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History of the IAFF Local 2067

The IAFF Local 2067 first voted to become unionized and members in good standing with the International Association of Firefighters in July of 1971. 28 members (representing 52% of the department) voted "yes" to become a Union. At that time Oklahoma was ranked 49th among the fifty states in firefighter pay! In that same year the total IAFF memberships totaled some 156,000, representing 87% of all paid firefighters in the U.S. & Canada.

The first Executive Board in 1971 consisted of the following:

  • President - Leroy Spor
  • Vice President - John Heil
  • Secretary/Treasurer - George Standifer

What is the IAFF?

The International Association of Fire Fighters, headquartered in Washington, DC, represents more than 287,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nationís population. More than 3,100 affiliates and their members protect communities in every state in the United States and in Canada. The IAFF is one of the most active lobbying organizations in Washington; its Political Action Committee, FIREPAC, is among the top 25 federal PACs among the more than 4,000 in the country.

How can you reach the IAFF?

For general assistance, call 202.737.8484 (202.737.8418 fax). or write to International Association of Fire Fighters, Department of Public Relations and Communications, 1750 New York Ave. NW, Washington DC 20006-5395.

Who do we represent?

In addition to city and county fire fighters and emergency medical personnel, the IAFF represents state employees (such as the California Forestry fire fighters), federal workers (such as fire fighters on military installations), and fire and emergency medical workers employed at certain industrial facilities.

Beginnings

One of the oldest public employee unions in America, the IAFF was formed in 1918, at a time when many fire fighters were required to live in firehouses and be on duty 24 hours a day every day with only the occasional day off. Back then, civil service laws were few and almost all pay, promotions and other benefits came and went at the whim of local patronage.

Results

Over the last 79 years, the IAFF has been a leading force for numerous advances for the fire and emergency services, including:

  • passage of heart, lung and other disability laws to protect fire fighters who become ill from on-the-job hazards
  • enactment of federal benefits for the survivors of fire fighters killed or totally disabled in the line of duty
  • establishing progressive civil service laws in the U.S. and Canada
  • enhancement of public safety through national standards
  • ensuring professionalism and high standards of training and education for fire and emergency personnel
  • establishing training programs for hazardous materials emergencies
  • establishing minimum staffing requirements for fire fighting

An eye on the future

Because fire fighting is still one of the most dangerous occupations in America, one in three fire fighters is injured in the line of duty every year. The IAFF is extremely active in promoting occupational health and safety, working to include all fire fighters under federal OSHA protection, and supporting national standards for safe apparatus, equipment and practices.

Fire fighters are extremely active politically, fighting for better public safety at every level of government -- local, state and federal. IAFF members live in every congressional district in the U.S. and all across Canada.

Doing good

The IAFF supports numerous charitable activities. It is the largest national sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, underwrites scholarships for the children of members killed in the line of duty, and supports research into the treatment of and rehabilitation from burn injuries through the IAFF Burn Foundation.