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    • 2019 PFFO Convention Agenda



      FEBRUARY 6-8, 2019


      8:00 - 9:00       Registration

      9:00 - 9:10       Opening Ceremony

      1. Honor Guard – Bartlesville Fire Department
      2. Pipe & Drums – Oklahoma Pipe and Drums
      3. Flag Presentation

                                 D.     Pledge of Allegiance

                                 F.      Invocation – Brandon Thornbrue, Edmond Local 2359

      9:10 - 9:30    State of the Union

                                 A.     President’s Report – Ricky Burns

                                 B.     Preliminary Minutes Report – Curtis Maloy

                                C.      Financial Report – Curtis Maloy

                                 D.     Trustees Report – Jimmy Ober

      9:30 - 9:50       IAFF Report

                                A.      11th District Report – Sandy McGhee, 11th District Vice-President

      9:50 – 10:00   Break

      10:00 – 10:45   Government Relations

            A.       Pension System Report – Chase Rankin, Executive Director, Oklahoma Fire Fighters Pension System

               B.    Texas State Association of Fire Fighters Report – John Riddle, TSAFF      President

               C.     Oklahoma Labor Report – Jimmy Curry, President, Oklahoma AFL-CIO &

                                Debra Wojtek, Communications Director

                 D.     Introduction of Table Vendors

      10:45 – 11:00     IAFF Financial Corporation – Mark Munger, Regional Representative

      11:00 – 11:30    PFFO Health Care Plan Update- Micah Boulanger

      11:30 – 12:00     General Order of Business

                    A.   Roll Call of Officers

                    B.   Credentials Committee: Lance Haines, 4th District VP; Scott Haggard,

                      6th District VP; Justin Beard, Trustee

      1. Rules Committee: Gordon Carriger, 7th District VP; Justin Beard, Trustee;

              David Taylor, 3rd District VP

      1. Resolutions Committee: Darren Thames, 1st District VP; Bruce Kizarr, 5th District VP;    Scott Haggard, 6th District VP
      2. Convention Committee: Cameron Weems, 8th District VP; Gordon Carriger,

              7th District VP; Bruce Kizarr, 5th District VP; Les Leach, 2nd District VP

      1. Budget Committee: Bruce Kizarr, 5th District VP; Jimmy Ober, Trustee;

              David Taylor 3rd District VP; Cameron Weems, 8th District VP         

           G.    Elections Report: Jimmy Ober, Trustee

                      1.           Rules of Election

                       2.           Nomination of Officers


      12:00 - 1:00       Lunch

      1:00 - 5:00         PFFO Legislative Conference

      (See Legislative Agenda in Packet Folder)

      5:00 - 8:00         PFFO Legislative Reception at Embassy Suites


      8:00 - 8:30       Registration

      8:30 – 9:45      International Association of Fire Fighters

                                 A.       IAFF General President - Harold A. Schaitberger

                                 B.       IAFF General Secretary Treasurer - Ed Kelly

      9:45 – 10:00    Break

      10:00–12:00     Why Unions Still Matter  

                                 Grainger Ledbetter (Labor Education Program; University of Arkansas Little Rock)

      12:00 - 1:30     Lunch

      1:30 - 3:00      Developing Contract Proposals

                                Grainger Ledbetter (Labor Education Program; University of Arkansas Little Rock)

      1:30 - 3:00      Secretary/Treasurer (breakout class)

                                Brandon Day – Texas State Association of Fire Fighters Secretary/Treasurer)                                               

      3:00 – 3:15      Break

      3:15 – 4:30      At the Table 

                                Grainger Ledbetter (Labor Education Program; University of Arkansas Little Rock)

      4:30 – 4:45     Muscular Dystrophy Association Presentation


      8:00 - 8:30         Registration

      8:30 - 9:15         Labor Law & Workers Comp. Update

                                 Steve Hickman & J.L. Franks – Frasier, Frasier & Hickman, PFFO General Counsel

      9:15– 9:30          Break

      9:30 - 11:00       Leadership Styles 

      Grainger Ledbetter (Labor Education Program; University of Arkansas Little Rock)

      11:00 – 11:15    Fire Fighter Cancer Support Network

                                 Curtis Dunn, District Vice President for the Texas State Association of Firefighters

      11:15– 11:30     PFFO Behavioral Health Committee

                                 Wiley Gabehart, OKC Fire Fighter

      11:30 – 11:45    PFFO Fire Ops Event  

                                 Les Leach, PFFO District 2 Vice President

      11:45 – 1:00      Lunch

      1:00                   Reconvene General Convention

                                 A.     Call to Order – Ricky Burns, President

                                 B.     Roll Call of Officers – Curtis Maloy, Secretary/Treasurer

                                 C.     Adoption of Minutes – Curtis Maloy, Secretary/Treasurer

                                 D.     Final Credentials Report – Lance Haines, 4th District VP

                                 E.     Resolutions Report – Bruce Kizarr, 5th District VP

                                 F.      Budget Committee Report & Adoption of Budget – David Taylor, 3rd District VP                     

                                 G.     Elections – Conducted by trustees

                                 H.     Elections Report – Jimmy Ober

                                 I.       Swearing in of New Officers

                                 J.       New Business

                                 K.     Adjourn

      NOTE: There will be Recovery Meetings held each morning at 7:00am in the Donoghue room. The Recovery Meeting is for any member who is coping with, or in recovery, for an alcohol or substance abuse problem. This is a peer led meeting intended to provide a supportive space for individuals to share their experience with other brothers and sisters interested in recovery.

      OKC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

      343 firefighters will climb 110 floors to honor
      the FDNY 343 and to commit to the promise of "Never Forget".

      Our 2018 Legislative Reception and Convention was a huge success! Enjoy our photo album from convention; photos courtesy of Maggie! Feel free to tag yourself and others. Thank you to everyone for making this a fabulous event; we look forward to seeing each of you again next year!

      Please follow thelink to see our Facebook Photo Album:


      In our continuing efforts to serve the needs of our affiliates and members, we're introducing an efficient and cost-effective system to help local leaders better manage their local and connect with their members and the International.  

      Called System Management Active Response Technology (SMART), this comprehensive suite of software supports multiple local union administration functions and is also integrated with the IAFF database.

      Watch our video on how IAFF SMART will bring added value and benefits to the work you do on behalf of your members.

      You can also look for us Live on Facebook during the upcoming IAFF Affiliate Leadership Training Summit and Human Relations Conference for a preview of this exciting new tool. Stay tuned for more details.


      November 29, 2017

      Brothers and Sisters,

      Our commitment to improving the local and statewide political relevance and strength of Oklahoma fire fighters continues. This means we are working to ensure that we are at the table when the political decisions are made that affect our wages, benefits, and working conditions, and the security of citizens and firefighter families.

      With this in mind, the Professional Fire Fighters of Oklahoma is proud to announce the appointment of Josiah Rovenstine of IAFF Local 200 in Bartlesville, to the new position of Political Director. This appointment comes after months of discussion and consultation with the IAFF.

      Josiah has been on the job in Bartlesville for twelve years and currently holds the rank of equipment operator. He has also been a Local officer for many years and has held every position on his board, including his current one, President. Josiah has been instrumental in developing and strengthening the Local fire PAC in Bartlesville. He has done tremendous work to improve the relationships that the Local has in its community and with area elected officials

      As Political Director, Josiah will work closely with Chalk Norton, our Legislative Director, and with locals across the state. Their focus is to further build our political relationships, regardless of party affiliation, with candidates and incumbents that truly support us. Josiah also will be working to ensure that the PFFO Fire PAC and local PACs throughout the state will help us be better heard in city halls and at the state capitol. If you have not already heard from Josiah, please expect to hear from him in the coming months.

      Finally, I am proud to have Josiah on our team, and I believe he will prove to be as effective for the state association as he has been for his own local. I also hope his appointment, and other actions taken by the PFFO board, show that we are working diligently to move our organization in the right direction.

      Thank you for your support and for your hard work in your communities.


      Ricky Burns

      PFFO President   

      Brooks sworn in as newest Oklahoma Senator

      Recently-elected Sen. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City formally took his oath of office Tuesday morning, accompanied by a large crowd of family, fellow legislators and supporters.

      Brooks, an attorney, received more than 54 percent of the vote in the District 44 race in the southwest Oklahoma City metro area, defeating Republican Joe Griffin. Both Brooks and Griffin unsuccessfully campaigned for the Legislature in the past; Brooks ran for the same seat in 2014 and Griffin lost a House race during the 2016 election cycle.

      Brooks succeeds former Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, who resigned March 22, six days after he was charged with three prostitution-related crimes and one week after he was stripped of much of his legislative authority by his fellow senators.

      Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, who also serves as Senate president, personally welcomed Brooks to the Legislature, describing him as a man of passion and conviction. He advised Brooks to always keep his family a priority during his time at the Capitol.

      "This is amazing," Brooks told attendees in an almost full to capacity Senate chamber, adding he was overwhelmed and humbled at the opportunity granted to him by the voters of his district.

      "I want people to know is that this campaign wasn't just about me. This campaign was about each and every person in this room," he said. "People who donated to this campaign, people who volunteered for this campaign and people who prayed for me during the time that this campaign was going on…everybody here is important."

      In an interview after taking the oath, Brooks said he was excited and ready to learn as he prepares for his first session as a legislator.

      "I'm the first to acknowledge that I've got a lot to learn but I'm excited for the opportunity," he said.

      Areas of interest he identified include the state budget as well as addressing Oklahoma's education issues, including fully funding education and identifying solutions for the teacher shortage. 

      Ricky Burns and Chalk Norton along with some of Tulsa's fire fighters 
      attended the A.C. Hamlin banquet and were honored by the Oklahoma Black Legislative Caucus


    • President Ricky Burns was one of fifty IAFF members who recently completed the week long IAFF Communications Training Academy.

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