(ARTICLE I) SECTION IV - MEMBERSHIP

The membership of this Association shall consist of:

A. Active
B. Associate
C. Life
D. Honorary
E. Corporate


1. Active Membership: Active membership shall be comprised of the Chief of
Department, other chief officers, and division heads (training, fire prevention, etc.) of
the regularly organized public, governmental, and industrial fire departments. Active
members shall be eligible to hold be elected or appointed to office and have the right
to vote.


2. Associate Members: Associate membership shall consist of city officials, company
officers and members of fire departments interested in the protection of life and
property from fire, and officers of recognized fire prevention organizations, Alabama
State Fire Marshal and Deputies, Commissioners from the Alabama Firefighters
Personnel Standards and Education Commission, and the Executive Director of the
Alabama Fire College and Firefighters Personnel Standards and Education
Commission. Associate members shall be entitled to all privileges of the Association
except to hold elected be elected or appointed to office, or to serve as a member of theExecutive Committee. Associate members have the right to vote except for an Active Membership Only Vote Call.


3. Life Members: Life membership shall be conferred upon active members upon their
retirement from the Fire Service provided they have been active members of the
Association continuously for three (3) years immediately preceding their retirement.
Life membership carries with it all of the privileges of the Association except to hold be elected  or appointed to office, vote,except as in Section V, or to serve as a member of the Executive Committee.


4. Honorary Members: Honorary memberships may be conferred on a person who has
rendered conspicuous service to this Association. Honorary membership carries with it
all of the privileges of the Association except to hold be elected or appointed  to office, or vote, except as in Section V or to serve as member of the executive committee.


Corporate Members: Corporate membership shall consist of individuals, associations ,firms and corporations concerned with matters consistent with the mission and vision of this Association. Corporate members shall be entitled to all
privileges of the Association except to hold be elected or appointed to office,or vote, except as in Section V,
or to serve as a member of the Executive Committee.

SECTION V - POWER TO VOTE
Each and every Active and Associate Member in good standing shall be entitled to vote. If at
any time, ten (10) or more Active Members request that voting shall be restricted to the Active
Membership Only Votes for a particular subject, only Active Members shall vote on the
particular subject. The right to vote may not be delegated to any person. The Chair shall have
the discretion to call for a roll call at any time. Current board members who do not have
Active Membership status in accordance with Article II, Section III shall be entitled to the
same voting privileges as Active Members.
Voting by the use of paper or electronic balloting on Constitution and By-Law changes,
election of officers, and other issues before the association shall be authorized when deemed
appropriate by the majority of the Executive Committee.
The Secretary/Treasurer or Executive Director of the Association shall be responsible for the
dissemination and collecting of ballots. The counting of ballots shall be the responsibility of
the Executive Committee by a called meeting by the President within five (5) business days
from the voting deadline.


(ARTICLE II) SECTION III – VACANCIES AND RESIGNATIONS
In the event of vacancy occurring in the Office of the President, First Vice President, Second
Vice President, the next officer in line shall immediately be directed by the Executive
Committee in writing or formal session to assume all duties and authorities of the vacant
office, and an acting Second Vice President may be named by the Executive Committee for
the unexpired term.


Other vacancies occurring on the Board of Directors of the Association shall immediately be
filled by the President except in case of a vacancy of one of the regional representatives,
whereas they shall be elected by that region.


In the event a duly elected or appointed officer retires of otherwise leaves his or her Fire
Department position resulting in a change of membership status, that officer may fulfill the
remainder of his or her current term, subject to the remainder of this Section.


Removal from Office - In the event that a Board member is convicted of a felony while
holding office, that Board member shall be deemed to have forfeited his/her office, and shall
be removed from office. In the event that a Board member has committed an act or conduct,
that in the opinion of the Board of Directors, conflicts with the interests and values of the
Association, the Board of Directors may, with a minimum of 75% of the Board of Directors
voting in the affirmative, remove that person from office, thereby creating a vacancy in that
office.


Censure or Suspension of Members - In the event that a member has committed an act or
conduct that, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, conflicts with the interests and values
of the Association, the Board of Directors may, with a minimum of 75% of the Board of
Directors voting in the affirmative, censure, either publicly or privately, or suspend a member
for a period of time not to exceed the remainder of the Board's term of office. Members
should be given an opportunity to defend themselves and their actions to the Board of
Directors by providing ten (10) days notice before such vote.


Removal of Members - In the event that a member is censured or suspended by the Board
of Directors, a recommendation may be put forth to the Association, at a special called or
regular meeting, to expel this member and prohibit reinstatement with a two-thirds (2/3)
majority of the members present and voting in the affirmative. Members should be given an
opportunity to defend themselves and their actions to the Association by providing ten (10)
days notice before such vote.


Reinstatement of Members - In the event that a member has been expelled from the
Association, he/she may apply for reinstatement at the next regular meeting of the
Association. Reinstatement shall be granted with a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the members
present and voting in the affirmative.

(ARTICLE I) SECTION IV - MEMBERSHIP

 

2. Associate Members: Associate membership shall consist of city officials, company
officers and members of fire departments interested in the protection of life and
property from fire, and officers of recognized fire prevention organizations, Alabama
State Fire Marshal and Deputies, Commissioners from the Alabama Firefighters
Personnel Standards and Education Commission, and the Executive Director of the
Alabama Fire College and Firefighters Personnel Standards and Education
Commission. Associate Memberships also apply to any Fire Chief associated through
County Association Memberships as defined in the AAFC By-Laws, Section 1.
Associate members shall be entitled to all privileges of the Association except to hold
elected office, or to serve as a member of the Executive Committee. Associate
members have the right to vote except for an Active Membership Only Vote Call.


BY-LAWS SECTION I – MEMBERSHIP DUES/DISCOUNTS
The annual dues for active and associate members of the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs
shall be $75.00. For departments with more than three (3) members of the Alabama Association
of Fire Chiefs, the annual dues shall be $50.00 per member starting with the fourth (4th)
member. The reduced dues will be conditional in the receipt of a single payment for the entire
membership of said department. This sum is due and payable on October 1 and delinquent after
December 31. All reduced membership fees and some benefits may be forfeited after
December 31. First time applicants shall pay $50 if they apply for membership at the MidWinter
Conference.
Volunteer and (Predominantly Volunteer) Combination Departments:
Membership dues will be $25.00 annually for a Chief Officer of a Volunteer Department or a
(Predominantly Volunteer) Combination Department. Volunteer/ Combination Department
must meet the definition as defined by the Alabama State Forestry Commission.


County Association Memberships: County Fire Department Associations may provide
memberships for the Fire Chiefs of Volunteer Departments represented in each Alabama County
VFD Association. These memberships apply only to the Fire Chief of Volunteer or Combination
Departments in the County Association and are considered Associate Members as defined in the
AAFC Constitution, Section IV, 2. In order to be included in a County Association Membership,
the Department must be considered a Volunteer Department and the Fire Chief must be included
in the VFF Tag list, both as identified by the Alabama Forestry Commission.


The rate for County Association Memberships is $300 annually per County Association. County
Associations shall complete and update a membership roster as approved by the Board of
Directors annually.


Corporate Memberships:
Non-voting memberships are available to individuals or organizations other than Fire
Department personnel because many of these people and groups support the Association
financially throughout the year and at conferences, the rates are $25 per individual, $75 per
organization.
Member discounts to attend the Mid-Winter and Annual Conference:
Reducing member rates to conferences would be a tangible benefit to being a member. A
reduction of $20 for members (excluding Corporate Members) for each conference can itself
nearly justify the membership rate to a council or manager, and will most likely help to
increase both annual memberships and conference attendances.


Honorary and Life Members shall not pay dues upon approval by the Board of Directors. To
be eligible for this category of membership, the individual shall submit a request to a member
of the Board of Directors.
Membership dues shall be established by recommendation of the Board of Directors and
confirmed by a vote of the members in accordance to Article VIII Section I and Section II.