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  • 2014 EVIP 2.1 Regional Training - Whatcom County Fire District 5 (1/10/2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
  • 2015 Youth Firesetting Intervention Workshop (1/26/2015 - 1/29/2015)
  • 2015 Legislative Day (2/10/2015)
  • 2015 Washington State Training Conference (2/21/2015 - 2/25/2015)

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Firefighters get layoff notices at East Pierce Fire and Rescue
12/19/2014 12:47:55 AM Washington News
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Everett fire chief calls for reforms amid scandal
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Yakima family displaced by house fire
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New York firefighter critically injured in house fire, officials say
12/19/2014 2:00:00 AM National News
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Uproar over Phildelphia paramedic's Instagram post
12/19/2014 2:00:00 AM National News
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Arizona paramedic indicted in work-shift fraud probe
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Recent WFC News

18 Dec 2014

Changing the Culture of Seatbelts

“Officer ejected from apparatus in serious condition”, “Firefighter died of injuries sustained from being ejected from engine”.  These are headlines from 2014! Why is this still happening? Doesn’t every department in the country have a policy about seat belts? Didn’t we all sign a seatbelt pledge? 

My answer to this question is “Culture” we don’t want to change.  Culture is deeply ingrained in the fire service.  Part of that culture is to not speak up.  I talked before about the fear of speaking up or reminding our brothers and sisters to do things safely. Seat belts are one of those “things” we have a tendency to not help each other out with. Would you let your partner go into an IDLH environment without doing a buddy check? No, because we have always been told that being part of the team is doing that for each other. So, why not do a “buddy check” before the apparatus rolls off the apron of the station?

Author: Dave Martin
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18 Dec 2014

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the Washington Fire Chiefs Board of Directors and Staff, I would like to wish our members a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  As 2014 concludes, it is important to reflect on the successes and accomplishments the WFC has experienced throughout the year.  From hiring a new executive director, the challenges of the 2014 legislative session, a successful annual conference and educational offering...

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16 Dec 2014

Mudslide report offers ideas to be ready for next disaster

Mudslide report offers ideas to be ready for next disaster

OSO — Twenty years ago, the Legislature passed a law governing how statewide resources would be deployed to wildfires and other major emergencies.

Over time, that got convoluted in legal interpretation. When the fatal mudslide struck Oso in March, that help wasn't there. They were denied by the state because nothing was on fire.

On Monday, a state commission that studied the mudslide released its final report, calling for an expansion of the wildfire mobilization law to include all emergencies...

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