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Posted: Nov 30, 2015

Recruit Volunteers to Your Department with Help from ‘Make Me A Firefighter’ Campaign

If your department is like most volunteer or combination departments in the U.S., you struggle to maintain the staffing needed to provide the adequate level of service to your community. The numbers are clear. The National Fire Protection Association reports that in 1984 there were 897,750 volunteer firefighters, and that in 2013 there were 786, 150. This is a 12 percent decrease. In that same time period, call volume has tripled, largely due to increased medical emergency calls.

Why are we having problems recruiting new members? There are a lot of factors, including increased demands on people’s time, increased training requirements, and geographical shifts as people move away from smaller communities for job opportunities...

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Posted: Nov 30, 2015

The medical response to multisite terrorist attacks in Paris

Friday, Nov 13, 2015. It’s 2130 h when the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (APHP) is alerted to the explosions that have just occurred at the Stade de France, a stadium in Saint-Denis just outside Paris. Within 20 min, there are shootings at four sites and three bloody explosions in the capital. At 2140 h, a massacre takes place and hundreds of people are held hostage for 3 h in Bataclan concert hall.

The emergency medical services (service d’aide médicale d’urgence, SAMU) are immediately mobilised and the crisis cell at the APHP is opened. The APHP crisis unit is able to coordinate 40 hospitals, the biggest entity in Europe with a total of 100 000 health professionals, a capacity of 22 000 beds, and 200 operating rooms. It is very quickly confirmed that the attacks are multiple and that the situation is highly scalable and progressing dangerously. These facts led to a first decision: the activation of the “White Plan” (by the APHP Director General) at 2234 h—mobilising all hospitals, recalling staff, and releasing beds to cope with a large influx of wounded people. The concept of the White Plan was developed 20 years ago, but this is the first time that the plan has been activated.... 
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Posted: Nov 30, 2015

Impostor Syndrome: Why You Feel Like A Fraud And How To Overcome It

  • You don’t belong here.
  • You’re not good enough.
  • You got lucky.
  • They’re going to realize you aren’t that smart.

Ever heard this voice in your head? You’re far from alone. It’s called “impostor syndrome.”

More than 70% of successful people have felt it at one point...

In a study of successful people by psychologist Gail Matthews, a whopping 70 percent reported experiencing impostor feelings at some point in their life.

Are you one them? Ask yourself these questions...

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Upcoming Events

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2 Dec 2015 WFC Webinar Series - Leadership Climate 12/2/2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Leadership Climate 
(Instructor: Dave LaFave) 
December 2nd, 2015- 10am-11am
Learn to avoid leadership land mines and obvious problem areas.
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6 Jan 2016 WFC Webinar Series - Finances, Budgeting & the Political Process 1/6/2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Finances, Budgeting & the Political Process
(Instructor: Al Church) 
January 6th, 2016 - 10am-12pm
Learn how to identify the various sources utilized to fund a fire department, and identify the sources of funding utilized for capital expenditures.  This class will describe the necessity of a Mission Statement and/or Vision Statement as it relates to the budgetary process.  It will show you the uses of a Strategic Plan, or Long Range Plan, and how it can impact the budgetary process. You will explore the budgetary process in general and relate it to the importance of public support.  In addition this class will describe the audit process and levels of non-compliance.
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28 Jan 2016 Joint WFCA/WFC Legislative Day 1/28/2016

January 28, 2016

Legislative Day 2016 will be held Thursday, January 28th, in the state Legislative Building (Columbia Room) in Olympia. This annual event, which includes a morning workshop and noon luncheon, provides an excellent opportunity for members to discuss issues with their legislators that directly impact the fire service.

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3 Feb 2016 WFC Webinar Series - Implementing a Community Paramedic Program 2/3/2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Implementing a Community Paramedic Program 
(Instructor: Russ McCallion) 
February 3, 2016 - 10am-11am
Learn how to implement an effective community paramedic program in your area.
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27 Feb 2016 Training, Safety & Officers Conference 2/27/2016 - 3/2/2016
PRESENTED BY: Washington State Fire Training & Safety Officers 

LOCATION:  Yakima Convention Center 
DATE: 2/27/2016 - 3/2/2016

 "Leaders Emerging From Training" 


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