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WSFFA’s Legislative Historical Review: 2020-1991

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, Lobbyist. Thus began a significant endeavor that has resulted in further representation, benefits and opportunities for the volunteer

Since 1991 your WSFFA representatives have continued to make a difference during the legislative sessions.

The focus of the WSFFA Legislative Committee in general shall relate to the WSFFA’s overarching priorities:


Literally hundreds of pieces of legislation are introduced each year that draw the attending of the legislative committee. We have provided a recap of legislative bills that the WSFFA has advocated, monitored and or testified to.

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


*ESSB 5829 Concerning pension benefits and contributions in the volunteer firefighters' and reserve officers' relief and pension system


HB 1170 Modifying the expiration date of certain fire mobilization laws

HB 1489 Concerning private wildland fire suppression contractors


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

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


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


*HB 1136 Creating volunteer firefighter special license plates

HB 1406 Establishing the intrastate building safety mutual aid system

HB 1585 Establishing the intrastate mutual aid system

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

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


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

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

HB 2617 Eliminating certain boards and commissions

HB 2667 Concerning communications during a forest fire response

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

SB 6418 Regarding cities and towns annexed to fire protection districts

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


*HB 1024 Phasing out the use of polybrominated diphenyl ethers

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

*SB 5176 Providing wildland fire fighting training


*HB 1004 Adjusting disability payments

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

*HB 1420 Prohibiting discrimination against volunteer fire fighters

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


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

HB 1556 Increasing timeliness of fire death reports

HB 2993 Setting fires for fire fighter instruction

*SB 5102 Funding fire fighter training and pensions


*SB 5217 Providing death benefits for volunteer fire fighters


HB 1453 Providing for reserve officers’ retirement

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

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

*SB 5294 Paying for fire fighters’ retirement provisions

*SB 5322 Studying providing a death benefit award

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


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


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


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