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March 28, 2015

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Room Reservations for Educational Seminar

Please finalize your room reservations at the Vancouver Hilton by Friday, March 27.  

If you are holding several rooms under one name, please assign individual names to each room before Friday so that any rooms not being used can then be turned back into our block and to our members who have been turned away.  Any rooms that are dropped after Friday will be given to the general public and we will then be at risk of attrition fees.  

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.  

Hilton Vancouver 

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 register by April 1.  All Attendees will recieve a WSCFF insulated cup. Lunch or refreshments will be provided. 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.

WSCFF Women Empowered

When Beth Carroll entered the Governor's Mansion on the evening of March 9, she immediately felt a profound sense of gratitude and awe at being surrounded by such accomplished, powerful, intelligent, influential, strong and compassionate women. “When they announced the firefighters who were in attendance on behalf of the WSCFF, this room full of incredible women turned and acknowledged us with a round of applause! It was a tremendous reminder of what an honor it truly is to serve in the capacity we do as firefighters,” Carroll said.

Beth was among five WSCFF members who attended to the 13th Anniversary of “Kicking Up Our Heels – Celebrating Women in Washington State,” put on by the Center for Democracy and Women, an event the WSCFF is proud to help sponsor. Governor Jay Inslee, his chief cabinet members and six women of the State Supreme Court hosted with women who run prominent women’s organizations from around the state attending the sell-out occasion.

Jonni Hill of Local 1760 Shoreline was also in attendance. “I appreciate the opportunity and loved hearing encouraging stories from some of the many inspiring women in attendance. So much leadership, confidence and power in one room – it truly makes me want to do more and make a difference.”

The WSCFF strongly supports and joins the efforts of the Center for Women and Democracy to encourage women’s full participation and leadership in all areas of our lives. “For me personally it was one of those moments when I felt a rejuvenation of spirit, of sisterhood, which helps me power through the tougher times. It reminded me I have a responsibility to ensure I continue to encourage young girls and women to pursue a career in the fire service so more women can share the room with us at future events as we work towards a more diverse and inclusive fire service,” continued Carroll. Jenna Norwood of Local 468, Olympia Fire, summarized her experience, “Gathering in Olympia at the Governor’s Mansion with so many influential woman was an extremely inspiring experience. I was glad to be a part of it.”

Pictured left to right:
Jenna Norwood, Local 468; Jonni Hill, Local 1760; Kahlen Sachet, Local 468,
Theresa Purtell, WSCFF 11th District Representative/Local 27; and Beth Carroll, Local 106

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

2015 Educational Seminar

The 2015 IAFF/WSCFF Jointly Sponsored Educational Seminar is April 21-23 at the Hilton Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, Washington.  Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Your Local may send as many participants as you deem necessary.  

The registration fee is $75 per person until April 3. After that date, the fee is $100. The fee is fully transferable with your local and is refundable until April 10, 2015. 

Should you have any questions regarding the following information, contact the council office.  We will be happy to help!  See you in April!

Room Reservations

Registration Information

Lateral Hire Opportunity

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is scheduling an exam to create an employment list for the position of Lateral Firefighter EMT and Lateral Firefighter Paramedic.  There are six foreseen openings once the list is established.  Application deadline is April 6, 2015.

Lateral Firefighter EMT Information

Lateral Firefighter Paramedic Information

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.

Saving Fire-Based Transport in Moses Lake

The Moses Lake Firefighters Local 2052 have fighting to keep their fire-based transport service from being replaced by a private ambulance company. If this were to occur it would mean 16 members would be laid off - effectively cutting the Moses Lake Fire Department staff by 50%.

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