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December 25, 2014

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Happy Holidays!
The WSCFF Office will be closing the afternoon of December 23, 2014 and reopening January 5, 2015.  If you need assistance during this time, please contact your WSCFF District Representative.  Have a happy and safe holiday!
Make Your Holiday Shopping Count!
Americans will spend $720 on average for holiday gifts this year. But if each of us spent just $64 on American-made goods this season, we could create 200,000 new jobs, right here in the United States! We know American-made options aren’t always available and sometimes take effort to find. Below are some nice gift ideas from several specific states in our region.

Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 donated 54 coats to local children last week as part of the national Firefighters Coats for Kids campaign sponsored by the International Association of Fire Firefighters (IAFF).

Members of IAFF Local 1828 in Fire District 1 delivered coats to the entire kindergarten class at Discovery Elementary School south of Everett. All coats were purchased using funds donated by members of Local 1828.

Throughout this year, members of IAFF Local 1828 have provided coats to more than 150 local children.

 Kindergartners from Discovery Elementary show off the coats they received from Snohomish County Fire District 1 firefighters Micah Gaston, Capt. Rob Gullickson and Melissa Beard as part of the IAFF Firefighters Coats for Kids campaign. IAFF Local 1828 in Fire District 1 has provided coats for more than 150 children this year.

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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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 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:

Saving Fire-Based Transport in Moses Lake

The Moses Lake Firefighters Local 2052 have 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%.

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.

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