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Posted: Apr 30, 2019

Insurance and Recovery Help for Victims of Fires

Fire investigators recently reached out to my office regarding aggressive solicitors selling mitigation and repair services to confused and overwhelmed property owners immediately after a fire. Many Washingtonians aren’t aware that my office has staff dedicated to helping consumers resolve disputes with their insurance companies and answer questions about insurance.

In response to our conversations with fire investigators, we developed a handout for victims of house fires https://www.insurance.wa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/insurance-claim-fire.pdf It covers how to start an insurance claim, how to avoid being the victim of a scam, and other pointers about what to do and what not to do. It looks great printed in black & white and may be helpful for the fire victims you interact with. There is more information for consumers, including how to start the claims process and what to do if you have trouble with your insurance company, on our website at https://www.insurance.wa.gov.

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Posted: Apr 30, 2019

Why Suicide Is Not The Answer For A Firefighter’s Personal Struggles

You are a firefighter and you are the end of your rope, and you can't take it any much longer. You are suffering from anxiety, depression, guilt or some other fear-related issue and you feel there is no hope. Although things may seem difficult suicide is not the answer to your personal struggles.

Here are six reasons why suicide is not the solution to your problems.

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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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