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...

NWFFT changes name to IAFF Health & Wellness Trust

WSCFF Secretary-Treasurer Greg Markley is pleased to announce a refreshed brand identity for the Northwest Fire Fighters Benefits Trust. The new name and logo are indicative of the evolution of the Trust since its inception in 2013.  Markley says, “while this is a significant change, and we remain ever proud of our Pacific Northwest...

Governor Inslee Signs WSCFF Backed Pension Reform Bill

On Thursday, March 24, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Substitute House Bill 1701, providing a significant pension benefit for members of Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters LEOFF Plan 2, and making WSCFF history. Years of lobbying and relationship building resulted in the unanimous passage of this pension reform legislation. “This has been...

Response to Vaccine Mandate

The WSCFF has been fully engaged on the recent proclamation by Governor Inslee mandating COVID-19 vaccination of healthcare workers including those of us in the fire, paramedic, and emergency medical services.

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,...

2021 WSCFF Convention Highlights

The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters held its 82nd Annual Convention, in person, at the DoubleTree Hotel in SeaTac, hosted by IAFF Local 1747 Kent. Two hundred and forty-three delegates and 37 alternates, representing nearly 8,500 WSCFF members, met to elect officers, discuss, debate, and vote on resolutions, and set the direction for...

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...