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

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

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


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 9, 2017
Categories: Job Announcements
Comments: 0
Author: Chloe Becker

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD)

Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention

Reno, Nevada

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) is seeking a Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention to lead its fire prevention efforts. Ideally located in Northern Nevada, a region with four seasons and over 250 days of sunshine per year, abundant recreational opportunities, natural beauty, and a low tax burden, TMFPD has much to offer a top-caliber, dynamic, and talented fire prevention professional. Governed by a five-member Board of Fire Commissioners (who also serve as Washoe County Commissioners) TMFPD provides fire suppression and Paramedic Advanced Life Support level of Emergency Medical Services to approximately 88,000 residents in unincorporated Washoe County. With a career staff of 139, a volunteer staff of 80, and a $27.5 million budget, TMFPD operates 11 career fire stations and 8 volunteer stations within the District as an all-hazards fire agency capable of responding to structure fires, wildland fires, hazardous materials incidents, and emergency medical incidents. Under the direction of the Fire Chief, the Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention leads three non-sworn staff - two Fire Prevention Specialists and an Administrative Assistant. Requires the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and seven years of progressively responsible experience related to community risk reduction, inspections, and investigations and three years of senior level supervisory responsibility as a Fire Marshal, Deputy Fire Marshal, or Assistant Fire Marshal within the fire prevention division of a municipal or county fire. Certification as a Fire Inspector II or equivalent AND Fire Plans Examiner as well as Fire/Arson Investigation Certification (which meets NFPA standards) are required at the time of application; receipt of ISC 100, 200, 300, and 400 are required within 24 months of appointment. The annual salary range is $140,213 to $165,776; excellent benefits including Nevada PERS are also provided. Interested candidates should apply by November 6, 2017 by submitting a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, and three years of salary history to apply@ralphandersen.comRead more

Posted: Oct 2, 2017
Categories: Job Announcements
Comments: 0
Author: Chloe Becker

The City of Lynden is seeking an experienced Fire Service leader as Fire Chief.

The Lynden Fire Department (LFD) is a combination career/volunteer fire and emergency medical response service, and has served the Lynden community since 1910. The Department includes 15 FTEs and 12 volunteers who protect the City’s 6.5 square miles. It has a $2.3 million-dollar operating budget.

Under the direction of the City Administrator, the Fire Chief provides oversight of all departmental functions including: personnel management, administration, fire inspection and investigation, health and safety awareness, and emergency services delivery and operations.

TO APPLY: The full job description, qualifications and application materials may be obtained by visiting

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