The International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA), formerly known as the Fire Marshals Association of North America, was organized in 1906; in 1927 it was reorganized as the Fire Marshals' Section of NFPA.

The mission of IFMA is to aid in the preservation of life and property by advocating, promoting, and providing leadership in the prevention or mitigation of fire, explosions, and other related hazardous conditions.

The goals and objectives of IFMA are as follows:

  1. Unite for mutual benefit those officials engaged primarily in the prevention of fire, the investigation of fires, and/or public fire and life safety education.
  2. Provide educational and professional development opportunities through technological, certification, and prevention programs.
  3. Provide a resource service to its members.
  4. Actively market and promote a positive, dynamic, and proactive profile.
  5. Actively participate in the codes- and standards-making process at the international, national, state, and local levels.
  6. Monitor fire safety issues at the international, national, state, and local levels.
  7. Develop mechanisms for Chapters to participate in the Association.
  8. Monitor and support research and development of solutions to fire protection and fire prevention problems

Membership in IFMA is contingent upon membership in NFPA and is open to individuals who meet the following membership requirements:

MEMBER: A fire official who has been lawfully appointed and authorized by the authority having jurisdiction and charged with the statutory responsibilities and duties of fire prevention accomplished through enforcement of fire laws and regulations, property inspections, public fire safety education, or investigation of the cause and origin of fires.

ASSOCIATE MEMBER: A member of NFPA who does not qualify for member status as outlined above. Associate members shall not hold an elective office or vote on the affairs of the Association.

AFFILIATE MEMBER: A member of NFPA who is interested in the stated mission and objectives of IFMA. Affiliate members shall not hold an elected office or vote on the affairs of the Association.

Membership applications are available on request.

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