City of Williamsburg Professional Fire Fighters?

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