The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) was organized on February 28, 1918, as 36 delegates from 24 departments across the United States and Canada came together to fight for firefighter rights. The International Association of Fire Fighters was born on February 28th, 1918. Great Falls Fire Department was the only Fire Department from Montana that was part of the original organizations to join the fire union. During that time, the International Association of Fire Fighters adopted a constitution and by-laws. They also decided officer salaries and approved a motion to create a fund for children of fallen firefighters. Today, 100 years later, the Great Falls Fire Fighters IAFF Local #8 represent 63 fire fighters and continue to work for safe working conditions and fire fighter health. It is our honor to host the annual Montana Professional Fire Fighters Convention in celebration of our 100 year anniversary and to recognize that the Great Falls Fire Fighters IAFF Local #8 was one of 24 fire departments in the United States and Canada to establish the International Association of Fire Fighters
The Montana Professional Fire Fighters Convention is a combination of 2 Professional Fire Fighters organization in the State of Montana. The organizations come together ever year to openly discuss, debate, and make decision that best serve the organizations and the Professional Fire Fighters of Montana.
The Montana State Fireman’s Association was established in 1889 after the Great Disaster of 1885 which took the lives of 13 Butte Fire Fighters; Butte Fire Department was had 15 members at that time. The purpose of the organization was to take care of the states fire fighters and their families when tragedy strikes. Today the organization has grown to provide a group life insurance policy to all full- and part- paid firefighters in the state who are members of the Firefighter’s Unified Retirement System (FURS). The Association also elects a Pension Advisory Board whose members attend the meetings of the Public Employee’s Retirement Board and act as advisors to that board on issues relating to the firefighters’ pension system. The Association also elects an Executive Board who serve as registered lobbyists for the Association.
The Montana State Council of Professional Fire Fighters (MSCOPFF) was established in 1971. This organization is a Union organization and is part of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). This MSCOPFF is made up of all IAFF Local Unions in the State of Montana and today consist of 21 IAFF Locals and over 600 members. The job of the State Council is to recognize the organizations of all Fire Fighters through locals in affiliation with the International Association of Fire Fighters, progressively secure Legislation affecting Fire Fighters, such as, pension and civil service progress, collective bargaining and arbitration respecting hours, wages, and working conditions, and measures pertaining to health, welfare, and safety, improve Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention methods through education, Instruction, and research, and cultivation of fellowship among all members.