February 22, 2017
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Federal FF's F-282
South Kitsap 2876
Tacoma 31
Seattle 27
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What's New at IAFF 2819
Hockey Night

For the third year running, the Kitsap Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund has partnered with the Bremerton Ice Arena and will be hosting Fire & Ice night, featuring the West Sound Warriors as they go head to head against the Seattle Ravens.

Normally, the Local 2819 Honor Guard presents colors but due to Sunday's Jimmy Hendryx Memorial Service, will be unable to participate.

Still, Saint Florian IPA will be served, three hockey jerseys will be auctioned, and the owners have pledged all proceeds to benefit the Hendryx Family.

Please try to make this fun, family event. Tickets are sold at the door.

The game begins at 7:30pm this Saturday, January 28th.

Bremerton Ice Arena
1950 Homer Jones Dr, Bremerton, WA 98310

Jimmy Hendryx Memorial

It is with great sorrow that the WSCFF and Bremerton Fire Fighters IAFF Local 437 announce the line of duty death of firefighter/paramedic James Hendryx.
Brother Hendryx, 47, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017, from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This is the first line of duty death in the 114 year history of the Bremerton Fire Department.
Jimmy was an avid bagpiper and was a pipe major in the Puget Sound Firefighters Pipes and Drums. He had an infectious smile and was broadly known, well liked and a true brother to the firefighting community.
The WSCFF would like to thank Brother Hendryx for his years of service. Many will remember that he was the voice for the Power Through Participation videos.
Jimmy is survived by his wife, young son and daughter.
Memorial Information
Sunday, January 29, 2017 1:00 p.m.
Kitsap Sun Pavilion Kitsap County Fairgrounds
1200 NW Fairgrounds Road Bremerton, WA 98311
***Please do not bring fire apparatus to the memorial***
WSCFF Scholarship 2017

The WSCFF Scholarship Application period is open until March 15th. 

Please refer to the application HERE.

Some of the criterion to apply include the applicant being a Senior in High School and the applicant requiring a letter from the Secretary indicating the parent is a member-in-good-standing. 

Good luck!

Retirement Tools

For those thinking of retirement, we have an assortment of tools designed to assist you with making hard decisions. The LEOFF II board recently released the Retirement Checklist document to outline the minimum number of considerations that should be addressed before pulling that trigger. 

Anyone considering retirement in the next five years will benefit from reviewing it. It can be found HERE

Other tools available include two documents found in our Downloads page.

These are a LEOFF II Retirement calculator that helps determine dates and payout. The second is a calculator designed to assist members to decide on their survivor options by comparing the cost of life insurance against the reduction in spouse survivor options. 

Coats for Kids 2016

Kitsap Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund distributed over 300 coats to children from Kindergarten through Second Grade at Bremerton's Naval Avenue Elementary on Wednesday. Thirty Fire Fighters from Bremerton, Central Kitsap, Poulsbo, and North Kitsap departments fitted the kids with brand new coats that are made in the USA as a part of the partnership that the IAFF has with Operation Warm.

This year was our biggest event yet and was successful partly due to the relationship we have developed with the local Rotary groups in the county. We also enjoyed the company of the Bremerton School Board, Mayor of Bremerton, and Fire Chief of Poulsbo this year.

Seen in the bottom right pic are L-R Barbra Beagle (Silverdale Rotary), Tom Stanley (KFFBF coordinator), Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent (Bremerton Rotary), Craig Becker (President IAFF 2819), Poulsbo Fire Chief Jeff Griffin (Poulsbo Rotary), Aly Rotter (Bremerton School Board) and Rob Ashmore (President IAFF 437)

CKFR Meeting Location Change

The location for the CKFR Joint Bargaining Units Meeting has been changed to Station 56, 6470 Seabeck Highway NW, Bremerton, WA. 

It will still be held at 6:00 pm on October 19th. 

Endorsements

Brothers and sisters, with primary election ballots hitting mailboxes statewide I write to remind you that representatives from WSCFF local affiliates convened in Vancouver in June and voted to endorse the following federal and statewide candidates.  Before the 77th Annual WSCFF Convention, your legislative team and District Representatives thoroughly vetted these candidates.  They were selected because their vision and values are in sync with the priorities advanced by the WSCFF and the IAFF. 

Many locals have worked hard to advance specific referendums on local ballots, and have endorsed candidates in local elections.  We urge you to consult with your local leadership about elections in your community.

Remember that our mission is to provide our membership with the best possible working conditions and the safest possible working environment, along with fair compensation and benefits.  Political action is the most potent tool we have to achieve our goals. 

This is an important primary election.  Voters will choose finalists for one U.S. Senate seat, all 10 House seats and all nine statewide offices. Please vote in the upcoming election and encourage your friends and colleagues to do so.  Voters have until August 2 to complete and return their ballots by mail, drop box, or in person.  

Federal

US Senator                                 Patty Murray

1st Congressional District               Suzan DelBene

2nd Congressional District              Rick Larsen

3rd Congressional District              Jim Moeller

6th Congressional District               Derek Kilmer

8th Congressional District               Dave Reichert

9th Congressional District               Adam Smith

10th Congressional District              Denny Heck

Statewide

Governor                                      Jay Inslee

Attorney General                            Bob Ferguson

Insurance Commissioner                  Mike Kreidler

Public Lands Commissioner               Dave Upthegrove

Secretary of State                           Tina Podlodowkski

State Auditor                                  Mark Miloscia

State Treasurer                               Marko Liias

Supt of Public Instruction                  Chris Reykdal

State Supreme Court Pos 1                Mary Yu

State Supreme Court Pos 5                Barbara Madsen

State Supreme Court Pos 6                Charles Wiggins

WSCFF Wildland/Mobilization Committee

Brothers and Sisters,

 

The delegates at the Washington State Council of FIrefighters approved resolution 16-07, Wildland Fire and Mobilization Committee.  The State Council President will be appointing a committee of seven to work on topics including firefighter mobilization, policy, deployment and funding for local, state, and federal government.  Please read the attached letter from President Lawson and contact me if you are interested in submitting your name for this committee.  Thank you.  

 

Craig Becker

President

IAFF Local 2819


Download: Wildland Committee 2016-17.pdf
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