Waltham Firefighters Leadership
Central Station Executive Board
Brendan Walsh and Shawn Cassie
Moody St Executive Board
Andrew Greco and Izzy Torres
Engine 3 Executive Board
Engine 4 Executive Board
Engine 7 Executive Board
Engine 8 Executive Board
Fire Prevention Executive Board
911 Center Executive Board
– HISTORY –
The Waltham Firefighters Union Local 866 formed in 1946 and became an official member of the IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) in 1947. Around the same time, Local 866 also affiliated with the PFFM (Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts). Waltham attended the first ever state fire union convention at the Hotel Kimball, in Springfield, MA on September 10, 1947. Waltham joined thirteen other cities and towns in forming the original PFFM. The other original municipalities were Attleboro, Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Everett, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, New Bedford, Newton, Peabody, Quincy, and Springfield.
Fire Alarm Operators were later admitted into Local 866. When the city combined the Police and Fire Alarm dispatch operations to form Waltham’s current 911 Call Center, Local 866 voted to continue to include all the dispatchers in the Waltham Firefighters Union.
– UNION ORGANIZATION –
The Waltham Firefighters Union Local 866 provides labor representation and counsel for all members of the Waltham Fire Department* as well as the fire alarm dispatch operators. Local 866’s membership totals more than 170 dedicated men and women. To help organize efforts, the members elect three chair officers to provide direction and leadership for the union. The three chair officer positions are President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer. In addition to the three chair officers, the union also maintains an Executive Board that consists of representatives from each of the city’s six fire stations, the Fire Prevention Office and the 911 Call Center. Elections for these positions are held every two years. Any member in good standing is eligible to campaign for these positions if they chose to. All of our members have a voice and a vote in the union. We conduct our business at regularly scheduled meetings throughout the year and all members are encouraged to attend.
*The Fire Chief and his general office staff are not represented by Local 866.