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Posted: Jun 27, 2019

SSB 5010, No Man's Land - Annexation Reminder

Fire agencies must start the process of annexing no-man's land areas by January 1, 2021.

 

You may find the bill information here for more information: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/Senate/5010-S.SL.pdf


SB 5010 states: Under current law, fire protection agencies are not required to provide firefighting services to unprotected land, which is defined as improved property located outside the jurisdiction of a fire protection service agency. Property owners of unprotected lands are encouraged to form or annex into a fire protection jurisdiction or enter into a contract for firefighting services. If this does not occur and firefighting services are provided to unprotected land, the property owners must reimburse the agency initiating firefighting services on unprotected land for certain costs incurred. 

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Posted: May 30, 2019

First Trust. Then Ethos.

The challenges facing leaders today are bigger, more complex and coming faster than ever before, with the volume of decisions needing to be made feeling like they are growing exponentially.  In this environment, unleashing a committed effort from every team member is no longer ‘nice to have’, it’s mission critical.

Think of it as an hourglass, with every grain of sand being a challenge to address or a decision to be made.  If you as the leader have to consider each of them alone, you are the crimp in the middle.  At best, you are slowing performance, at worst, guaranteeing failure. The need to fully engage, grow and empower your culture has never been more important.  The question is how? 
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Posted: May 30, 2019

Washington State Fallen Firefighters Foundation

The first recorded Washington State Line of Duty Death of a firefighter was on March 9th, 1891 when Seattle Firefighter Herman Larson was killed in a training accident on a peer.  Since that time 234 Washington State Firefighters have died in the line of duty.  On June 5th, 1991 Seattle Firefighter Donald Perry was the first presumptive cancer death.  Now, every year we gather around the state to lay to rest a fellow firefighter who has paid the ultimate price for their dedication, courage, and bravery.   Once a year on the first Sunday of June in Olympia, the Washington State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service honors these heroes by placing a memorial ribbon upon a pike pole where they hang as a memorial to their memory so that we will never forget.   

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Posted: Apr 30, 2019

Insurance and Recovery Help for Victims of Fires

Fire investigators recently reached out to my office regarding aggressive solicitors selling mitigation and repair services to confused and overwhelmed property owners immediately after a fire. Many Washingtonians aren’t aware that my office has staff dedicated to helping consumers resolve disputes with their insurance companies and answer questions about insurance.

In response to our conversations with fire investigators, we developed a handout for victims of house fires https://www.insurance.wa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/insurance-claim-fire.pdf It covers how to start an insurance claim, how to avoid being the victim of a scam, and other pointers about what to do and what not to do. It looks great printed in black & white and may be helpful for the fire victims you interact with. There is more information for consumers, including how to start the claims process and what to do if you have trouble with your insurance company, on our website at https://www.insurance.wa.gov.

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Posted: Apr 30, 2019

Why Suicide Is Not The Answer For A Firefighter’s Personal Struggles

You are a firefighter and you are the end of your rope, and you can't take it any much longer. You are suffering from anxiety, depression, guilt or some other fear-related issue and you feel there is no hope. Although things may seem difficult suicide is not the answer to your personal struggles.

Here are six reasons why suicide is not the solution to your problems.

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