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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: May 31, 2017

New Process for Legislative Priorities

Traditionally, the Washington Fire Chiefs have set the session priorities based on a survey sent mid-April to members.  From those priorities, the Legislative Committee met and put together a strategic list of our “Top 5 Legislative Goals” for the following year.
 
At the WFC Conference in May, the legislative goals were presented for input and adopted by the membership.
However; some concerns were expressed about the process being too early before the session ends. This year, the legislative committee has decided to try a different process, in the hopes of better meeting our member's needs...

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Posted: May 31, 2017

Is it time the fire industry rethinks their approach to home fire protection

In the early 1960s the fire service was able to make interior attacks on house fires that were often able to be made without the use of self-contained breathing apparatus, (SCBA)   Granted, in those days SCBAs weren't readily available or used by many departments and there were many who saw it as a sign of weakness to even bother with them.
 
Then in the late 60's and early 70's  the nature of house fires in general changed dramatically.
With the introduction of polyurethane foam, (often described as compressed gasoline), as a replacement for Jute furniture padding, one of the most feared phenomena for all firefighters swiftly became an almost regular occurrence.  Flashover....
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