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  • To promote uniform training practices throughout the state of Washington.
  • To upgrade fire department training and training personnel within the fire departments of Washington State.
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  • To promote and assist in the development of fire service performance standards.
  • To promote safety practices in all phases of fire department activities.
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  • To upgrade fire officer leadership and management skills and knowledge within the fire departments of Washington State.
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  • To promote and assist in the development of fire service leadership standards.

FIRE TRAINING, SAFETY & OFFICERS SECTION RECENT NEWS

Posted: Dec 12, 2013

Normalized Deviation

The other day at an incident, I watch a veteran member of our department back up a vehicle without a backer even though there was a person in the passenger seat (two other members stood next to me when it happened). I walked over to the vehicle and had the driver stop and the passenger got out and finished backing the vehicle.  I asked the passenger, a member with less than 5 years on, why he didn’t get out and serve as a backer?  He looked at me and said “I wasn’t asked to”.  My next question was, “Did you ask the diver if a backer was needed?” The answer was “no”. I asked why and the passenger could not give me an answer.   After discussing with the two about the necessity of a backer, along with quoting the policy, I was approached by one of the people who, was standing next to me when this whole situation started to unfold.  That person very proudly said to me “I watch him do that all the time”.  I looked at that person and asked, wait for it, “Why haven’t you said anything?” I did not get a response and the person just shrugged and walked away.
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Posted: Oct 23, 2013

Attitude– Difference between Success and Failure

I ran across this article the other day and wanted to share it with all of you. I think this speaks to how important it is to have people in your organization that possess positive attitudes.  One of the main ingredients to creating and maintaining a successful organization is having that positive culture reside within your members and organization.  I have been in the Fire Service for 25 years and have worked with a lot of people which I am happy to say most of them have had a positive attitude. I believe that 99.9 % of people that demonstrate a positive attitude are the ones that will be the most successful at work and in life.  If you think about it who wants to promote someone into a leadership role that has a negative attitude. The answer is No One! Negativity is the number one killer of any organization and by placing these negative employee’s into officer positions is like giving the organization its death sentence. The good news is if you are one of those negative people it is not too late to change. Negativity is a choice. It is all in how you look at or perceive things. Please read this article and at the end look in the mirror and ask yourself am I a cup half full or half empty type of person, how do others look at you and your attitude?

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FIRE TRAINING, SAFETY & OFFICERS SECTION BOARD

Co-Chair
Ted Vander Houwen
Yakima Fire Department

Co-Chair
Woody Juarez
Central Pierce Fire & Rescue

Vice Chair
Jake Fouts
City of Snoqualmie Fire Department

Secretary
Kurt Stich
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue

Board Member
Bob Jones
Pacific County Fire District #3

Board Member
Jay Summerlin
West Pierce Fire and Rescue

Board Member
Tony Miller
Yakima County EMS

Board Member
Kelly Merz
WSP – FPB-FTA

Board Member
Bill Howell
Mason County Fire District #16

Board Member
Wayne Garden
Central Pierce Fire and Rescue

Board Member
Tyler Abhold
East Valley Fire/Yakima County Fire District #4

Board Member
Bryan Pearson
Kittitas County Fire District #7

Alternate Board Member
Max Hollander
Thurston County Fire District #13/Griffin Fire Department