When disasters strike, fire fighters are called to respond, even while their own families may be displaced and their homes damaged or destroyed.

As IAFF members in California continue to work around the clock to contain wildfires across the state and save lives and property, the IAFF has mobilized a disaster relief Go Team to assist members whose own homes are lost or damaged and provide any additional assistance for as long as needed.

The Disaster Relief Fund provides immediate financial assistance to help these displaced fire fighters and their families while they continue to serve the surrounding communities.

Donate today with a tax deductible contribution online.


The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association (HFFA Local 1463) is an affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), AFL-CIO.  Since 1963, HFFA Local 1463 has been the exclusive collective bargaining representative for all City, State and County fire fighters in Hawai‘i.  Its primary role is to negotiate and administer the collective bargaining agreement which governs the terms and conditions of fire fighter employment while handling grievances, and perform labor-related and legislative activities in the interest of its members.

The IAFF is the driving force behind nearly every advance in the fire and emergency services in the 21st century. With headquarters in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario, the IAFF represents more than 313,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics in more than 3,200 affiliates. IAFF members protect more than 85 percent of the population in communities throughout the United States and Canada. The IAFF is also one of the most active lobbying organizations in Washington, DC. The IAFF Political Action Committee, FIREPAC, is among the top one-half of one percent of the nearly 6,000 federally registered PACs in the country.

It is an undeniable fact that among labor organizations, HFFA and its parent union, the IAFF, are second to none when it comes to membership representation. Whether at the bargaining table or in the legislative halls of Washington, D.C.; from the county council to the Fire Chief’s office; in the courts and throughout the 50th state, Hawai‘i‘s fire fighters are ably represented.

You can count on HFFA Local 1463 members to bravely protect lives and property knowing that their Union is looking out for them. Because when seconds count, saving a life is all that matters.

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UPDATE: The townhouse fire in Kaneohe caused $366,000 in damages. It was deemed accidental, started by a torch for removing unwanted vegetation. The operator of the torch set it down & later smelled smoke. Red Cross assisted displaced residents http://bit.ly/2RhxqMI #HonoluluFF

YESTERDAY, #HICountyFF rescued a woman in her 30s who was swept over Piihonua Falls. Seven units of FFs incl a county helicopter, responded to the 1:06pm alarm where she was found below the 30ft-high waterfall. She was taken in stable condition to Hilo Med http://bit.ly/2LhJp9e

A fire early Sunday morn didn't stop Fujikami Florist from opening -- At about 1 AM, #HonoluluFF responded to the business where surveillance cameras show a man setting a shopping cart on fire in front of the store. As the flames grew, he walked away http://bit.ly/2LhXqUF

THIS MORN, Honolulu Ocean Safety found the body of the 19yo man reported missing after a wave swept him off rocks off Yokohama Bay yesterday. They, alongside #HonoluluFF & US Coast Guard, suspended their ops due to darkness yesterday & resumed early today http://bit.ly/2qfwZHV

KANEOHE: About 34 #HonoluluFF rushed to a 2-alarm fire on Hui Akepa Place around noon, Saturday. When FFs arrived, smoke was seen coming from the roof of the 2-story townhouse complex. The cause, damage estimates are still TBD. No injuries reported http://bit.ly/35Rza3i

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Proceeds from the Signature Chefs Food Festival supports the HFD’s Smoke Alarms For Everyone (SAFE) Program, in partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 1186, which provides smoke detectors installed free of charge in homes for Oahu Kupuna, as well as the Straub Burn Unit — the only burn unit in the Pacific Region. Read more

We Do More Than Save Lives!

Since 1954, fire fighters have supported those challenged with neuromuscular diseases by helping the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) work towards finding a cure. There have been great strides in the advancement against muscular diseases. Today, the MDA strives to provide ways for patients to Live Unlimited. Their new motto is: For Strength, Independence and Life. Fire fighters and MDA Hawaii will once again secure storefronts and malls for HFFA and its members to conduct our Fill The Boot Fundraisers in a safety-conscious environment. We thank these businesses for their continued support over the years.