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2016 Training Safety & Officer Conference - 2/27/2016-3/2/2016

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Welcome to the Fire, Training & Safety Officers, Leaders in Training, Education and Safety.  

Our Purpose:

  • To promote uniform training practices throughout the state of Washington.
  • To upgrade fire department training and training personnel within the fire departments of Washington State.
  • To make available technical information and guidance to the members of this Section.
  • To promote training programs for Training, Safety & Officers’.
  • To exchange information and training aids.
  • To promote and assist in the development of fire service performance standards.
  • To promote safety practices in all phases of fire department activities.
  • To actively seek uniformity in all fire service and fire related college curriculum.
  • To upgrade fire officer leadership and management skills and knowledge within the fire departments of Washington State.
  • To identify and make available technical information and guidance to the members of this section.
  • To advocate and support networking between fire officers in Washington State.
  • To promote and assist in the development of fire service leadership standards.

FIRE TRAINING, SAFETY & OFFICERS SECTION RECENT NEWS

Posted: Jul 19, 2016

Training, Safety & Officers Conference Update

A hallmark of the Fire Service which is hard, but necessary is change. New regulations, new ideas, and new ways of doing our jobs. Change is sometimes difficult to embrace, but usually, leads to a more efficient way of completing our everyday tasks. 
We here at the Training, Safety and Officers section of the Washington State Fire Chiefs have reached the conclusion that it's time to better align ourselves with today's volunteers and career Firefighters.  We are excited to share with you upcoming changes you will see at our 2017 Conference! 

First, you will notice a change to the Conference name. We feel there is a gap between the name “Training, Safety, and Officer Conference” and the fact the conference is PUT ON by our group FOR front line Volunteer and Career Firefighters at all levels. Drum roll please:  The conference is now the “Washington Fire Symposium” presented by the TSO State Committee. We feel this better represents what and who this conference is for...
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Posted: Jan 28, 2016

IFSAC Accreditation Process - Yes or No?

What are your feelings about the IFSAC accreditation process? Now before you jump to your first thoughts of being “For or Against” IFSAC let’s take a few moments to look at the program as it stands in the State of Washington.

The IFSAC website relates this: IFSAC was founded in 1990 to establish a new national accreditation system for fire service certification programs. In 1992, the development of an accreditation system for fire related degree programs began...

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FIRE TRAINING, SAFETY & OFFICERS SECTION BOARD

Chair
Ted Vander Houwen
Yakima Fire Department

Vice Chair
Dave Martin
Yakima County Fire District 5

Secretary
Kurt Stich
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue

Board Member
Howard Scartozzi
WSP- FPB-FTA

Board Member
Woody Juarez
Central Pierce Fire & Rescue

Board Member
Gabriel Benmoussa
Pullman Fire Department

Board Member
Bob Jones
WSP/Pacific County Fire District #3

Board Member
Jake Fouts
Snoqualmie Fire Department

Board Member
Jay Sumerlin
West Pierce Fire & Rescue

Board Member
James Hempstead
Richland Fire Department