A MESSAGE TO OUR SUPPORTERS FROM THE PFFALA PRESIDENT
SINCE 1940, the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Louisiana (PFFALA) has represented the career professional fire fighters throughout the state. Our Fire Fighters are the men and women who have committed their lives to protecting the lives of others. In October 2012 the PFFALA proudly began its first fundraiser. Thanks to the residents of Louisiana who have stood behind our fire fighters we continue to provide many outstanding programs such as:
•PURCHASE and PROVIDE Pulse Oximeters to fire fighters throughout Louisiana. By measuring Oxygen Saturation (SpO2), Carbon Monoxide (SpCO) and monitoring pulse rate, these specialized devices provide life saving information to our first responders when seconds count.
•IN CONJUNCTION with the LSU Fire & Emergency Training Institute (FETI) and LSU-Eunice we will continue to sponsor the annual Company Officer Leadership Conference. This event features some of Louisiana’s most knowledgeable and highly respected fire service and emergency response professionals as well as special guests from around the country. The courses covered help our fire fighters better serve citizens as well as prevent injury and death in the line of duty.
•PROUDLY SPONSORING children to attend “Camp I’m Still Me”. This regional burn camp has provided hundreds of young Louisiana burn victims a fun, safe environment in which to help rebuild their lives.
•CREATE AWARENESS of Fire Fighter and Emergency Medical Technician injuries, occupational illnesses and the hazards Fire Fighters and Emergency Medical Technicians are exposed to as well as supporting efforts to improve benefits for Fire Fighters and EMTs injured in the line of duty.
•SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS dedicated to improving lives of the people of Louisiana. These include Muscular Dystrophy Association, Life Shares Blood Drives and Burn Centers.
•SUPPORT of LAWS that will benefit the members of the fire service and help make Louisiana a safer place to work, live and raise our families.
•PARTNERING with the American Heart Association to implement CPR and Automated External Defibrillator instruction to Louisiana high school students as required by state law beginning 2015
We do not use a professional fundraiser and instead chose to conduct our fundraiser ourselves. Our benefit concerts will offer quality entertainment, available at a reasonable price and provide our supporters a fun night out for the whole family. Residents who are too far away to drive to the concert may instead sponsor the PFFALA by becoming a booster member and will receive a decal for display. Our fundraiser is new, and is still unknown to most people. But our organization is not and represents the men and woman of one of the most respected professions in Louisiana. We appreciate those people who stand behind us and also thank folks for their patience as we do this for the first time.
Without the help of the community our life saving programs would not exist. Whether it be fire, auto accident, medical emergency or natural disaster, we are the first to respond. As fire fighters, we realize that we may be needed to go beyond the call of duty. That is a call we proudly rise to answer.
Chad Major, President
Professional Fire Fighters Association of Louisiana
Thank you to all of our supporters who help make our fundraiser a success and to those who came out to our July 2014 benefit concert featuring Voice of the Wetlands All Stars.
In order to raise funds for our educational, fire safety and member programs we have begun our new campaign. This year’s event will feature Grammy nominated artist SAMMY KERSHAW with special guest songwriter, musician and former Lafayette Fire Fighter Mike Dean.
We ask that if possible, you would continue to support our efforts.