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

hard-earned retirement.

• 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

communities safe.

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