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New Member Orientation Train-the-Trainer Workshops
TO: ALL WSCFF LOCALS
FROM: Bill Mack, Public Relations Committee Chair
DATE: January 17, 2019
At the request of local affiliate leaders, the WSCFF has reinvented the WSCFF new member orientation program Power Through Participation. New member engagement is critical, now more than ever, as we operate in this post-Janus, anti-union environment.
To maximize the success of the new program, which includes a series of videos and a customizable PowerPoint presentation, the WSCFF Public Relations Committee will host four “Train-the-Trainer” workshops to introduce how to present it to your new members.
Local presidents are encouraged to attend these workshops and may identify and send additional members from your local who are involved in new member education.
The workshops are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the locations listed below. Lunch will be provided. Please note RSVP deadlines:
Monday, February 25:
RSVP by Friday, February 15
South County Fire Headquarters
12425 Meridian Ave South
Everett, WA 98208
Monday, March 4:
RSVP by Friday, February 22
Olympia Fire Department Station 1
100 Eastside Street NE
Olympia, WA 98506
Wednesday, March 20:
RSVP by Monday, March 11
Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council (HAMTC)
1305 Knight Street
Richland, WA 99352
Additionally, this workshop will be presented in April as one of the PR Track breakout sessions during the IAFF/WSCFF Educational Seminar in Spokane.
To register, please send this form or email Therese Murphy at email@example.com.
We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at one of these events. If you have any questions, please call the WSCFF office.
LEADERSHIP IN ACTION
On January 1, 2019, Central Valley Ambulance Authority (CVAA), the paramedic service covering a majority of Skagit County, was permanently closed. CVAA, which employed 37 IAFF members of Local 3427 Skagit County Paramedics, ceased to exist. Skagit County commissioners had voted in July to dissolve the current system and transition to a fire-based delivery model utilizing the cities of Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon and Sedro Woolley. As soon as the decision to cease CVAA operations was announced, IAFF and WSCFF leadership met with the affiliate leaders and devised a plan that gave the members of Local 3427 the best possibility of being re-employed within the county. This plan followed core union principals of seniority maintenance, no probation, and limited physical agility requirements, acknowledging these were proven seasoned veterans of the industry.
In the intervening months, leadership from Local 3427, IAFF 7th District VP Ricky Walsh, WSCFF President Dennis Lawson, and WSCFF Vice President and 10th District Representative Dean Shelton utilized political relationships, education and skills acquired from WSCFF and IAFF educational events to ensure that the Local 3427 members were employed with the various agencies/IAFF affiliates that divided the funding to continue providing paramedic services in Skagit County via the new fire-based model. Thirty-five of the thirty-seven members are now working in the various fire departments and two decided to make other plans.
This is a shining example of members of your 7th District Leadership Team working collectively to represent our local affiliates in the face of adversity.
“Collective efforts produce the best outcomes,” stated IAFF DVP Walsh.
WSCFF 2019 KELLY L. FOX LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
January 29-30, 2019
Tuesday, January 29
7:00 a.m.: Registration
9:00 a.m. - Noon: Legislative Briefing & Information
1:30 - 5:00 p.m.: Meet with Legislators at Capitol
5:30 p.m.: Firefighter Dinner
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.: Legislative Reception
Wednesday, January 30
9:00 a.m. - Complete: Meet with Legislators at Capitol
Please note: We've changed the format to try to allow more flexibility in meeting with legislators. Please plan to attend the briefing on the first day and legislative appointments both the afternoon of the first day and the morning of the second.
PLEASE COME AND WATCH LOCAL 46 EVERETT FIRE FIGHTERS AND LOCAL 1828 SOUTH COUNTY UNION FIRE FIGHTERS AS THEY BATTLE IT OUT ON THE BASKETBALL COURT!This event, with all proceeds benefitting the WSCFF Burn Foundation, takes place at 4:30 p.m. at Everett Community College in the Walt Price Center. Admission is $5 at the door. The two locals will be playing directly after the 2:00 p.m. Everett Community College vs. Edmonds Community College women's game, and the men's game will start immediately folliwing at 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you at the game!
Grays Harbor Fire Department 2 is Hiring!
Be a part of this great group! Grays Harbor Fire District #2 Professional FireFighters IAFF Local 4258. Aberdeen, Hoqiam, and GFD#2 are holding joing recruitments. All three departments have multiple openings. Find information about testing here - Regional Firefighters & Firefighter/Paramedic Entry Level Exam Announcement
Do You Have a High School Senior?
The 2019 WSCFF Benevolent Fund Scholarship Program application is available now! Application period opens December 15, 2018, and closes March 15, 2019.
Complete applications packets must be postmarked or delivered to the WSCFF office no later than March 15, 2019, to be considered.
The to apply, complete the 2019 application and activities worksheet; sign the Scholarship Policy; and attach your essay, transcripts, proof of acceptance to a university, community college or trade school; a letter confirming your parent/guardian's WSCFF affiliation, and two letters of recommendation.
If you have any questions or would like these forms in Word or Excel, please contact Helen Kramer at the WSCFF office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-572-5762.
New Union Fire Fighter Conference
Tuesday May 14-Thursday May 16, 2019
contact: Ricky Walsh at RWalsh@iaff.org
Call (509) 783-0611 and provide them with your check-in Date and the group code (IAFF0513) for Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center
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LET US HELP YOU GET YOUR STAY OFF TO A GREAT START
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Register for Fire Ops REGISTER NOW
FOR FIRE OPS 2019!!!
It’s time again for FIRE OPS. The event will be held March 21 & 22, 2019, at the Volpentest Hammer Training and Education Center in Richland, Washington.
Attendance is limited to one elected official or media person per local, and a local member must accompany (‘shadow’) each attendee.
There are limited spaces available; so if you want to register someone, please contact Debbie Guillot at the WSCFF office to get on the list. Once you are on the list, you will receive a registration form that is due upon receipt along with the $350, non-refundable fee.
There is a block of rooms reserved at the Red Lion Hotel – Richland Hanford House for the night of March 21 (click on the image below for details and a link to book online).
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.
Copies are now available in Spanish or click for flipbook.
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.
Funding and support for this project has been provided by the State of Washington, Department of Labor and Industries, Safety & Health Investment Projects.
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You are covered by the life insurance policy even if you do not return the card. “American Income Life Insurance Company is a 100% Union Insurance Company. We provide a group Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit for all members of your Local at no cost. The union will be sending a letter to all members and enclosed with the letter is a response card with which the members can designate their beneficiary intent. All members who return the card will be contacted by an American Income Life representative for delivery of their no cost benefits and members will have the option on a voluntary basis to purchase additional supplemental insurance benefits.” OR EMAIL www.ailife.com/benefits/sgjjg.