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November 28, 2014

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Office Closed for Thanksgiving

The WSCFF will close at 3:00 on Wednesday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.  We'll reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, December 1.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saving Fire-Based Transport in Moses Lake

The Moses Lake Firefighters Local 2052 have been fighting to keep their fire-based transport service from being replaced by a private ambulance company. If this were to occur it would mean 16 members would be laid off - effectively cutting the Moses Lake Fire Department staff by 50%.

 

Last evening members of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters traveled from around the state to speak to the Moses Lake City Council in front of a standing-room only audience. Representatives from the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce, private business owners, teachers, fire administrators and elected officials for surrounding communities as well as concerned citizens also stood up for the issue. Our members spoke of their own EMS delivery systems, presenting both the virtues of fire based transport and struggles with private ambulance services from jurisdictions that use this transport model.

 

At the end of the evening the City Council had heard over an hour of testimony, with every speaker urging the City Council to keep the

fire-based transport service provided by the Moses Lake Fire Department and the dedicated professionals of IAFF Local 2052.

The WSCFF commends Local 2052 for their organized and dedicated work and all members who took the time to support a local in need.

Oil Terminal Opponents Want Inslee to Take Executive Action

The WSCFF continues to work with an alliance of community and labor leaders joined by elected officials in opposing the existence of oil terminals in Grays Harbor County and the city of Vancouver as well as the expansion of a Shell refinery in Anacortes.  The WSCFF's stand to stop the use of our state's rail system as a carbon corridor for the export of crude oil is supported by Resolution 14-33 Crude By Rail.

The following letter was sent to Governor Inslee requesting a meeting to discuss the perspective of the alliance, in hope for a commitment for clean energy in the future and the halt of using our rail system for the export of crude oil. 

Request for Governor Inslee

Spokane Firefighters Memorial Project

The Spokane Firefighters Memorial Project’s mission is to honor the sacrifice made by those who served as professional firefighters and gave their lives in the line of duty, provide a visual tribute to honor each fallen hero at the location of their final service, and to educate the public about the firefighters who served and died in the Spokane community.

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WSCFF Members Give Back! Operation Warm, a Huge Success

Dick Sanford, the passionate founder and chairman of Operation Warm, often explains the enormous impact that 300,000 IAFF firefighters could have on children in poverty. "If each firefighter raised enough to cover ten children--just $340 dollars--we could serve three million children." A former U.S. Marine and retired CEO, Sanford remains energized by just how attainable it could be. "It breaks down into nothing less than a dollar a day, a beer a week."

Over 17 million children live in poverty in the USA and Canada. Annually, Operation Warm puts brand new winter coats on the backs of roughly 350,000 children. This year, nearly 20% of them will be provided, thanks to members of the IAFF.

The numbers intrigued Kelly Fox, President of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF). "It's fascinating to think about the potential." In 2013, Operation Warm launched production of 100% American-made coats exclusively for its partnership with the IAFF, and in 2014, brought the growing business to a union shop affiliated with Workers United. "Supporting union-made products is a priority of the WSCFF," explained Fox, "but this gives our union a special opportunity to truly make an impact, not only on a child's life but on the creation of jobs for Americans at a living wage." Ramping up American coat production to the level Sanford described could put thousands of Americans back to work and keep in business the USA vendors supplying components and materials.

Since Operation Warm was brought before the delegates at the 2012 IAFF General Convention in Philadelphia, more locals are opting to support the program each year. Twenty-five locals provided 17,000 coats in 2012, in 2013 that number jumped to 150 locals providing 35,000 coats and currently, Operation Warm is forecasting 250 locals providing 60,000 coats in 2014.

In 2013, 25 IAFF locals from Washington participated in Operation Warm’s initiative – the largest amount of participation of any state. Raising almost $130,000, Washington firefighters distributed coats to over 4,000 local children. One thousand of those coats were funded by the partnership between 99.9 FM KISW “The Rock of Seattle” and the WSCFF.  Other monetary support includes $20,000 from the Gary E. Milgard Foundation and $10,000 from the Norcliffe Foundation.

Fast forward one year:  40 WSCFF locals are participating. With a year under their belt, Washington locals are increasing their fundraising efforts – planning more events, attending more community gatherings, and reaching out to more businesses. With the continued support from KISW and the Milgard Foundation, Washington leads the way for other participating states. Passionate about the children in their communities, Washington firefighters are dedicated to giving back.  They are living proof that “Superheroes” exist, and every child they’ve reached can attest to that.


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Operation Warm
Member in Need

On Tuesday November 4, 2014 Sean Ansell, member of IAFF Local 2878 Eastside Fire and Rescue had an accident while working on his quad, off duty. He jabbed himself in the right eye with a screwdriver and caused permanent vision damage and possibly will lose his eye. He had surgery that night at Harborview and a follow up the next day, but they won't know the outcome for a few more weeks as the eye heals. 

Sean is a 2nd generation Fire Fighter, 29 years old, and has been with IAFF Local 2878 for about 8 years. 

There is currently a gofundme.com account set up to help Sean and his family with medical bills and getting by. If you would like to help, click on the following link:

http://www.gofundme.com/ansellfamily




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Fill The Boot! Sixty Years and Going Strong!

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the partnership between the IAFF and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Since 1954, when a father of two boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy asked his fire fighter friend to help, the IAFF has raised over half a billion dollars to fund summer camps for kids with muscle diseases, and to work towards finding a cure for these muscle diseases.
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