Remembering Sam Cooper

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The members of Local 1636 are saddened to hear that longtime Rochester Airport fixture Sam Cooper passed away last Friday, June 7th, at the age of 96. Mr. Cooper was a pilot in WWII before eventually serving as the Airport Manager from 1972-1989. He remained here as Public Relations Director up until a few years ago conducting airport tours and was an almost daily visitor to the firehouse. Sam witnessed many, many changes at ROC during his tenure here and was full of information about the airport and its history. He also had a collection of photos with the many celebrities and VIP’s that traveled through the airport, including several sitting Presidents. His presence will be felt here for many years to come which is “Outstanding, young fella!”

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Airport Firefighters Endorse Adam Bello for Monroe County Executive

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Public safety labor leaders held a joint press conference Friday to announce their official endorsement of Adam Bello in the 2019 race for Monroe County Executive. Leaders from the Rochester Airport Firefighters Association, Monroe County Sheriff Police Benevolent Association (PBA), Monroe County Deputy Sheriffs Association (DSA), and Monroe County Law Enforcement Association (MCLEA) all spoke about the legacy of disrespect toward employees from County management and the dire need for change. Several retired Sheriff's and Firefighters were also in attendance to show their support.

Jointly, we feel that Adam Bello possesses the leadership and integrity that have been missing at the County Executive position for many years. In talking with public safety employees in the Town of Irondequoit - where he previously served as Town Supervisor - he was able to create an environment where employees felt appreciated beyond an occasional tweet. Those we spoke with commented on his upbeat personality, willingness to talk with them, and understanding of the important role law enforcement and firefighters play in the overall health of a community. As County Clerk, he has discovered several improprieties and taken steps to correct them.

In accepting these endorsements, Adam spoke to the importance of public safety, calling it the “cornerstone upon which we need to build if we are going to tackle the challenges that face our community.” He also stated his intent to work with both employees and retirees by honoring commitments, respecting our sacrifices, and acknowledging us as allies - not adversaries.

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Statement on the Passing of Richard ‘Dick’ Masters, Charter Member of IAFF Local 1636

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It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Richard F. Masters - Retired Airport Fire Captain and Charter Member of IAFF Local 1636. He passed away on February 21st at the age of 86 following a brief illness.

After serving as an Aircraft Firefighter in the United States Marine Corps, Dick was hired as a Firefighter with the Rochester-Monroe County Airport Fire Department. When the career firefighters joined the International Association of Fire Fighters in 1966, his was the first of nine names printed on the Certificate of Affiliation. He retired as a Captain in 1993 after more than 30 years at the airport.

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Andy Moore Named Permanent Airport Director

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The members of IAFF Local 1636 would like to congratulate Andy Moore on his recent permanent appointment as ROC Airport Director.  The appointment was well deserved and we look forward to continuing working alongside Andy and his staff!

Andy Moore named permanent Rochester Airport Director - WXXI News

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National Guard Soldiers Thank Rochester Airport Firefighters

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Soldiers from the NY Army National Guard attended this month’s Union meeting to thank our members for the care packages we sent to Afghanistan in 2017. Local 1636 members collected more than 160 pounds of food and hygiene items for the deployed soldiers of B Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment that is based at Greater Rochester International Airport. The unit and its CH-47 Chinook helicopters were deployed to multiple locations in Afghanistan to directly support combat operations. The ROC-based soldiers paired up with other soldiers of B Co., 3/126 from Maryland, along with the 7th Battalion, 158th General Support Aviation Battalion out of Kansas to support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

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Election Day is Nov. 6th

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ROC Airport Firefighters, IAFF Local 1636, is reminding everyone that Election Day is this Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Polls open at 6 AM.  Senators Joe Robach and Rich Funke, as well as Assemblyman Mark Johns and Harry Bronson have all been supporters of Labor and the Firefighters of our community.  Assemblywoman-elect Jamie Romeo has also earned our support.  In addition, we support Tom Dinapoli for his efforts to protect the financial stability of NY state.  We support our candidates and we hope you will stand with us on election day 2018.  

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County Retirees Protest Healthcare Changes

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Members of the Sheriff's Office Association of Retirees (SOAR) organized a labor rally prior to the County Legislature's October meeting to protest Monroe County's changing of contractually-promised healthcare benefits for more than 1,800 County retirees. The goal of this rally was to inform the public how Monroe County, over the last seven years, has repeatedly decreased, and even stopped providing benefits that were promised through good faith negotiations.

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Airport Firefighters Recognized For Mutual Aid Response to Mumford

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Greater Rochester International Airport Firefighters were among those recognized with a Unit Commendation Award and  Certificate of Merit during the annual Firefighter Appreciation Dinner held October 11th. The recognition was due to our mutual aid response to the Mumford Fire District for an MVA involving a fuel tanker that rolled over on June 11, 2018. Airport Fire Chief Kevin Bardeen accepted the award on behalf of our members.

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Airport Firefighters Participate in Fire Prevention Week

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Fire Departments everywhere open their doors and invite the public inside as part of Fire Prevention Week each year. Gates Fire District held their open house at Station 2 on Long Pond Rd. yesterday and Airport Firefighters were among the public safety professionals there to show off their equipment and educate the public on what we do every day.

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County Retirees to rally outside Legislature meeting

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The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Association of Retirees (SOAR) will be holding a rally outside the County Office Building this Tuesday starting at 4:00 p.m. They will once again be protesting Monroe County’s decision to terminate the contractually-promised health insurance coverage of over 1,800 retirees. Some of those retirees are likely to speak during the County Legislature meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The leadership of IAFF Local 1636 is encouraging it’s membership to come out and show our support for the members of SOAR and other County retirees. This is an issue that is likely to impact each of our members and retirees, as well!

For more information from SOAR, click the link below.

http://www.monroecountysoar.com/october-9th-demonstrationrally-to-support-retiree-health-benefits/

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Internet and Website Safety Tips

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Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others.

Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target:

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Contract Settlement Ratified

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After 1,859 days, the officers and members of Local 1636 are happy to announce that our membership unanimously ratified a tentative contract settlement with the County of Monroe tonight. The deal is still pending approval by the County Legislature and Executive Cheryl Dinolfo but we feel it is a competitive agreement that begins to bring us back in line with other career firefighters in Monroe County. #finallyhaveacontract

Our members would like to thank all of you who have followed our situation and expressed your support for the battle we waged. Hearing the positive feedback from so many of you helped to strengthen our resolve and embolden us to continue fighting for what is best for our members and their families. Thank you!

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