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September 04, 2015

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Member Death ~ Captain Jim Swift

The WSCFF and IAFF Local 2829 Redmond are deeply saddened to announce the sudden loss of Captain Jim Swift. Jim served the City of Redmond for 28 years and also protected the citizens of Skyway as a volunteer with King County Fire District 20, where his family resides. Jim was a respected member of the Eastside Hazmat Team, FEMA USAR Washington Task Force 1, Redmond Fire’s Technical Rescue Team, Ski Patrol at Ski Acres/Snoqualmie Pass and served 23 summers as a counselor for children at a camp for burn survivors, Camp Eyabsut.

Jim is survived by his wife Cheryl and his children Joel, James, Kaitlyn and Carmen.

Memorial Service
September 28, 2015, 2:00 PM
Overlake Christian Church
9900 Willows Road NE
Redmond, WA 98052


Class A attire is preferred for uniformed personnel.
Uniformed personnel are to arrive by 1:00 PM. Agencies wishing to send apparatus should contact Battalion Chief Tom Langton at 425.753.6270. Apparatus to be in place by 12:30 PM.

Member Death ~ Donovan Joseph Eckhardt

It is with extreme sadness and deepest regret that the WSCFF and IAFF Local 864 announce the passing of Donovan Joseph. 

Donovan died peacefully at home on August 24, 2015, from cancer. He was a proud firefighter for the city of Renton known for his incredible work ethic, sense of humor, and compassion for the citizens he served. He was living his dream and loved every shift at the fire station

Donovan was preceded in death by his father Michael.  He is survived by his wife Jamie, son William, and expected daughter as well as his loving mother Karen and brother Gannon (Brooke). 

Please visit Haven of Rest for Donovan's touching story. 

Memorial Service
September 25, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
New Life Church
15711 152nd Ave SE
Renton, Washington 98058


Out of Town Guests:
If you are traveling, some rooms have been blocked out at hotels in Gig Harbor and Renton.  Please contact Nick Pringle to assist you with arrangements:  


Fire Fighter in Need

Daniel Lyon, a firefighter with the US Forest Service, is at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center after he was severely burned Wednesday August 19, 2015, while fighting a wildfire near Twisp, Washington. In the tragic event three other firefighters lost their lives, when the fire they were fighting suddenly changed direction. Daniel is currently in critical condition with 3rd degree burns covering 60 percent of his body, and remains in the Burn ICU at Harborview. Surrounded by his unbelievably, loving and supportive family 24/7, Daniel has begun the slow road to recovery. Included, as part of his family is close friends and Brothers and Sisters from Law Enforcement and the Fire Service. In addition to being a Firefighter, Daniel is also a well-respected Reserve Police Officer in the city of Milton, Washington.

Daniel in conscious and communicating with loved ones. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts as he travels down this road to recovery. Please feel free to leave comment on Daniel’s Caring Bridge site; as his parents are reading them to him daily. Caring Bridge is also the best way to get updates about his condition.

Daniel enjoys seeing the patches, coins and t-shirts of different agencies showing support for his speedy recovery. He has a good collection started but please continue to send patches, coins, t-shirts, hats or other department swag to:

Daniel Lyon
c/o Seattle Fire Dept. Medic One,
325 9th Ave,
Room 2 CT99,Box 359727
Seattle, WA 98104 

 By clicking the PayPal button below, you’re donating to the WSCFF Burn Foundation which will give 100% of the funds raised to Daniel Lyon for recovery expenses. Please note "Daniel Lyon" in the memo box.

How to Help -- Donating to Wildfire Relief

  • Seattle Times Information

  • Any US Bank

  • Red Cross

  • Greater Inland NW Chapter of the American Red Cross in Wenatchee:509-663-3907

  • WSCFF Burn Foundation:The Washington State Council of Firefighters (WSCFF) Burn Foundation will take monetary donations and disperse them according to your wishes.Please go to WSCFF Benevolent Fund will also accept donations…please send your check, along with a note outlining whom you want your money to benefit, to WSCFF Benevolent Fund, 1069 Adams Street SE, Olympia, WA 98501.

More Resources

Several national and local agencies are accepting monetary donations for fire-relief efforts, including:

• The Community Foundation of North Central Washington is collecting donations for victims of the fires through the Chelan Valley Fire Relief Fund. A residential community in Chelan has pledged a donation match of up to $10,000.

• The Okanogan County Community Action Council is accepting donations. The council is providing funding for immediate needs such as gas, food and shelter.

Room One, in Twisp, is accepting donations. It serves the Methow Valley.

• The Salvation Army office in Wenatchee is giving away gas cards and thrift-store vouchers. It is requesting financial donations.

• The Red Cross is accepting donations for wildfire disaster relief, which allows it to set up shelters and provide quick help.

• The United Way of Chelan and Douglas counties is taking donations through its Sleepy Hollow Fire Relief Fund. You can specify in comments a specific fire to direct donations.

The American Red Cross says the best assistance is donations of money. Information on how to donate is found here.  Local businesses are collecting supplies for people who’ve lost their homes or belongings in wildfires throughout the state. You can drop off donations at the following locations in the Spokane area:

  • Monterey Cafe downtown, 9 N. Washington St.

  • Monterey Pub & Grub in Cheney, 321 W. First St.

  • Fizzie Mulligans in North Spokane, 331 W. Hastings Road

  • The Country Store (formally Aslin Finch) on the Newport Highway, both Valley locations and in Coeur d’Alene

  • The General Store in Spokane (taking cash donations to buy supplies for firefighters)

  • Pakootas for Congress campaign headquarters, 1410 W. Dean, accepting drop-offs on Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Items needed:

    For firefighters - tents, lip balm, water/sports drinks, socks, underwear, t-shirts, foot powder, gum/hard candy, non-perishable snacks, personal hygiene items

    For residents - regular or air mattresses, cots, bedding, non-perishable/ready-to-eat food, water, sports drinks, both infant and adult diapers, formula, socks, personal hygiene items, gift cards

    For pets - wet and dry pet food, cat litter, food dishes, kennels, leashes, blankets/bedding, gift cards.

    For livestock - senior horse feed, grain, basic first aid for animals, hay, feed tubs, water buckets, water troughs.

    NOTE - please do not bring household items or clothes.

    Veteran’s Community Response is partnering with Numerica Credit Unions for a ‘Back to Basics’ drive.  They will be accepting donations for men, women, and children at any Numerica Credit Union in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, the Tri-Cities, and Wenatchee.  The following items are requested:  new underwear and new socks in the packages, diapers (size 2-5 especially), toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, AA and AAA batteries, and body care products.  Donations will be accepted through October 2, 2015.

    The Intersection Church is accepting donations for fire victims and firefighters. Donations will be delivered to the Colville Confederated Tribes’ North Star Fire donation center at 41 Apple Way Road in Okanogan.

    Drop off donations at the church, 905 N. McDonald Road in Spokane Valley, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. For information call (509) 924-3705. Currently the donation center needs the following items, new or gently used only, please.

  • boxes, totes, bins to haul donations to firefighter locations

  • food, water, drinks (especially energy drinks and Gatorade)

  • coolers
  • gas, food, clothing gift cards and phone cards

  • diapers, wipes and personal hygiene items

  • laundry detergent, dish soap, cleaning supplies

  • blankets, pillows, cots, air mattresses and towels

  • socks and underclothes

  • hay/horse feed, dog and cat food, water troughs

Seattle Sounders Fire Fighter Night

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Sunday, October 25, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
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Firefighter/Paramedic or Firefighter/EMT Applicants Wanted

 Anacortes Fire Department is inviting applications for Firefighter/Paramedic or Fire/EMT.   For detailed requirements and information on the recruiting process, go to and click on "Browse Agencies" or "Firefighter".
Download: Anacortes Fire Department Information.pdf

New Member Resource

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Hotshot Crew Challenge!

Join the Medic One Foundation’s Hotshot Crew Challenge! We are looking for men and women with distinguished achievements or inspiring stories to compete for a $10,000 EMS equipment grant, while helping us raise money to improve pre-hospital emergency care. All professional/volunteer firefighters and graduates of the Michael K.

The PIIERS System is Up and Running!

 You may follow this link -- -- or click on the PIIERS button on the right column of this page.  Please log in from your computer and your phone and create practice reports with a medical, injury and fire exposure event.  Go through the process and play with it so you are familiar with the process and comfortable with reporting.

WSCFF Convention Photos Now Available

 Photographs from this year’s convention are now available online for you to view and purchase. Carl Murray, director and photographer of Seattle Photography once again did a wonderful job capturing our event.       To view or purchase your photos, visit Seattle Photography’s website: www.seattlephotography.

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