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Professional Fire Fighters of Eastern Missouri adds five departments and districts

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The Professional Fire Fighters of Eastern Missouri (PFEM) Local 2665 – one of the IAFF’s largest locals – has reported continuing growth as it now representing 11 ambulance districts, two dispatch agencies, and 61 fire districts and departments across nine counties in eastern Missouri. 

The latest departments and districts to join the local include the Festus Fire Department, Herculaneum Fire Department, Desoto Rural Fire Protection District, Saline Valley Fire Protection District, and Hillsboro Fire Protection District. These additions increase PFEM membership by 63 members for a total of 2,500 active and 230 retired members. 

2nd District Vice President Mark Woolbright, a member of Local 2665, said: “The PFEM does not actively recruit. Local 2665 steadily attracts new members because they see the value in becoming part of an established local with a proven track record of success. I am very pleased to welcome the five newest fire departments and their members.”  

Local 2665 Secretary-Treasurer Andrew Shoop commented: “There is someone to turn to at every level. Beyond the principal officers, we have seven district vice presidents, and shop stewards for each department, district, and agency. And because of our political action, our area of influence reaches all the way to the federal level.” 

IAFF General President Edward Kelly added: ““Every fire fighter deserves a voice; they deserve a union. The continued growth of the PFEM is a testament to the importance of having a seat at the table and being part of our great union.” 

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