Brownwood Local 2863 was established in May of 1981. Edward Leroy Simpson (retired) was elected the first president of local 2863 along with Cisto Dominguez-Sec/Tres, and Henry Dillard- V/P.
Firefighters in Brownwood were making $4.60/hr for wages, which was just about minimum wage, risking their lives for a little of nothing. A campaign was started for a referendum election for the firefighters when city officials refused to increase wages.
Firefighters Win Pay Raise! was the headline in August of 1984, and 15% increase was celebrated, marking the first major victory for the new association.
Through the years Brownwood Professional Firefighters Local 2863 and the fire department in general have been committed to helping others in and around the community. Whether it be money raised for the sick, wearing pink shirts in October or sponsoring a ball team Brownwood Local 2863 has always worked to go above and beyond what was asked of us.