IAFF Local 106

Bellingham / Whatcom County Professional Fire Fighters in Bellingham, Washington.

  • Presumptive Bill Add-On: Call to Action

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Feb 13, 2018

    Brothers and Sisters,

    As we consider BFD Brother Carlberg's passing, it has been hugely disappointing that Mayor Linville was not willing to do the right thing by our friend in covering his esophageal cancer as duty related.  IF we can pass this Presumptive Disease Add-On bill at the State level, we will no longer have to ask local government to do the 'right thing'.  Instead, folks like Neil will simply be covered.

    To those ends, we have a House and a Senate bill which need to pass out of the Rules Committee before they hit the legislative floor for an 'up or down' vote.  We have governmental...

  • Help needed TODAY passing Presumptive Coverage in Oly

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Feb 06, 2018

     

    Presumptive disease legislation is at risk of dying in committee today.   

    Your Union needs your help.  Please call your Representative this morning.  Simply pose the following request to your Representative,

    "Would you please ask the Chairman of House Appropriations, Timm Ormsby, to hold a vote on House Bill 2633 and please support this bill when it comes to a vote"  

    HB 2633 adds nine cancers, stroke and MRSA for presumptive disease coverage, and extends coverage to public employee fire investigators and EMTs.  The bill also seeks to cover law enforcement for heart problems, stroke, and in...

  • PAC REPORT: January 2018    

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Jan 04, 2018

    PAC Report: January, 2017

     

    Local:  Members Mark Wholrab and Sister Trenouth (Arlington Fire) will start their new positions as City Council and Fire Commissioner, respectively.  Good luck and thanks for stepping up.

     

     

    Mike McAuley, a friend of firefighters who had put his name in to run against Doug Erikson for Senator of Washington's  42nd Legislative District has chosen to pull his name from the race.  When I spoke with Mike after his decision, he said he felt he could make more of an impact as activist citizen in the district.  He also said that he was not closed off to a run in the futu...

  • Hey Local 106: SAFER and FIRE Grant Funding needs YOUR Help

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Dec 06, 2017

    Local 106 Brothers and Sisters,

    As you may recall my reporting, legislation to reauthorize the FIRE and SAFER grant programs passed the U.S. Senate months ago, but the U.S. House has failed to act, despite many opportunities.

    Unless the U.S. House of Representatives acts soon, the FIRE and SAFER grant programs will be abolished on January 2 -- in less than one month. It is critical that these essential programs are reauthorized NOW! 

    House Republican leadership promised we IAFF fire fighters they would get the job done. It's time to live up to their word. In less than two legislative weeks, Co...

  • Firefighter Jason Karwhite Memorial Scholarship

    Posted in Member News, Public News on Nov 19, 2017

    Bellingham/Whatcom County

    Firefighters Benevolent Foundation

     

    The Firefighter Jason Karwhite Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Bellingham/Tukwila firefighter paramedic Jason Karwhite.

    Jason’s life came to a tragic end on September 27, 2014 as a result of a motorcycle accident, leaving behind his wife Sandy and children Gage & Georgia.

    Like many people, Jason was determined to make the world a better place; his life was characterized by friendship, leadership, and community involvement.

    Jason’s life was dedicated to children, families, education, and public service. His commitment to t...

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