The IAFF Government Affairs Department works with all 535 members of Congress, the Executive branch, and federal agencies to advance policies that align with the IAFF’s mission. The Governmental Affairs Department readily collaborates with any member of Congress or presidential administration that will help support fire fighters.
The IAFF proudly stands with any politician or policymaker, regardless of political party, who stands with our fire fighters.
The Government Affairs Department advances a wide range of fire fighter priorities, including:
- Establishing collective bargaining and labor rights
- Protecting fire fighters from PFAS, asbestos, and other toxins and carcinogens
- Promoting fire fighters’ health and safety by expanding mental health resources, improving turnout gear, and ensuring access to routine medical screenings
- Obtaining fair wages and reasonable working hours for active fire fighters
- Securing retirement benefits like early retiree healthcare and eliminating the Windfall Elimination Provision
- Achieving strong funding for fire service grant programs, including SAFER and AFG
- Ensuring fire and life safety by promoting fire sprinklers and strong building codes
- Supporting EMS and public health by improving reimbursements and strengthening fire-based EMS systems
- Advocating for the IAFF’s 16th District needs, including establishing minimum staffing standards and presumptive workers’ compensation benefits.
For a look at some of our past achievements, please click here. Follow us on Twitter @IAFFLeg for updates and news on current legislation.
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