In case you missed our webinar earlier this week I wanted to let you know that it is now available for viewing online!
On December 6, 2018, Ontario Bill 57 was passed into law and given Royal Assent.
This bill served to change 40 pieces of legislation including the Fire Prevention and Protection Act; changing the Interest Arbitration system for fire fighters and affecting our constitution with respect to those engaged in secondary employment, “two-hatting”.
This government bill was rammed through session with no meaningful consultation with fire fighters.  It has taken our board of arbitration to a single arbitrator and now imposed new criteria that will heavily favour employers.
The OPFFA, working with several partners including the IAFF, legal counsel and advocates, fought the bill to no avail.
Watch and listen to our post-vote summary of Bill 57, a webinar for OPFFA members that was presented on December 11, 2018.
Mark Train
Executive Vice-President
Ontario’s Fire Fighters

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IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery

The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is a one-of-a-kind addiction treatment facility specializing in PTSD for IAFF members – and IAFF members only – who are struggling with addiction, PTSD other related behavioral health challenges to receive the help they need in taking the first steps toward recovery. It is a safe haven for members to talk with other members who have faced or overcome similar challenges.

Care for your unique needs

If you’re struggling with post-traumatic stress along with co-occurring depression, anxiety or substance abuse disorders, you need treatment from professionals who understand the fire service culture and the unique pressures of your job. The IAFF Center of Excellence connects you to best-practice, evidence-based therapies delivered by clinicians who understand the types of trauma you experience on a day-to-day basis.

Completely confidential treatment

Center staff cannot discuss your treatment with anyone — your fire department, family or friends — unless given explicit permission by you. This applies before, during and after your stay at the IAFF Center of Excellence.

Our Partner: Advanced Recovery Systems

With seven treatment centers across the United States, the continuum of care provided by Advanced Recovery Systems is unsurpassed. The IAFF has partnered with Advanced Recovery Systems to provide members with specialized treatment for the everyday stressors that trigger PTSD, behavioral health disorders and substance abuse.


13400 Edgemeade Rd
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
(301) 327-1955