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Posted: Dec 28, 2016

When Yes is Sometimes No: Different perspective, Different answer

Inspection of Emergency Vehicles means different things to different people.  Why is it that two people can arrive at a very different conclusion from the exact same scenario?  In many cases the reason is a difference in depth of knowledge about the subject.  Both the Driver and the Emergency Vehicle Technician are responsible for vehicle inspection.  There is one level of inspection for a Driver and a different level for EVT.  Our industry standard that addresses the subject is NFPA 1911 and is being updated in 2017 to include clearer definition about Driver inspection responsibilities...
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Posted: Dec 12, 2016

Memorial Information: Fire Chief Steve Smith

Long time Woodinville Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Steve Smith died peacefully on Saturday, December 3 after an illness that was discovered earlier in the summer of 2016. He was 67.

Chief Smith retired in 2005 after a 38 year-long career in the fire service. Smith started his career as volunteer firefighter in King County Fire District 40 near Renton. In 1978, Smith was hired as a firefighter at Fire District 40 and quickly began moving up through the ranks to Battalion Chief in 1988 before accepting the position of Deputy Fire Chief at Woodinville Fire. He served in that role until assuming the Fire Chief responsibilities in September of 1996.

Chief Smith is survived by his wife Terri of 36 years, his daughter Shayna and sons Adam, Brian and Mark. Services will be held Saturday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Fire Station 31, 17718 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072. Remembrances and donations can be made to Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation at
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Posted: Nov 30, 2016

Happy Holiday from the WFC!

Happy holidays from all of us at the Washington Fire Chiefs.  We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

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Posted: Nov 30, 2016

Public safety officers’ tax savings on health insurance premiums

If you’re a retired public safety officer, the federal Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) permits you to exclude up to $3,000 of your qualified health, accident and long-term care insurance premiums from your gross taxable income each year, as long as the premiums are deducted from your retirement benefit. 
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Posted: Oct 31, 2016


The FY 2016 AFG Open Application Period is now open through 5PM ET NOVEMBER 18

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