Professional fire fighters and paramedics spend their careers risking their lives to protect the public and the communities they serve. After a lifetime of risking their lives for others, they deserve the secure retirement they have earned.

Most professional fire fightersdo not collect Social Security and, therefore, depend on the defined benefit plans they were promised for retirement income. A broad and determined coalition of anti-labor and pro-business interest groups is attacking public pensions and threatening pension reforms in cities and states across the United States and Canada. These groups are determined to replace these pension plans with 401(k)-style plans. Destroying public pension systems is pushing more hard-working people toward poverty.

The IAFF continues to fight at all levels of government across North America to protect the retirement security that its members deserve after a career of service to their communities.