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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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Posted: Apr 8, 2019

WFC Bylaws Changes

All Members of the Washington Fire Chiefs:
 

In accordance with the WFC Bylaws, this notice is being sent out at least 30 days prior to the start of the WFC Conference to announce the intention to bring the following bylaws changes to the membership for a vote at the annual business meeting.

The Bylaws Committee has completed a thorough review of this document and has identified a number of areas that required clarification.  Please see that attached document that shows all planned changes.

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Posted: Mar 26, 2019

How A Firefighter Can Deal With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Are you a firefighter who is secretly struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?  A firefighter can be exposed to many terrifying images and events that can trigger PTSD. Unfortunately, many firefighters suffer in silence without getting the proper treatment to overcome PTSD.

As a result, here are 7 helpful tips on how to help a fellow firefighter who is struggling with this fear related disorder.

1. Learn As Much As You Can In Dealing With PTSD: There are many books and information that will educate you on how to deal with PTSD and other mental health issues. Educating yourself and others about how to recognize PTSD and how to overcome it is very important in one’s recovery.

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Posted: Jan 31, 2019

Camas-Washougal Fire Department L&I Citation Update

The Camas-Washougal Fire Department (CWFD) has been locked in a legal battle with the Department of Labor and Industries in 2018 that most departments across the state have heard about.  After fighting for a citation reversal for the better part of 10 months, our legal counsel is finally recommending we throw in the towel.  That decision will have to be made by our governing body later, but assuming we do give up our appeal fight, there are going to be significant and very expensive repercussions for small fire departments across Washington.  We estimate the costs of adhering to L&I’s staffing directive will be in the millions of dollars statewide. 
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