Scam Calls are NOT from DRS!

The WSCFF has learned that scammers are contacting LEOFF retirees by phone and requesting personal information. The scammers are posing as representatives of the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). DRS will NOT call you to get personal information or about the benefit enhancement. They are mailing letters to all retirees and emailing when...

Ten representatives elected to ten new WSCFF districts

News from the 83rd Annual Convention History was made at the WSCFF 83rd Annual Convention, hosted by L404 Walla Walla, when all ten District Representatives were simultaneously elected to serve ten newly drawn districts. Incumbent board members Ryan Reese, Mike Westland, Reed Astley, Tim Hoover, Dean Shelton, and Jeff Wainwright were elected to serve...

WSCFF trusted partner, Stronger Families, offers relationship skills to first responder families

Stronger Families is a nonprofit organization that offers life-changing relationship skills to military, veteran, and first responder families so they can be strong and thrive. They have a unique understanding of the effects high-stress jobs can have on relationships. Brother Tim Sears, L2545 Kirkland retired, serves as First Responder Director for this organization. The...

Needs Impact Retirement Decisions. Be Prepared!

Brother Pat Hepler, Local 1828, offers this advice on retirement. Making the decision to retire is something we will all face in our career as fire fighters, EMS workers, dispatchers, law enforcement officers, or wildlife officers. As first responders, whether it is your decision or one made for you due to health issues, it...

WSCFF endorses Sims and Carter for WSLC

The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters is pleased to announce our endorsement of April Sims for president, and Cherika Carter for secretary-treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Both Sims and Carter have proven records representing and advocating for Washington workers. Sims and Carter’s “Labor Future is Now” platform addresses the critical...

Retirement is a huge life change. Consider it!

WSCFF Retirees Association Advisory Board Member Steve Hostetter reflects on planning for retirement. As a recent retiree, I often have conversations with fire service friends about retirement. The discussion is usually about the financial considerations and benefit choices like survivor options and purchasing service credits. Recently I’ve been making it a point to ask...

Fire Fighters, Kendo, and the kitchen table

When the WSCFF Legislative Team asked Joe Kendo to speak at the 82nd Annual Convention, he had no idea that the real reason for the invitation was to recognize and honor him as the 2021 recipient of the Walt Lambert Trade Union Leadership Award. Kendo, Government Affairs Director for the Washington State Labor Council,...

Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, receives Honorary Fire Fighter Award

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz received the Jack Waller Honorary Fire Fighter Award from the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters at its 82nd Annual Convention in June. Franz has been a strong advocate for fire fighters in Washington. “In the wake of increased and record-breaking wildfires, she has worked tirelessly to provide...