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.