WFC News

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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Posted: Jan 31, 2019

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act Information

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) wanted to make you aware of new regulations concerning certain fire and emergency vehicles as well as new signage you may soon see on and near interstate bridges.

On Dec. 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law. With the enactment of the FAST Act, state and local governments are now moving forward with implementation of the weight increases allowed for certain Emergency Vehicles (EV’s). The weight increases will pertain to the interstate system and one mile access to and from the interstate. (State Routes and county and city roads are not affected unless within the one mile access area)

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Posted: Aug 30, 2018

Rolfes Honored by Fire Chiefs

State Sen. Christine Rolfes has been awarded the 2018 Honorary Fire Chiefs Award for her work to fund firefighter training and wildfire response during the 2018 Legislative Session.

Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island) is a 23rd District lawmaker, and the award is given by the Washington State Fire Chiefs to legislators who have made a significant contribution to the fire service and demonstrated courage in leadership.
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