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Posted: Jul 17, 2017

Lynden Fire Department suffers loss of their Fire Chief - Chief Robert Spinner

Lynden Fire Department

It is with deep regret that we announce the line of duty death of Fire Chief Robert Spinner of the Lynden Fire Department.  Chief Spinner died after noon on Friday July 14, 2017 from an apparent heart attack.  This is the first line of duty death in the 107 year history of the Lynden Fire Department. 

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Posted: Jun 6, 2017

Group Purchasing Information

Dear Washington Fire Chiefs Association and FireRescue GPO users:

As you may have heard, a member fire district received a Management Letter from the State Auditor’s Office because they made a large purchase using a RFP process awarded on best value rather than a lowest responsive bidder sealed bid process.  The purchase was made using a contract from the NPPGov/FireRescue GPO cooperative. Most coops across the country use what is called a “best value award from an RFP” process as opposed to “lowest responsive bidder to a sealed bid solicitation” 
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Posted: Apr 27, 2017

EF Recovery’s Response Recovery Program Continues to Grow

For the past decade, voter resistance to fire department bond initiatives has increased. As populations grow and demand for resources increases, how can a fire department continue to serve the public on an ever-shrinking budget?
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Posted: Apr 27, 2017

The Other Side of Patient Care

We respond to save lives. When we can’t, we render a different kind of care to our patient’s survivors.

In my experience, the following components make a successful firefighter wellness program: 

A Strong Foundation 
• Focus on taking care of the customer (developing and applying compassion) 
• Focus on taking care of self and others (training in  stress resistance, resilience, and recovery) 

Behavioral-Health Program Development 
• Peer team and outside resource development 
• Operational guidelines 

Continuing Behavioral-Health Education Classes 
• How to have difficult conversations 
• Maintaining successful relationships 
• Dealing with change 

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Posted: Mar 30, 2017

AFG Grants Safe in President’s Budget Proposal

President Trump’s budget proposal contains major cuts to many federal grant programs. 

Assistance to Firefighter Grants:

Fortunately for fire districts/departments, the “Assistance to Firefighter Grant” (AFG) programs are safe for now.  This is because they fall under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security, one of three federal departments (along with Veteran’s Affairs and Defense) that, at this time, are escaping President Trump’s proposed budget cuts.

Proposed Cuts to Other Federal Grant Programs:

USDA Rural Development grant programs which have previously provided some equipment funding for fire districts/departments, are also slated for major cuts to funding...

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