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June 30, 2016

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Council Office Closed
Due to our annual convention, the council office will be closed until July 5, 2016.  If you are a member who needs immediate assistance, please contact your district representative.  
Convention Action Posted Live from Vancouver!

The WSCFF now has an App.  Resolutions will be posted  on the "Member Home" page as they are brought to the Convention floor. 

iPhone users can dowload from their App Store by searching for "WSCFF" or the following links can be used:  



Once you have downloaded the App, you will need your WSCFF login that you use for our website and PIIERS system to access the "Member Resources" section.  

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. 

Watch the Healthy-In, Healthy Out VIDEO for more best practices protocols.

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.

WSCFF Members Compete in World CrossFit Games!

IAFF Local 3219 Marysville members Noah Pester and Ryan Swobody, and IAFF Local 46 Everett member DJ Neyens--along with teammates Ashley Moe, Melissa Dixon and Kelsey Nagel from CrossFit Marysville--will be competing in Carson, California, this July.

This will be the third year in a row the team will compete for the "Fittest team in the World.”  They will be a strong team, as each of them has competed as individuals in past World CrossFit Games.

In addition to the WSCFF members, teammate Melissa is a retired Navy helicopter swimmer, Ashley is a union school teacher and Kelsey is a senior manager with Concur Technologies. This year they finished second at the West Regional competition held in Portland, Oregon, that punched their ticket to the World Games.  In 2014, CrossFit Marysville finished third overall at the World Games.

We wish them all luck as they compete this year to be the “Fittest Team in the World.” Good luck, CrossFit Marysville!


Significant risks to Washington Communities Cited

For Immediate Release: June 8, 2016
For further information, contact
Geoff Simpson (360) 943-3030

The state's Fire Fighters said today that the Mosier oil train derailment and fire “is a stark reminder that first responders, rail workers, communities, waterways and pristine lands remain in harm's way from Bakken oil train traffic through our state.”

In his letter to Governor Inslee, Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF) President Dennis Lawson stated, “What happened in Mosier could just as easily happened in a population center like Spokane or Seattle, resulting in even a greater tragedy.”

The WSCFF, which represents 8,000 professional union fire fighters throughout the state, called upon Governor Inslee to ask the US DOT to prohibit rail transport of Bakken crude “until there has been a full investigation into the cause of the Mosier oil train derailment.”

In addition, the WSCFF want Governor Inslee to reject plans for proposed oil terminals and investigate his use of emergency powers “to prohibit the continued rail transportation of this dangerous fuel.”

Lawson pointed to this upcoming fire season. “The upcoming fire season is shaping up to be another dry and dangerous one. Resources will be stretched thin and evidence keeps growing that there is no safe way to transport Bakken crude.”

Lawson concluded by telling Governor Inslee that his Council, as well as other members of the Solidarity Roundtable on Oil, stand ready to work with him toward solutions “to this on-going environmental and community crisis.”

The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF) was founded on September 1, 1939, and represents 127 affiliated local fire fighter unions of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and their more than 8,000 affiliated Washington union members, who are professional fire fighters, EMTs and Paramedics.

Letter to Governor Inslee

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.

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.

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