Cobb Professional Fire Fighters Local 2563

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This drug has been confirmed to be in Georgia. Please use extreme caution when on calls.

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It’s called “Gray Death” and it lays waste everywhere it goes.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is warning about the new drug called “Gray Death” that doesn’t just kill the drug users with even the slightest contact – but the first responders who come to help as well.

It is a “particularly dangerous mixture of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and other synthetic opioids,” WDRB reports that is usually used as a tranquilizer for elephants and other large mammals. It is “10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl.” It is a severe threat to first responders, because it can be absorbed through the skin or accidentally inhaled through the air.

It’s in Indiana, as a death was reported earlier this week from the deadly drug.
In a statement, State Emergency Medical Services Medical Director Dr. Michael Olinger said “When approaching an emergency, you never know where extreme danger may lurk, so every precaution must be taken.  That’s definitely true for any drug-related scene, where even a tiny amount of the wrong substance can be deadly.”

The Indiana state police also released a statement:

“Here’s the bottom line. Many people become addicted to opioids from what originally started as a legitimately prescribed use, while others became addicted as a result of illicit use … But addiction is addiction, regardless of the path and this is not a problem we can — or should try — to arrest our way out of. And equally as troubling is the threat these substances are posing to the health and safety of public safety officials. …

We in law enforcement will continue to direct our resources toward arresting the traffickers of these illegal substances and working with prosecutors to build the strongest case possible to make the price of conviction higher than the profit from peddling death and destruction.”

First responders are urged to exercise extreme caution with any suspected opioid delivery method. Specifically, they are urged to wear gloves and masks and cover as much skin as possible.

UPDATE - it is confirmed this drug has made its way to Georgia

ATLANTA - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed the first death in Georgia related to the powerful drug known as “gray death.”

Gray death is a deadly combination of heroin and fentanyl, but it’s much more potent than either drug on its own.

New drug, 'gray death,' gaining popularity
 
This new drug is so potent, the GBI says you can die from touching it
Investigators told Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Mark Winne that 24-year-old Lauren Camp died in February after using drugs inside a Brookhaven condo.

Police said she was submerged in a bathtub and emergency responders could not revive her.

"This type of incident is not unique to Brookhaven. It really is an epidemic that's going on nationwide," Brookhaven police officer Carlos Nino said.

The GBI crime lab tested the drugs found at the scene. They contained heroin, furanyl fentanyl and cocaine, which is one of the many formulations of gray death. GBI crime lab supervisor Deneen Kilcrease labeled the drug "gray death" earlier this year, and the name is now used worldwide.

"It's the only gray drug that I've ever seen and when I heard what components were in it, I didn't see how anyone can survive it," she said.

The crime lab has confirmed roughly 50 seizures of gray death in Georgia. One of the drugs in the cocktail that killed Camp, furanyl fentanyl, has killed at least 22 Georgians last year and so far this year.

GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said that although Camp's death is the first confirmed from gray death, she believes there could be more.

"Very tragic. This is the first confirmed fatality for gray death in Georgia," she said.

"You believe there are many more where the lab work is not complete?" Winne asked.

"Absolutely. At the rate we're going with these samples that come in, absolutely," Miles said.

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6/2/2017

This graph is for easy comparison from the old pay grades to the new pay grades.

Nepotism Policy


We would like to announce the Nepotism Policy change. Through our collaborative efforts with FOP Lodge 13. The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to implement the changes proposed.  To join or receive updates on meetings join our Local by clicking on the New Member Sign-up link to the left.

Commissioner's Meeting 3/28/2017

Nepotism Policy

Effective Date: Adopted 1/87; Revised: 8/89, 12/90, 6/92, 5/95, 12/96, 4/97, 3/17


§-I. PURPOSE

To provide regulations concerning the employment of relatives within the same department.

In adopting a nepotism policy, the County has legitimate interests in attempting to discourage

and prevent certain behaviors and/or issues, including, conflicts of interest, the appearance or

existence of favoritism, family conflicts, and the appearance, existence or toleration of harassment

or discrimination in the workplace.


§-II. SCOPE

All employees of the Board of Commissioners, including full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal

employees, employees on restricted duty, and employees in secondary employment jobs of an official

capacity.


§-III. DEFINITIONS

Direct chain-of-command relationship applies to Department of Public Safety employees. For the

purposes of Police and Fire & Emergency Services, the direct chain of command includes all ranks up

to and including Police Major and Fire Battalion Chief. For the purposes of E-911, the direct chain of command includes all ranks up to and including Assistant Director. Family member is defined as a spouse, child, parent, brother, sister, step-parent, stepchild, stepsibling,

grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, half-brother, half-sister, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law. These relationships shall include those arising

from adoption.


Personnel actions and investigations include, but are not limited to, hiring decisions, promotions/assessments, pay raises, transfers, duty assignments, disciplinary and/or

corrective actions, and workplace investigations.


Secondary Employment of an Official Capacity applies to sworn or certified (i.e., P.O.S.T.

certification or certification by the State of Georgia) employees of the Department of Public

Safety, and is defined as work for an employer other than the department during off-duty hours

involving the performance of duties in the employee’s certified capacity.

Work Location is defined as the geographic location where an employee is ordinarily assigned or

reports to work or as otherwise designated by management

 

§-IV. POLICY


This policy is intended to ensure that employees who are family members will not directly supervise

or report to one another, will not participate in personnel actions or investigations involving another

family member, and will not otherwise exercise influence over another family member’s employment.


Cobb County prohibits (1) the hiring or continued employment of a family member to work on the

same shift and in the same work location as another family member, (2) the hiring or continued

employment of a family member that would result in a supervisory/subordinate or direct chain-ofcommand

relationship (3) the participation by a family member in a workplace investigation of an

employment matter or in proposing or effecting any personnel actions involving another family

member, and (4) family members performing Secondary Employment of an Official Capacity for the

same employer at the same location during the same hours.


§-V. PROCEDURES


A. Disclosure of Family Member Relationships. Applicants for employment must disclose the identity

of family members working in the department for which they are applying. Employees who

become family members following their employment must disclose the identity of other family

members working in the same department.

Employees in the same department who plan to marry must notify the Department/Agency

Director as soon as possible, but in any event no later than the date of their marriage, to allow for

the department to make sufficient arrangements consistent with this policy.

Applicants or employees who fail to disclose their relationships with family members employed in

the same department may be subject to disqualification, corrective action, or disciplinary action,

up to and including termination.

 

B. Family Member Relationships Arising After Employment. In the event employees become family

members after their dates of employment, the following procedures shall apply:

(1) If the new family member relationship results in a supervisory or chain-of-command

conflict, the department has discretion to make employment decisions and/or

assignments consistent with Section IV of this policy.

(2) If no supervisory or chain-of-command conflict exists, the department has discretion to

make employment decisions and/or assignments consistent with Section IV of this

policy.

(3) Where feasible, the department may transfer or reassign any family member (other

than those already employed on the effective date of this revision) to avoid any

direct supervision, and to comply with this policy within thirty (30) days, and shall

provide at least a ten (10) day notice to the employee of the new assignment.

(4) If a transfer or reassignment cannot be arranged, either person may resign. If neither

person chooses to resign, the less senior employee with the department shall be

separated from his/her employment.

Posted 3/16/2017

Today the House overwhelming approved HB 146 in a vote of 166 to 1. This is great news as the bill now goes to the Governor for signing. However, now is the time to pull out all stops! We need every firefighter in the state, their family, friends, neighbor’s, cousins, aunts, uncles and anyone else they may know to call, write, email or text the Governor’s Office telling him that you support this legislation and asking him to sign this into law.

His contact is:

Office of the Governor

206 Washington Street

111 State Capitol

Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Phone:

404-656-1776

Fax:

404-657-7332

Thanks,

Dennis

Georgia Firefighters Cancer Coalition