PFFASC & IAFF Membership Benefits
PFFASC Membership Benefits
•PFFASC Lobbyist —The PFFASC has two executive board members serving as registered lobbyists. Visit our Legislation page to learn more about South Carolina fire fighter legislation.
•Affiliate Services—Providing information, data, and expert analysis for our affiliate leaders are a service that is vital for affiliates to be successful. Because of municipal hardships, many affiliates have experienced or been threatened with layoffs, pay and benefit reductions, brown outs, station closures and more. With the assistance of the IAFF, the PFFASC is prepared to assist local leaders obtain data that can not only assist in educating decision makers but to prepare messaging to citizen advocates.
• Legal — Workers’ compensation and personal
injury provided through Chappell Smith & Arden
with free consultations and a 25% fee. Normal
rates are 33%.
• Life Insurance — All members receive $3,500
term life policy with American Income Life
Insurance at no charge.
IAFF Membership Benefits
•IAFF Disaster Relief Fund — Disaster Relief funds are available to IAFF members who are displaced from their homes as the result of a disaster these include man-made disasters, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and other events.
• SAFER Grants — PFFASC receives
assistance from the IAFF to apply for
federally funded grants that help fire
departments increase and/or maintain the
necessary number of fully trained fire fighters
in their community.
•IAFF Burn Fund— Burn Fund assistance may be awarded for the purpose of providing financial assistance for temporary emergency expenses when an IAFF member and/or a member of their immediate family (spouse and children) suffer a burn injury which requires admission to a burn center, resulting in a financial hardship. Disbursements shall only be granted for immediate travel, housing, food, medical supplies, services, and other similar assistance as deemed necessary.
• LODD Scholarship: Provides financial assistance for sons, daughters or legally adopted children of fire fighters killed in the line of duty planning to attend a university, accredited college or other institution of higher learning.
• Center of Excellence — The IAFF Center of
Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment
and Recovery is an in-patient, residential
facility exclusively for IAFF members to treat
addiction and other co-occurring disorders,
such as post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD). The Center is staffed by a highly
experienced and specialized team that is
familiar with the unique needs of our
members and the fire service culture.
• Pension Plan Reports — The IAFF pools
resources from all over the country to analyze
pension plans to ensure that they are
adequately funded and prudently invested in
to ensure our members can enjoy their
• Cancer Awareness and Prevention —
The IAFF provides online training to assist
members to better understand their cancer
risk, know the exposures to carcinogens on
the job and reduce the risk of occupational
• GIS Study — The IAFF and PFFASC can
assist municipalities with comprehensive
information on fire department staffing and
deployment for fire suppression and the
effectiveness of fire-based emergency
medical services systems through GIS
• Hazardous Materials Training — Taught by
IAFF instructors, these grant-funded training
opportunities enhance our members’ role in
public safety and keep them safe.
• Fire Ground Survival — The purpose of the
IAFF Fire Ground Survival program is to
ensure that training for Mayday prevention
and Mayday operations are consistent
between all fire fighters, company officers
and chief officers.
• NIST Studies — The IAFF works with the
National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) to conduct studies and
provide data to keep fire fighters and