International Association of Fire Fighters Local 83

Who are we?

Training Tower & IAFF FlagWe are organized under the International Association of Fire Fighters. We are a collective bargaining unit under contract with the city of Topeka, KS.  

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is a labor union representing professional fire fighters in the United States and Canada. The IAFF was formed in 1918 and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO in the United States and the Canadian Labour Congress in Canada. Currently, the IAFF has 280,000 members in 3,100 locals.

Recently the IAFF began talks with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) of the United Kingdom, the United Firefighters Union of Australia (UFUA), and the New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union (NZPFU) that could eventually result in a global alliance of fire fighting unions to further the cause of their members around the world.

The nation's paid, professional fire fighters and paramedics protect 85 percent of the U.S. population.

The IAFF is one of the most active lobbying organizations in Washington. Its Political Action Committee, FIREPAC, is among the top 25 federal PACs among the more than 4,000 in the country.