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Firefighters for a Fair Contract
1426 Goes to DC
Local 1426 members attended the 2020 Legislative Conference
Local 1426 spreads the warmth
Working with Operation Warm to get kids new Winter Coats
Charitable Foundation Presents first check
Members of FFFCF make a presentions to the Get in Touch Foundation
Going Pink
Members of Local 1426 sport pink tees for Breast Cancer Awareness
IAFF Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Firehouse Friday on Ct Style
Bob Smith, Jon Catandella, and Pat Barry on WTNH
50th Anniversary Cake
Local 1426 celebrates milestone in style
Bravest Deliver for Troops
Local 1426 donates $17,000 for operation gift card program
Extrication on Post Road
Crews work to extricate a vicim from this car crash
Warner Hill Road
Crews battle the cold at this early morning blaze
Davis Road Fire
Crews enter to battle stubborn Kitchen fire
MDA Santa Express
Santa arrives to greet the children
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What's New at IAFF 1426
Fairfield's Bravest file for arbitration
Dear Fairfield,
I am writing today to let you know that unfortunately, your firefighters had to file for binding arbitration with the Town’s administration. This is a serious step that we have not had to use in decades, and it occurred because our contract negotiations broke down.
We have been working without a contract since July 2021, yet we were optimistic that the administration’s negotiation team would take our need for a fair contract seriously. We quickly learned that was not going to be the case. The administration’s negotiation team, which is led by the Human Resources Director and augmented by an outside law firm, was dismissive, and refused to meaningfully bargain. While we took the time to counter all of their proposals, we were met with a simple “not interested” from the administration for ours. 
The reason for this letter is not only to keep you informed of where we are in the process of solidifying a contract, but most importantly, I want to stress that during the process of arbitration our dedication to you — the citizens of Fairfield — will not change. You will not notice any difference in the level of service you have come to expect from us. The highly trained and motivated members of IAFF Local 1426 will continue to respond professionally when called, not only during major events such as hurricanes, blizzards, and pandemics, but also to the thousands of individual calls for help we respond to every year. Our members won’t stop being engaged in community activities, either. We will continue on with our many charitable activities and fundraising for causes important to all of us.
Without the members of IAFF Local 1426, there is no Fairfield Fire Department, and we need your support. All we are asking for is to be treated fairly and with respect.
Please stand with us and help by requesting that the administration treat us fairly.

Sincerely, 
William Tuttle

President, International Association of Firefighters Local 1426

Santa Express Video
The link below will get you to our Fairfield Fire Fighters Association YouTube page where you can view the documantary created for us by Holleran Media about the 2019 Santa Express.  Thank you to everyone who helped out last year to make it our biggest year yet. $26,000.00 Donated to The Tommy Fund.  Hoping for another great year this year, Here is the link: https://www. Read More...
Bravest Announce New Charitable Foundation

The Fairfield Fire Fighters Association is proud to announce the formation of our new charitable foundation. The Fairfield Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation is a registered Non-Profit with the state of Connecticut with 501c3 status pending. The FFFCF was formed to help us expand our ability to raise funds for our many worthy charities. From our Muscular Dystrophy Association “Fill the Boot and Santa Express ride”, St. Baldrick’s foundation head shaving, American Cancer Society Relay for Life bacon egg and cheese sandwiches, Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital, to the Gift Card for the Troops Program we hope that our new foundation will help us to raise more funds than ever for these great causes.

“People know what we do while on duty but many don’t know how involved we are while we are off duty., Said Bob Smith President of Local 1426 and one of the principal officers of the FFFCF. “Our members are in the community every day trying to make a difference in people’s lives. They coach teams, lead the Girl and Boy Scout troops, and get involved in projects that make Fairfield a better place to live.”

Bill Tuttle the Local 1426 Secretary added,” We hope that our new Foundation will help our Union become even bigger players in the community as it continues to grow over the years to come. People come and go in Fairfield but the Fire Fighters are here for the long haul and we want to continue to make a difference both on and off duty.”

The FFFCF hopes to establish itself as one of the community leaders in the coming months and we hope to be able to reach out to Local merchants for all of our fundraising needs. “We are looking forward to developing relationships with Town businesses for our purchases. We want to help the community by promoting the community and what better way to do that than to spend our money in Town when we can.” Stated Smith

The FFFCF will be co-hosting a wine and beer tasting event on February 21st 2013 at the Trumbull Marriott to benefit the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital. Tickets are on sale now for $25 per ticket. If you would like to purchase tickets you can email the Foundation at FFFCF@iaff1426.org

If you would like to make a donation you can make your check payable to Fairfield Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation and mail it to P.O. box 261, Fairfield Connecticut 06824

Bravest on WTNH Channel 8

Three of Fairfield’s Bravest recently made an appearance on the popular Firehouse Friday cooking segment on Ct Style on WTNH channel 8 in New Haven.  FF’s Bob Smith and Jon Catandella along with Lt. Pat Barry made the appearance to help support the Connecticut Burn center at Bridgeport Hospital. The Burn center is currently undergoing a 1.5 million dollar renovation and fire fighters from all over Connecticut are raising funds to help with the building of a family suite in the burn center that would allow family members to stay with their loved ones while they receive treatment at the center.

FF Cantandella saw firsthand how important it is to have a nationally recognized burn center right in our own back yard when he received severe burns to his hand and face as a result of a string of arson fires last September in Fairfield. “The folks at the Burn Center took great care of me and the treatment I received helped me recover and get back to work faster. I still have some work to do on my recovery but I can’t imagine how far along I would be without their help.”

While on the show FF Smith and Lt. Barry prepared a pulled pork dish that is a firehouse favorite. “Everyone seemed to love it.”, said Barry after the taping of the show was complete.” It was a great time and the staff at channel 8 was fantastic.”

“It was exciting to do the show and it will even be more exciting when the renovations on the new Burn center are completed. “ said Smith

The Firefighters will hold a pancake dinner fundraiser to help raise more funds for the Burn Center  at Chips restaurant in Fairfield on September 10th. More information will be posted on our website soon!!!

Local celebrates 50th with class.

The members of Local 1426 celebrated their 50th Anniversary in style on Saturday night April 28th 2012 in Fairfield at the Patterson Club. Around 125 current and retired members and some close friends put their best dressed foot forward to help celebrate the forming of Local 1426 in April of 1962.

The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour and carried its way into the main dining hall at the newly built Patterson club for a gourmet dinner. A video of photos of the Local's fifty years played on the big screen throughout the night displaying the tradition, honor and unity of years gone by.

 The dessert table was even more amazing with a specialty cake made by Monique Jara,  a local Fairfield woman, who made and donated the cake for the Firefighters and their guests. The cake was modeled after a Fairfield Fire Engine and  the detail  was truly amazing. The 150 pound cake, with working lights,  took up an entire four foot rounds table. It was a sight to see.

"It has been a terrific night," stated Local 1426 Bob Smith, " everything turned out fantastic. I can't thank the folks here at the Patterson Club enough for the great job they did for us tonight. It has been amazing. It was a first class event."

Secretary Bill Tuttle said, " It was great to get everyone together here tonight and celebrate fifty years of our history. What a great time!!"

Bravest Deliver for the Troops

Fairfield Firefighters Donate $17,000 to Wounded Troops

The Fairfield Firefighters recently donated $17,000 to Operation Gift Cards, a local program that visits troops in military hospitals who were wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since October 2005, the Operation Gift Cards’ 74 monthly/bimonthly visits have presented over $499,000 in post exchange (military department store) gift cards, special group product donations (Girl Scout cookies, laptops, corporate gift certificates etc.) and over $50,000 worth items on the “wish list” for both the wounded troops and their families.

Thanks to the incredible effort of the Fairfield Firefighters this years Stratton Faxon Fairfield Road Races were the best ever. This year alone firefighters raised approximately $440,000 for local charities, the Hole in the Wall Gang and several veterans and wounded soldier groups. The firefighters have raised more than $2,000,000 since it’s inception back in 1981. In 1981 there were 161 participants and over the years entries have increased to nearly 6,000 runners in 2011.

The half marathon has not only been a great source of revenue for the Non-profits, it has also been ranked by Runners World magazine among the top races in the United States having hosted the Women’s United States Half Marathon Championship as well as the U. S. Men’s Masters Championship. For more information about the Stratton Faxon Fairfielf Road Reces or Operation Gift Cards contact: Fairfield Half Marathon President, Steve Lobdell (203) 374-7759 hajamax@aol.com Operation Gift Cards Chairman, Al Meadows (203) 929-3357 al.meadows@snet.net

Photo-caption: Left to right: Lieutenant William Tuttle, Alan Menillo (who has visited the wounded troops), Rick Kazzi, Operation Gift Cards chairman Tim Kelly, Fairfield Firefighters Association Local 1426 President Robert Smith Jr.,and Chief Richard Felner

Tuttle speech

Local 1426's Secretary Bill Tuttle telling it like it is at the 9-11 rememberence ceremony at Fire Headquarters.

http://doingitlocal.com/2011/09/10/supporting-first-responders-requires-action/

"Fill the Boot" for MDA

On July 16th, the Fairfield Fire Fighters Association, Local 1426 of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), will conduct their annual “Fill the Boot” campaign for Muscular Dystrophy at Trader Joe’s in Fairfield. The IAFF has been collecting money for MDA for over 50 years and has donated well over 300 million dollars since 1954, making it the largest national sponsor. For the past seven years, through a partnership with Trader Joe’s (2258 Black Rock Turnpike), the Fairfield Fire Fighters have been able to donate over $100,000.00 to MDA, mostly from donations made by the citizens and guests of the town of Fairfield. The Fairfield Fire Fighters Association would like to invite everyone to the event on July 16th from 10 am to 4 pm. All proceeds raised will go directly to the MDA. The money raised by the IAFF is used for research and treatments to prolong children's lives. It is spent on braces and wheelchairs, on community health centers, support groups, and summer camps. Just as in their profession, firefighters are determined to fight the battle against neuromuscular diseases that haunt the faces of the innocent. If you would like to help the Fairfield Fire Fighters Association with this ongoing battle, stop by Trader Joe’s on July 16th or send your donation directly to: The Fairfield Fire Fighters Association, c/o MDA, P.O. Box 261, Fairfield, CT. 06824.

For more information, contact Phil Higgins at (203) 366-7055.

 
 
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