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UniverSoul Circus Volunteer First Aid

June 20TH, 2019 thru July 28TH, 2019

at the National Harbour

Click here to Volunteer for First Aid Station through the Progressive Firefighters Association of Washington DC for the IABPFF.

 

2019 Martin Luther King Jr Peace Walk and Parade

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2018 Ward 8 Christmas Toy Drive

 

Progressive Fire Fighters Association of Washington DC

The Progressive Fire Fighters Association was established to create a liaison between our Black Brothers and Sisters within the District of Columbia, to collect and evaluate data on all deleterious conditions incumbent in all areas where minorities exist, and to compile information concerning the injustices that exist in the working conditions in the Fire Service, and implement action to correct them. To promote interracial progress throughout the Fire Service; and to see that competent Blacks are recruited and employed as firefighters, wherever they reside, and to aid in motivating our Black Brothers and Sisters to seek advancement to elevated ranks throughout the Fire Service.

 
 
 Our Vision is:
  • That all ranks and divisions of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department reflect the ethnic and gender make up of the District of Columbia.
  • Transparency of all promotional processes, duty and positional assignments, and disciplinary processes for all ranks and divisions of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.
  • For persons of all socioeconomic backgrounds within our community to have the real opportunity to pursue careers in the fire service.
 
Benefits of being a Member of the Progressive Firefighters Association of Washington DC:
  • Camaraderie
    • Between Active DC Fire and EMS Employees
    • Retired DC Fire and EMS Employees
    • Firefighters Worldwide
    • The Community
  • Access to Professional Fire Service Networking
  • Fraternal Associations worldwide
  • Discounts on Services and Products
  • Leadership, Professional Development, and Organizational Structure Training
  • Cultural Education, Fellowship, Collaboration, and Edification
  • Business Networking
  • Access to lobby at the National Level with Professional Organizations
 
 

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  • Progressive Firefighter’s Association has organized an Honor Guard Committee. The Chair of this committee is Woodrow Price.

  • Stay tuned! Progressives will be organizing “Game Night” ventures.

 


 

 

EVENTS COMING UP!

 

 

 


UniverSoul Circus Volunteer First Aid

June 20TH, 2019 thru July 28TH, 2019

at the National Harbour

Click here to Volunteer for First Aid Station through the Progressive Firefighters Association of Washington DC for the IABPFF.

 

 

 


This annual scholarship has been appropriately named the Chief Joseph L. Jones Scholarship. Chief Jones was a Battalion Chief in the St. Louis Fire Department. The criteria and extended requirements are enclosed.

The selected beneficiary of the first IABPFF Scholarship (presently the Chief Joseph L. Jones Scholarship), was secured by member Monique Robinson of Little Rock Arkansas. Monique is presently enrolled at Waldorf University, where she is undertaking studies for a Fire Management degree. Our 2019 scholarship recipient will be announced during the 2019 Convention banquet dinner on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at the J. W. Marriott Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Criteria and process for application can be found in the below documents!

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Link to IABPFF Process PDF is here.

 

 

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Link to Columbia Southern Process PDF is here.

 


The IABPFF 2019 CONVENTION

AUGUST 5 – 10, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

 

The Hotel is the JW MARRIOTT Las Vegas Resort and Spa

221 N Rampart Boulevard

Las Vegas, Nevada 89145

Convention tools can be found by clicking here!

 

 

 

 

 


TRIBUTE TO A BLACK FIREMAN

I HEARD THE ENGINE’S CLANGING GONGS,
         A BLOCK OR TWO AWAY.
AND THEN I SAW THE RANGING FIRE,
         DARK SMOKE AND WATER SPRAY.

I SAW THE SHINY LADDER
        AS IT REACHED UP TO THE WALL.
AND THEN I SAW HIM CLIMBING,
         CLIMBING UPWARD, TOWARD THE CALL

HIS BLACK HANDS GRIPPED THE LADDER
       WHICH HE CLIMBED WITH SURED PACE
THE SMOKE ENGULFED HIS BODY
         FLAMES DANCED ABOUT HIS FACE 

“I CAN’T HOLD ON ! PLEASE HELP ME!”
          A YOUTHFUL VOICE, A PLEADING CRY.
“HOLD ON ! HOLD ON ! I’M COMING!’
          WAS HIS FIRM ASSURED REPLY?

THE ROOF BEGAN TO CRUMBLE,
         THE BUILDINGS’ END WAS NEAR.
THOSE BELOW BEGAN TO SCTTER
         AT THE SOUND WHICH FILLED THEIR EARS.

HAS DARK FACE WAS GRIPPED WITH HORROR.
         HIS MIND WAS SEIZED BY FEAR.
AS HE REACHED THE FIREY WINDOW,
          HE HEARD – “SWING THE LADDER CLEAR!”

IN THAT NEXT HEROIC MOMENT
         AS I CLOSED MY EYES TO PRAY,
A BLACK HAND GRASPED THE CHILD
         AND LIFTED HIM AWAY

THERE A TOP THE LADDER
           CLEARLY SEEN BY EVERY EYE,
WERE THE FIREMAN AND CHILD
            DARK SILHOUETTES AGAINST THE SKY.

HE WAS GRIMEY, HOT AND HAGGARD
           AS HE STEPPED DOWN TO THE GROUND.
AS CHEER AROSE – HE SMILED,
           BUT HE NEVER TURNED AROUND.

WHEN A REPORTER ASKED HIS NAME,
            HE HEARD HIM QUIETY SAY

NO NAME PLEASE!”

“COMPARE TO THE BIGOTRY AND OTHER BARRIERS I’VE OVERCOME.
               THIS WAS AN EASY DAY”

 

JAMES O. ROGERS, AUTHOR

PROGRESSIVE FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION – WASHINGTON, D.C.

 

 

 

 

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