About Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 2000
The Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association was chartered as the 2000th Local of our parent organization – the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) – in August of 1970. After an unsuccessful attempt to gain collective bargaining rights, we voluntarily forfeited our charter. Ten years later, a renewed interest in workplace fairness and safety led a largely different group of firefighters to pursue re-affiliation with the IAFF and to lobby, once again, for collective bargaining rights. They were successful in their efforts; getting our original charter number reassigned (April, 1980) and winning collective bargaining in 1981. We are eternally grateful for the efforts of our “founding” brothers and sisters, as today we enjoy the fruits of their labors.
Local 2000 has grown from a smattering of paid firefighters working in a handful of stations throughout the mostly rural county, to the predominant firefighting and EMS force in almost every area of the county; directly serving nearly 200 of the 251 square miles making up HowardCounty. The only station that our members are not permanently assigned to is Lisbon (Station 4); though it is common to have two career firefighters/paramedics detailed there from day-to-day.
In 2004 we purchased an office suite in Columbia to house our organization’s business operations. Our office is located in Columbia off Thunder Hill Road. In addition to housing office space for the elected Executive Board, at approximately 1,400 square feet the office is large enough to hold our monthly membership and Executive Board meetings, meetings with other IAFF locals, meetings with our department’s senior management staff, as well as the many member committees that meet from time-to-time. The office space has also given our members a sense of identity in the community; a feeling of belonging.