About Kingston Professional Firefighters - IAFF Local 461
Located on the banks of the Hudson River in historic Kingston, New York, the Kingston Professional Firefighters Association is a labor organization that represents the men and women employed by the Kingston Fire Department. Operating from three stations, members of Local 461 provide fire, medical, rescue, scuba and hazardous materials protection to the 23,000 people in a 9 square mile area.
Local 461 is an affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), headquartered in Washington, DC. The IAFF represents more than 295,000 full-time professional firefighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nation's population. The IAFF is one of the most active lobbying organizations in Washington; its Political Action Committee, FIREPAC, is among the top one percent of the more than 4,000 PACs in the country.
The IAFF is the driving force behind nearly every advance in the fire and emergency services in the 20th century-from the introduction of shift schedules early in the last century to the enactment of SAFER grant funding in 2003. With extremely active political and legislative programs, and with recognized experts in the fields of occupational health and safety, fire-based emergency medical services and hazardous materials training, the IAFF has established professional standards for the North American fire service.
Today, the IAFF is the primary advocate for providing fire fighters and paramedics with the tools they need to perform their jobs. The IAFF provides a strong voice in the development and implementation of new training and equipment and has worked hard to ensure the proper staffing of fire and EMS departments.