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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 10, 2014

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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Posted: Apr 10, 2014

Make a Great Day At The Station

We don’t rescue the young and beautiful from the ravages of fire often enough to maintain great satisfaction and inspiration for our work. In fact a lot of our work is routine in nature and sometimes difficult to continue to make important day after day drill after drill. Often it is difficult to see what we have done at the end of the day that we can say job well done. We do however need to be prepared for every emergency if and when it does come. That is why we train.

Remember when we first started down the fire service path? Every thing was a new experience, people told stories about everything. What they used all those tools for, what happened at one fire compared to another, how to protect yourself and do well. We practiced often and redundantly, until we had skills mastered. We didn’t pull a hose line once we pulled it five or eight times trying to improve each time. We raised ladders and secured them until we were hot and tired. Often while practicing one skill we would take on another objective because someone had a “what if”. This kind of day is fun and satisfying. That is why we train...

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24 Feb 2018 2018 Washington Fire Symposium 2/24/2018 - 2/28/2018

Washington Fire Symposium
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FIRE TRAINING, SAFETY & OFFICERS SECTION BOARD

Co-Chair
Ted Vander Houwen
Yakima Fire Department

Co-Chair
Woody Juarez
Central Pierce Fire & Rescue

Vice Chair
Jake Fouts
City of Snoqualmie Fire Department

Secretary
Kurt Stich
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue

Board Member
Bob Jones
Pacific County Fire District #3

Board Member
Jay Summerlin
West Pierce Fire and Rescue

Board Member
Tony Miller
Yakima County EMS

Board Member
Kelly Merz
WSP – FPB-FTA

Board Member
Bill Howell
Mason County Fire District #16

Board Member
Wayne Garden
Central Pierce Fire and Rescue

Board Member
Tyler Abhold
East Valley Fire/Yakima County Fire District #4

Board Member
Bryan Pearson
Kittitas County Fire District #7

Alternate Board Member
Max Hollander
Thurston County Fire District #13/Griffin Fire Department