Founded in December 5, 1996 the purpose of the Slidell Firefighters Association is the fostering and encouragement of a higher degree of skill and efficiency, the cultivation of friendship and fellowship among its members, the maintenance of proper numeration for duty performed and the elevation and improvements to the moral, intellectual, social, and economic conditions of all its members. Local 2455 is extremely active in the community and participates in various charitable endeavors throughout the year. Local 2455 consistently participates in fundraiser for MDA, Toys for Tots and other local charities. Local 2455 is comprised of persons engaged in firefighting, rescue, EMS, fire support and/or employed by St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1.
Officers of Local 2455 include:
President: William "Billy" Dekemel
Vice President: Tyrone Collins
Secretary: Glenn Morris
Treasurer: Dave Berns
Trustee: Ray Pearce
Trustee: Jason Bayhi
Trustee and Retired Steward: Dave Ledet
Communications Steward: Jacob Boudreaux
Crew 1 Steward: Joe Geddes, Sr.
Crew 2 Steward: P.J. Rudesill
Crew 3 Steward: Walter Allen
IT Manager: Brain Lutman
Research Officer: Kenny Smith
Anyone eligible for membership in this Local shall not be refused membership or, upon acceptance, be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, creed, national origin or by reason of disability. The Slidell Firefighters Association Local 2455 is an affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters. It is the policy of this Local not to engage in strikes, sickouts, slowdowns, or any other willful act which would interfere with the proper performance of the duties of employment, or compromise the safety of the public.
The International Association of Fire Fighters
The International Association of Fire Fighters, headquartered in Washington, DC, represents more than 287,000 fire fighters and emergency medical personnel, who protect 85 percent of the nation's population. The IAFF includes more than 3,000 locals in more than 3,500 communities in the United States and Canada. In addition to city and county fire fighters and emergency medical personnel, IAFF members include state employees, federal workers and fire and emergency medical personnel employed at certain industrial facilities.
The IAFF is the driving force behind nearly every advance in the fire and emergency services in the 20th century—from the introduction of shift schedules early in the last century to the enactment of SAFER in 2003. With extremely active political and legislative programs, and with recognized experts in the fields of occupational health and safety, fire-based emergency medical services and hazardous materials training, the IAFF has established professional standards for the North American fire service.
Today, the IAFF is the primary advocate for providing fire fighters and paramedics with the tools they need to perform their jobs. The IAFF provides a strong voice in the development and implementation of new training and equipment, and has worked hard to ensure the proper staffing of fire and EMS departments. The IAFF is a member driven organization—for fire fighters, by fire fighters.
The Mission of the IAFF:
To secure just compensation for their services and equitable settlement of their grievances;
To promote as safe and healthy a working environment for fire fighters as is possible through modern technology;
To promote the establishment of just and reasonable working conditions;
To place the members of the Association on a higher plane of skill and efficiency;
To promote harmonious relations between fire fighters and their employers;
To encourage the formation of local unions, state and provincial associations and joint councils;
To encourage the formation of sick and death benefit funds;
To promote the research and treatment of burns and other related health problems common to fire fighters;
To encourage the establishment of schools of instruction for imparting knowledge of modern and improved methods of fire fighting and prevention; and
To cultivate friendship and fellowship among its members.