The Calgary Fire Fighters Association is affiliated as Local 255 of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), representing more than 1350 members of the Calgary Fire Department. Local 255 is the second largest IAFF Local in Canada and is comprised of Fire Fighters, Apparatus Technicians and maintenance staff.
Organized in 1917 as Local 19 of the Federal Fire Fighters Union, Calgary Fire Fighters affiliated with the IAFF on October 4, 1923. The Calgary Fire Fighters Association has grown and evolved over the years but our mandate has always remained the same. The following preamble from our Constitution and Bylaws reflects the core values of our organization.
Strength through united action, guided by intelligence is the hallmark of trade union organization. Such unity is believed essential for the mutual protection and advancement of the interests and general welfare of the Members of the Calgary Fire Fighters Association, the objects of which shall be: to organize all Members of the Association, to secure just compensation for their services and equitable settlement of their grievances, to promote the establishment of just and reasonable working conditions, to place the Members of the Association on a higher plane of skill and efficiency, to promote harmonious relations between labour and management, and to cultivate friendship and fellowship amongst Association Members.
The Calgary Fire Fighters Association has proudly represented the men and women of the Calgary Fire Department for more than 90 years. We will build on the solid foundation established by our forbearers, always respecting tradition as we embrace the future in our enduring effort to improve the quality of life for our members and their families. We hope you will find our web site informative and insightful. Have a look around and if you have any questions or comments please contact the Calgary Fire Fighters Association office.
Fire can spread to multiple homes in under 10 minutes
Fire personnel and equipment must arrive quickly as fires can spread rapidly. Fires can flashover (an instance of a fire spreading very rapidly across a gap because of intense heat) in less than ten minutes. According to scientifically proven data from the NFPA, the probability of civilian death increases by 1,090% when a fire moves beyond the room of origin.
On November 28, 2017, at 11:26 am, Calgary Firefighters responded to a multi-home fire in Sage Hill. The fire crews arrived at 11:29, which was a 3 minute 50 second response time. The second truck arrived at 11:34, 7 minutes and 54 seconds after the 911 call was placed. If this community had a 10-minute response time, how many other homes would have been a total loss?
Calgarians need to speak up for their families, friends and neighbor’s safety. Please contact your City Councilor and the Mayor to express your concerns before a final decision is made on March 19th.