CAL FIRE Local 2881 – WHO WE ARE



In the middle of the 1960s a group of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighters from throughout the state met in a hotel room in Sacramento, California.

The object of the meeting was to create an association that would advance the wages, benefits and conditions of their members. Angry at the unrelenting schedule, which often meant seven days a week for months on end, the firefighters decided to unite in an effort to establish reasonable hours and livable wages.

Almost 40 years later this proud organization is called CAL FIRE Local 2881.

CAL FIRE Local 2881 is an affiliate of The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), CAL FIRE Local 2881 represents employees of The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). We represent over 6000 current and retired employees of CAL FIRE in Bargaining Unit 8, including Firefighters, Fire Apparatus Engineers, Fire Captains, Battalion Chiefs, Foresters, Pilots, Supervisors, Forestry Logistics Officers, Fire Prevention Specialists and other classifications.

Members of Local 2881 are also members of the IAFF and CPF (California Professional Firefighters).

CAL FIRE Local 2881 answer the call more than 300,000 times a year, of which less than 2% are wildland fires. CDF Firefighters make up the fire department for 30 of our 58 counties and more than 100 local communities. We serve as the incident command during many of California’s most serious disasters, and from structural fires to auto accidents to earthquakes to floods to the spilling of hazardous materials to every conceivable disaster, we make up California’s Fire Department.

CAL FIRE (CDF)  is the largest fire department in California and the third largest fire department in the United States. Our firefighters protect 33 million acres of State Responsibility Area (SRA). However, from the Oregon border to the Otay Mountains in San Diego, CAL FIRE Local 2881 are among the best-trained firefighters in the world.

Ultimately, CAL FIRE Local 2881 are responsible for fulfilling the mission of CAL FIRE to provide comprehensive fire protection and other related emergency services, including protection of life and property.

We are CAL FIRE Local 2881. We are California’s Fire Department


Mission Statement

CAL FIRE Local 2881, a nonprofit corporation, is hereby constituted and established in order to foster acquaintance, cooperation, efficiency and harmony among all California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection employees; to promote and protect the welfare of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection employees in all ways compatible with the public interest, including the support of legislation deemed beneficial and resistance to legislation deemed detrimental to their interest; to represent California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection employees in discussions and negotiations with the state and its agencies relating to all personnel and employment matters; to encourage the maintenance of the highest standards of employee conduct in governmental affairs; to aid in the development of the state’s resources and the advancement of the state’s economy; and in all ways to render the most effective services to the people of the United States of America and of the state of California. (Constitution Article II)