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The Raleigh Professional Fire Fighters Association (RPFFA) is a non-profit professional association of career fire fighters who are employed by, or retired from the City of Raleigh Fire Department. The RPFFA is affiliated on the national level with the International Association of Fire Fighters.

The mission of the RPFFA is to seek and pursue opportunities to improve and advance the safety of the firefighting profession. We strive to provide ongoing educational opportunities designed to enhance the ability of our members to carry out their duties in the most efficient and safest manner possible. The Association also serves as an advocate for its membership.

The Raleigh Professional Fire Fighters Association is strongly committed to the well being and progress of our community and its citizens. We are constantly looking for opportunities to serve the Raleigh and Wake County community. Below is a list of some of the projects the Association has been able to sponsor since 1990.

Your support of the Raleigh Professional Fire Fighters Association in no way affects the services provided to you by Raleigh Fire Department as a citizen of Raleigh or Wake County, nor does it affect the commitment of all Raleigh firefighters to the mission of the department.

The RPFFA is a 501c5 non-profit organization. Some contributions are tax deductible while others are not. Check with your tax preparer and the IRS’s webpage concerning 501c5 organizations.


How Has the RPFFA Improved YOUR Community?

The purchase of the "Fire Safety House", currently active throughout Raleigh and Wake County demonstrating fire safety in the home to small children (see Fire Safety House on the website).

Support for the Wake County Chapter of the "Firefighters Burned Children Fund". This statewide program is designed to provide burn prevention education, support Camp Celebrate, and to establish a local program to give special attention to burn victims who are residents of Wake County.

A drug and alcohol awareness program named "I've Got Better Things To Do!" This program used fire fighter mentors to work with large groups of "at-risk" middle school aged students in a self-esteem based program.

For over 52 years the International Association of Fire Fighters has been the largest financial supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). In conjunction with the Raleigh Fire Department, the RPFFA works annually to raise funds for the research and treatment of this debilitating illness. We are proud of this effort and we are especially proud of the IAFF’s long history and dedication to finding a cure for muscular dystrophy.

Our greatest souce of pride is comes from our work supporting Camp Celebrate, a weekend camp open to children ages 7 - 15 who have been burned. Many of the campers were treated locally at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center. Camp Celebrate has been operating since 1981 and was the first camp of its kind in the United States. Camp Celebrate is a unique therapeutic experience designed to enhance each camper's social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth.

Over the years the RPFFA has been able to support a number of other worthy causes through contributions of both money and/or labor. Some of the causes and programs supported include:

  • The NC Jaycee Burn Center
  • Relay for Life - Eastern Wake
  • Relay for Life Northern Wake
  • Interact of Wake County Battered Women's Shelter
  • Coats for Kids
  • The Fire Victim's Relief Fund of Wake County
  • The South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo
  • Helping Hand Mission
  • The Phoenix Society's - World Burn Congress
  • Fellowship of Christian Firefighters
  • More than 450 smoke detectors have been donated to the Wake County Fire Marshal's office since 1997
  • The Charlie Gaddy House
  • Angel Tree - Christmas gifts for children
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