The Fire Officers’ Association is a fire and rescue service trade union with the principal aim of representing managers in relation to employment matters. The Association also aims to work with government and employers to develop a working environment that allows members to function effectively to the benefit of the community. The Association is a member of the Middle Managers Negotiating Body which is part of the National Joint Council for Local Authority Fire and Rescue Authorities.

The Association was formed in 1994 to represent managers within UK fire and rescue services. However, membership is open to all fire and rescue staff and those working in a fire and rescue related role. FOA provides representation in employment matters backed by a first class national employment law firm.

The Association believes that the interests of our members are best served through consultation and negotiation. In this way, we aim to play a constructive role in developing a service that meets the current and future needs of both staff and communities through open and honest dialogue, coupled with robust decision-making processes.

As an organisation representing managers, we understand the need to create an environment in which managers are empowered to do the right things for the right reasons. We also recognise the crucial role that managers play in delivering national and local service objectives and we strive to ensure that this is also understood and recognised at all levels of the fire and rescue service and government.

To do this effectively, we actively seek members’ opinions to ensure that our agenda is their agenda and in taking forward this agenda we aim to act in a mature and professional manner.