Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard
“Whatever It Takes”
All members must ensure their contact information is up to date with the AFFI Office to ensure timely notification.
In the event of a Line of Duty Death within a Local, the Local President must notify the AFFI President, and request the participation of the AFFI Honor Guard. The AFFI President will then notify the State Commander and notice of the details will be sent to all members via email blast and the Chain of Command.
Welcome AFFI Honor Guard members, as well as those interested in our great organization. The AFFI Honor Guard was founded by former State Commander Jay Bishop – Springfield, Local 37. He felt that there needed to be an organized way to honor those who gave their lives in the line of duty. At the time, there was no organized statewide honor guard to base a group on. Ideas were drawn from individuals and military honor guard information. On January 30, 1993, 69 members of the Associated Firefighters of Illinois formed the first statewide honor guard in the IAFF. Our Guard is now over 600 strong. The AFFI Honor Guard is currently commanded by Jay Coburn – Matteson, Local 3086.
Membership is open to all AFFI members in good standing. The member’s local union support and approval is required. Department acknowledgment is strongly suggested and encouraged. Honor Guard members must be of honorable character, as to not bring reproach upon the IAFF, the AFFI, or the Unit. Members are inducted each year at the Annual Convention and Induction Ceremony after a weekend of new member training and orientation.
If you are interested in becoming a member, or just want more information about our organization, please contact Commander Jay Coburn at (708) 927-6568 or by email at: [email protected]
The AFFI Honor Guard Command Staff & Training Committee have worked hard over the years to develop Guidelines for our organization. The Guidelines are based on military standards but include the way we do things in the fire service. As our Honor Guard evolves, so do our Guidelines. When changes are made, they will be posted here for you to view. The Command Staff & Training Committee ask that you use these Guidelines when teaching drills so that our trainings are consistent throughout the State.
In addition to our Guidelines, the 8th District SOG’s can be found here. The other documents posted are samples of different Local policies and packets they use for their members in the event of a line of duty death.
Just as the International Association of Fire Fighters, the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, and each Local have their own By-Laws, so does the AFFI Honor Guard. Changes to this document are made at the Annual Honor Guard Convention. All motions for change are voted on by members in attendance at the Business Meeting.
927 S. Second Street
Springfield IL 62704
Email: [email protected]