About CPF


California Professional Firefighters (CPF) represents 35,000 professional firefighters and emergency medical service personnel across the state. Our mission is to protect and advocate for the rights, wages, benefits, and working conditions of our members. When you are on the front line protecting the public, CPF has your back.

How CPF works to protect and advocate for you:


  • Aggressively pursue a firefighter-friendly agenda in the Legislature
  • Block legislation that is detrimental to our members
  • Respond directly to inquiries from any member local

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU:  CPF’s exceptional Legislative Department guarantees that your voice will be heard! From cancer presumptions to 3% at 50 to 2007's Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights to a Post Traumatic Stress Injury presumption – CPF gets things done for firefighters in Sacramento.


  • Identify and financially support pro-firefighter candidates and causes
  • Provide direct, professional support for member locals in city and county races
  • Coordinate TV and print contacts, giving member locals political clout

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU: At the state legislative level in 2020, CPF-backed candidates ran the table, winning 100% of the contests in which we made an endorsement … Democrats and Republicans with a commitment to the issues that make a difference to our members. In the run up to the local elections in 2020, CPF's political department once again played key roles in helping our locals design and implement their own political action programs. Dozens of local city council members, fire board members and local ballot measure campaigns benefitted from CPF's coordinated political team.


  • Continuously monitor state health and safety regulations, such as 2-in, 2-out
  • Forcefully advocate pro-firefighter positions with regulatory agencies and governing boards
  • Provide Personal Exposure Reporting 

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU:  When regulators are deciding how safe you need to be on the job, you need a seat at the table! CPF gives you that seat and more. Experienced firefighting professionals are at the disposal of your local to deal with any health and safety issue. CPF is a dominant force working to keep you safe on the job.


  • On-call support for any member local on any issue affecting the lives and livelihoods of their members
  • Direct link with state and national resources for any labor-management issues
  • A resource for advice from hundreds of local leaders around the state

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU: You need someone watching your back. CPF provides your local with an army of supportive colleagues who understand firefighting and how to win battles with management, whether on contracts or in grievances.


  • CPF is the State Council of the IAFF
  • Help to ensure California issues are addressed nationally

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU: CPF is the California eyes and ears for IAFF. The CPF-IAFF Connection is a powerful one-two punch in the cause of insuring that firefighters receive the pay, benefits and respect they deserve.