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    Local 479 is a charter of the International Association of Fire Fighters, and represents more than 600 uniformed personnel of the Tucson Fire Department as well as the uniformed personnel of the South Tucson Fire Department and the Tucson Airport Authority Fire Department. More than 98 percent of Tucson Fire Fighters belong to the TFFA. 

    Tucson Fire Department is the second largest municipal fire department in Arizona, and operates 22 fire stations. Currently, TFD has 23 engine companies, 7 ladder companies, and 17 paramedic companies in service. It also boasts specialized heavy rescue, hazardous materials, mass casualty and mobile command center equipment, as well as a 158 acre, state-of-the-art public safety training academy.

    TFFA is highly visible in the community, and has a long history of involvement with charitable causes such as cancer research, child injury prevention, and burn treatment. We are key supporters of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, raising money through community events, Fill-The-Boot campaigns, and ticket sales to semiannual charity concerts. MDA's national corporate headquarters is located in Tucson.

    Each year, we host numerous Tucson Fire Fighters Fundraisers, including Shoots and LaddersSADFF Golf Tournament, Fire Fighter Ball, and Chili Cookoff.  These events raise more than $60,000 for our Adopt-A-Family program, which helps well over a thousand Southern Arizona families during the holidays with food, clothing, shelter and Christmas presents.

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    Honor Guard Request

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    The Tucson Firefighter’s Association, in conjunction with the Tucson Fire Department, formed the Tucson Fire Pipes and Drums Corps in August 2007 under the direction of Honorary Tucson Fire Fighter Bob Baker.  The band is comprised solely of Tucson Fire Fighters. Today the band boasts 11 active pipers and 8 active drummers (10 of which are original members).

    The band performs at all Tucson Fire line of duty deaths, retiree funerals, non-line of duty deaths, graduations, and miscellaneous ceremonies. In addition, the band is available to perform, at request, across the state of Arizona for any fire service funerals and ceremonies.

    The Tucson Fire Pipes & Drums has also performed in numerous community events such as the Tucson Celtic Festival, St. Patrick’s Day parade, and Oktoberfest, and travels each year to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Colorado Springs, CO.

    The band is a not for profit organization funded solely by donations.  

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