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Posted: May 31, 2018

Emotional Survival of First Responders

Todays First Responders face a multitude of challenges on a variety of fronts. Technology not only can make our jobs easier, but also may cause complications with recordings, videos, and just plain old computer issues. Litigation is ever present and the explosion of various media sources and blogs can push false narratives or continue placing issues and calls of activism in front of a population for a much longer time than previous generations ever could dream possible. There is Specialized and societal mandated training. Added to what is already a highly stressful work environment - the effects on the First Responder is immense. A career where batting .300 such as in baseball is considered good - doesn’t even come close. Perfection is demanded and expected of us. If not, then people can get hurt or die, lawsuits initiated, and internal investigations opened. Not to mention protests and negative media coverage. Whether law enforcement, Fire, EMS, dispatch, or corrections, all careers face their own special work pressures. We are easily recognizable and if people want to do us harm - all they have to do is call 911 and we offer drive-up service.
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Posted: May 31, 2018

Mindsets and the Fire Service

Have you ever sat in a meeting, a classroom, or had a cup of coffee at the firehouse and listened to what people are saying - not what they are speaking - but what they are truly communicating? Verbal comments, nonverbal reactions, and even no response in these environments can reveal a lot about a person’s abilities, knowledge, and personal beliefs. That’s if you know what to look for. We deliver messages to others all the time whether we fully engage, toss out a quick comment, or remain quiet when given the opportunity to participate or be involved. When it comes to beliefs – or mindsets –, the ones we and others hold is the purpose of this article and what I’m hoping to explore with you.
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Posted: May 31, 2018

Does firefighter cancer prevention matter?

In November, the National Institute of Public Safety Health hosted the Public Safety Health Symposium. This year’s focus was on cancer and firefighting.

The presentations were centered on the latest findings related to exposures, health behaviors and prevention, and the findings of the large cancer cohort study recently completed by NIOSH.
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Posted: Mar 29, 2018

Annual “Heroes” Fundraising Event Runs April 1-30, 2018 at Olympic Hot Tub

Event Honors Washington State Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Donation Goal is $15,000

From April 1 – April 30, 2018, Olympic Hot Tub hosts its annual “Heroes” event to honor and support the Washington State Fallen Firefighters Foundation (WSFFF). Olympic Hot Tub will donate a portion of each Hot Spring Spa, Finnleo Sauna, Freeflow Spa and Covana Automated Gazebo sold in the month of April.

Don Riling, president of Olympic Hot Tub, launched the annual “Heroes” event in 2017 as a way to give back to the community his company has been a part of for over forty years. Each year Olympic Hot Tub selects a beneficiary that honors or celebrates local heroes, first responders or teachers. This year’s recipient, WSFFF directly assists the firefighter’s family after the loss of a Washington state firefighter.

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Posted: Jan 24, 2018


In honor of and at the request of Otto and Betty Jensen, a fund was established in 1996 to pay all the costs (registration, lodging and mileage) to a Volunteer Fire Chief and spouse to attend the WFC Annual Conference. This volunteer chief, due to financial limitations of their organization, would otherwise not be able to attend. Please complete the attached Application and return it to the Fire Chiefs office no later than April 2, 2018.  

Applications will be accepted from volunteer fire chiefs and from those submitting the form on behalf of a volunteer fire chief.
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