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May 24, 2016

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Healthy-In, Healthy Out

After more than two years of dedicated work, the efforts to produce a best practices manual for reducing fire fighter risk of exposures to carcinogens has come to fruition. Healthy In, Healthy Out is now available for all fire fighters in Washington. To get copies for your members, call the WSCFF office at 360-943-3030. 

Our gratitude to Beth Gallup of Local 1747 for leading the effort and the team of dedicated members and professionals who worked diligently to help our members protect themselves: Bob Carroll, Local 452; Charles Cordova, Local 2898; Bob Dirham, Local 1296; Brian Dodge, Bates & Local 1747; Scott Ervin, Local 2024; Dan Griffey, Local 2394; J. Havner, Local 27; Bill Hoover, Local 2545 & Firefighters Cancer Support Network; Jenny Keizer, Kent Fire Department; Dean Shelton, Local 3219 & WSCFF 10th District Rep.; Brad Thompson, Valley Regional Fire Authority; Adam Villard, Local 3811.

Local 1352 Valley Professional Fire Fighters Looking for Riders

The Smyelin Babes and Firefighters are looking for new riders and fundraisers!

Bike MS: 2016 Deception Pass Classic

Every September, thousands of bikers gather at the fairgrounds in Mt. Vernon, WA for the Annual Bike MS: Deception Pass Classic, a two-day ride to raise awareness and money for Multiple Sclerosis. Twelve years ago our team started out as a small group of doctors and patients from Swedish Hospital in Seattle looking to aid in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. We have grown into a team of over 55 riders strong and are continually among the top 10 fundraisers here in Washington.  In the past six years alone we have raised over $850,000 in the fight against MS and created a strong bond amongst our teammates. We come from all different backgrounds and include every level of biker, from cruisers to serious road riders.

 This year our team, Smyelin Babes and Firefighters, is looking for new riders and supporters with a goal to raise $75,000.  Valley Professional Firefighters Local 1352 have taken the lead and Team Captains Pete Connell and Dean McAuley are looking to recruit new members to join us on a fun and challenging weekend of biking, fundraising and friendship. Thank you and we hope to see you out there.

Dean McAuley 253-318-2807
Pete Connell 253-831-3668

If you would like to support our team, please click here to visit our donation page.


Fundraising Calls NOT from WSCFF

It has been reported to us that the Association for Firefighters and Paramedics, Inc., is soliciting donations in Washington state.  This organization is in no way associated with the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF).  The organization is based in Santa Ana, California, has not renewed its registration with the State of Washington, and has a record of using 3% of the funds it raises toward its charitable purposes.  Here is the link to its information from the Office of the Secretary of State:

The WSCFF, its member locals, benevolent funds, the WSCFF Burn Foundation, and the Fire Fighter Cancer Support Network do not cold call people requesting individual contributions. If you have any doubt about any fire fighter charitable connections, contact your local leadership, or check out this link from the Secretary of State's office

WSCFF Files Complaint against Paid Solicitors Claiming Affiliation with Washington Fire Fighters
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WSCFF Files Complaint against Paid Solicitors Claiming Affiliation with Washington Fire Fighters OLYMPIA, WA.

George Roop Passes Away

The WSCFF has learned that George Roop passed away on March 1, 2016, in Mount Vernon, Washington. George was a longtime member of IAFF Local 876 Spokane Valley, but he was probably best known for his tireless work in the late 1960s with Bill Day Sr. (then Speaker of the House from Spokane) to make sure fire districts were covered under 41.18 and the new LEOFF 1 system.

Kelly Fox Elected IAFF 7th District Vice President

The IAFF announced the outcome of the special election for IAFF 7th District Vice President.  WSCFF President Kelly Fox won the election.  First to congratulate him was Brother Greg Womack who had also sought the position. Kelly replaces Ricky Walsh who was first elected in 2004 to the post.  Ricky has set a high standard for serving the members of the 7th District.

Cuts to Everett Fire Department Staffing Would Put Public at Risk!

Gone are the days of merely responding to fire and medical emergencies; the modern fire department is an all-hazards response team dedicated to keeping the community safe. The Everett Fire Department has a history of adapting to the size and needs of the community, through periods of tremendous growth and, unfortunately, through financial decline.

Member of Local 1747 Kent Steps Up!

You could forgive veteran SeaTac firefighter Dave Little and his wife for wanting a break from parenting after raising several kids. But his wife, an elementary school teacher in Pierce County, formed close ties with a then 7-year-old girl having lots of problems in the classroom and at home. Then the little girls' world completely crashed.

Latest Report from the Institute For Global Labour And Human Rights

Today the Institute is releasing a new report, Dirty Toys Made in China. Some 1,800 Chinese workers in the Dongguang Zhenyang Wanju factory in Guangdong produce toys for Disney, Mattel, Hasbro and other international brands, under harsh conditions, stripped of their rights, their voice and basic justice.

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