The Western Fire Chiefs Association was formed in 1891 by a group of fire chiefs who were concerned about how to keep pace with the increasing demands on their limited resources. They established an annual forum to exchange ideas and concerns regarding fire prevention and fire suppression issues. These fire service pioneers believed that a collective approach to problem solving would be more productive than their individual efforts.
Their corporate efforts started the fire prevention codes and ordinances, standards for fire suppression equipment, fire fighting procedures, and the training processes we currently enjoy. The seeds of change planted by these forward-thinking fire service leaders over 106 years ago are the roots of the WFCA we know today.
Although the specific wording of WFCA’s mission has changed over the years, the basic principle, “protection of life and property”, is still embodied in our current "Mission Statement“.
The WFCA is rapidly evolving into a fire service chief officers’ association that provides the following products and services:
The mission of the WFCA is to respond to the challenges of a changing industry, to ensure greater protection of life and property from fire, natural and man-made disasters, or other sudden emergencies, by providing leadership, direction, and education to its members and affiliate organizations.
Throughout its rich and successful history, the WFCA has remained focused on the vision of its founders and the commitment to integrity, loyalty, and service.