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Working to Make an Impact
Standing committees are created and funded through WSCFF Convention resolutions to address issues impacting the work of fire fighters and EMTs. Committee members are appointed by the President, with input from district representatives.
Public Relations Committee
In 2015, Resolution 15-08 identified the need for a public relations campaign to properly inform the people of Washington about issues significant to Washington’s professional fire fighters and to enhance public opinion of fire fighters and the labor movement.
The committee is chaired by Ryan Reese, 5th District Representative, and includes Tim Hoover, 3rd District Representative, Jeff Wainwright, 2nd District Representative, Reece Williams, L3219, and WSCFF staff. Working with the Executive Board, local leaders, and members, the Public Relations Committee has conducted a public opinion survey, developed and executed public relations plans, worked with local affiliates to develop communications skills and strategies, and utilized social media platforms.
The most significant issue for our members and the EMS Committee involves changes to healthcare delivery perpetuated by the passage of the Affordable Care Act. There has been much discussion and legislative priority placed on EMS programs that seek to modify 911 user behaviors and tailor the level of response/resource utilization to the patient. These programs are administered under various labels within locals, both statewide and nationwide, and by other IAFF affiliates. The programs are generally referred to as Mobile Integrated Health (MIH), Community Paramedicine, or FD CARES.
The goal of the EMS Committee is to provide local leaders with a framework that sets a course for the development and administration of an MIH program in your organization. The Committee meets several times throughout the year.
EMS Committee Chair: Mike Westland, Local 3520, WSCFF 4th District Representative
EMS Committee Members:
- Andy Polmateer, Local 315
- Tim Hoover, Local 1828, WSCFF 3rd District Representative
- Kyle Waterman, Local 2595
- Tom Chavez, Local 3711
See the following links for sample resolutions, white paper on funding, data being collected, and some informative videos. More resources will be added as they become available.
- FD CARES
- Tacoma CARES Program
- Single Role, EMS Only Employees WSCFF Position Statement
- EMS World article related to Kent RFA FD CARES
- Snohomish County Fire District 1
- Bellingham’s Community Paramedic Program Review Presented to City Council
- Flowchart of Bellingham Resources for Paramedic Program
- Legislative Documents: 2013 FD Cares, 2015 Community Paramedic, and 2015 Alternate Transport
- Sample CARES Ordinance and Resolutions
- Sample Interlocal Agreement for a Community Resource Paramedic Program
- Sample Community Resource Paramedic MOU
- Community Paramedic Proposal Template
- Funding Mechanisms to Provide Sustainability to Community Paramedic Program
- Defining the Role of EMS in Our Nation’s Health Care Transformation – The New EMS Value Proposition
The mission of the Legislative Committee is to help identify and recommend candidates for endorsement who are responsive to the needs of fire fighters, and to provide assistance to locals in electing candidates for local, state, and federally elected offices. The Committee also works to develop legislation related to pension and civil service processes, collective bargaining, wages, hours and working conditions, and health and safety. The WSCFF works to secure passage of legislation beneficial to fire fighters and prevent the passage of legislation deemed harmful.
Legislative Committee Members:
Health & Safety Committee
The Health and Safety Committee confronts top-priority issues for the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters – the safety of our members. Working in conjunction with a variety of local, statewide, and national groups, as well as experts and safety resources, the Committee monitors current fire fighter safety issues and develops strategies and programs that promote their use and effectiveness. The Health and Safety Committee meets periodically throughout the year.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), has re-evaluated firefighting and classified fire fighter occupational exposure as a group 1 carcinogen, stating there is sufficient evidence for cancer in humans.
The classification announced in Lyon, France, on July 1, marks a dramatic shift in IARC’s position on fire fighter occupational cancer. This designation will likely have a major impact on the fight against cancer in the fire service, from ongoing medical research to presumptive laws. The Health & Safety Committee recommends this recent report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC0>
WSCFF & Safety Committee Member
Keven Rojecki, WSCFF 9th District Representative
Fire Cancer Support Network WA Chapter Representative: Bill Hoover, Local 2545
Behavioral Health Representative: John Gallup, Local 1747
Chris Mortensen, Local 1433
Steve Austin, Local 1052
Dan Ward, Local 876
Neil Agren, Local 3828
Jeremy Dixon, Local 437
Adam Jackson, Local 726
Wildland Fire and Mobilization Committee
The Wildland Fire and Mobilization Committee’s purpose is to create and/or evaluate wildland fire fighting and mobilization legislation and policy, deployment models and staffing levels, and funding proposals for local, state, and federal governments. The Committee also creates proposed WSCFF policies on wildland fire fighting and mobilizations, and helps to develop educational resources for locals related to wildland fire fighting mobilizations.
President Dennis Lawson selected the six committee members from three western Washington and three eastern Washington locals with small (0-30), mid-size (31-100), and large (100+) memberships.
Chair: Jeff Wainwright, WSCFF 2nd District Representative
- Kevin Haughton, Local 29
- Pat Moore, Local 1828
- KC Whitehouse, Local 2394
- Norby Johnson, Local 3390
- Jason Wilkins, Local 3711
- Jason Gallagher, Local 4333
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