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May 04, 2015

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It is with great sadness the WSCFF and Local 2088 advise you of the Line-of-Duty Death of Captain Mike McCoy. Captain McCoy passed away on Wednesday, April 22, while teaching for the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in Anniston, Alabama.

Captain McCoy started his career in the fire service as a volunteer at the age of 16. In 1986 he was hired as a paid fire fighter for King County Fire District 1 (KCFD 1). He joined the Tukwila Fire Department in 1987 when KCFD 1 was annexed into the City of Tukwila.

His accomplishments were not limited to emergency responses. Captain McCoy was the lead advisor for the Tukwila Fire Explorer Post of the Zone 3 Fire Explorers, a Boys Scouts of America branch for young people interested in a career in public safety.

With a career filled with helping those in his own community, Captain McCoy also assisted people around the world. While with NDMS, he was a Team Commander of the International Medical Surgical Response Team – West and a member of the Incident Response Coordination Team – West. 

As a member of the Seattle - King County Disaster Team, Washington One Disaster Medical Assistance Team, and Washington Task Force One, Captain McCoy responded to many national and international disasters including the Oklahoma City bombing and Super Storm Sandy. Captain McCoy served as the Type One Operations Section Chief after the earthquake in Haiti, and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Wilma, Irene and Charlie. After Hurricane Katrina, he was responsible for the largest patient evacuation in U.S. history.

Captain McCoy is survived by wife Mary, sons Corbin and James, grandson Hunter, brothers Pat and KC, his father Earl, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother Midge and his son Charlie.

Memorial Service
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 ~ 12:00 p.m.
New Life Church
5711 152nd Ave SE

Renton, Washington 98058

Service and Procession Information

Donations may be sent to:
Tukwila Firefighters Benevolent Fund
c/o McCoy Memorial
PO Box 69104
SeaTac, WA 98168-1104

Public Relations Forums

Labor Unions – Under Attack! Pensions and Benefits—Threatened! Public Trust—Eroding!

At the 2014 WSCFF Convention, you passed Resolution 14-13 directing us to organize a public relations plan to address these issues.  Our Public Relations Committee has been working hard to meet your expectations.  We have contracted with Cindy Sharpe, of Sharpe Public Relations, Inc. and have engaged Information Solutions Group to conduct a survey to measure public opinion.  Research results will be reported at the April Educational Seminar; these findings and critical input from members will help shape a statewide public relations plan that we will present at the WSCFF Convention.

We need your input!

Members from across the state have identified and discussed the pressing need for an effective public relations plan at the last two conventions.  In order to turn talk into action, we must have active involvement from members who will provide information to help create a plan, and enthusiastically participate in implementing it in their communities. Each local is asked to identify and assign an active member to take on the task of PR Representative.  Local leadership and these PR Representatives are invited to attend a forum this Spring.  Here, you will have an opportunity to review a plan drafted by Cindy Sharpe and you will have a chance to tell us about your needs and shape this important project.  Working together, we can improve the public image of professional, union firefighters in our communities, protect public trust, and gain greater public support for our efforts locally and statewide. 

Forum Dates and Locations /Registration Form

Please email Therese Murphy to register.  If you have questions, contact the WSCFF office. 

Our goal is to have input from every local.  Please plan to send at least one member to the meeting most convenient.

Rush to Communicate Creates Stress and Confusion
     On November 29, 2014, Tukwila Fire Fighter Greg Hansen responded to an accident on I-5.  As he worked to assist the driver of a car that had crashed near a busy interchange during rush hour traffic, a second vehicle ran into both the car and Hansen.  He was thrown into the air, sustained serious injuries, and was transported to Harborview Medical Center.
Fire Ops 2015

Fire Ops 101 will be May 14 and 15, 2015, at the HAMMER facility outside of Richland.  Applications and payment are due by April 10, 2015.  

For information about the event or hotel and an application please contact Debbie Guillot or visit

Call to Action!

The word from USW Local 12-591, is that a tentative agreement is on the table and once the return to work agreement has been negotiated, a vote will take place to ratify their contract.  The support of the WSCFF members has been greatly appreciated and has lifted spirits, and boosted moral of the USW members during this very difficult time. The USW members still need your help.

District Educational Events

For the past few years several districts have been holding small educational events. These events are typically one day and consist of training on a wide range of topics. Mini- educational seminars have proven to be very successful and well attended.

Local 29 Spokane Member Creates BADAxx

Spokane fire fighter, Scott McCann has improved the common ax used by fire fighters to what he believes will save lives.  The Spokesman Review Your donation will help.


Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 donated 54 coats to local children last week as part of the national Firefighters Coats for Kids campaign sponsored by the International Association of Fire Firefighters (IAFF). Members of IAFF Local 1828 in Fire District 1 delivered coats to the entire kindergarten class at Discovery Elementary School south of Everett.

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