IAFF Local 1403
  • Metro-Dade Firefighters
    IAFF Local 1403
    Open enrollment for Union Life Insurance will be October 7-18 .  You can increase your coverage by 30K with no questions asked.  If you would like to increase it over the 30K you would have to do a medical screening.  You can come in anytime from 7am – 3pm or you can fill out the form attached and email it claudine.buzzo@local1403.org or fax it back 305-591-9654.  If you have any questions at all please call the Union Hall 305-593-6100 ext 564. Download: Life Insurance.pdf

    The 2020 Active Employee Open Enrollment period is scheduled commencing Monday, October 7th and ending on Friday October 18th. This is the only time of the year to make medical, dental, and vision plan changes and dependent changes. NO CHANGES = NO PAPERWORK TO SUBMIT. 

    If you need to make changes read the attached document for further instructions.

    Download: Open Enrollment.pdf

    Hello Again,

    After a nearly three year haitus, I finally found my way back to you with a new, and hopefully improved method of delivery - a video blog called MDFR Retirement Recon. I intend to produce one video every couple of months to provide useful information to help you with your retirement planning.

    The topic this month is Health Insurance Subsidies.

    Feel free to suggest topics you would like to know more about. My contact information will be provided at the end of each video.

    Here's the link - https://youtu.be/kcdOm1rzhM8

    Enjoy, and be safe out there.

    Chief Gary Gonzalez, retired, Batt 3 A.

    Nominations for President, 2nd Vice-President, Secretary, and 7 Executive Board positions will be accepted from the floor on September 24th, 2019 prior to the Union Meeting from 12:00 PM to 12:20 PM.  Download: Notice of Election 2019.pdf

    Local 1403 is working towards helping our members both active and retired before and after Hurricane Dorian. We have members all throughout the cone of uncertainty. We ask that those of you able and willing to help in any way possible either before the storm or after please email me at gabe.nemeth@local1403.org so we can start putting a list together. We already, together with the Benevolent, are getting request for help putting shutters up for some of our retirees. We would like to have teams of volunteers in place also for after the storm to help those affected. We hope none of this is not needed but we need to prepare.

    Metro Dade Firefighters Local 1403 regrets to announce the passing of Retired FF Steven Bahr on August 11, 2019. He just turned 70 this year as well. Steven proudly served MDFR for 30 years. He was hired 3/18/74 and retired in 6/30/04.

    Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace. 

    Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403 regrets to announce the passing of Retired Chief Patrick Lyons on August 11, 2019. He just turned 70. Chief Lyons proudly served MDFR for 35 years. He was an avid mountain biker and frisbee golf player and lived his life to the fullest.

    Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace. Services to be announced.

    Metro Dade Firefighters Local 1403 regrets to announce the passing of Retired FF Michael McFall on August 11, 2019. He was surrounded by family. Mike retired in 2006 and was 63 years old. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

    During the up-coming weeks, Local 1403 will begin the process of updating its membership database in an effort to continue improving our communication with our members. Local 1403 is looking to utilize modern platforms that facilitate getting information out to large groups.
    Download: InfoForm.docx

    Tuesday July 30th before General Membership Meeting come by an participate in our first "Paycheck Workshop" presented by Rick Fernandez.  1900- 2000 at the Union Hall.

    Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403 will like to congratulate the winners of this year's scholarship. First we would like to congratulate the entire High School class of 2019 on their graduation and wish them the best on their upcoming journey. The selection of essays gets more difficult every year and this year it was no exception. The upcoming freshman class that turned in essay this year all did a terrific job. The two female winners are Samantha Salvi Cruz - Al Cruz and Erin Hall - Lena and Donny Hall. The male winners are Dylan Blake - Paul Blake and Giovanni Abril Jr - Giovanni Abril. Once again CONGRATULATIONS !!!!

    Every September, professional firefighters/golfers, (including retirees) from all around the country and Canada get together in a different city to trade hats, shirts, and war stories and play some golf! It is a 3-day tournament for golfers of all abilities. You can enter as a four-man team, two-man team, or individuals. (Individuals will be flighted). The package includes 3-days of golf, three breakfasts, three lunches, and three sit down dinners, (including a final night awards banquet), nightly hospitality rooms, lots of prizes and awards, and tons of fun! This year‘s package is $374 plus lodging per player. $134 per/night. (Two Bedroom Villas- 4 people = $34 per person per night) Spouses are also welcome at a non-golfer rate. Last September we were in Washington D.C. This September our tournament will be at the Legends Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach, Sep. 23-25, 2019. Check out the website at www.firefightersgolftournament.com

    This is a great camaraderie event!. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Ltsparkee@aol.com, or call me at 954-658-8215

    Local 1403 would like to say THANK YOU to Florida Governor Ron De Santis for signing SB 426 into law today. Today Florida is demonstrating its commitment to provide coverage for treatment for firefighters battling cancer. Thank you to the bill sponsors and representatives for your unwavering support. On behalf of Florida's firefighters and their families we THANK YOU.

    LOCAL 1403

    In a moment's notice within the blink of an eye Stephanie Roper unexpectedly passed away. Stephanie Roper is the wife of our MDFR brother Jeffery Roper who works on R 78 C Shift. I was fortunate enough to have met Stephanie, and let me just say she was a very special person, a great mother, and a dedicated and caring wife.

    Take a look at the history of The IAFF during the last 100 years.

    We are looking for a member or members that have experience in web design. The local wants to improve our webpage and need your help.  Thanks Please contact Gabe Nemeth  305-281-1184 cell Gabe.nemeth@local1403.org

    Brotherhood as defined by Merriam-Webster; feelings of friendship, support, and understanding between people: a group or organization of people who have the same interests, jobs, etc. In the fire service, we know it means so much more. Brotherhood means that we are there for one another. It means we have each other’s backs.
    Download: brotherhood-final-1.jpg

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              August 27, 2019  C-shift 12:00 PM

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