A History of Serving

The International Association of Fire Fighters was established on February 28th, 1918, and represents more than 297,000 professional fire fighters and paramedics.

For close to a century, the members and staff of the IAFF have worked tirelessly on behalf of fire fighters in the United States and Canada. The IAFF was behind nearly every advance in the fire and emergency services in the twentieth century, from the introduction of shift schedules early in the century to the enactment of the Two-in/two-out safety regulation and the long campaign to develop and implement an NFPA standard for professional fire departments. The NFPA 1710 Standard governs the deployment and staffing of professional departments--a breakthrough measure that will benefit every man, woman and child protected by professional fire fighters and paramedics.

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 long occupied a special place in the North American fire service. The IAFF is the primary advocate for providing fire fighters and paramedics with the tools they need to perform their jobs, and the resources they need to protect their wages, benefits and retirement.

The IAFF Financial Corporation

To better serve IAFF members and all government employees we have created the IAFF Financial Corporation. The IAFF-FC is a for-profit corporation whose only shareholder is the International Association of Fire Fighters. The mission of the IAFF-FC is to provide outstanding service, numerous investment options, and insurance protection, all with competitive pricing. And the service partners we have selected are nationally respected industry experts.

With meticulous attention to detail and expert legal counsel, our Corporate Board has crafted the IAFF-FC programs.