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LegalShield Information

Click here for a synopsis of benefits
Hello Dan,

Thank you for taking my call the other day.  I am attaching a short sheet with a synopsis of the benefit and pricing along with a link below to a video your members can watch.  Please keep in mind that the Identity Theft Protection that we have is a PER COUPLE price and not a Per Person price like many other companies offer and we have TRUE RESTORATION.

Here is the link to the video: <>

If you or your members have any questions, please give me a call at the number below.

Thank you,


Bill Butkovich |Benefit Specialist with LegalShield
p | 805-440-4529

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Please open this link to review.  If you have any questions, contact Chuck Garcia at 510-928-7849.


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The 8th Annual “Johnny V” Chili Cook-Off To Benefit San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 Toy Program

San Francisco Firefighters Local 798
The 8th Annual “Johnny V” Chili Cook-Off
To Benefit San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 Toy Program
“Bring Your Best Booth, and Chili”
Saturday, September 20, 2014

9am Set Up
Event: 11:00am to 5:00pm
At Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco

Danny Gracia, (415) 608-7921;
Barbara at Union Hall (415) 621-7103
Sally at the Toy Program (415) 777-0440


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Attention all members!
The new tentative memorandum of understanding between the city and local 55 is available for review on this website. Please login and click on the "Members Area" drop down menu. Then click on "documents" and then click on "MOU 2014-2017". The entire MOU, including the salary schedules, is available for viewing.
Any questions please call Jim Whitty

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OFD Yearbook Publishing Postponed

I want to let you all know the OFD yearbook publishing has been postponed to a later date.   If you made your purchase by credit card/ debit check card, charges have not been made.  If you paid by check, refund checks are available. If you have any questions please contact Tracey Chin at at 510-238-5228.
Please see communication from the Chief here.
Salvador Garcia

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Special Edition Oakland A's/OFD shirt

Attention all memebers!!!
In support of our Oakland A's, a special edition OFD shirt is available for sale at Station 1 on all shifts for $15 on 9-27-13.

The shirts HAVE NOT yet been approved to wear on duty. There will be a communication when the Chief approves them for duty.

Also available at the station 8 haberdashery are OFD/A's off duty baseball shirts and windbreakers!
Come by and check them out!

Come buy them now to support our Oakland A's!!!!!

The purchase of these shirts will help to support Local 55 charity fund.

Go A's!!!

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2003-2013 OFD Yearbook

Have you ordered your Oakland Fire yearbook?  Follow the link and order one before prices go up.  Deadline extended to June 30, 2013.

Click here for info

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Straw Poll online vote - Pay Where You Eat

A Straw Poll online vote will begin tomorrow May 22 at 12:01 am and close on May 29 at 11:59 pm.

The following will be the polling matter and answer options:

At the March 2013 General Membership meeting there was a member request that we conduct a straw poll to see whether members would be interested in a house fund “Pay Where You Eat” practice rather than the current practice of paying where you are assigned. Please share your thoughts by checking one of the boxes below. This is not a vote to change this practice, it is a poll to see if this issue will be pursued further.

1. Keep house fund payment as it is now; pay where you are assigned.

2. Change to a “Pay Where You Eat” practice. This includes traders.

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D&J's Muscle Cars

Firefighter James Harris of Engine 20/ Truck 7 has some good things going on his off days.


Daniel C. Robertson
IAFF Local 55
Mobile:  510-410-4238

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Dental information - Third Party Administrators

Enrollment process goes through the City of Oakland. Contact is:

Ebony Brunson
Benefits Representative
Department of Human Resources Management
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-6769
(510) 238-6560 (fax)
Email -

Please be sure to provide necessary documentation (i.e: Marriage, Birth certificates and Student Verification to the Fund Office) without proof of such documents eligibility cannot be given.

For further eligibility questions or issues please contact:
Dental Administrator (ATPA)

Fund Manager:
Coleen Christophersen

Billing & Eligibility:
Kim Johnson
510-337-3050 opt 1 ext 3128

Dental Claims:
Felicia Atwood

All Retiree’s must send their monthly payments to:
Oakland Fire Dental Plan
P.O. Box 4933
Hayward, CA 94540-4933

Thank you,

Coleen Christophersen
Associated Third Party Administrators
Assistant Account Executive
& Marketing Manager
1640 South Loop Road
Alameda, CA 94502
Direct Tele: 510-337-3311
Fax: 510-337-3060

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2012 Union Dues Paid

The Union dues paid for 2012 is $1,013.88 (assuming you worked all twelve months).

Please keep this number handy for income tax purposes.

Thanks. Jim Whitty

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CAPF Children's Scholarship Program

Please click here for information.

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2012 Election Endorsements

Please see Local 55 and CPF's political endorsements linked below.  If you are outside the area, please contact your local fire representative for their list of endorsements specific to your area.

CPF Endorsements

IAFF Local 55 Endorsements

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CAPF Summary Annual Report

Click here to view the report.

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Announcement - Referendum Ballot for Union Dues Increase

Please view the link below.

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Survivors Benefit Guide

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Rusty Keyes - Prostate Cancer Foundation

Click on the link below to learn more about Rusty Keyes' fight with Prostate Cancer.

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EBoard Elections for term 4/1/12 - 3/31/14

Local 55 Executive Board Elections for terms 4/1/2012 through 3/31/2014

The following are the nominees for IAFF Local 55 officers.

Vice President:

Lawrence Hom
Zac Unger

Secretary/Treasurer Jim Whitty (unopposed)

Executive Board members (5 positions available)

Michael Asport (Incumbent)
Seth Olyer (Incumbent)
Dan Sarna (Incumbent)
Shawn Stark (Incumbent)
Wale Forrester
Gordon Gullett
Jeff Haughy
Emon Usher

Online voting will begin 12:01 A.M. on January 30, 2012 and continue until 11:59 P.M. on February 5, 2012.

Please contact Jim Whitty with any questions.

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New Hampshire Members Awarded Liberty Mutual’s Firemark Award
Durham, NH Local 2253 Secretary David Blatchford is the newest IAFF member to be honored with Liberty Mutual’s Firemark Award for his part in a successful three-year campaign to install the first automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in two University of New Hampshire sorority houses – Alpha Xi Delta and Alpha Phi.

Posted on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:46:47 GMT

Connecticut Members Reach Out to Young Cancer Patients
Members of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association (UPFFA) of Connecticut are always looking for new ways to be involved in the community, particularly when they can assist young cancer patients.

Posted on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:38:38 GMT

Philly Fire Fighter Dies in Line of Duty
A Philadelphia fire fighter was trapped in the basement of a burning row home early on December 9, becoming the first female member of the Philadelphia Fire Department to die in the line of duty.

Posted on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:50:19 GMT

New York City and 8 Labor Unions Reach Tentative Contract

Posted on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:30:49 GMT

Fire Fighters Question Governor’s Failed Leadership During Ferguson Unrest
IAFF members in Ferguson, Missouri, and other communities surrounding North St. Louis County worked frantically in the days following the November 24 release of the grand jury decision. Emergency calls came in mere minutes after the announcement that Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted, and fire fighters worked nonstop to respond to dozens of fires and other reported emergencies.

Posted on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:15:09 GMT

December 3 Marks 15th Anniversary of the Worcester 6
The IAFF is remembering the six members of Worcester, MA Local 1009 – Thomas Spencer, Paul Brotherton, Timothy Jackson, Jeremiah Lucey, James Lyons and Joseph McGuirk – who paid the ultimate sacrifice as they were fighting the multiple-alarm Worcester and Cold Storage Warehouse fire.

Posted on Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:16:34 GMT

Memphis Fire Fighters Donate $12,000 to Local Cancer Charity
After a successful pink T-shirt fundraising campaign in October, Memphis, TN Local 1784 members donated proceeds totaling $12,000 to the Wings Cancer Foundation, a local charity assists families of cancer patients.

Posted on Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:02:54 GMT

IAFF Brotherhood Helps Member Diagnosed With ALS
The sequence of events that led up to East Peoria, IL Local 1498 member Greg Underhill, recently diagnosed with ALS, receiving a van customized for a wheel chair can all be linked to one thing: the comradery among IAFF members.

Posted on Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:06:59 GMT

Buffalo Local 282
At the request of Buffalo Local 282 President Dan Cunningham, any local sending manpower or resources to the Buffalo area should call Dan on his cell at 716-998-4130.

Posted on Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:59:55 GMT

Charlie Hall, Former IAFF DVP, Dies
It with regret and sadness that the IAFF announces the passing of Charlie Hall, who served as 12th District Vice President from 1968-1980. His service and sacrifices will forever be immortalized in the many fire service leaders he mentored and trained.

Posted on Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:26:42 GMT

New York City Members Push City Council to Fix Disability Pension
Flanked by members of the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) Local 94 and Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) Local 854, as well as New York City Council members outside City Hall, Local 94 President Steve Cassidy called on the Council to do its part in fixing a critical problem with the fire and police disability pension.

Posted on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:53:51 GMT

Thousands Gather at Memorial Park to Honor Fallen Fire Fighters
Under a bright blue September sky, thousands of friends, family members, comrades and local spectators gathered at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to pay solemn tribute to the IAFF members who gave their lives in service to their communities.

Posted on Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:54:01 GMT

Buffalo Fire Fighters Carry Patient 10 Blocks to Hospital During storm
Buffalo fire fighters were forced to carry a patient about 10 blocks to a hospital after a snowstorm shut down the city's streets.

Posted on Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:53:49 GMT

'Tis the Season to Give Back
Add the IAFF Charitable Foundation to your Cyber Monday shopping lists this holiday season and help members and their families in their time of need.

Posted on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:23:29 GMT

Inside a Burning Building at DC Fire Ops 101 Event
NBC News reporter Mark Segraves experiences what it's like being a first-responder for a day in a Fire Ops 101 event conducted by Washington, DC Local 36

Posted on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:04:58 GMT

Tulare Fire Fighter and Burn Survivor Raises Awareness for Importance of Smoke Alarms
Fire fighter Luis Nevarez suffered severe burns after accidentally grabbing a 12,000 volt powerline. Now Nevarez is raising awareness for fire safety.

Posted on Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:36:38 GMT

Arlington County Local 2800 Responds to Ebola False Alarm at Pentagon
When the 9-1-1 call came in about a woman exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms in the parking lot of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, the Arlington Local 2800 fire fighters were fully prepared to respond.

Posted on Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:40:19 GMT

Memphis Fire Fighters Foundation Donates $25,000 to Burn Center
Memphis, TN Local 1784 demonstrated its continued commitment to the community by donating $25,000 to the Firefighters Burn Center at Regional One Health. The Memphis Fire Fighters Association (MFFA) Foundation contributes 100 percent of the proceeds from its annual golf tournament. This year was a record-setting year, thanks to the support of Nationwide Insurance and its participants.

Posted on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:06:33 GMT

Franklin Township Local President to Run 35 Miles for Issue 35
Franklin Township, OH Local 1441 President Ron Delozier plans to run 35 miles on November 4 to remind and encourage voters to vote yes on Issue 35, a fire levy that will raise the money needed to fund the Franklin Township Fire Department and prevent the layoffs of six to 12 fire fighters.

Posted on Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:11:16 GMT

D.C. First Responders Prepare as Ebola Threat Grows
At the D.C. Fire and EMS Department Training Academy in Southwest Washington on Saturday, a few dozen people, many with soot-smeared faces, milled about waiting for the smoke from a cinderblock building to clear. The crowd, mostly civilian volunteers, spent the morning storming smoking stairwells and peeling roofs off cars under the supervision of professionals. But the most fearsome mock adversary of the day was still to come. It was not a five-alarm fire, but Ebola. The Ebola response demonstration was the finale of Fire Ops 101, an event the International Association of Fire Fighters, a union that represents more than 300,000 firefighters and emergency medical technicians, organizes nationwide. It is mostly for the benefit of lawmakers, to help them appreciate the perils that first responders face.

Posted on Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:58:09 GMT



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