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Posted: Jul 25, 2017

Bereavement Uniform Program

The Bereavement Uniform Program, after almost five years, has come to the end of its beginning.  The program is up, running and available to all and the opportunity for every firefighter, paid or volunteer, active or retired, to answer their ‘last call’ in a Class A at no charge to the family, is now a reality… 
… and it is time to thank those organizations and individuals who were instrumental in getting the program to where it is today. 
A big thank you is in order to Washington’s Fire Service Organizations and this note is to recognize those associations and acknowledge their efforts in creating awareness with their membership. 
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Posted: Jul 25, 2017

Emergency Response a Training Conflict

The primary responsibility for any fire department is to respond to calls from the public. Emergency response has steadily increased year after year. However, the response model and staffing are slow to respond to the growth in call volume. Training officers must evaluate the training plan and determine if calls are undermining the efficiency of training.

In high call volume systems, it is a constant battle between quality training and units being forced to break away to respond to calls. Online training has become a popular method for dealing with this conflict, though overuse of this format of training can be detrimental to core competencies. Drill ground evolutions and Instructor-Directed courses should be the primary method of training for the fire service. Online-individualized training and group Instructor managed training must be able to strike a balance. 
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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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