Fire fighting is a science and having the right number of people respond when you call 911 shouldn’t be based on guesswork, politicians’ opinions or budget number crunchers. Watch and learn what the science has to say about keeping you and your family safe.
The Joplin Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 59 and your local fire departments proudly help to coordinate and provide assistance through the "Joplin Area Firefighter Christmas for Kids" program.
Together we will celebrate over 30 years of of success helping area kids have a better Christmas.
Firefighters in the Joplin area have worked tirelessly with the community businesses and IAFF Local 59 to make Christmas memories each year for over 1000 kids and their families in need during the holiday season.
This year your Joplin Area Firefighters will be assisting area children with Christmas presents as we have done in the past.
Applications are now available online HEREtill Friday December 13th at 5pm
You may make a financial donation to the program or drop of a new unwrapped toy to any of the area fire stations in Joplin, Webb City, Carl Junction, Carterville, Oronogo, Redings Mill and Duneweg along with several local businesses: KIX102.5 studios, KODE12 TV studio, Dollar General Locations in CJ, Duquesne, Carterville, Oronogo and Duenweg.
Nothing else gives our elected officials a taste of the fire service like experiencing the Joplin Fire Ops 101. This day will show them the smoke, the sweat, the adrenaline rush and the physical stress and strain our fire fighters face on a daily basis, all while exposing them to the complex issues of the fire service, like staffing, adequate equipment, and presumptive health. Spending a hands-on day as a first responder is one of the most effective ways for our elected officials and our local media to learn about our job.
Your Joplin Firefighters work hard to protect you and your property 24 hours a day since 1882. We know how important you and your property is, that is why we serve you with honor and pride. We want you to be proud of the service we provide for you, you are who we work for, you decide on the tools we have to accomplish the job, you decide where your fire stations are to be located, and many other important issues, for that we Thank You!
Did you know how dangerous our job is?
Unique to the firefighter is his work environment. The dangers at a fire scene are obvious: fire, smoke, building collapse, explosions, and so forth. Firefighters can see and study these dangers and, thus, prepare for them. However, there is a big unseen danger—cancer.
Today’s fires involve plastics, which are in everything—carpeting, furniture, TVs, appliances, combs, bottles, and even pipes and other building materials. When plastics burn, they typically produce much more smoke and heat than comparable wood products. Plastic smoke is also more deadly and may include carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, nitrogen oxides, ammonia, phenol, benzene, hydrogen chloride, hydrochloric acid, methane, and even hydrogen cyanide. If breathed in large enough doses, these gases can lead to immediate death and even in the smallest of doses can lead to cancer.
Some important facts about the unknown risks we face.
Firefighters are more likely to have:
•Brain cancer: 3.5 times more likely in firefighters
•Leukemia/lymphoma: three times more likely.
•Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma: two times more likely.
•Multiple myeloma: 2.25 times more likely; after 30 years, 10 times.
•Bladder cancer: three times more likely.
•Kidney cancer: four times more likely.
•Prostate cancer: two times more likely.
•Testicular cancer: 2.5 times more likely.
•Colorectal cancer (large intestine): two times more likely.
•Liver cancer: two times more likely.
•Skin cancer: two times more likely.
Support your Local Firefighters and Cancer Awareness in our community.
All Joplin members and retirees are invited to register for an account with the IAFF Local 2618. From here, you will get access to schedules, trades, online voting access, and much more. Keep up to date with your Local.