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Section Chair's Welcome Letter:

Washington Public Fire Educators is a section of the Washington Fire Chiefs, representing nearly 100 departments throughout the State of Washington. WPFE is dedicated to the reduction of injuries and lives lost due to fire and other hazards through prevention programs.

WPFE Goals:

  • The promotion of professional interaction with the citizens of Washington State.
  • The standardization of comprehensive educational materials and programs throughout  the State of Washington.
  • Cooperative development and planning with other fire service divisions, WFC Section and other related organization.
  • Educational opportunities for fire and life safety educators.

Members learn together and from each other. Sharing resources and ideas is the mainstay of this organization. We strive for standardization of concepts to serve our communities more effectively and we encourage creativity to personalize and enhance our audience appeal.

Educational opportunities are provided at minimal cost to ensure that public educators are prepared to develop, present, and evaluate their programs - not to mention inspired to present them! We have partnered with other state agencies and participate annually in a Bi-State (Oregon/Washington) meeting, as well as provide workshops dealing with all facets of fire and life safety issues.

Four business meetings are held annually and the dates are posted to our website. The business of the section is determined at these meetings, so your participation is encouraged and welcomed. It's easy to join - simply click "Join WPFE" on the right. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact any Board Member. We will be glad to help in any way possible

WPFE is always on the lookout for innovative, creative, friendly educators who wish to help us combat fire and injury in Washington State. As our mission says, we "Ignite Awareness, Extinguish Risk."
 
Sincerely Welcome,
 
Melanie Taylor, Chair

PFE Section Board

Chair
Melanie Taylor
Kent Fire Department RFA
(253) 856-4482

Vice Chair
Kim Schroeder
Snohomish County Fire District 1
(425) 551-1254

Information Officer
Kelly Tyson
Valley Regional Fire Authority
(253) 288-5882

Secretary
Lysandra Davis
WSP/Fire Protection Bureau
(360) 596-3929

MEETING INFORMATION

WPFE meets quarterly for meetings that coincide with various training workshops. The location varies to afford departments around the state the ability to attend. The Annual Business Meeting for the purpose of installing officers newly elected.  Currently, meetings and workshops are scheduled each year in March, June, September, and December, unless otherwise noted.

These workshops are held at a discounted rate for members.  However, anyone may attend a general WPFE meeting, even if they are not attending the training workshop.  We encourage everyone to join us and share their ideas with other public educators!

In addition, there is an annual Bi-State Injury Prevention Summit held together with the Public Educators in the State of Oregon. The location of the Summit alternates between Oregon and Washington each year. The purpose of the Summit is to share successful strategies and programs with each other and to network to find solutions to fire and life safety issues.

Recent PFE News

Posted: Oct 5, 2017
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Event date: 10/5/2017 8:00 AM - 11/1/2017 7:00 AM

The past six months have been filled with changes with your WFAS Board. Three members of our Board have moved on from their roles as Chair, Secretary and Eastern Representative due to job opportunities outside of the fire service as well as additional responsibilities within their departments. We would like to thank Lisa for her dedication and support over the years and are happy to have her continue with the Board in the role of Past Chair.

 

Vice Chair, Ashley Becker, has stepped into the role of Chair and due to this transition, it has also created a vacancy for the position of Vice Chair. We are pleased to announce Louise Bartol, Valley Regional Fire Authority, will serve as Vice Chair and Cindy McMahan, WA Fire Training Officers Association, as Secretary/Treasurer. We are seeking nominations for the position of Eastern Representative. Per protocols, all positions will be filled until the May 2018 Annual Conference, at which time, the position will be up for nomination for a remaining one-year term.

 

If you would like to be a part of the Board, help plan the next annual conference and get involved, please let us know. If you know someone who would be perfect for the position, you can nominate them as well. This would be a great opportunity to get a feel for Board membership before choosing to commit for a full two year term.

 

If you are not from the Eastern side of the State, or not interested in serving a Board position, but would like to be a part of a committee, let us know!

 

Please respond to Ashley Becker at abecker@centralpiercefire.org by October 31, 2017, to ensure our new Board member is in place for the Board Meeting on November 16, 2017. 

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Posted: Aug 8, 2017
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We currently have an opening on the WFAS Executive Board for an Eastern Representative, partial term, to serve through May 2018 (until the conference in which an election will take place for a two-year term).

 

Please submit a Statement of Interest to abecker@centralpiercefire.org, no later than Tuesday, August 15, for consideration at our upcoming Board Meeting in Walla Walla.

 

Feel free to reference the WFAS Board Campaign on the website for more information on Board involvement or reach out to a Board Member.

 

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