Representing State Firefighters

Advocacy is one of the pillars of the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association’s mission. We prioritize fostering working relationships with our lawmakers here in South Carolina and in Washington D.C. to address legislation related to the fire service—like firefighter health benefits, codes, enforcement, recruitment and retention, and other critical fire service issues—on behalf of our membership. It is our goal to work hand-in-hand with all local, state, and federal law makers to achieve the goals of the South Carolina fire service.

For these reasons, the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association does not endorse any political candidates or political parties.

A Member's Role in Legislation

The Association relies on members with strong connections with elected officials to use their voice and let concerns be known. The effectiveness of the Association and its advocacy efforts directly relates and hinges upon the ability of members to connect to elected officials first and foremost in the district from which they are elected. All politics are local – every firefighter must get to know their elected officials on a first-name basis. The Association’s role is to facilitate this relationship and help the members be more comfortable in the role of grass-roots advocate. The Association is here to help you begin those conversations.

Additionally, the Association is a registered lobbyist principal, meaning that the Association employs the use of a lobbying firm to ensure that the Association is an ever-vigilant presence when needed and well-represented during sessions and hearings. Lobbyists must represent the Association with the highest moral and ethical standards held by the Association; currently, the Association employs Stewart, Konduros, and Associates.

Legislative Committee wants to hear from you

The Legislative Committee is charged with crafting the Association’s legislative agenda and lobbying points but committee members understand that there are issues that may be out of their scope of vision. If you believe there are issues that need be addressed during the upcoming legislative session, please click to complete the form below and provide the Legislative Committee the opportunity to review.

Legislative Input Form

Legislative Day

The Association is proud of the evolution of the annual spring-time Legislative Day, held each year on the statehouse grounds. The Association provides an on-site venue for bringing together our members with the members of the General Assembly and their staff. The luncheon highlights the issues and concerns of our state’s firefighters for the elected official to hear and feel. Any South Carolina firefighter is welcome to attend.

Legislative Day Event Page