The Chesterfield Township Firefighters Union was officially established on February 1, 2000, by the six career members of the Chesterfield Township Fire Department. The career firefighters were responsible for Fire Prevention, Fire Inspection, Building and Equipment Maintenance, and for response to all emergencies. These firefighters worked a 40 hour week, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. By the end of negotiations of the first contract, the Chesterfield Township Board determined that it was necessary to begin staffing the two fire stations 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
On, June 21, 2001, the Chesterfield Fire Department began staffing the two stations around the clock, bringing the career IAFF members to 15. At this time, there was tremendous growth in the township and an ever increasing need for career manpower. Although the department is supplemented by Paid-on-call firefighters, the everyday demands and home lives make it increasingly difficult to retain many paid-on-call firefighters. The suppression ranks grew to 27 union members and two union brothers in administrative positions.
As of January 2008, The Chesterfield Firefighters Union is 22 PROUD union brothers and sisters, serving approximately 45,000 residents and covering 26 square miles of service area, utilizing three fire stations. All members are trained to provide Fire Suppression, EMS, Confined Space, Hazmat and Rescue activities.
As of September 12, 2008 we currently have 20 STILL PROUD union brothers and sisters, who are always committed to serving the citizens of Chesterfield township, despite the dwindling ranks of personnel. We Fought hard to pass a .5 millage increase which helped prevent further reductions in our stations and manpower.
November 1, 2010. The Proud ranks are operating with 19 union positions, all who are in suppression and no union positions are filled in the administrative offices of the Chesterfield Township Fire Department. The firefighters and administration have found ways to be as fiscally responsible as possible.
January 2013. The department is operating with 18 career personnel who have yet to hear about replacing the unfilled positions. Fortunately this past November, a Millage increase was passed along with the renewal of the current funding by the residents of Chesterfield Township. Unfortunately this increase in funding cannot be collected until 2015. Due to retirements, the ranks have dwindled to 16 during 2013. There were 3117 calls for service from the Chesterfield Firefighters throughout 2013.
July 24,2014 has brought the membership up to 19 career personnel by the hiring of three new firefighters. Things are looking up. In 2014, 3403 calls for service were responded to by the members of the Chesterfield Firefighters Union.