Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association

Proudly serving the citizens of Howard County, MD since 1970


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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.

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News & Information

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Merriweather Station Opens

Aug 23, 2019

IAFF Fallen Fire fighter Memorial

Jul 31, 2019

Lt. Nathan Flynn - Internal Safety Review Board Report

Jul 31, 2019

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Thank You!

May 30, 2019
It is a difficult choice to make - deciding whether to raise taxes to support a vital public service. Yesterday, the Howard County Council wrestled with that choice and ultimately decided to approve legislation to fund future initiatives of the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue.

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House Bill 604

Mar 16, 2019
The Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 604, a bill which will correct some unintentional language which was negatively impacting fire fighters seeking coverage for presumed occupational cancer.

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House Bill 595

Mar 15, 2019
This afternoon, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 595, a bill that would add two cancers to the list of presumed cancers for fire fighters.

In Our Community

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Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2018
Brothers & Sisters, friends & family, from the bottom of our hearts, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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Lt. Nathan Eric Flynn Fundraiser

Sep 10, 2018
Brothers, Sisters, Friends and Family, We are proud to share an upcoming event. Please consider joining us Monday, September 10th, at Kloby’s Smokehouse, to honor our fallen hero and raise funds for the family of Lieutenant Nathan Flynn.

Our Charities

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Fill the Boot

Since 1954, IAFF members have shown an unwavering commitment to defeating muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases.

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