WSFFA’s Legislative Historical Review: 2015-1991

The Washington State Fire Fighters’ Association was established in 1923.  The mission in part is to represent the volunteer firefighter.  It was the case then as it is now, to be vigilant in representing and 5iing the health & welfare of the volunteer.  While diligent over of the years, the WSFFA’s efforts began showing real worth in the legislative arena during the 1991 legislative session, when the WSFFA President  Joe Basta appointed then Board member T.J. Nedrow as the Association’s Legislative Chairman.

In 2000, the WSFFA increased its investment in the volunteer as the Association began contracting the services of Ms. Tamara Warnke, a Government Affairs Consultant.  Thus began a significant endeavor that has resulted in further representation, benefits and opportunities for the volunteer

Since 1991 your WSFFA representatives have continued to make a difference during the legislative sessions for the volunteer fire service.

The focus and efforts of the WSFFA and its Legislative Committee in general shall relate to the WSFFA’s adopted overarching priorities:


Literally hundreds of pieces of legislation are introduced each year that draw the attending of the legislative committee. We have provided a recap of legislative bills that the WSFFA has advocated, monitored and or testified to.

The * asterisk denotes legislation which had a direct benefit to the volunteer. Clicking on the bill number will take you to the Legislative Bill Summary.


*HB 1382 Addressing the delivery of basic fire fighting training and testing

HB 2007 Concerning reimbursement to eligible providers for Medicaid ground emergency medical transportation services


*HB 1180  Addressing death benefits for volunteer firefighters and reserve officers


*SB 5365  Authorizing the purchase of retirement pension coverage by certain volunteer firefighters and reserve officers-Enacted

HB 2747  Modifying the use of funds in the fire service training account-Enacted

HB 1295  Concerning the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems-Enacted

*HB 1136 Creating volunteer firefighter special license plates-Enacted

HB 1406 Establishing the intrastate building safety mutual aid system -Enacted

HB 1454  Regarding testing for bloodborne pathogens-Enacted

HB 1585  Establishing the intrastate mutual aid system-Enacted

HB 1731  Concerning the formation, operation, and governance of regional fire protection service authorities-Enacted


HB 2464  Implementing rules and penalties for drivers when approaching certain emergency, roadside assistance, or police vehicles in emergency zones-Enacted

*HB 2519  Addressing duty-related death benefits for public safety employees-Enacted

HB 2617  Eliminating certain boards and commissions-Enacted

HB 2667  Concerning communications during a forest fire response-Enacted

*HB 2823  Permitting retired participants to resume volunteer firefighter, emergency worker, or reserve officer service-Enacted

SB 5808  Concerning the annexation of unincorporated areas served by fire protection districts-Enacted

SB 6418  Regarding cities and towns annexed to fire protection districts-Enacted

SB 6546  Allowing the state director of fire protection to refuse membership in the public employees’ retirement system-Enacted


HB 1024  Phasing out the use of polybrominated diphenyl ethers-Enacted

*HB 1475  Adding members to the state board for volunteer firefighters and reserve officers-Enacted

*HB 2147  Providing vocational rehabilitation services for volunteer firefighters and reserve officers-Enacted

*SB 5511  Requiring state agencies to allow volunteer firefighters to respond when called to duty-Enacted


HB 2366  Making certain communications between fire fighters and peer support group counselors privileged-Enacted

*HB 2606  Allowing volunteer fire fighter personnel to hold elective or appointed office-Enacted

*SB 5135  Addressing volunteer fire fighters’ and reserve officers’ relief and pensions-Enacted


*HB 1110  Increasing the monthly pensions for volunteer fire fighters and reserve officers-Enacted

*SB 5176 Providing wildland fire fighting training-Enacted


*HB 1004  Adjusting disability payments-Enacted

HB 1371  Allowing participation in health care authority insurance plans and contracts by surviving spouses and dependent children of emergency service personnel killed in the line of duty-Enacted

*HB 1420  Prohibiting discrimination against volunteer fire fighters-Enacted

*HB 2493  Removing the limitation on the number of volunteer fire fighters-Enacted


*HB 1219 Changing relief and retirement pension provisions under chapter 41.24 RCW-Enacted

HB 1556  Increasing timeliness of fire death reports-Enacted

HB 2993  Setting fires for fire fighter instruction-Enacted

*SB 5102  Funding fire fighter training and pensions-Enacted


*SB 5217  Providing death benefits for volunteer fire fighter-Enacted


HB 1453  Providing for reserve officers’ retirements-Enacted

HB 1483  Revising provisions on the prevention and suppression of forest wild fires-Enacted

HB 2791  Clarifying assault in the third degree to include county fire marshal’s office-Enacted

*SB 5294  Paying for fire fighters’ retirement provisions-Enacted

*SB 5322  Studying providing a death benefit award-Enacted

*SB 6220  Increasing disability and death benefits for volunteer fire fighters-Enacted

SB 6403  Revising the responsibility for fire investigation-Enacted


SB 6025  Changing fire insurance premium provisions relating to cities and counties-Enacted


*HB 2398  Revising provisions for the volunteer fire fighters’ relief and pension fund-Enacted