• 2014 

    Washington Fire Mechanics Fall Conference

    Yakima Valley Convention Center


    Class Highlights
    EVT Training
    EVT Testing
    Fire Pumps & Accessories
    Pump Testing
    ...and so much more


  • Washington State Community

    Paramedic Conference

    What is the Future of Mobile Integrated Healthcare?

    November 4-5, 2014
    DoubleTree Hotel
    Sea-Tac, WA



Upcoming events Events RSSiCalendar export

  • 2014 Fire & Life Safety Educator Workshop (8/19/2014 - 8/21/2014)
  • NW Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit (9/17/2014 11:00 PM - 9/18/2014 1:30 PM)
  • 2014 Washington State Community Paramedic Conference (11/3/2014 - 11/5/2014)

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Georgia fire chief relieved of command following aerial failure
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Recent WFC News

14 Jul 2014

Washington Fire Mechanics Protocol Updates

In accordance with the Washington Fire Chiefs' Bylaws, and the Washington Fire Mechanic's current Protocols, the Washington Fire Mechanics are posting Protocols update 30 days before conference.  Please feel free to post any feedback or concerns regarding these updates as comments below.  To do so, log in with your user name (firstname.lastname) and password (WFCxxxxxx) and add your comment to the comment box below.

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10 Jul 2014

Why not?

Why not?
Why not wear your seatbelt?  Does your department have a policy of wearing seatbelts?  Has your department signed the Nation Seatbelt Pledge?  Twenty-seven fire departments in the state of Washington have signed along with the Washington State Fire Training Academy.  Two combined volunteer fire academies in Pierce County and the Washington State Fire Training Academy, class of 2013 have also signed the pledge.  With 500+ fire departments and fire districts in the State of Washington this is a very poor showing.  You can see the list of Washington departments that are 100% compliant with the International First Responder Seatbelt Pledge by going to http://www.everyonegoeshome.com/seatbelts.  The National Fire Service Seatbelt Pledge was created following the death of Texas firefighter Brian Hunton to reduce the firefighter fatalities.  Over 400 firefighters have died in vehicle crashes in the last 30 years; 300 did not have on seatbelts.  

There was an article in Fire Engineering stating that only 55% of firefighters wear their seatbelts which means that 45% do NOT wear their seatbelts.  

We in the fire service know there is a problem so why don’t we fix it?  Firefighters are not alone in not wearing their seatbelts.  The National Highway Traffic Administration reports that at least 42% of police officers killed in vehicle crashes nationally over the past 30 years were not wearing their seatbelts.  They NHTA also did a survey and found the highest use of seatbelts for the general public was in the west at 94%.  The State of Washington has the highest seatbelt use in the nation at 98%...

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10 Jul 2014

FEMA Grants - How Can they Help My Department?

Congratulations 2014 SAFER Grant Recipients!

  • Clark County Fire & Rescue, Ridgefield $620,360, under the leadership of 
    Chief Dennis Mason
  • Whatcom County Fire District 8, Bellingham $144,643, under the leadership of 
    Chief Dean Whitney
  • City of Tacoma Fire Department, 3,446,180, under the leadership of 
    Chief Jim Duggan
  • City of Yakima Fire Department, $518,871, under the leadership of 
    Acting Chief Bob Stewart
  • Clallam County Fire District 2, Port Angeles, $168,000, under the leadership of 
    Chief Sam Phillips
  • Orcas Fire & Rescue, Eastsound $674,794, under the leadership of 
    Chief Kevin O’Brien

Congratulations to the Town of Concrete for their grant to build a new Fire & Life Safety Facility!  Kudos to Chief Rich Philips and former mayor and firefighter Judd Wilson for their $1,000,000 grant plus $875,000 legislative direct-appropriation.   

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