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Section Chair's Welcome Letter:

Washington Public Fire Educators is a section of the Washington Fire Chiefs, representing nearly 100 departments throughout the State of Washington. WPFE is dedicated to the reduction of injuries and lives lost due to fire and other hazards through prevention programs.

WPFE Goals:

  • The promotion of professional interaction with the citizens of Washington State.
  • The standardization of comprehensive educational materials and programs throughout  the State of Washington.
  • Cooperative development and planning with other fire service divisions, WFC Section and other related organization.
  • Educational opportunities for fire and life safety educators.

Members learn together and from each other. Sharing resources and ideas is the mainstay of this organization. We strive for standardization of concepts to serve our communities more effectively and we encourage creativity to personalize and enhance our audience appeal.

Educational opportunities are provided at minimal cost to ensure that public educators are prepared to develop, present, and evaluate their programs - not to mention inspired to present them! We have partnered with other state agencies and participate annually in a Bi-State (Oregon/Washington) meeting, as well as provide workshops dealing with all facets of fire and life safety issues.

Four business meetings are held annually and the dates are posted to our website. The business of the section is determined at these meetings, so your participation is encouraged and welcomed. It's easy to join - simply click "Join WPFE" on the right. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact any Board Member. We will be glad to help in any way possible

WPFE is always on the lookout for innovative, creative, friendly educators who wish to help us combat fire and injury in Washington State. As our mission says, we "Ignite Awareness, Extinguish Risk."
 
Sincerely Welcome,
 
Melanie Taylor, Chair

PFE Section Board

Chair
Melanie Taylor
Kent Fire Department RFA
(253) 856-4482

Vice Chair
Kim Schroeder
Snohomish County Fire District 1
(425) 551-1254

Information Officer
Kelly Tyson
Valley Regional Fire Authority
(253) 288-5882

Secretary
Lysandra Davis
WSP/Fire Protection Bureau
(360) 596-3929

MEETING INFORMATION

WPFE meets quarterly for meetings that coincide with various training workshops. The location varies to afford departments around the state the ability to attend. The Annual Business Meeting for the purpose of installing officers newly elected.  Currently, meetings and workshops are scheduled each year in March, June, September, and December, unless otherwise noted.

These workshops are held at a discounted rate for members.  However, anyone may attend a general WPFE meeting, even if they are not attending the training workshop.  We encourage everyone to join us and share their ideas with other public educators!

In addition, there is an annual Bi-State Injury Prevention Summit held together with the Public Educators in the State of Oregon. The location of the Summit alternates between Oregon and Washington each year. The purpose of the Summit is to share successful strategies and programs with each other and to network to find solutions to fire and life safety issues.

Recent PFE News

Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority

POSITION DESCRIPTION 
 
GENERAL PURPOSE: 
 
Under the direction of the Information Technology (IT) Manager, assist in providing technical support and training for the use of the RFA’s computer systems network and software applications. 
 
Work is characterized by technical duties in the support, maintenance and tracking of computer hardware, software, and telecommunication systems. Incumbents of this classification assist other higher level classifications to provide technical support and second tier computer problem-solving. Incumbent is frequently required to travel to user sites and/or offices to provide technical support and resolve user computer problems. 
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Posted: May 23, 2016
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Author: Kelly Tyson

"Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years"

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.

To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

For more information visit www.fpw.org

FPW16infographic.pdf

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