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April 19, 2015

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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.
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.

IAFF Impacted Layoff Invitation

Important Information for IAFF Professional Firefighters Who Have Experienced Reduction In Force Layoffs

Full Time Career IAFF Professional Firefighters who have or will be experiencing a layoff of their position are extended a priority invitation to participate in the upcoming South King Fire & Rescue hiring process.

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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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