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About Us

Our history is rooted in community.

The Syracuse Fire Department Employees Federal Credit Union was chartered on March 24, 1950.  Over the past 70 years we have grown to offer a full array of products and services to not only meet, but exceed our members financial needs. We are currently over 6,000 members strong.

With a small, tight-knit staff, we get to know you on a personal level and you are considered part of our family. We’re here to serve you and happy to do so.

The Whole Story | A Credit Union Born to Serve Our First Responders

In early 1950, at the urging of Leonard Aylesworth, of the Syracuse Transit, a meeting to organize the Syracuse Fire Department Employees Federal Credit Union was called to order.  At that meeting, Mr. Aylesworth spoke in regards to the benefits that could be derived from the formation of a credit union.  Mr. Aylesworth was also accompanied by a gentleman from Son Oil.

Representing the Syracuse Fire Department at that meeting were ten gentlemen who later went on to request the original charter.  Those original members were: James J. McSweeney, Frederick J. Unz, Joseph M. Moore, Arthur F. Finney, Edward D. Gilmour, Robert E. Mills, Stanton H. Hudson, Francis J. McLaughlin, Russell H. Kiggins and Harvey Krick

On February 28, 1950, these men requested the organization of the Syracuse Fire Department Credit Union.  Charter No. 6627 was granted approval of organization on March 24, 1950.

The original common bond was the Syracuse Fire Department, which made it an occupational bond.  Today, it is still an occupational bond that has expanded to include employees of other professional fire departments throughout New York State and other employee groups located in the Syracuse area.

Today’s operations are governed by our Board of Directors who serve voluntarily on behalf of the members. The Board establishes the credit union’s direction by adopting policies that set a strategic  direction for the organization and provide overall framework.  We also have a Supervisory Committee which is a group of members who volunteer to inspect the credit union’s records for accuracy, its assets for security, and its procedures as to their adequacy for the proper handling and use of funds and other assets.

Board of Directors

Syracuse Fire Department Credit Union’s Board of Directors serve voluntarily on behalf of the members. The Board establishes the credit union’s direction by adopting policies that set a strategic direction for the organization and provide overall framework.

Supervisory Committee

The supervisory committee at Syracuse Fire Department Credit Union is a group of members who volunteer to inspect the credit union’s records for accuracy, its assets for security, and its procedures as to their adequacy for the proper handling and use of funds and other assets. If you have questions concerning these matters, please feel free to mail the committee.