Affiliates Notch Big Public Safety Wins

April 14 • 2021

Several affiliates pulled off important public safety wins in April 6, 2021, referendums and elections, all with the assistance of the IAFF.

In cities across the United States, strong member participation, public outreach, aggressive social media and grassroot political campaigns help push these initiatives across the finish line.

In Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Local 400 ditched an expensive local campaign consultant and instead turned to the IAFF to help pass – overwhelmingly – a public safety tax to fund six new fire fighter positions.

Jefferson City, MO Local 671 secured election victories for two new city council members, including one to be filled by retired IAFF member and past president of Local 671, Scott Spencer. These wins ensure that public safety will remain a priority for the Jefferson City City Council.

After several attempts, Wood Dale, IL Local 3594 finally won passage of a fire tax levy to help further fund fire department operations. In two previous campaigns, Local 3594’s efforts were obscured by the pandemic and then presidential politics. This time, the local contacted the IAFF for strategic help with its campaign, including a video and voter canvassing.

The keys to victory in each case were hard work by affiliates and members and customized help from the IAFF.