Archive for March2019

Suicide Watch: Fairfax & Nicole Mittendorff, Three Years On

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The “False Narrative” The third anniversary of the 2016 death of Fairfax County, Virginia, firefighter Nicole Mittendorff is just around the corner; it reverberates to this day after her suicide was linked to workplace bullying. Within the Fairfax County, Virginia, Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) and in the firefighter and paramedic union, IAFF Local 2068, […]

Leadership: First Responder Suicides, Another Look

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What Would We Do to Stop Them? Forbes Magazine recently reported that in 2017 more firefighters committed suicide than were killed in the line of duty, suggesting that the rate is more than ten times that of the general population. The 2016 death of Fairfax County, Virginia, firefighter Nicole Mittendorff reverberates to this day after […]

IAFF and Cancer: The Schaitberger Sellout

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Fox Guards Hen House In the current issue of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) magazine, Fire Fighter, General President Harold Schaitberger remarks, ” I say it a lot — nothing is more important than the health and safety of our members.” He may say it a lot but he can hardly mean it. […]

IAFF: Beware the Fallen Hero

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What Pat Tillman’s Death Teaches Us Pat Tillman was an NFL player who turned down a 3.6 million dollar contract to join the Army, along with his brother Kevin, after the 9/11 attacks. Their father said,  “We were at war and the idea that my kids would allow someone else to fight their battles for them… […]

IAFF: The Schaitberger Loyalty Treatment

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Bide’n Time International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) president-for-life Harold Schaitberger made a faint ripple of news this week when he urged former Democratic vice-president Joe Biden to run for president in 2020. Biden is fondly recalled for being Barack Obama’s “wingman” and less fondly for never shutting up. Schaitberger’s ardor for Uncle Joe approaches that […]

Fire Fighter Deaths: Don’t Wait for NIOSH

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Safety in the Digital Age Fire/Rescue groups, including the International Association of Fire Fighters, helped to create the investigative arm at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) which examines “line-of-duty deaths.” (LODD) The NIOSH/LODD program has been extremely important in the effort to determine the elements related to these casualties. Any LODD […]