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Thirty (short) Years ago today signifies the beginning of my career in the Fire Service and also the start of membership into the very proud & bold organization, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Its been a rewarding experience in all regards. I am truly blessed to have been given this opportunity. I am surrounded by the most compassionate/dedicated people on the job who make life saving and life altering enhancements every single day on behalf of individuals, that in most probability, they have never met.

It has been my experience, within the Fire/EMS/911 Dispatch Service(s), our members consistently look forward to making a positive difference and/or having helped a positive outcome, with the onset of every shift of duty.

I would also like to recognize all our IAFF affiliate leaders throughout, who have gone above and beyond, by dedicating their lives in doing "Whatever it Takes" to assist our members who are on the front lines doing remarkable work, day after day.

Lastly, thanks to my wonderful family for all their support and sacrifices over the years on behalf of the cause.

May God Bless all First Responders as well as every Citizen and Community that we all so proudly serve/protect.
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Thirty (short) Years ago today signifies the beginning of my career in the Fire Service and also the start of membership into the very proud & bold organization, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).  Its been a rewarding experience in all regards.  I am truly blessed to have been given this opportunity. I am surrounded by the most compassionate/dedicated people on the job who make life saving and life altering enhancements every single day on behalf of individuals, that in most probability, they have never met. 

It has been my experience, within the Fire/EMS/911 Dispatch Service(s), our members consistently look forward to making a positive difference and/or having helped a positive outcome, with the onset of every shift of duty. 

I would also like to recognize all our IAFF affiliate leaders throughout, who have gone above and beyond, by dedicating their lives in doing Whatever it Takes to assist our members who are on the front lines doing remarkable work, day after day.  

Lastly,  thanks to my wonderful family for all their support and sacrifices over the years on behalf of the cause.

May God Bless all First Responders as well as every Citizen and Community that we all so proudly serve/protect.

18 hours ago

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This Day in Labor History: July 5, 1935. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act. This groundbreaking piece of legislation gave workers a fair shake from the government for the first time in American history! ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy July 4th Holiday Weekend......Keep it Safe! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy July 4th Holiday Weekend......Keep it Safe!

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Spent many a blistering hot 4th of July's running from one fire to another. Feel sorry for the animals and on duty firefighters too. Let it rain, the grass be green, and your shake shingles be recently treated.

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2nd District Vice-President Mark Woolbright 

Mark Woolbright is a profound leader that believes that every individual has something to contribute.  That goes from the General President to the newly sworn member.  Mark wants to take that belief and transform the 2nd District into a responsive organization for all its members.

Starting his career with the IAFF after graduating from Missouri Valley College with two Bachelor of Science degrees, Mark graduated Magna cum Laude for his academic achievement.  He is also an American Humanics Certified Graduate and Athletic Honoree.

Mark is a former Alderman for the City of St. Ann, MO.  Twice the citizens that he represented elected him.  Mark decided not to run for a third term.  Joining the the Fire Service in 1990, Mark has worked for the same fire district, Pattonville Fire Protection District, his entire career.  Mark’s leadership abilities, compassion and sense of humor are what most who meet Mark for the first time say they notice.  After demonstrating his leadership abilities, Mark was promoted was to Captain in 2005.

Mark has successfully negotiated numerous contracts that have improved the working conditions and livelihoods of countless IAFF members.  Being placed in many roles within the IAFF, from his role as Vice President of Local 2665 to Shop Stewart Mark, and now as the 2nd District Vice-President, Mark has always performed his duties professionally, honestly, and above and beyond the call of duty.  He has vigorously, and successfully, defended members in various situations ranging from termination and discipline hearings to pay and military duty requirements.

Mark is the former Missouri State Council of Firefighters Legislative Affairs Director.  That has provided Mark experience drafting, lobbying and passing (and when needed defeating) legislation within the complex state government setting.  Mark lives in O’Fallon, Missouri and is a father of two wonderful children that look up to their father.

In the event that you need Mark to assist in a matter, feel free to email him at MWoolbright@IAFF.org

International Association Of Firefighters- Founded 2-28-1918

Thirty-six delegates selected from 24 locals gathered to attend the first IAFF convention on February 28, 1918 in Washington, DC. They met at the American Federation of Labor building at 10:00 a.m. to adopt a Constitution and By-Laws for the new union, created for the sole benefit of rank-and-file fire fighters in the United States and Canada . They elected Thomas G. Spellacy of Schenectady, New York the first president and William Smith as the first Secretary-Treasurer, neither of whom stayed on past 1920. The delegates debated on a name for the new organization, deciding between the International Brotherhood of Fire Fighters, the International Union of Fire Fighters, and the International Association of Fire Fighters. They also proposed publishing a magazine for their members, decided the salary of officers, and approved a motion to create a Fire Fighters Fund, to benefit orphaned children of fire fighters.

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.

https://www.iaffrecoverycenter.com

IAFF 2nd District

International Association of Firefighters (I.A.F.F) 12,000 Professional Firefighters, Paramedics and Dispatchers of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.