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Why become a member of FDAC?

Founded in 1972, the Fire Districts Association of California is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation dedicated to strengthening and advocating for all California’s fire protection districts. FDAC exists primarily to provide members with representation and advocacy in California’s Legislature. We fight the laws that may negatively impact your district while supporting and introducing those that are to your benefit. FDAC also continuously develops programs and services that help you make your district, personnel and representatives more successful and effective.

Join today and become part of the state’s leading voice for fire protection districts!

Benefits of joining FDAC:

Legislative Advocacy

FDAC understands that one of the most important roles an association plays is that of legislative advocacy—representing its members to the Legislature and keeping its members informed. FDAC contracts with a very well respected legislative advocate, Ralph Heim of Public Policy Advocates, to speak for fire protection districts in the Capitol. Member services include:

  • Legislative Updates and Action Alerts via e-mail while the Legislature is in session
  • Grassroots Outreach—information and direction on how to make yourself heard in public policy issues
  • Each year, FDAC sponsors a legislative event in which members are invited to join other representatives of fire protection in making their voices heard

Annual Conference

FDAC hosts an annual conference to bring together experts in both the fire service and fire district governance arenas. The FDAC Annual Conference is the only event in the state tailored to bring chiefs and directors together for a series of educational opportunities that directly impact your fire district. Gain valuable information and insight while networking with your fellow chiefs and directors from throughout California!

Education Workshops

FDAC has created the Certificate of Achievement program for fire district directors and chiefs. The COA includes four modules, encompassing the areas of district planning; laws, regulations and codes; board organization and dynamics; and current issues. In addition, FDAC puts on a workshop during election years designed specifically for new fire district directors.

FDAC Report

FDAC puts out a newsletter, the FDAC Report, posted on our website quarterly. The Report provides information on legislation, litigation, FDAC events, and happenings in individual districts.

Job Postings

FDAC members can post job openings for their districts on the Job Board free of charge!

FDAC Website – members only

The FDAC website provides information to our members about programs and services available, as well as lists a calendar of events. The members only section gives you access to valuable information and allows for online registration and payment to workshops and conferences.

FDAC List Serve

The FDAC e-mail list gives members the opportunity to stay in touch with one another and allows for great networking opportunities. You can have your questions and concerns answered by other fire district leaders, or lend your expertise to those in need.

Fire District Administrative Handbook

FDAC produces a handbook made especially for the fire district administrative staff. The handbook is available on CD, allowing us to include links to all pertinent fire code sections and enabling legislation. As the state websites are updated almost daily, this reference guide will never go out of date!


FDAC offers members the unique opportunity to network with other governing officials of fire protection districts as well as fire service professionals. One of FDAC’s strengths is our ability to connect our members together to solve problems and identify opportunities.

Access to Insurance Programs:

  • FDAC Employment Benefits Authority

    The FDAC EBA is a JPA that was created in 2005 to serve as a benefit for FDAC members. Become a member of the pool, and your district has access to low-cost group insurance programs for medical, dental, vision and life, designed specifically for fire districts. Still in its infancy, the EBA has nevertheless already saved FDAC member districts thousands of dollars in insurance premiums.


    FDAC members can enjoy access to the Fire Agencies Insurance Risk Authority (FAIRA), the Fire Agency Self Insurance System (FASIS) and FDAC EBA. Both organizations offer a wide range of liability, workers’ compensation and health benefits coverage designed specifically for fire protection districts in California. If you take part in any of the above programs you could receive up to 30% off your FDAC membership dues! 

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