MAFF members are being asked to contact their legislators today to oppose legislation introduced Tuesday, Nov. 27 to increase the cost to public employees for their healthcare. HB 6531 from State Rep. Lower and SB 1209 from Sen. Pavlov were introduced to amend the Publicly Funded Health Insurance Contribution Act by dropping the hard cap down to $12,500.

MAFF encourages its members to call the following offices immediately to express their opposition to this lame duck legislation.

Rep. Lower: (517) 373-0834
Speaker Leonard: (517) 373-1778
Sen. Pavlov: (517) 373-7708
Sen. Majority Leader Meekhof: (517) 373-6920

Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) has issued their 2018 candidate and proposal endorsements for the General Election Tuesday, Nov. 6.

As of Thursday, Nov. 1, the latest polls have:

  • Debbie Stabenow with a 14 point lead over John James for U.S. Senate.
  • Gretchen Whitmer with an 11 point lead over Bill Schuette for Governor.
  • Dana Nessel with a 9 point lead over Tom Leonard for Attorney General.
  • Jocelyn Benson with a 7 point lead over Mary Treder Lang for Secretary of State.
  • Proposal 1 - Legalizing Recreational Marijuana - YES 55 percent, NO 40 percent.
  • Proposal 2 - Eliminating Gerrymandering - YES 57 percent, NO 39 percent.
  • Proposal 3 - Election Reform - YES 57 percent, NO 38 percent.

MAFF members are encouraged to get out and vote! Click here for the MAPO 2018 General Election Endorsements.

Fire departments represented by Michigan Association of Fire Fighters (MAFF) are hosting events throughout September and October in honor of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, 2018. Fire Prevention Week is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 8-9, 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). This year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fire prevention week theme is “Look, Listen, Learn: Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”  It reinforces the three essential steps to reduce the chances of having a fire and how to escape safely. Visit National Fire Protection Association website for fire safety prevention tips.

Local Fire Prevention public events include:

  • Augusta Charter Township Fire Department Open House
    Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
    Location: 10985 Whittaker Rd., Whittaker, MI 48190
    Contact: (734) 461-9500 or www.augustatownship.org
    Fire trucks and Huron Valley Ambulance will be on display. The event will also feature a smoke house where adults and children can learn fire safety, spray the fire hose and knock down a pretend fire. Augusta Township Fire Pup will visit the children. There will be free food and drink, literature and coloring books, and raffles for gift cards and other items donated by community businesses.
  • Burton Fire Department Open House
    Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
    Location: Fire Stations 1, 2 and 3.
    Station 1, 2031 E. Bristol Rd., Burton, MI 48509
    Station 2 Department Headquarters, 1320 S. Belsay Rd., Burton, MI 48509
    Station 3, 4515 Davison Rd., Burton, MI 48509
    Contact: (810) 742-2158
    Enjoy free hot dogs, chips and face painting for kids. Meet firefighters, tour the station and trucks, receive free smoke detectors and batteries, fire safety handouts and view a reflective sign demonstration.
  • Chelsea Area Fire Authority Open House
    Time: Noon - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018
    Location: 200 W. Middle St.
    Contact: (734) 475-8755
    The event will feature bounce houses, a petting zoo, jaws of life for children to cut cars, spray fire hose, face painting, balloon animals, fire truck tours, Red Cross and Huron Valley Ambulance on scene, popcorn, doughnuts and cider.
  • Clay Township Fire Department Safety Tikes at Clay Township Park
    Time: 10-11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
    Location: 4768 Pointe Tremble Rd., Clay Township, MI 48001
    Contact: Cindy at (810) 794-9320 or the fire department at (810) 794-9347.
    The event will feature Paw Patrol characters.
  • Flat Rock Riverfest – Fire Safety
    Time: 6-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018; Noon – 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 and noon to 6 p.m.. Sunday, Sept. 16.
    Location: Flatrock Community Park, 28700 Arsenal Rd., Flat Rock, MI 48134
    Contact: (734) 789-2332
    Flat Rock Fire Department provides a free large fire safety/firefighting obstacle course at the Festival. Youngsters can crawl through smoke inside the obstacle course tubes, go to framed windows (donated by Wallside Windows) and practice opening them to get out. The course also includes ramps and a hose they can use to pretend to put the fire out. The obstacle course is so popular, it’s taken on the road to neighboring communities. Riverfest also features many free events including bounce houses, music concerts, fireworks and more. Visit http://www.flatrockmi.org/index-coe-event.asp?Event_ID=836#NavMenu for more information. Flat Rock Fire Department also plans to visit area preschool and elementary classrooms this fall to talk about fire safety.

The Aug. 7 Primary Election set a modern day voter turnout record with the number of ballots cast expected to exceed 2 million. Michigan voters will hear “Fix the Damn Roads” and “I have been endorsed by President Trump” for the next three months as Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette won their respective primaries. Campaigning will continue to see who will succeed Governor Rick Snyder as state's next Governor in the November general election. In his first foray into politics, John James, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and businessman, defeated venture capitalist Sandy Pensler to win the Republican primary. James will run against three-term incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Delta Twp.) in November’s election. Other state senator and representative primary race winners are also highlighted in the Special Election Karoub Report.

All Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are encouraged to register now to attend a series of free Grievance Seminars being held on Fridays at the MAFF Office.

The Seminars, being conducted by MAFF Executive Director Fred Timpner, will provide valuable information on key grievance issues.Seminars on Aug. 24 and Oct. 19, 2018 will focus on Discipline. Contract Interpretation will be discussed at the Seminar on Sept. 21, 2018. All Seminars begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served. Details can be found on the website Calendar.

Grievance Seminars are limited to 12 persons on a first-come basis. Please contact Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7160, ext. 231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible to make reservations.