The IAFF is the driving force behind nearly every advance in the fire and emergency services in the 21st century. With headquarters in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario, the IAFF represents more than 320,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics in more than 3,500 affiliates. IAFF members protect more than 85 percent of the population in communities throughout the United States and Canada. The IAFF is also one of the most active lobbying organizations in Washington, DC. The IAFF Political Action Committee, FIREPAC, is among the top one-half of one percent of all federally registered PACs in the country.
General President Harold Schaitberger
Harold A. Schaitberger, the 9th General President in the IAFF’s over 100-year history, was first elected in 2000. He is also a vice president of the AFL–CIO, serving on the Executive Committee, and has served on the AFL–CIO Executive Council since 2000.
In 2009, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which includes leaders from state and local government, first responder communities, the private sector and academia. In addition, he sits on the Board of Directors for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
During his tenure as General President, Schaitberger has demonstrated an unbending commitment to ensure the health, safety and security of IAFF members and their families.
General Secretary-Treasurer Edward A. Kelly
Edward A. Kelly is the 11th General Secretary-Treasurer in IAFF history, elected in 2016 at the IAFF 53rd Convention.
The son, grandson, brother, nephew and cousin of fire fighters, Kelly joined the Boston Fire Department as a fire fighter/EMT in 1997, where he was assigned to the Technical Rescue team that assisted Worcester Local 1009 at the Cold Storage Warehouse fire in 1999. Kelly was among the hundreds of fire fighters at Ground Zero after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, and also responded to the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
The IAFF Executive Board is chaired by the General President and consists of the General Secretary-Treasurer and 16 District Vice Presidents. The board is responsible for all policy decisions and is influential in providing beneficial services to members of the International.