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Chandler Local 493

The Chandler Firefighters first organized and affiliated with the International Association of Firefighters in the late 1960’s. The original charter was active for only a few years until the local was disbanded by order of city management and the DPS director. Without the support of its members or fire staff it wasn’t until 1984 when members of the Chandler Fire Department decided to organize once again.

In the summer of 1984, Chandler members met with Phoenix Fire union officers Mike Bielecki and Pat Cantelme who were looking at forming a valley-wide United Phoenix firefighters local. It was at this time Chandler members voted to join the United Phoenix Firefighters Local 493. In November of that year, Chandler firefighters (along with the Glendale, Ariz. firefighters) were voted into Local 493. The departments of Tempe and Peoria would soon follow to form the current make up of five cities that create the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Local 493.

In the early days of the Chandler Chapter of Local 493, much of the emphasis and work was to improve firefighter safety, staffing, promotional opportunities, wages and becoming involved in the community of Chandler. In those years, progress moved slowly, but progress was made. In 1991 Chandler firefighters decided to go to the public with a public safety initiative. This initiative would address many concerns, which included constant staffing of paramedics, hazardous materials technicians, response times and wages. Just prior to the election, union staff and city staff members came together with an agreement of a city resolution that addressed all the concerns. It was then voted upon by city council and received a unanimous approval.

Over the years the Chandler Chapter and Local 493 unions and fire departments have evolved into a model for others cities across the nation to follow. The union plays a major role in the community being involved in many different charities and events. The union is proud of its partnership and assistance with Muscular Dystrophy Association, Habitat For Humanity, Salivation Army, ICAN, Chandler Unified School District and many more.

The Chandler Chapter of Local 493 Vice-presidents have included: Dick McBlane (1984-1999), Tom Carlson (1999 – 2002), Scott Wall (2002 to 2011) and Robert Isaacson is the current Vice President.

Chandler Emergency Relief Fund CERF

International Association
of Fire Fighters

The IAFF, headquartered in Washington, DC, represents more than 295,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nation’s population. More than 3,100 affiliates and their members protect communities in every state in the United States and in Canada. The IAFF is one of the most active lobbying organizations in Washington; its Political Action Committee, FIREPAC, is among the top one percent of the more than 4,000 federal PACs in the country.

In addition to city and county fire fighters and emergency medical personnel, the IAFF represents state employees, federal workers and fire and emergency medical workers employed at certain industrial facilities.