The IAFF has been a leader in this fight since 66 fire fighter locals chartered the IAFF on February 18, 1918. The heritage of fire fighting has always been one of bravery, loyalty and devotion to public service. Success in this profession is only possible when there is unity of purpose. These qualities are what shaped the IAFF into a Bold Union of over 3,300 locals and 313,000 members. Over 90% of the fire fighters in the US and Canada are IAFF members. This offers a glimpse into why our members are proud of their affiliation with the IAFF.
Networking: Your Local’s leaders have a yearly updated IAFF directory to enable them to make contact with the officers of over 2,500 locals in the United States and Canada. There is almost no problems Local 865 will face that someone else has not already found a solution.
Advocacy: The IAFF and Professional Fire Fighters have legislation introduced, as well as fight against bad legislation, to protect fire fighter’s interest. In addition to legislation, your interests are represented before the federal, state and local agencies. The IAFF is an advocate for you at all levels of government when your profession is under fire by those who would take away benefits and danger your safety.
POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Political Activity: In attempting to increase political power of fire fighters, the IAFF encourages political involvement at all levels of government. By uniting in a solid block of political activity, it is more difficult for the politicians to ignore the requests of the fire fighter. The IAFF and PFFPNC provide information, ideas and assistance so that members can become politically involved. This assistance comes in the form of education, active campaigning and establishment of PAC funds. The IAFF, and Local 399 have leaders who can mobilize members and get action going when it is needed.