The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 1596 was chartered on January 4, 1966. From that day forward our membership has grown steadily from eight founding fathers to over one hundred men and women.

Local 1596 is chartered under the International Association of Firefighters and exclusively represents full-time, paid professional members of the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department.

The history of Local 1596 is a story of how these professionals have made extraordinary accomplishments through organized strength, collective unity, and collaborative teamwork. Today, the members of Local 1596 represent unparalleled professionalism in the fire and emergency medical rescue services.

Local 1596 is a strong and proud labor organization solely dedicated to the welfare of its members. The members of Local 1596 are proud to be one of 2,700 local affiliates of the International Association of Firefighters, which has over 267,000 members in the United States and Canada.

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