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PFFM Action Alert—LD 182 Lobby Day and Press Conference—
May 2, 8:45 am.
We need your help and support.
Sisters and Brothers,
    LD 182, the bill to ban flame retardants and lower our risk of cancer, has been voted on in Committee this past week. We will be having a lobby day and press conference on Tuesday, May 2, 8:45am at the State House in Augusta. We will have members arrive at the Hall of Flags at 8:45AM for a quick briefing and then at 9am we will have a short press conference.  After the press conference we will then head up to the third floor and meet with legislators to advocate for LD 182.
    The bill received an 11-1 Ought to Pass as Amended report. We were hopeful for a unanimous report but the chemical industry lobby was able to get one committee member to offer a minority report at the last minute, ensuring that there will be a large fiscal note and floor debate, with the hopes of killing the bill. The American Chemistry Council has also hired on a second lobby firm to work against us.
    It is time for us stand together and continue our efforts on getting this bill through the House and Senate. We do not have big money behind us like the chemical industry, but we do have each other and those close to us who can make our case directly to our elected officials. That is what has made us successful in the past and will continue to do so. Your Sisters and Brothers are counting on you to show up and help out. You can cover for someone who wants to come to Augusta, this can be a big help to get people to the State House.
    Please post this in the stations and distribute to your members via email, web site or social media. If this information does not get to your members, they cannot act when they are needed. Thanks for you action and we look forward to seeing you in Augusta, Tuesday May 2 @ 9am. If you have any questions contact your DVP or President Martell.

Help us Fight Cancer

Sisters and Brothers,

The cancer epidemic is leaving its mark on families all over Maine, but firefighters are getting hit even harder than most.

Firefighters are getting cancer at alarming rates -- sometimes more than DOUBLE the cancer rates in the general public.

Strong science has linked many of the chemical “flame retardants” firefighters are exposed to on the job with multiple types of cancer.

Right now, we have the chance to get these dangerous chemicals out of Maine furniture and protect hundreds of firefighters and the citizens of Maine. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP.

Please take a minute to fill out this form sending an email asking Legislative Committee Members to support LD 182 today! The bill would eliminate the use of toxic flame-retardants from new residential upholstered furniture. We know these carcinogenic chemicals have no proven life safety benefit in this setting and can harm firefighters when they burn and in the homes of our families when they off gas.

Click here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/fight-firefighter-cancer

Once you have taken action, please forward or share this link with your fellow fire fighters, family and friends.

Feel free to contact John Martell, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Maine (PFFM) if you have any questions. His e-mail is johnmartell@pffmaine.org

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