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February 13, 2016

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First WSCFF bill of this session passes out of committee. On to the Senate!

House Bill 2805: Mandatory Exposure Reporting, sponsored by Representative Chris Reykdal, passed out of committee on February 11.  It is the first WSCFF bill to make it out of either chamber this legislative session.  Representative Reykdal met last week with our members from Tumwater, Olympia and Lacey to discuss pending legislation.  For more information about the bill visit

Dennis Lawson ~ New WSCFF President

New WSCFF President Dennis Lawson works with local leaders at the WSCFF Legislative Conference. Lawson, formerly 4th District Representative and WSCFF Vice President, became WSCFF President when Kelly Fox was elected IAFF 7th DIstrict Vice President. 

Kelly Fox, WSCFF President 1996-2016 was sworn as IAFF 7th District Vice President by General President Harold Shaitberger on Saturday, February 6th.  On the occasion of his swearing in, Fox said “I am very proud to serve you and I look forward to working to continue moving us forward with fraternity, education, assistance, and all of the resources the IAFF has to offer. . .thank you again, brothers and sisters.”  

Fundraising Scams

Several fundraising scams have been reported around the state. Beware! Locals, Benevolent Funds, WSCFF Burn Foundation, 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

Employment Opportunity

The Camas/Washougal Fire Department is currently accepting applications for entry level and lateral Firefighter/Paramedic. The application deadline is February 25, 2016. 

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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.

WSCFF Benevolent Fund Scholarships

The application for the WSCFF Benevolent Fund Scholarship is now posted.  It is listed under Benevolent Fund/General Information.  The application period will be open until March 15, 2016.

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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