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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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Seattle Fire Fighters Train to Deal With Oil Trains
About two dozen Seattle fire fighters received training Wednesday on responding to incidents involving trains carrying crude oil. BNSF Railway plans to locate a new mobile foam trailer in Seattle, and about a dozen fire fighters got a chance to see how that equipment works at the company's Seattle rail yard.

Posted on Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:53:44 GMT

Dallas Paramedics Response to Ebola Patient
Three Dallas, TX Local 58 members – two paramedics and one paramedic intern – who transported the now-deceased patient with Ebola to the hospital – have been taken off duty with pay and are under continuous medical observation at their homes.

Posted on Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:42:54 GMT

Participants Feel the Heat in Fire Training
It's a special kind of fire fighter training, and it's not for fire fighters. A dozen Hamilton County community leaders took part in the intensive day-long event to literally feel the heat.

Posted on Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:25:19 GMT

Fire Fighter Killed, 3 Hurt Battling Hartford House Fire
Hartford firefighter Kevin Bell was killed and three others were injured fighting a house fire on Blue Hills Avenue Tuesday night. Bell, 48 and a member of the department for six years, came to fire fighting relatively late in life, inspired by a relative, according to his father Manuel Gomes.

Posted on Wed, 08 Oct 2014 18:55:31 GMT

Howard County Council Passes DROP Legislation for Fire Fighters
Thanks to hard work and political action by members of Howard County, MD Local 2000, the County Council passed Council Bill 51-2014 creating a Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) for fire fighters and updating the plan for police officers. The legislation passed unanimously, receiving bi-partisan support from the five-member Council.

Posted on Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:31:15 GMT

Carozza Re-elected Chair of Federation of State and Provincial Fire Fighters
October 6, 2014 - Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association (UPFFA) President Peter Carozza has been re-elected to a third term as chair of the Federation of State and Provincial Professional Fire Fighters (FSPPFF). The election took place at the FSPPFF fall meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

Posted on Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:20:48 GMT

Chattanooga Local 820 and the City Agree on New Pay Plan
For years, the Chattanooga Fire Department operated with an inefficient wage schedule that resulted in inconsistent pay increases and no clear career path for rank-and-file fire fighters. To address the problem, members of Chattanooga, TN Local 820 and the City met and founf common ground on a workable plan, which was made official in a Memorandum of Understanding.

Posted on Fri, 03 Oct 2014 22:12:49 GMT

Saginaw Fire Fighters Receive FGS Training
Whether it's climbing out of a two-story window or crawling through a bunch of wires, Saginaw fire fighters are getting real-life training for situations they may find themselves in.

Posted on Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:26:31 GMT

Ft. Wayne Fire Ops 101 Shows What Fire Fighters Go Through Everyday
Fire fighters no doubt have one of the most dangerous jobs on record. Elected officials and journalists, as well as other members of the community, had to face the heat and go through a day of firefighter training.

Posted on Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:22:06 GMT

Retired FDNY Fire Fighters Who Helped at Ground Zero Die on Same Day
The deaths raise the tragic toll to 92 fire fighters who have succumbed to illnesses stemming from sifting through the rubble of the toppled towers in the desperate search to recover bodies. In a heartbreaking reminder that the Sept. 11 attacks are still claiming lives, three retired FDNY firefighters died on the same day from cancer contracted at Ground Zero. Retired Lt. Howard (Howie) Bischoff and retired firefighters Robert Leaver and Daniel Heglund all died on Monday after suffering the ravages of 9/11-related illnesses. Making the news even more poignant is the fact that Leaver and Bischoff grew up together in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and were lifelong best friends.

Posted on Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:18:57 GMT

Castle Rock Fill-the-Boot Totals Rise After Ordinance Amended
For the first time in several years, Castle Rock, CO Local 4116 members participated in a Fill-the-Boot campaign this Labor Day weekend as per tradition, collecting one of their highest totals ever -- $45,000.

Posted on Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:37:48 GMT

Special Camp for Child Burn Survivors
About 50 child burn survivors from across the U.S. and Canada have gathered in Washington for the International Burn Camp, a week of activities, inspiration and support, from each other and from fire fighter counselors who donate their time.

Posted on Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:27:25 GMT

Connecticut Fire Fighters Endorse Malloy for Re-election
With Hartford, Connecticut, Engine Company 14 and Ladder Company 4 in the background, Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association (UPFFA) of Connecticut President Pete Carozza announced at a press conference that the UPFFA Executive Board and its members unanimously endorsed Governor Dan Malloy for re-election.

Posted on Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:24:00 GMT

Winnipeg's Fire Fighters Are Backing Judy Wasylycia-Leis
Winnipeg’s fire fighters union has endorsed mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis, while describing her opponents as surrounded by narrow-minded, right-wing extremists.

Posted on Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:45:33 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 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:26:33 GMT

IAFF Members Stranded After Hurricane in Cabo Return Home
Sixteen Hoffman Estates, IL Local 2061 members are finally back in the United States after being stranded in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for several days in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile, a Category 3 storm.

Posted on Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:23:57 GMT

Zadroga Reauthorization Introduced in Congress
Legislation to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was introduced in both chambers of Congress this week. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act was introduced as S. 2844 by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) in the Senate, and H.R. 5503 by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY) in the House.

Posted on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:17:32 GMT

IAFF Locals Respond to California Wildfires
CAL FIRE Local 2881 - joined by members of several other IAFF locals - are working to extinguish nearly one dozen wildland fires across the state. The largest fire, the King Fire located on the California/Nevada border near Lake Tahoe, has burned more than 70,000 acres and threatens 2,000 homes.

Posted on Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:54:21 GMT

Hoffman Estates Fire Fighters Stranded in Mexico
A group of 16 northwest suburban fire fighters are stuck in Mexico after a hurricane ravaged the resort area of Cabo San Lucas. The group had traveled to a beautiful oceanfront resort for the destination wedding of longtime Hoffman Estates fire fighter Tom Mangiameli.

Posted on Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:21:05 GMT

On Flight to Vegas, Jacksonville Fire Fighters Help Ailing Man
A 41-year-old man headed to Las Vegas can be thankful his flight included Jacksonville fire fighters on their way to a bachelor party. On the flight's early afternoon final leg from Houston to Las Vegas, the man became ill, lost color and was thought to be having a heart attack. The half-dozen fire fighters pitched in after the pilot asked for help, said Jason Kerr, the bachelor being feted ahead of his October wedding.

Posted on Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:40:40 GMT



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