Legislative Issues


Local leaders from Tukwila, Tumwater and Kent prepare to meet with senators and representatives in Olympia.

WSCFF leaders from Tukwila, Tacoma and Kent prepare to meet with senators and representatives on issues critical to fire fighters.

The mission of the WSCFF is to provide our members–professional, union fire fighters–the best possible working conditions and the safest possible working environment, along with fair compensation and benefits. We are active on all fronts, from local issues to national ones.  Statewide issues that affect our members are our primary concern.  Politically active since our inception in 1939, our efforts have been focused on legislative action on behalf of our members.

The WSCFF employs two active-duty fire fighters,  Michael White, as legislative liaison and AJ Johnson as legislative intern; together with the President, Vice President and Secretary Treasurer they serve as the Legislative Team.   When fire fighter issues arise, the WSCFF Legislative Team is the source for answers.

2018 Legislative Issues

The WSCFF worked with legislators to introduce bills on nine different issues.  Of those nine issues, seven were enacted into law including accomplishing numerous WSCFF Convention resolutions, such as establishing PTSD as a presumptive disease.  We made Washington the first state in the nation to prohibit the sale, distribution and manufacture of toxic foam and required disclosure when these chemicals are used in bunker gear.