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The objectives of this Division shall be to further enhance the education of all Fire Service Administrative Support by conducting workshops and seminars; to increase the proficiency of Fire Administrative Support by establishing a network sharing of information systems through various channels of communication; and to faciliate a statewide standardization wherever possible in all phases and aspects of the Fire Administrative Support field for the benefit of the Fire Service.

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Posted: Oct 20, 2020
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Greetings all~

At the yearly business meeting of the WFAS, usually a part of the annual conference, 2020 elections were held. Two Regional Representative terms were up this year along with that of the Secretary and Chair. Cathy Blakeway, Tumwater Fire, will continue to serve as a Regional Rep and Tasiya Deering, Moses Lake Fire, was reelected to the position of Secretary. Kristen Cole chose not to run again for the Regional Rep position she has held but has opted to remain on the board as the Hospitality/Activity committee chair. Slita Bradley, Benton County Fire District 4, was chosen to fill that Regional Rep position. Caity Karapostoles, Clallam County Fire District 3, was elected to serve for the next two years as Chairman when Mykel Montgomery stepped down. Mykel will stay on the board as Past Chair, allowing her to help deliver the 2021 WFAS Conference in Chelan postponed from October 2020. A huge shout out to everyone for stepping up to run for positions on the board and to volunteer on the various committees, along with everyone who continues to serve as board/committee members. It takes all of us to create and maintain the valuable network that is the WFAS! And along those lines, the Vice Chair position is open if you or someone you know is interested, please let me know as soon as possible. In keeping with our policies and procedures, the vacancy will be filled by a majority vote of the Executive Board at our next meeting. The person chosen will serve until the next election at the 2021 WFAS Conference,

In lieu of this year’s conference and workshops, a number of webinars are being planned for our group. Check the website and the group’s Facebook page for more information as it comes available.

Please feel free to contact me or any of the other board/committee members, if there is anything we can help you with. I welcome comments, concerns and suggestions!

Take care and stay safe.

As always,

Caity K

WFAS Chair

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Posted: Oct 6, 2020
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There are many ways to get involved! If you or someone you know would like to be part of our team, please let us know. Anyone can join a committee on the board and the following positions are up for election this year:

Chair
Secretary
Regional Rep
Regional Rep

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Posted: Apr 21, 2020
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Wednesday April 22nd

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Posted: Jun 27, 2018
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 A recording of the hour long webinar How to Apply for a Local Records Grant is now available at Washington State Archives’ website at:

 https://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/RecordsManagement/Local-Records-Grant-Program.aspx

 

The Online Grant Application form will be available on July 2, 2018.

If anyone has questions or would like assistance in planning and preparing their application, please email recordsmanagement@sos.wa.gov.

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Posted: Apr 25, 2018
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On behalf of your Washington Fire Administrative Support (WFAS) Board and Committee Members, we would like to acknowledge your hard work, dedication and commitment to the fire service and the work that you do. We all play an integral part in the departments we work for and the communities we serve, but perhaps don’t always get the acknowledgement that goes along with it. I hope everyone feels valued for their efforts and feels the support of your network of peers within the WFAS Section. Enjoy your day and I am so excited to see 96 of you in Walla Walla at our annual conference next week!

 

Ashley Becker, WFAS Section Chair

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Posted: Apr 2, 2018
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In accordance with the Washington Fire Chiefs' Bylaws, and the WFC Fire Administrative Support current Protocols, the recommended updated version of the protocols has been posted 30 days before conference

If you would like to see a version noting all of the changes, that document is shown as well. Feel free to share any concerns or comments regarding this updated document with us at: wfc@washingtonfirechiefs.org 

The updated protocols will be voted on by members at the WFAS conference in Walla Walla, Washington on Monday, May 7th.

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Posted: Feb 21, 2018
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Nominations need to be submitted to the WFC office by Friday, April 20, 2018 to kathleen@washingtonfirechiefs.org.

  • Nominee can be nominated by any WFC member, belonging to any WFC Section – please include: nominees name, position title, years of service;
  • The nominee must be a current member of the WFAS;
  • Nomination should list the nominee’s administrative accomplishments and contributions during the previous year as well as their leadership abilities, demonstration of professional performance and personal character.  A short story should be submitted to enhance the nominee’s accomplishments.
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Posted: Aug 8, 2017
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We currently have an opening on the WFAS Executive Board for an Eastern Representative, partial term, to serve through May 2018 (until the conference in which an election will take place for a two-year term).

 

Please submit a Statement of Interest to abecker@centralpiercefire.org, no later than Tuesday, August 15, for consideration at our upcoming Board Meeting in Walla Walla.

 

Feel free to reference the WFAS Board Campaign on the website for more information on Board involvement or reach out to a Board Member.

 

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Posted: Apr 26, 2017
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On behalf of the WFAS Board, we would like to thank you for your endless dedication to the fire service and your commitment to learn and grow.

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Posted: Apr 6, 2017
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In accordance with the Washington Fire Chiefs' Bylaws, and the WFC Fire Administrative Support current Protocols, the recommended updated version of the protocols has been posted 30 days before conference

If you would like to see a version noting all of the changes, please contact us. Feel free to share any concerns or comments regarding this updated document with us at: wfc@washingtonfirechiefs.org 

The updated protocols will be voted on by members at the WFAS conference in Olympia, Washington.

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California's I-80 reopens after crash, brush fire

Posted: Oct 23, 2020

California's I-80 reopens after crash, brush fire

VIDEO: A crash that sparked a brush fire forced the closure of part of Interstate 80 in Placer County for several hours Thursday. A vehicle slammed into a power pole on westbound I-80 at Highway 193 in the Newcastle area, knocking powerlines onto the highway and Ophir Road and igniting a fire, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento
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It takes nerves of steel to be a tillerman, and a female firefighter lands the job in New Jersey

Posted: Oct 23, 2020

It takes nerves of steel to be a tillerman, and a female firefighter lands the job in New Jersey

On Thursday, Brittani Rawls became Passaic Fire Department's first female tillerman. That's the firefighter who sits in a seat in back and steers the tail end of a firetruck. It's the kind of challenge she relishes, because in a city crammed with traffic, tight streets and double-parked cars, life for the tillerman is never dull.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NorthJersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - Metered Site
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Firefighters in Texas using federal grant to vaccinate homeless, low-income families for the flu

Posted: Oct 23, 2020

Firefighters in Texas using federal grant to vaccinate homeless, low-income families for the flu

This is the first year the Victoria Fire Department will administer flu shots for the homeless and low-income families and it’s all part of a long-range plan for the department to have more public health outreach. “Due to COVID-19 we felt this was a great year and a great opportunity to start that,” said Tracy Fox, VFD Chief.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KAVU-TV ABC 25 Victoria
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Georgia firefighter puts on heels to raise awareness for domestic violence

Posted: Oct 23, 2020

Georgia firefighter puts on heels to raise awareness for domestic violence

Tifton fighters are trading in their boots for high heels to show support for the fight against domestic violence. Kiefer Daughtry is an engineer at the Tifton Fire Department, and right before the interview, he traded in his work shoes for a pair of fuchsia-colored high heels. “What’s going through your head right now? How does it feel?” asked Poitevint.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WALB-TV NBC/ABC 10 Albany
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Fire truck being raffled off in Pennsylvania

Posted: Oct 23, 2020

Fire truck being raffled off in Pennsylvania

Have you ever heard of a fire truck being raffled off? That's what one Schuylkill County fire company is doing. "We've gotten some messages. I've gotten some messages from people saying, 'what are you guys thinking?' But honestly, it's a good truck, and we're going to give it a shot," said Sam Detweiler of Liberty Fire Company No.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNEP-TV ABC 16 Scranton
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A grim anniversary in Delaware: 'I questioned how many of us were going to walk away'

Posted: Oct 22, 2020

A grim anniversary in Delaware: 'I questioned how many of us were going to walk away'

It was Tuesday, October 21, 1980, and Phillies fans, including New Castle County volunteer firefighters, were anticipating the start of what would be a Game 6 World Series clinching victory. But everything changed around 6:30 p.m. when a massive explosion rocked the Amoco plant off of River Road in New Castle south of Dobbinsville, blowing out windows, and shaking houses and residents for miles around.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDEL-AM 1150 & WDEL.com
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Arizona city develops task force to address workplace problems at 911 dispatch center

Posted: Oct 22, 2020

Arizona city develops task force to address workplace problems at 911 dispatch center

The results of a workplace assessment recently completed for Tucson’s Public Safety Communications Department has caused concern among city leaders who are working to address “fundamental problems in the operation of the department.” The department is responsible for dispatching 911 calls for police and fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Star
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With shortage of volunteers at crisis level, some Pennsylvania fire departments let members live in firehouses rent free

Posted: Oct 22, 2020

With shortage of volunteers at crisis level, some Pennsylvania fire departments let members live in firehouses rent free

The lounge could pass for a college dorm, ignoring the vintage fire hats, canvass jackets and 1992 training record board hanging on the walls. Half-empty Gatorade bottles and binders sit on end tables next to plush couches the twenty-somethings who live there found on the side of a road. They’ve got a PlayStation system and a kitchenette that, admittedly, they don’t use often, opting for fast food instead.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Morning Call
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CDC Reduces Consecutive Minutes Of COVID-19 Exposure Needed To Be A 'Close Contact'

Posted: Oct 22, 2020

CDC Reduces Consecutive Minutes Of COVID-19 Exposure Needed To Be A 'Close Contact'

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed the amount of time it would take for someone to be considered a close contact of a person with COVID-19. Previous language defined a close contact as someone who spent at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of a confirmed case. The CDC now defines a close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NPR
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Artist in Missouri uses fire helmets as canvas

Posted: Oct 22, 2020

Artist in Missouri uses fire helmets as canvas

A Farmington artist has become nationally known for the unique way in which she uses the helmets of firefighters as a canvas on which to honor them for their courage and sacrifice. Miranda DeOrnellis grew up in Womack and has been painting for others since she was 18. “I’ve always been interested in art.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Journal Online
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Florida firefighter speaks out on surviving fall in vehicle from expressway

Posted: Oct 21, 2020

Florida firefighter speaks out on surviving fall in vehicle from expressway

VIDEO: A Hialeah firefighter has recalled the night he flew over a barrier and off the Palmetto Expressway after, investigators said, he was hit by another driver, causing his truck to come to rest on its roof along the street below. Alain Pineiro is at home recovering from a fractured neck and rib, but it will take him longer to recover from the emotional pain of the crash.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSVN-TV FOX 7 Miami
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Missouri: Retirement badge of Clayton's first fire marshal returned to family years after it was lost in Florida

Posted: Oct 21, 2020

Missouri: Retirement badge of Clayton's first fire marshal returned to family years after it was lost in Florida

The daughter of Clayton’s first fire marshal on Tuesday retrieved her father’s retirement badge after losing it in Florida. Jill Halsey, 75, of St. Charles, lost the badge at a Florida restaurant years ago — when, exactly, is unclear. But now, thanks to the diligence of Clayton fire Chief John Paul Jones, as well as the Florida man who found the badge, Halsey again has a piece of family history.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Louis Post Dispatch
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Police officer’s bodycam video shows harrowing rescue of woman from burning car in California

Posted: Oct 21, 2020

Police officer’s bodycam video shows harrowing rescue of woman from burning car in California

VIDEO: A Davis police officer recalled the tense moments before rescuing a woman from a burning car. It looks like a scene out of a Hollywood movie as Davis Police Cpl. Pheng Ly’s body camera shows him pulling a helpless woman out of her burning car and into safety. But the scene happened in real life Saturday night in the middle of Ly’s shift.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
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US is nearing 'rapid acceleration' of COVID-19 cases, expert warns, as daily infections hit about 60,000

Posted: Oct 21, 2020

US is nearing 'rapid acceleration' of COVID-19 cases, expert warns, as daily infections hit about 60,000

US COVID-19 cases will begin to rapidly accelerate in about a week, a leading health expert says, as the country's daily averages keep climbing toward the summer's peak and several states are setting hospitalization records. The US recorded more than 60,300 new cases Tuesday, and the national seven-day case average hit about 59,500 -- an increase of about 73% in five and a half weeks, Johns Hopkins University data show.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
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Michigan firefighters destroy $90,000 Mustang Shelby GT500 ... here's why

Posted: Oct 21, 2020

Michigan firefighters destroy $90,000 Mustang Shelby GT500 ... here's why

Firefighters in Dearborn, Mich, destroyed a $90,000 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 last week, but they had a good reason. The department, which is located in the same town as Ford's headquarters, was using the pre-production muscle car donated by the automaker to hone the vehicle extraction skills needed to rescue victims from wrecked vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox News
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Church destroyed by massive fire in Oklahoma

Posted: Oct 20, 2020

Church destroyed by massive fire in Oklahoma

VIDEO: Authorities are currently investigating a massive fire that consumed a church in northeast Oklahoma City late Monday night. Around 10 p.m. on Monday, Oklahoma City firefighters were called to a large fire at a vacant church in the 2200 block of N. Prospect. As soon as firefighters arrived on the scene, portions of the roof and the masonry walls began to collapse.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFOR-TV NBC 4 Oklahoma City
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Coffee with a kicker: Nonprofit shop in Maryland will help volunteer firefighters recruit

Posted: Oct 20, 2020

Coffee with a kicker: Nonprofit shop in Maryland will help volunteer firefighters recruit

Second Alarm Brewhouse in Pasadena is pioneering a new business model: Great coffee that helps local volunteer firefighters. The shop has opened its doors in Pasadena and celebrated Saturday. But instead of cutting a ribbon, they cut a hose. The coffee shop was originally a coffee truck, and owner Duane McKee is a volunteer himself.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Capital Gazette - Metered Site
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Ohio: Firefighters agree to wage freeze as city deals with pandemic finances

Posted: Oct 20, 2020

Ohio: Firefighters agree to wage freeze as city deals with pandemic finances

The city and its firefighters union have come to a contract agreement in which the International Association of Firefighters Local 974 agreed to a wage freeze for the first year of the three-year deal. City Council agreed to the new contract during its Zoom meeting held Monday, Oct. 19. With the city facing uncertainty as to its tax collections in a year in which COVID-19 has played havoc with communities' budgets, Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan was grateful for the union’s consideration.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland.com
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Michigan city opens new $6M fire station with unique training equipment built in

Posted: Oct 20, 2020

Michigan city opens new $6M fire station with unique training equipment built in

PHOTOS: The city of Portage’s all-new Fire Station No. 2 went into service this October with a design that takes into account the health and wellness of the firefighters who will use it and offers some unique training opportunities. The new facility at 6101 Oakland Drive replaces the oldest of three free stations in the city.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive
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From the chief: Los Angeles Fire Department can wear Dodgers caps

Posted: Oct 20, 2020

From the chief: Los Angeles Fire Department can wear Dodgers caps

The Dodgers are headed to the World Series after clinching their third National League pennant in four years Sunday, and all of Los Angeles is celebrating a thrilling 4-3 win over the Braves in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. That includes the Los Angeles Fire Department, whose chief announced via Twitter shortly after the Dodgers' victory that all LAFD firefighters are authorized to wear Dodgers caps while on duty through the end of the World Series.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLB.com
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