A proud legacy
Leading the way with strength through solidarity
Much of the history of the fight to protect and defend front line firefighters was written in California.
- California firefighters were the first public workers to enjoy the explicit right to organize in a union.
- We were the first to have our job-related illnesses -- cancer, heart and lung disease, blood borne pathogens and toxic exposures -- recognized by presumption laws.
- We were the first to have personal exposure reporting to ensure that we could not be denied benefits for job-related illness and injury.
- We were the first to have a Firefighters Bill of Rights, protecting us on the job.
- We led the way in developing statewide standards for PPE, health and safety laws, Workers' Comp protections and a strong, secure retirement.
These and countless other advances are part of a proud legacy that continues today.
Watch the video above and see for yourself.
If you want to learn more, CLICK HERE to read a 75-year history of California Professional Firefighters and the firefighter labor movement.
Better yet, get to your next local union meeting and get involved. The union is all of us.