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WSFFA’s Legislative Historical Review: 2020-1935

The Washington State Fire Fighters' Association was established in 1923.  The mission in part is to represent the volunteer firefighter.  It was the case then as it is now, to be vigilant in representing and improving the health & welfare of the volunteer.  While diligent over of the years, the WSFFA’s efforts began showing real worth in the legislative arena during the 1991 legislative session, when the WSFFA President, Joe Basta appointed then Board member T.J. Nedrow as the Association’s Legislative Chairman.

In 2000, the WSFFA increased its investment in the volunteer as the Association began contracting the services of Ms. Tamara Warnke, a Government Affairs Consultant.  Thus began a significant endeavor that has resulted in further representation, benefits and opportunities for the volunteer

True to the tagline; “Serving the Volunteer Fire Service Since 1923” your WSFFA representatives have continued to make a difference during the Washington legislative sessions and beyond.

With literally hundreds of pieces of legislation introduced each year that garner the attention of the legislative committee, we must rely on the WSFFA’s overarching priorities. The efforts of the WSFFA Legislative Committee in general shall relate to:

  1. SAFETY
  2. FIREFIGHTER TRAINING
  3. COMPENSATION – BENEFITS
  4. VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION
  5. FIRE SERVICE FUNDING
  6. COLLABORATION

 

To better keep you, our volunteers informed, we have provided a high-level recap of State legislation that the WSFFA have advocated, monitored and or testified to.

The * asterisk denotes legislation that has a direct benefit to the volunteer.

 

2020-2019

*ESSB 5829 Concerning pension benefits and contributions in the volunteer firefighters' and reserve officers' relief and pension system https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5829&Year=2019&Initiative=false

 

2018-2017

HB 1170 Modifying the expiration date of certain fire mobilization laws

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1170&Year=2019&Initiative=false

 

HB 1489  Concerning private wildland fire suppression contractors

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?Year=2017&BillNumber=1489

 

2016-2015

*HB 1382  Addressing the delivery of basic fire fighting training and testing

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1382&year=2015

 

HB 2007  Concerning reimbursement to eligible providers for Medicaid ground emergency medical transportation services

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2007&year=2015

 

2014-2013

*HB 1180  Addressing death benefits for volunteer fire fighters and reserve officers

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1180&year=2013

 

2012-2011

*HB 1136 Creating volunteer firefighter special license plates

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1136&year=2011

 

HB 1406 Establishing the intrastate building safety mutual aid system

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1406&year=2011

 

HB 1585  Establishing the intrastate mutual aid system

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1585&year=2011

 

*HB 1723  Addressing volunteer firefighting.  Expands the definition of (volunteer) fire fighter

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1723&year=2011

 

*SB 5365 Authorizing the purchase of retirement pension coverage by certain volunteer fire fighters

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5365&year=2011

 

2010-2009

HB 2464  Implementing rules and penalties for drivers when approaching certain emergency, roadside assistance, or police vehicles in emergency zones

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2009&bill=2464

 

*HB 2519  Addressing duty-related death benefits for public safety employees

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2009&bill=2519

 

HB 2617  Eliminating certain boards and commissions

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2009&bill=2617

 

HB 2667  Concerning communications during a forest fire response

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2009&bill=2667

 

*HB 2823  Permitting retired participants to resume volunteer firefighter, emergency worker, or reserve officer service

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2009&bill=2823

 

SB 6418  Regarding cities and towns annexed to fire protection districts

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2009&bill=6418

 

SB 6546  Allowing the state director of fire protection to refuse membership in the public employees' retirement system

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2009&bill=6546

 

2008-2007

*HB 1024  Phasing out the use of polybrominated diphenyl ethers

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2007&bill=1024

 

*HB 1475  Adding members to the state board for volunteer firefighters and reserve officers

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2007&bill=1475

 

*HB 2147  Providing vocational rehabilitation services for volunteer firefighters and reserve officers

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2007&bill=2147

 

*SB 5511  Requiring state agencies to allow volunteer firefighters to respond when called to duty

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2007&bill=5511

 

2006-2005

*HB 2366  Making certain communications between fire fighters and peer support group counselors privileged

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2005&bill=2366

 

*HB 2606  Allowing volunteer fire fighter personnel to hold elective or appointed office

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2005&bill=2606

 

*SB 5135  Addressing volunteer fire fighters' and reserve officers' relief and pensions

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2005&bill=5135

 

2004-2003

*HB 1110  Increasing the monthly pensions for volunteer fire fighters and reserve officers

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2003&bill=1110

 

*SB 5176 Providing wildland fire fighting training

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2003&bill=5176

 

2002-2001

*HB 1004  Adjusting disability payments

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2001&bill=1004

 

HB 1371  Allowing participation in health care authority insurance plans and contracts by surviving spouses and dependent children of emergency service personnel killed in the line of duty

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2001&bill=1371

 

*HB 1420  Prohibiting discrimination against volunteer fire fighters

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2001&bill=1420

 

*HB 2493  Removing the limitation on the number of volunteer fire fighters

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2001&bill=2493

 

2000-1999

*HB 1219 Changing relief and retirement pension provisions under chapter 41.24 RCW

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=1999&bill=1219

 

HB 1556  Increasing timeliness of fire death reports

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=1999&bill=1556

 

HB 2993  Setting fires for fire fighter instruction

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=1999&bill=2993

 

*SB 5102  Funding fire fighter training and pensions

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=1999&bill=5102

 

1998-1997

*SB 5217  Providing death benefits for volunteer fire fighters

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=1997&bill=5217

 

 

1996-1995

HB 1453  Providing for reserve officers' retirement

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=1995&bill=1453

 

HB 1483  Revising provisions on the prevention and suppression of forest wild fires

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=1995&bill=1483

 

HB 2791  Clarifying assault in the third degree to include county fire marshal's office

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=1995&bill=2791

 

*SB 5294  Paying for fire fighters' retirement provisions

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=1995&bill=5294

 

*SB 5322  Studying providing a death benefit award

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=1995&bill=5322

 

*SB 6220  Increasing disability and death benefits for volunteer fire fighters

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=1995&bill=6220

 

1994-1993

SB 6025  Changing fire insurance premium provisions relating to cities and counties

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=1993&bill=6025

 

1992-1991

*HB 2398  Revising provisions for the volunteer fire fighters' relief and pension fund

http://app.leg.wa.gov/dlr/billsummary/default.aspx?year=1991&bill=2398

 

1989

*The joint survivor option was added to pension option

1981

*Pension payment increased from $150.00 to $200.00

1979

*Members with less than 25 years of service were allowed to vest

*Pension payment increased from $100.00 to $150.00

1956

*Limited offer: new members were able to buy back years of service

1955

*The Board for Volunteer Firemen was established to administer the Volunteer Firemen's Relief & Pension Act (RCW 41.24)

1945

*The volunteer fireman pension plan started and administered by the State Auditor

1935

*The volunteer fireman relief plan started and was administered by the State Auditor

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