Who We Are

Founded in 1922, the California State Firefighters’ Association (CSFA) is the Golden State’s fire service trade association representing thousands of fire service professionals from every facet of the fire service, and dedicated to building a strong community for all the state’s emergency responders. 

Our Purpose

To foster and promote a better understanding among our diverse membership, elected and appointed officials, regulatory and allied fire service organizations, and the public, and to encourage professional training and life safety standards designed to improve the state’s fire service.


The California State Firefighters’ Association began in 1922, when a small group of firefighters met in Fresno to discuss the state of the fire service in California. After some discussion, it was decided that the best way to serve the public and firefighters was to form an organization to work toward enacting laws to protect the public from fire and to improve working conditions for firefighters. As a result of that meeting in 1922, the California State Firefighters’ Association (CSFA) was born. Today CSFA membership exceeds 10,000 including paid, volunteer, military and industrial firefighters. Time has proven that a consolidated effort of California’s fire service through CSFA has helped all firefighters and improved public safety for the public.