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It is with great sorrow that we report the off-duty death of Captain Tim McCoy

It is with great sorrow that the WSCFF must report the off duty death of Captain Tim McCoy of Local 3520. 

Saturday afternoon, East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters responded to reports of a dirt bike crash at the 8000 block of 240th Avenue East, in Pierce County between Bonney Lake and Buckley. They arrived to find the seriously injured man was long-time East Pierce firefighter, Captain Tim McCoy. The crews transported their fellow firefighter to a local trauma center with life-threatening injuries. McCoy died later that evening in the presence of his family, friends and fire department family.

“Captain McCoy had been an integral member of this department for many years,” says East Pierce Fire Chief Bud Backer. “His loss touches each and every one of us. He will be sorely missed.”

The 59-year-old McCoy had joined the Bonney Lake Fire Department nearly 30 years ago. Bonney Lake Fire became a part of East Pierce Fire and Rescue in 2000. During those years, he rose through the ranks from firefighter to lieutenant then captain, often serving as acting battalion chief. He was planning to retire in June.

“I think he was cut out to be a firefighter because he was so calm and caring,” says his wife of 30 years, Anna McCoy. “Tim was definitely passionate in everything he did. He didn’t just want to be a firefighter—he wanted to be a great firefighter. He felt that it was such a privilege.”

His family says that McCoy had been riding dirt bikes since he was a child. As an adult, he earned his professional motocross license and competed in a number of races. Most recently, he won the Desert 100 for the 50-plus class, one of the biggest desert races in the Northwest.

According to his family, his love of competition wasn’t about winning or losing (although he liked winning best.) The point was to spur others on to be better. “I think he tried to do that with his crew at the fire station,” says his daughter Emily McCoy. Her brother Joshua McCoy agrees. “There was something in him that made him want to excel at everything,” he says.

In 2005, the family moved into the house McCoy helped build. Over the years, he filled the five-acre property surrounding their home with love and foster children. “They are a big part of our lives,” Anna says.

McCoy served as an elder at Bonney Lake Community Church for more than 10 years. “His ultimate goal in life was to bring honor to God in everything he did. It was the source of his passion, “ says Joshua. After he retired, McCoy had planned to become a chaplain for the fire department.

Above all else, McCoy loved his family. He leaves behind his wife Anna (Koehler), their son and daughter-in-law Joshua and Charis, daughters Emily and Alise; his mother Frances Pickering; brothers Steve and Kevin McCoy and sister Diane Stracener.

His children knew they were special to their father. “He was such a dare devil, but such a gentle protector for us,” says daughter Alise McCoy. However, they also knew something else. “Mom came first,” admits Emily. When he was away from her working his 24-hour shifts at the fire station, he would listen to a recording of Anna’s heartbeat before he went to bed. “He was really looking forward to being with her [after he retired],” she says.

Details regarding the service will be released at a later date.

Local 3186 Member Ken Ward Memorial Service

It is with profound sadness that the WSCFF and Mountain View Fire & Rescue Local 3186 reports the death of Firefighter Ken Ward. Ken's body was found in Grant County on Saturday afternoon.  Brother Ward was a valued colleague and a good friend. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family now.

We are deeply grateful to the many, many people who helped spread the word about and search for Ken Ward. Firefighter Ward was a career firefighter with Mountain View Fire & Rescue for ten years. He has family in the area, and has three children. 

"Ken’s family and everyone at Mountain View Fire & Rescue would like to thank everyone that helped us in the search for Fire Firefighter Ward," department spokesman Tim Perciful said in a statement. "We had over 100 off duty firefighters, police officers, and other individuals help search across the state. This extensive search covered the entire state using personal vehicles, ATVs, helicopters, and fixed wing aircraft." 


Tuesday, November 1 ~ Noon

New Life Church

15711 152nd AVE SE

Renton, WA 98058

 Class A's Appropriate

As this was not a line of duty death, there will be no apparatus or procession.

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Extinguishing Breast Cancer in the Fire Service




  • BECAUSE too many women firefighters are facing breast cancer
  • BECAUSE too many firefighters are facing any kind of cancer
  • BECAUSE WE can make a difference

Toxic-Free Future advocates for the use of safer products, chemicals, and practices through advanced research, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and consumer engagement to sensure a healthier tomorrow. The Fire Fighter Cancer Support Network is sponsoring this highly engaging and interactive training offering real solutions, best practices and advocacy suggestions. The class will be held in Seattle on Wednesday, November 2. The 1/2 day interactive training is free and lunch will be provided. For more information, click here

IAFF Peer Fitness Trainer Certification Program

Lacey Fire District 3 and IAFF Local 2903

 Host "Peer Fitness Trainer Certification Program"

December 5-9 in Lacey, Washington.

The IAFF, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the IAFF/IAFC Task Force have agreed that to successfully implement the Wellness/Fitness Initiative and the CPAT, there must be a fire fighter in each department who can take the lead. This individual must have the ability to design and implement fitness programs, to improve the wellness and fitness of his or her department and to assist with the physical training of recruits. This need for a department-level leader led to the development of the Fire Service Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) certification program. Certified PFTs will be essential in helping the IAFF/IAFC Task Force accomplish two of its most fundamental missions:

  • improving fire fighter health, wellness, fitness, safety and performance
  • improving the effectiveness of our fire fighters and every fire department in meeting the needs of the community

For more information and to register for this event, click here Peer Fitness Trainer Certification Program

Registration for the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb opens November 9 at 9:00

The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb


At 788 feet of vertical elevation, the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle stands as the second tallest building west of the Mississippi. It takes 69 floors of stairs and 1,356 steps to reach the highly acclaimed observation deck overlooking the city.

The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb supports the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, raising money through sponsorships, individual and department fundraising, and entry fees.

In 2016, the event featured over 1,900 firefighters from over 330 different departments and brought in a record $2.3 million dollars for blood-cancer research and patient services.

Registration for the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb opens November 9 at 9:00.   

Scott FireFighter Stairclimb

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. 

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.

What Does the WSCFF Do For You?

What Does the WSCFF Do For You? Even when the legislature is not in session, your legislative liaisons are working to raise awareness about issues that are critical to Washington firefighters.

IAFF Local 3711 Debriefs Governor Inslee

On Monday, August 22, 2016, Governor Jay Inslee was debriefed by Spokane District 8 Union Members who made the initial attack on the Yale Road Fire in the Spokane area.  These union fire firefighters described their efforts to save homes in the path of the fire front.

Congratulations Kelly Fox!

The WSCFF Congratulates Kelly Fox on his re-election as IAFF 7th District Vice President!  We look forward to working with Kelly to keep moving the Magnificent 7th forward for the next four years.

Safety Warning

Users of SCOTT SAFETY SCBA Full Facepiece: AV-3000 SureSeal, AV-3000HT, AV-2000, and other similar designs: Please read!

Annual Convention Photos

Photographs from this year’s convention are now available for you to view and purchase.  Director and Photographer of Seattle Photography, Carl Murray, did an outstanding job of capturing this memorable event!   To view or purchase your photos, visit Seattle Photography’s website:  www.seattlephotography.

Local 1352 Valley Professional Fire Fighters Looking for Riders

The Smyelin Babes and Firefighters are looking for new riders and fundraisers! Bike MS: 2016 Deception Pass Classic Every September, thousands of bikers gather at the fairgrounds in Mt.

Member of Local 1747 Kent Steps Up!

You could forgive veteran SeaTac firefighter Dave Little and his wife for wanting a break from parenting after raising several kids. But his wife, an elementary school teacher in Pierce County, formed close ties with a then 7-year-old girl having lots of problems in the classroom and at home. Then the little girls' world completely crashed.

Latest Report from the Institute For Global Labour And Human Rights

Today the Institute is releasing a new report, Dirty Toys Made in China. Some 1,800 Chinese workers in the Dongguang Zhenyang Wanju factory in Guangdong produce toys for Disney, Mattel, Hasbro and other international brands, under harsh conditions, stripped of their rights, their voice and basic justice.


The WSCFF Burn Foundation is honored and grateful to be named "Charity of the Month" for December by Bonneville Seattle and the Seattle Seahawks.  Bonneville Seattle (KIRO Radio 92.3, 710 ESPN, 770 KITH, and together with the Seahawks select a charity each month that makes a positive impact in the community.  The foundation will receive acknowledgement on MyNorthwest.

A Message from the WSCFF Burn Foundation

For Immediate Release: November 30, 2015 ALERT: Phone Scam Fire Fighters NOT Calling For Donations to Help Burn Victims Do not give out your personal information or send money to callers allegedly raising money for children burned in fires. Dozens of people in Washington have reported receiving these calls; this is a scam.

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