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Posted: Jul 31, 2019

WASHINGTON STATE FIRE TRAINING ACADEMY TRAINING WATER TREATMENT PROJECT UPDATE

Members of the Washington State Fire Training Academy (FTA) recently attended the kick-off meeting for our training water treatment upgrades. The FTA discussed the potential of running Recruit Academy 2019-03 and other training alongside the planned construction activities. Unfortunately, unforeseen equipment delivery lead times will delay the start of the project until September 9, 2019. This means that Recruit Academy 2019-03 along with other scheduled training will not be available for the remainder of the year. The construction timeline will require the system to be out of service for the majority of the work and therefore no alternative workarounds will be available.
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Posted: Jun 27, 2019

SSB 5010, No Man's Land - Annexation Reminder

Fire agencies must start the process of annexing no-man's land areas by January 1, 2021.

 

You may find the bill information here for more information: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/Senate/5010-S.SL.pdf


SB 5010 states: Under current law, fire protection agencies are not required to provide firefighting services to unprotected land, which is defined as improved property located outside the jurisdiction of a fire protection service agency. Property owners of unprotected lands are encouraged to form or annex into a fire protection jurisdiction or enter into a contract for firefighting services. If this does not occur and firefighting services are provided to unprotected land, the property owners must reimburse the agency initiating firefighting services on unprotected land for certain costs incurred. 

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Posted: Jun 27, 2019

Checked your Pulse (Foods) Lately?

Admitting that I am a big fan of Pulse Foods is an understatement. With the idea of being fully transparent, I need to state that I have worked for the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council in the past as a consultant. My job was to take different pulse crops and create recipes that would be gluten-free, high protein, healthy, eco-friendly, and very important…tasty. After creating these recipes, I worked with chefs all over the country to get these recipes made and presented to hundreds of foodies at each event. It has been an honor to promote the amazing food, but as a chef, it is always a blast to play mad scientist in the kitchen with basic foods that are real and whole.

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Posted: May 30, 2019

First Trust. Then Ethos.

The challenges facing leaders today are bigger, more complex and coming faster than ever before, with the volume of decisions needing to be made feeling like they are growing exponentially.  In this environment, unleashing a committed effort from every team member is no longer ‘nice to have’, it’s mission critical.

Think of it as an hourglass, with every grain of sand being a challenge to address or a decision to be made.  If you as the leader have to consider each of them alone, you are the crimp in the middle.  At best, you are slowing performance, at worst, guaranteeing failure. The need to fully engage, grow and empower your culture has never been more important.  The question is how? 
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Posted: May 30, 2019

Washington State Fallen Firefighters Foundation

The first recorded Washington State Line of Duty Death of a firefighter was on March 9th, 1891 when Seattle Firefighter Herman Larson was killed in a training accident on a peer.  Since that time 234 Washington State Firefighters have died in the line of duty.  On June 5th, 1991 Seattle Firefighter Donald Perry was the first presumptive cancer death.  Now, every year we gather around the state to lay to rest a fellow firefighter who has paid the ultimate price for their dedication, courage, and bravery.   Once a year on the first Sunday of June in Olympia, the Washington State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service honors these heroes by placing a memorial ribbon upon a pike pole where they hang as a memorial to their memory so that we will never forget.   

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