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TSAFF HISTORY

The Texas State Association of Fire Fighters was established in 1938 and it is Texas’s only professional, career fire fighters organization, representing over 15,000 fire fighter members and 172 affiliate locals. We are affiliated with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).

TSAFF Mission

The TSAFF Constitution and by-laws state that: “the objectives of this Association shall be to unify Texas Professional Fire Fighters, to promote their interest, to pass legislation in their behalf, defeat legislation harmful to them, to provide necessary services to member locals and to establish the right of every Texas Professional Fire Fighter to bargain collectively and work under a contract.”

Our Constitution also states that:  “This organization shall be non-partisan and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles.”  Considering this mandate, it is the policy of the TSAFF to support Legislators and other elected officials who listen to our needs; and, who take appropriate action which is favorable to our members – regardless of political party.  The TSAFF does not get involved in issues which do not relate to your employment or benefits as fire fighters.  An elected official’s vote or point of view on the rights and benefits of professional fire fighters are the only consideration used in supporting or not supporting politicians. 

In addition, being bound by the International Association of Fire Fighters Constitution and by-laws, the TSAFF and the IAFF jointly exist to: “organize all full-time fire fighters; to secure just compensation for their services and equitable settlement of their grievances; to promote as safe and healthy a working environment for fire fighters and emergency medical or rescue workers as is possible through modern technology; to promote just and reasonable working conditions; to place the members on a higher plane of skill and efficiency; and to promote harmonious relations between fire fighters and their employers.”

TSAFF Operations

Every two years, delegates from over 173 locals in Texas meet at a convention to decide the goals and objectives and to elect officers of the TSAFF for the following two years. Members submit resolutions to change the constitution and by-laws or policies of the TSAFF. These ideas are debated and then voted on. The officers of the TSAFF include President Guy Turner, Secretary/Treasurer J.R. Sullivan, District 1 VP Steve Holland, District 2 VP Jeff Dillon, District 3 VP Carlos Torres, District 4 VP John Riddle, District 5 VP Curtis Dunn, and three Trustees, Zone A Trustee Michael Glynn, Zone B Trustee Doug Dickerson and Zone C Trustee Mike Perez. These individuals direct and oversee the operation of the TSAFF between conventions.

In addition to the members of the executive board, many other individuals provide services to assist the TSAFF in accomplishing its objectives. Legal Counsel is provided by B. Craig Deats, our Chief of Staff is Mike Higgins, our Service Director is Rafael Torres, Service Representative Joe Singer, our Assistant to the Secretary/Treasurer is Liz Wright, and our Office Administrative Assistant is Cindy Gonzales.

TSAFF Facilities

The TSAFF Headquarters is located in Austin at 627 Radam Lane. 

TSAFF Dues & Revenue

The dues for each member of the TSAFF are $5.09 per month.  Other revenues are derived from fund-raising activities, interest on investments and registration fees for conferences and conventions.

SERVICES

Legislative Services:

• Monitoring Legislation

• Introducing Legislation

• Testifying for and against Legislation

• Lobbying members of the Legislature

• Attendance at various committee hearings

• Maintaining and administration of the TSAFF PAC Fund (TAFPAC)

• Providing updates on legislative activities via newsletters and email to all affiliates

Services Provided to Locals:

• Collective Bargaining Assistance

• Contract Data Base Information

• Assistance with Grievances and Disputes

• Education of Union Leadership through Seminars and Conferences

• Assistance with Health and Safety Issues

• Assistance with Public Relations

• Assistance with EMS related issues

• Research and distribution of customized information

• Emergency Defense Funds

• Assistance with everyday issues and problems

Means of Communication:

• Quarterly Newsletter to all affiliate stations

• Web Site (www.tsaff.org)

• Regular mailings to all locals

• Telephone Contacts

• Conferences and Seminars

• New member education packet

Representation on State/Federal

Level Organizations and Committees:

• Texas State AFL-CIO

• Central Labor Body Organizations

• State-wide Health and Safety Committees

• State-wide EMS Committees

• Texas Fire Coalitions

• IAFF Conferences and Conventions

• Federation of State/Provincial Fire Fighters

• NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)

• Many, many others…

Member Benefits and Promotions:

• Various Charitable Contributions on behalf of all members

• Public Relation items such as shirts, hats, decals, license plates




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