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May 22, 2015

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Fire Ops 101 Productive & Successful!

Hats off to DVP Ricky Walsh and Travis Leonard of Richland fire!  The 2015 Fire Ops 101 event successfully put 25 decision makers and media representatives through a day of fire ground training - enlightening them on the hazards and travails of what our members do every day.  Feedback from participating locals indicate that the event successfully educated their participants on the need for proper staffing, equipment and support. 

We would like to thank all who attended and the HAMMER administration and staff for the use of this world class facility and the amount of time and effort given to make this event so successful.

View the story from Katherine Hessel of KVEW TV here:

The Puyallup Extrication Team leads participants through the extrication of a patient trapped in automobile.

Did You Miss the 2015 WSCFF Educational Seminar?
Videos of the plenary sessions and all of the materials provided by the speakers are posted in the Member Resources section. WSCFF members can login and watch or review the information. Go to Programs & Education/Educational Seminar for informative presentations and handouts. 
A Message to our Members: Please consider the big picture before you post!

     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.  As this incident was unfolding, a message of support from fellow first responders from a neighboring local appeared on Facebook.  Hansen was not identified, and the message created stress and uncertainty for the family members of on-duty Tukwila firefighters and left off-duty firefighters scrambling for more information.   At the same time, members of Local 2088 were working to contact Hansen’s wife before she learned of the accident on social media.  Remarkably, Hansen survived this encounter and is back on the job in Tukwila.  In his words, “When I think about it, there are thousands of ways this could have gone; and each one of them is worse.”
     While we are enormously grateful for Greg’s remarkable recovery, this incident provides an important lesson about the power and prevalence of social media and the need to exercise caution before posting a message about a call.  As tempting as it is to turn to Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook or Instagram to communicate instantly with family and friends, it is important to consider how a message might be received and to act with caution and compassion.  Local 2088 President Dawn Judkins said, “This message was posted with the best of intentions. We all want to be in the know, and we want to help.  But perhaps we could agree to abide by a code that says, let the department notify first.” Nobody wants to receive the news that a loved one has been injured on the job.  A phone call, or a personal visit, provides people with what they need most in times of crisis:  accurate, timely information, an opportunity to ask questions, and the comforting presence of coworkers and friends. 

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.

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.

Fire Ops 2015

Fire Ops 101 will be held May 15 and 16 this year.  Cutoff for application is April 10, 2015.  For information and application please contact Debbie Guillot.

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