ORGANIZED: Organized in Hartford, Connecticut, October 3, 1970.
FOUNDING ORGANIZATIONS: Vulcan Society Inc., New York, N.Y., Phoenix Society Inc., Hartford, Connecticut, Vulcan Pioneers of New Jersey Inc., Newark, N.J., Vulcan Pioneers of Hudson County Inc., Jersey City, N.J., Valiants Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS: The 2008 Membership of the l.A.B.P.F.F. is comprised of 90 Chapters and represents 5100 fire service personnel and a 200 Lifetime Members.
NOTE: In September of 1969, black fire fighters of all ranks from municipalities across the United States met in New York City for two days of discussion on the injustices that exist in the following categories: The recruitment of black youth into the fire service, firefighters-community relations with special emphasis on relations with the residents of neighborhoods inhabited by blacks, inter-group relations and practices in fire departments, and the need to improve fire prevention programs in the areas of greatest need. That meeting was very productive and out of it was born the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters. In October of 1970 the first convention of Black Professional Fire Fighters was held in Hartford, Connecticut. The constitution and the proposed structure of the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters was adopted. To address the lack of substantial access into the Fire Service and upward mobility opportunities, it became therefore incumbent upon our membership to press for wide-scale reforms. And in the course of dealing with these problems, we expect to reduce the number of fire deaths and property loss in our respective communities and society as whole. We are convinced that the black community has an abundance of untapped talent to offer the fire service. Conversely, we expect to improve the economic development and employment opportunities for blacks. As black fire fighters, it is our challenge to make the fire service more relevant to the needs and aspirations of black citizens. The I.A.B.P.F.F. will ensure that black fire department officials become full partners in the leadership and decision-making arenas of the fire service.
PREAMBLE: Whereas we, Black Fire Fighters, aware of the increasing complexity of our problems and those of our Brothers and Sisters within the community, feel called upon to form an organization for the purpose of studying and solving such problems; in order to take our place in the vanguard of civilization, we hereby form ourselves into an organization for the purpose of cultivating and maintaining professional competence among fire fighters, and establishment of unity, also keeping alive the interest among retired members for the avowed purpose of improving the social status of our RACE, and increasing professional efficiency.
PURPOSE & AIMS: To create a liaison between our Black Brothers and Sisters throughout the globe, to collect and evaluate data on all deleterious conditions incumbent in all areas where minorities exist, and to compile information concerning the injustices that exist in the application of working conditions in the Fire Service, and implement action to correct them. To promote interracial progress throughout the Fire Service, and to see that competent Blacks are recruited and employed as fire fighters, where ever they reside, and to aid in motivating our Black Brothers and Sisters to seek advancement to elevated ranks throughout the Fire Service.
MEMBERSHIP: The members of the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS shall comprise those who are paid professional fire fighters in a Black Fire Fighting Organization, and that organization is a member of the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS. This organization may admit to membership Black professional fire fighting individuals where no local association within the International exists. In addition to the above described membership, the following classes of non-voting memberships shall be established: A) students, B) corporate, C) associate, D) honorary. (August 1998) Lifetime Members. A member in good standing in their local chapter who retires from active duty (fire service) August 1998) Reference information on membership from: INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS CONSTITUTION, BY-LAWS AND POLICIES ORGANIZED OCTOBER 2, 1970 IN THE CITY OF HARTFORD, CONN. AS UPDATED FEBRUARY 1988 AS AMENDED, SEPTEMBER 1, 1988 THEODORE O. HOLMES, PRESIDENT ARTICLE IV MEMBERSHIP Section 1. The Membership of the “INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS” shall comprise those who are paid fire service professionals in a bona fide Black Fire Fighting organization, and that organization is a member of the “INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS”. Section 2. This organization may admit to membership, individual fire service professionals wherein no local association exists. Section 3. In addition to the above described membership in sections 1 & 2, the following classes of non-voting memberships shall be established: A) students, B) corporate, C) associate, D) honorary. (August 1998) Section 4. Good Standing. Good Standing shall be defined as being current in all dues, and/or assessments, and notunder suspension for any infraction of the Constitution and by-laws of the IABPFF. (August 1998) Section 5. All organizations and individual members in good standing shall be permitted to attend all appropriate meetings, vote and participate in the business matter concerning the IABPFF. (August 1998) Section 6. Lifetime Members. A member in good standing in their local chapter who retires from active duty (fire service) shall pay a one-time membership fee of $100.00 to the IABPFF. No other dues shall be levied. (August 1998) Section 7. Monies collected by the local chapter shall be forwarded to the IABPFF with the annual membership roster. A separate roster listing Lifetime Members shall be forwarded also. The IABPFF shall keep a separate file of lifetime Members. (August 1998)
President’s 2013 Convention ReCaP
Members of the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (IABPFF), the 2013 Convention is in the books with members attending from all over the country, Europe and the Caribbean. I would like to thank the Progressive Firefighters of Central Florida for their fantastic southern hospitality.
special thanks to our Convention Committee and IABPFF Executive Board, for their tireless work in making this a great convention. Read More