Welcome to Miami Association Of Firefighters - IAFF Local 587
Welcome to the Miami Association of Firefighters IAFF Local 587 Website

FPF Response to Sun Sentinel FF Cancer Editorial

The FPF sent the following response to Dan Vasquez and the entire Editorial Board of the Sun Sentinel, regarding their November 19th editorial on the line of duty firefighter cancer presumption bill. 


After consulting with the IAFF and FPF it was determined that the best strategy was to issue a response as a group.

Click on the image for an expanded view to read or print.

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2016 Medical and Dental Benefits Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for 2016 medical and dental benefits will end on November 20th, 2015.

Full details can be found by clicking on the Official City Bulletin.

For calendar of Assisted Sessions please click on the 2015 Open Enrolllment Sheet.


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2015 IAFF 587 Fire Ops 101

2015 IAFF FireOps 101
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Miami Fire Department Training Center
3425 Jefferson Street,
Miami, FL  

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2015 IAFF 587 FireOps 101 Event.

This event is a by invitation only event.  

If you have arrived at this page from the link on your invitation, please click on the link below for the form(s) you wish to fill out.

Protective Equipment Sizing Form

Please return your completed form(s) to fireops2015@iaff587.org or by fax to 305-633-3935.

For additional information or questions, please call Raul Cernuda 786-306-4719.

FireOps 101 Committee:

Jorge L. Megias, Secretary/Treasurer
Raul Cernuda, Executive Assistant to the President
Pete Sanchez, Executive Assistant to the President

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2016 Fire Department Shift Calendar


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Baby Mason's College Fund




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Lotus House Spring Service Day 2015

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Questions about Life Insurance, Dependent Care, Long-Term Disability, etc…?

Local 587 will be hosting a 3 day fair for our members’ and their families to come in and review, discuss and get quotes with different insurance brokers.

The event will be held:

Tuesday, 2/17, Wednesday, 2/18 and Thursday, 2/19

8:00 am – 3:00pm


2980 NW South River Drive., Miami Florida

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PTSD and Cancer Awareness in the Fire Service

Live webcasts from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Affiliate Training Leadership Summit today. Please feel free to share.


- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Fire Service



- Cancer Awareness


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February Executive Board and Union Meeting

The Executive Board meeting will be held Tuesday, February 10th  2015 (C shift) at 09:00 AM in the Union Office conference room.

The Union Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 11th 2015 (A shift) at 8:00 PM at the Benevolent Hall.

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The 411 to 911 EMS Event


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Bereavement Retired Firefighter Charles "Charlie" Hall

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved Charlie Hall. Without a doubt, Charlie's service and sacrifices will forever be immortalized in those fire service leaders he mentored and trained. For those few that might not now of Charlie; He was an active City of Miami Firefighter for about 27 years from April 18, 1952 until March 5, 1979. For much of his career charlie was the driver at Engine 2. Charlie was known most of all for his never ending sacrifices in fighting for firefighters rights and benefits. He was president of Miami Firefighters IAFF Local 587 from 1966 to 1970. He was IAFF International Vice President from 1968-1980 representing all of the professional firefighters in Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina and the US Virgin Islands. Charlie successfully fought for the right for public employees to collectively bargain in florida in 1969. Charlie was elected to and served as a Florida Legislator in the State House of Representatives from 1980-1982 helping firefighters fight in the state capital. Charlie was the first firefighter to serve on the Miami Firefighters and Police officers FIPO Pension board created after the Gates settlement. He served on and led our pension board with great distinction for over 15 years. Charlie later became a grievance arbitrator and college professor and was one of the first members of the Miami Dade Commission on Ethics. Charlie personally mentored every Local 587 Union officer to serve after him in the past 40 years. I and many other are forever indebted to him. We pray for his surviving wife Cindy who gave endless support to Charlie so that he could serve us. We love you Charlie. Charlie is pictured at the center of each photo below.

Robert Suarez, President Miami Local 587



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  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Miami Fire Fighters Charitable Fund Inc whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
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Miami fire chief's presentation on boating accident to commissioners


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"The J and J Show"

The J and J Show" is an event created with an artistic approach by a handful of Miami Firefighters and local artists to help raise money and awareness for young Jesse James of the Santerre family, in effort to support them as he continues his battle with Leukemia. All participating artists have created 1-2 custom pieces just for this show to be silent auctioned off. All proceeds will be donated to the "Jessie's Journey" charity. The event will also include:

-Live tattooing

-Raffling of a $1000 tattoo session and limited edition t-shirts

-Live art show by select artists

-Complimentary wine and spirits 


"The J and J Show" will be held at:

Dorissa Building
2751 N Miami Ave
2nd Floor
Friday, July 11th 2014



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Memorial Day PSA - Miami Firefighter Paramedics IAFF Local 587

In remembrance of those in the Armed Forces who have died serving their country. We honor the memory of the brave men and women who helped to defend and protect our freedom. The Miami Firefighter Paramedics IAFF Local 587 thanks all of those who served and sacrificed their lives for our country. Please share the YouTube video with your friends and family.



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Change Your Clocks and Smoke Alarm Batteries for DST





Miami, FL - Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). IAFF Local 587 fire fighters remind you to not only change your clock for Daylight Savings Time but the batteries in your smoke alarms, too.


Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years. Special smoke alarms are even available for those who are deaf or hearing-impaired.   


The NFPA reports that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Research has also demonstrated that photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective at warning people of smoke from smoldering fires than ionization smoke alarms. With earlier warning, people have more time to escape a burning structure and call to 9-1-1. 


Your local fire fighters recommend installing a dual purpose smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of every bedroom and on each floor of your home.   


You should also install carbon monoxide alarms in your home and check them once a month. Carbon monoxide fumes are poisonous and will increase the intensity of a fire if ignited.  

More than 2,300 people die each year in home fires. Having a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm that works 24 hours a day greatly increases your chance of survival if your home catches on fire.   


In the case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire fighters.



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Memorial Service for Retired Chief Bob Evans

A Memorial Service will be held for Retired Chief Bob Evans on Saturday, January 4th, 2014 promptly at 12 noon at Van Orsdel 4600 SW 8th St. Coral Gables 33134. There will be a reception following from 1PM to 5PM.

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City of Miami Fire-Rescue EXPO

Come out and support this free event that will showcase our departments capabilities to the community. Bring the family for a fun time. Please spread the word.


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December Executive Board and Union Meeting

The Executive Board meeting will be held Tuesday, December 10th  2013 (B shift) at 09:00 AM in the Union Office conference room.

The Union Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 11th 2013 (C shift) at 8:00 PM at the Benevolent Hall.

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Cigna FSA (Flexible Spending Account)

If you are current participant in the FSA (Flexible Spending Account) here is some important information that you should be aware of.


If you have funds in your account you have till the end of the year to use it or lose it. Although this rule will change somewhat in 2014 you must exhaust your account prior to year end 2013. Below is the Cigna website login link so you can view you FSA status.




The link below will assist you as to what are eligible and ineligible expenses.



The City of Miami annual claim filing deadline is 3/31/14 for any claims incurred in the 2013 plan year (January 1st 2013 – December 31st 2013). 

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Pink On Duty T-shirt for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Once again with the support of Fire Chief Kemp our memebers will be wearing their pink on duty t-shirts for breast cancer awareness month during the days of October 21st , 22nd, 23rd, 24th , 25th and 26th 2013.

At the 2010 IAFF convention a resolution was passed for the IAFF to recognize, support and encourage its affiliates to participate in campaigns to honor those fighting cancer. As a tribute to those affected by cancer the Miami Fire Department will officially be participating again this year.  

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In Memory of Patrick E. Murdock

Pat Murdock Celebration of Life

Location:  Benevolent Hall

Date:  Saturday October 19, 2013

Time:  7 p.m. - 12 p.m.

In Honor of Pat, please come and celebrate his life with happiness and joy.  We will share stories about Pat and dance to music from the 80s!   Please wear your favorite rock concert T-shirt and BYOB. Thank you!

Kim, Patrick, and Kamryn Murdock

Visit the memorial page for more info.

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Firefighters In Pink

Firefighters from Miami, Fl Fire Stations #7 and #3 pose in front of their units wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Read more.




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Miami Fire Fighters Charitable Fund - Charity Golf Tournament

Miami Fire Fighters Charitable Fund
Charity Golf Tournament

Proceeds to benefit Miami Fire Fighters Charities

Friday, October 11th 2013

12 Noon Shotgun - 2 man scramble

The Senator Course at Shula's Golf Club
7601 Miami Lakes Drive
Miami Lakes, Florida·33014

$80.00 per person

Prizes for: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, closest to pin and longest drive.

Cost includes: all green fees, cart fees, giveaway, snacks,
beverages, scoring, range balls, valet, prizes and happy hour event at Shula's Steak 2.


Registration deadline is October 1st, 2013

Make checks payable to:

Miami Fire Fighters Charitable Fund, Inc. · 2980 NW South River Drive · Miami, FL 33125
You may also visit
www.miamifirefightercharities.org to register and pay.
Fax your forms to 305-633-3935 (Attn: golf tournament) or email to


 Sponsorship Levels :

Code 1 Sponsor


Includes: 8 golfers, company logo on golf hat, logo on all 18 hole signs,

logo placed on website, brochure and event banner.


Code 2 Sponsor


Includes: 4 golfers, company logo on golf towel, 1 tee sponsor sign,

 logo placed on website, brochure and event banner.


Code 3 Sponsor


Includes: company logo on a hole sign.


Make checks payable to:

Miami Fire Fighters Charitable Fund, Inc. · 2980 NW South River Drive · Miami, FL 33125
and fax your forms to 305-633-3935 (Attn: golf tournament) or email to

For further information or sponsorship details please contact or visit:
Jorge Megias at 786-255-1461 or Will Savoy at 305-318-0246

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Miami Firefighters 75th Anniversary Dinner/Dance/Recognition

Saturday, October 12th 2013

Cocktails: 6:00 p.m. (open bar)

Dinner: 7:00 p.m.

Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club

6842 Main Street, Miami Lakes, FL 33014

 Cost is $35.00 per person

Attire is Semi-Formal

 You can purchase your tickets at the Miami Firefighters Credit Union or at the Union Office during normal business hours.

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Miami Firefighters 2013 Annual Picnic

The Miami Association of Fire Fighters Local 587

Cordially invites you and your family to attend our annual picnic.

 Celebrating our 75th Anniversary

Menu Includes: 

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Beer, Sodas, Daiquiris & Louisiana Style Seafood Boil starting at 12pm along with the


Mojito’  & CIGAR BAR


Dinner served at 5:00 p.m.


 Activities include:

 Bounce Houses for both big & small, Face Painting

and many more fun activities


Being held at: 

Miami Firefighters Benevolent Association
2980 N.W. South River Drive
Miami, FL 33125

Sunday, October 13, 2013 “A” Shift




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MDA Fill The Boot Drive 2013

The IAFF has been a proud supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for over 59 years. We have always made sure that we come together to help provide the necessary funds/resources for those families affected by this unforgiving disease during their struggles to fight and survive. While firefighters from all over this great nation hit the streets to “Fill The Boot”, we ask that the Miami Fire Department step up once again and help bring hope to those affected by MDA. 

The Annual MDA-Fill The Boot campaign is here once again. This year we will have the opprtunity to collect for this wonderful cause over the course of six days vs the traditional three days. Collections begin Wednesday, August 28 and end Monday, September 2, 2013.


Thank you for your support!

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Donations For Granite Mountain Hotshots

In memory of the 19 Prescott Firefighters killed in the line of duty 6/30/2013

 Prescott FF's.jpg

The Granite Mountain Hot Shots, established in 2002, were an elite ground firefighting crew known for their innovative problem-solving and history of safe, aggressive fire suppression. Members of the crew were highly trained, came from diverse backgrounds, and worked long hours in extreme environmental conditions doing the most demanding of fireline tasks.

All donations will go to the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association, together with Prescott Fire Fighter's Charities, on behalf of the Miami Firefighters Charitiable Fund.  100% of your tax-deductible donation - will go to benefit the families of the fallen killed in the Yarnell Fire.


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June Executive Board and Union Meeting

The Executive Board meeting will be held Tuesday, June 11th  2013 (C shift) at 09:00 AM in the Union Office conference room.


The Union Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 12th 2013 (A shift) at 8:00 PM at the Benevolent Hall.

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Memorial Day recognition for our Veterans

Local 587 and the Miami Fire-Rescue would like to honor and recognize those members who have served in the armed forces. Approval has been given to allow all military members to wear the department approved MFD camouflage t-shirt on Saturday May 25, Sunday May 26 and Monday, May 27, 2013.

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Here is an update regarding the IAFF response to the deadly tornado outbreak in Oklahoma.

To start with, first responders are being asked NOT to self dispatch themselves to Oklahoma. You will only be turned away. There are enough fire fighters on scene to handle the job.

Assessments are still being made as to how many members are affected and what they will need. Moore OK has an IAFF Local and their President, as well as IAFF 11th DVP Sandy McGhee, are on it. Affected members will be supported through the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund.

To make a $10 donation to help our IAFF members in Moore Oklahoma, text DISASTER to 50555. The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund will provide financial and other assistance to the fire fighters and their families affected by the tornado.

Thank you in advance for your support in this tough time. More updates will be provided as they come out.

Larry Osborne

IAFF 12th District Vice-President


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City of Miami Paramedic & Firefighter Gala Event Tickets






Badge number
Last Name, First Name




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May Executive Board and Union Meeting

The Executive Board meeting this month, will be held on Wednesday, May 8th 2013 (B shift) at 09:00 AM in the Union Office conference room.

The Union Meeting will also be held on Wednesday, May 8th 2013 (B shift) at 8:00 PM at the Benevolent Hall.

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City of Miami Paramedic & Firefighter Gala - May 11th 2013

Purchase Ticket(s)

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Local 587 Election Results

Your ballots have been tallied and the results are as follows:

2013 Executive Board:





A SHIFT VP: (unopposed) DAN GIVENS JR.



40 HOUR VP: (unopposed) RICK BRUNO







Thank you to all that participated in the election and ran for office and congratulations to the winners.

Jorge Megias
Secretary / Treasurer
Local 587

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Retired Fire Chief William "Bill" Winchester

6/21/1947 - 12/5/2012

Retired Fire Chief Bill Winchester passed away this morning at 5:00 A/M at Pembroke Memorial Hospital Hospice. Bill was a wonderful friend and exceptional Chief Fire Officer that will be missed dearly by all of his Fire Department family.

The viewing will be held at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, 8200 Bird Road Miami, FL 33155 on Saturday December 8, 2012 from 2 to 6pm. A short memorial service will be held at 5pm. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Union Elections/Bylaw change, December 3-5, 2012

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Memorial Service for our brother FF Troy Humphreys

The Memorial Service for our brother FF Troy Humphreys, City of Miami Fire Sta 10A, will be on

Friday October 12, 2012 from 1600 to 2200.

It will be at the Cabellero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home located at 8200 SW 40 St. Miami, Fl 33155. Telephone number 305 227 3344.

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Firefighter Troy Humphreys

Today the members of the City of Miami Firefighters IAFF Local 587 mourns the loss of one of our own. 46 y/o Troy Humphreys was a 13 year veteran firefighter for the City of Miami Fire-Rescue and assigned driver at Fire Station 10. He leaves behind a 8 y/o daughter.

More info will be forthcoming on arrangments.

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Funeral Services for Retired Firefighter and Miami Fire Chaplain O.A. Alderson

For those wishing to attend here is the information for the Memorial Services. Pastor Alderson serviced our Fire Department for over for 59 years both as a firefighter & Fire Department Chaplin.

Saturday Sept. 29, 2012
Services begin 12 noon

Trinity Church
17801 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, Florida 33169

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Miami Firefighters 2012 Annual Picnic

The Miami Association of Fire Fighters Local 587

Cordially invites you and your family to attend our annual picnic.

Menu Includes:

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Beer, Sodas, Daiquiris & Louisiana Style Seafood Boil & Jambalaya starting at 12pm along with the

Mojito’ & CIGAR BAR

Roast Pork and Chicken Dinner served at 5:00 p.m.

Activities include:

Bounce Houses for both big & small, Face Painting
and many more fun activities

Miami Firefighters Benevolent Association
2980 N.W. South River Drive
Miami, FL 33125

Sunday, October 21, 2012 “A” Shift

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Local 587 Contract Tentative Agreement District Visits

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RESCHEDULED: 2012 Miami Firefighters Benevolent Fishing Tournament


When: July 31st 2012 (C-shift)
Where: Miami Springs Powerboat Club - Stiltsville

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Local 587 District Visits

Members of Local 587,

Your principal officers will be conducting district visits on all 3 shifts beginning Monday April 16th (B Shift). The schedule is as follows:

District, Date, Time,

1A, 4/18/2012, 8:30

2A, 4/18/2012, 0:30

3A, 4/18/2012, 1:30

1B, 4/16/2012, 8:30

2B, 4/16/2012, 10:30

3B, 4/16/2012, 1:30

1C, 4/17/2012, 8:30

2C, 4/17/2012, 10:30

3C, 4/17/2012, 1:30

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Civil Service Board Election - Thursday March 1st (A shift) and Friday March 2nd (B shift)

Civil Service Board Election
Thursday March 1st (A shift) and Friday March 2nd (B shift)
MRC Bldg
City of Miami

IAFF LOCAL 587 supports

AFSCME (General Employees) Union Member
Seat #1 Sean Moy


FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) Union Member
Seat #2 Christine Gomez

All voting is at the MRC building. Bring your picture ID.

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2012 Fight For Air Climb Miami


It`s time to get registered for the 2012, 55 story Fight For Air Climb Miami event on Saturday, April 14th, 2012. We are in need of climbers and volunteers to help with gear check in, shuttling, and stairway monitoring. Our team has been created on the website www.fightforairclimbmiami.org and registration for the first 50 team members is free using the discount code local5872012. Simply visit the website, click "Join a Team" on the left hand side of the page and search for our team, Miami Fire Climbers! You will be prompted through the registration steps, just make sure you enter our discount code so that you don`t have to pay the registration fee! Finally, make sure you hit the Complete Registration button on the final page of the process or your registration will not go through the system.

While you don`t need to pay to register, donations toward the cause is always appreciated and brings us closer to our fundraising goals.

If you have any questions, concerns or would like to sign up to volunteer, please feel free to email Firefighter A. Cardenas at acardenas@iaff587.org.

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2012 Open Enrollment Period Ends December 14, 2011!

The last day for 2012 Open Enrollment for Group Benefits is December 14, 2011!

The City Group Benefits Team is assisting with Open Enrollment for 2012 if you need to make updates to your health and or dental coverage.

Please review the bullets below to help you determine if any action is needed by you for this enrollment period.

You DO need to visit one of our enrollment team members if:

• You are adding or removing dependents to your health coverage.

• You are adding or removing dependents to your dental, or changing level of dental coverage between HMO or PPO.

• You will be utilizing a Health Care or Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account.

If you are not doing any of the above, then no action is needed by you to continue your current health and dental coverage.

You can also visit the voluntary product representatives at the enrollment locations if:

• You participated in the Allstate/SIS voluntary products of GAP, Critical Illness, or Accident coverage, then you need to meet with the new provider, Colonial Life in order to re-enroll and continue these types of voluntary products. Your coverage with Allstate/SIS will terminate at the end of 2011.

• You want to meet with CONSECO to enroll or check the status of your short-term or long-term disability insurance (another voluntary product offered to employees).

Below is a link to the calendar of where the Open Enrollment team will be able to assist you with your enrollment needs.
Please remember the last date to participate in Open Enrollment is December 14, 2011.

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Local 587 Election Results for 2012 Executive Board, Pension Board Trustee, Retiree Health Trust Trustee and Bylaw change.

Your ballots have been tallied and the results are as follows:

2012 Executive Board:

PRESIDENT (non-election year): ROBERT SUAREZ




A SHIFT VP (unopposed): DAN GIVENS JR.










Thank you to all that participated in the election and ran for office and congratulations to the winners.

Jorge Megias
Secretary / Treasurer
Local 587

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Cigna Summary of Benefits

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Union Election Candidates Letters

Click on the link below to read letters from the candidates running for union executive board postions.

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Union Elections/Bylaw change, December 5-7, 2011

Union Elections/Bylaw change, December 5-7, 2011

A sample ballot for the upcoming Union elections/bylaw change is at the end of this notice. It will also be sent via email to be posted at the stations, and will be voted on by secret ballot on December 5, 6, 7, & 8, 2011.

Ballots will be carried around to each station of each shift. Also, the bylaws require a central voting place shall be kept open from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. on the same election days, and until noon on the fourth day so that members who did not vote will have an opportunity to cast their ballots. The central voting place will be the Union office.

Absentee ballots will be available November 21st - December 2nd at the Union Office, during normal office hours, only for members who will be absent from Miami-Dade County on all of the election dates.

For all offices, the candidate must win by a majority vote, except for the positions of Guard and Trustee which are won by plurality (the 3 candidates with the highest number of votes). In the event no one candidate receives a majority, a special runoff election shall be held between the two candidates polling the most valid votes for their respective office in the regular election. The Special runoff election shall be held the second calendar week of December. The same ballot rules will apply and the runoff election will be held December 12th-14th 2011.

If this Sample Ballot is not posted in your station, please contact the Union office so another copy can be sent to your station.

Click link below for the sample ballots.

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Union Dues Increase

Members of Local 587 there will be a bi-weekly union dues increase that can be expected soon. Please click on the link below for further info.

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Miami Firefighters Local 587 has gone mobile.

Take us on the go. You can now view our website in a mobile friendly format. Just use your smartphone and type in the address www.iaff587.org.

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The New Group Benefits Webpage

The Group Benefits team of the Department of Risk Management is pleased to announce the launch of the new Group Benefits webpage at: http://www.miamigov.com/riskmgmt/groupbenefits/insurance.html which employs a user-friendly system to find out key information about the City’s Group Benefits for 2012.

Please note that information is not yet available for the dental plans, as the securing of our 2012 vendor(s) is still within the City’s procurement process. In addition, the Open Enrollment link will take users to the Oracle system, however Open Enrollment in Oracle will not be open until November 28, 2011. Information on the upcoming 2012 Open Enrollment can be obtained by contacting your department Change Agent (see attached document).

Should you have any other questions, please email GroupBenefits@miamigov.com.

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Florida Fire Fighters Call for Investment in Public Safety

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The Hialeah Fire Fighters That Were Fired Need Your Support

Who: The Hialeah Fire Fighters That Were Fired Need Your Support.
What: They are turning in their bunker gear in order to receive their last check. We are putting out a media advisory.
When: Thursday October 6th 4 pm
Where: We Are Meeting At The Union Office 752 E 1 Ave Hialeah, FL 33010
Why: To show support for our brothers and sisters, and solidarity

Hialeah Fire Fighters Please Wear Your Red Shirts

All Other Fire Fighters Please Wear A Red Shirt or One Of Your Locals Shirts

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Hollywood Firefighter Derek Avilez

Hollywood Firefighter Derek Avilez suffered a traumatic cervical spine injury about one year ago while at the beach in front of his family. It’s been a long road but Firefighter Avilez continues the fight. Doctors told him he would never walk again and with the help of some great physical therapy he has showed constant progress. His physical therapy will be coming to an end due to his insurance benefits being exhausted. He was again on local news recently asking for help to continue his fight. Lt. Manny Arango SW3A, will be going to all the stations in the next few duty days to collect donations for Firefighter Derek Avilez. We have preliminary plans in the works for an all out Miami Dade County Fire Departments (MFD, MDFR, HFD, CGFD, and MBFD) Softball Tournament / BBQ to raise some more donations for Hollywood FF Derek Avilez. The MFFBA has opened acct # 2857000-5 at the CU to receive donations. Those wishing to make check contributions please make checks payable to:

Miami FireFighters’ Benevolent Association or MFFBA
Attn: Hollywood FF Derek Avilez
2980 NW South River Drive
Miami, FL 33125-1146
Acct # 2857000-5 at the MFFCU

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IAFF Local 587 Endorses Donna Milo for City of Miami District 2 Commissioner

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Miami Firefighters Local 587 President Robert Suarez on News and Views with Eliott Rodriguez

Watch Miami Firefighters Local 587 President Robert Suarez as he rebuts Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado’s previous statements on News and Views with Elliot Rodriguez. Tune in Saturday September 3rd at 10am on cbs4 for News and Views with Elliot Rodriguez.

Click the link below to watch the video:

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Local 587 members only facebook group

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Local 587 members ask your questions here

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Support Your Miami Firefighters and Paramedics on Facebook

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Follow Miami Firefighters IAFF Local 587 on Twitter

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Imporatant Union Update - August 17th 2011

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We are in the process of providing a hard copy of the 2012-2013 shift calendars soon. In the meantime please use the attached one to complete your R-day request form for 2012.

PLEASE NOTE: July 28th through July 31st are in the wrong day of the week. August starts correct again.

We have made every attempt to ensure the accuracy of this calendar, but mistakes may still exist. If you notice any errors please call your union office immediately.

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Sign-up for the Florida Professional Firefighters Newsletter

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"It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of firefighters Josh Burch and Brett Fulton, roll call has been taken and firefighters Josh Burch and Brett Fulton have failed to answer, the bell has been struck for their last alarm, may the sun shine upon their past, may the wind always be at their face and may the lord hold them in the palm of his hands until we meet again"

Florida Division of Forestry IAFF Local S-20 Firefighters Josh Burch and Brett Fulton lost their lives Monday while fighting the Blue Ribbon Fire in the Suwannee Forestry Center. These courageous men spent their careers and their final moments fighting fires to keep our homes and our families safe. Their families lost a husband and a father yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of Josh and Brett and our deepest sympathies go to all of you who have worked alongside them.

Two other firefighters in the Division of Forestry – Robert Marvin and Stephen Carpenter – were injured yesterday while attempting to assist their fellow firefighters at the same wildfire. Robert and Stephen suffered smoke-related injuries, were treated and released later that night.

Prelimenary Report Florida Serious Incident Click here


Add your condolences http://www.iafflocals20.com/guestbook



Brett L. Fulton

No viewing

Funeral Service

Saturday, June 25, 11am

Christ Central Church
217 Dyal Road
Lake City, FL 32024
(386) 755-2525

Joshua O. Burch


Thursday, June 23, 5-8pm

Gateway Funeral Home
3596 S US Highway 441
Lake City, FL 32025-0300
(386) 752-1954

Funeral Service

Friday, June 24, 11am

Parkview Baptist Church
268 NW Lake Jeffery Road
Lake City, Florida 32055
(386) 752-0681

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LOCAL 587 LEGAL UPDATE June 5, 2011

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As your Union fights the "BIG FIGHT" in Tallahassee, we need all of you to do your part and call your Senate Budget Committee Members today and tomorrow urging to have them vote "NO" on SB 830 and 1128. SB 830: Eliminates our ability to utilize the necessary funds that are deducted out of our paychecks to be able to defend ourselves in economically dire situations such as the one we are currently in right now as budget committee members try to take the hatchet to our benefits. SB 1128: Direct attacks against our retirement benefits and eliminates your 175 funds. When contacting the committee members listed below relay the following message:
Talking Points
SB830 has no worthy purpose and fails to demonstrate how it would be in the best interest of the people of Florida. Membership is voluntary and members may quit at any time should the union's actions warrant it. Dues are not used for political purposes. The union has a separate political action committee funded entirely through separate voluntary donations. A union is an organization run by its members. Members are free to speak at union meetings, withhold support, challenge its officers in elections, and inspect its accounting records. They do not need protection from the union.Where is the urgency on job creation or closing the state's budget deficit? Legislators must focus on the state's pressing issues not on unwarranted legislation such as SB830. Stay out of our paychecks and focus on jobs! Please vote "NO" on SB 830.
SB 1128 is an attempt to resolve the state's budgetary problems on the backs of firefighters that have devoted their lives to protect yours and your families. If you value the fact that men and women, on average, lose about 5 years of expected life based on simply choosing this occupation you should vote "NO" on SB 1128. After all the years of service, the hazards of the job, and the circumstances involved with guys not living long enough to retire because of Cancers, diseases, and heart attacks, all our guys have is their retirement. Value your firefighters as they value you as your public servants. Vote "NO" on SB 1128.


       Bogdanoff, Ellyn Setnor



212 Senate Office Bldg.




   Benacquisto, Lizbeth





326 Senate Office Bldg




Alexander, JD (Chair)



(850) 487-5044
Larry Ford, Patty Harrison, Caitlin Murray

412 Senate Office Bldg.


Negron, Joe (Vice Chair)



(850) 487-5088
Carrie Lira, Holly Demers, Ann Bolduc

306 Senate Office Bldg.





Gaetz (D), Don



(850) 487-5009
Christopher Clark

420 Senate Office Bldg.


Hays, Alan



(850) 487-5014
Nanci Cornwell, Renee Hodges, Paul Runk, Anne-Marie Norman

324 Senate Office Bldg. 





Lynn, Evelyn J.



(850) 487-5033
Charlyn Thompson, Kathleen Roe, Frankie Robert, Connie Mullis

416 Senate Office Bldg.



Richter, Garrett



(850) 487-5124
Becky Kokkinos, Sandra Mummert, Michael Nachef

322 Senate Office Bldg.


Simmons, David



(850) 487-5050
Valerie Clarke, Jean Jones, Daniel Peterson

320 Senate Office Bldg.



Thrasher, John



(850) 487-5030
Kay Rousseau, Darla Kubacki, Kelly Williams, Rebecca Stagg

400 Senate Office Bldg.


Wise, Stephen R.



(850) 487-5027
Dee Alexander, Carol Chastain, Steven Richardson

410 Senate Office Bldg.



Anitere Flores is our State Senator in Tallahassee. She has done a lot of work on our behalf with regards to other important issues, including retirement. She is getting a lot of serious pressure from the Leadership in the Senate, the current Governor, and past Governor Bush. Please call her and thank her for her support. Keep your message positive. Do not threaten her with retaliation if she does not vote our way.  Ask her to please vote NO on SB 830.



Flores, Anitere






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