Washington’s professional union fire fighters and emergency medical personnel chose this Labor Day (Sept. 5, 2016) to officially rollout a new public website (www.WashingtonFireFighters.org) designed to show what union fire fighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics do each and every day in the communities where they live and work.
“We developed our new public website, www.WashingtonFireFighters.org, to help residents gain a better understanding of our jobs, and to give the public a place to learn more about our members and our union. We want to show the public how we contribute and provide value to their communities,” said Dennis Lawson, President of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF), which represents Washington’s 8,000+ professional union fire fighters.
“We could not have picked a better day — Labor Day — to launch our public website. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the union membership rate is only about 11% of America’s workforce, so there are many people who may not be familiar with today’s labor unions, such as ours. WashingtonFireFighters.org provides information about our union and our members, and demonstrates the many ways our union members contribute and add value to their communities,” Lawson said.
Residents may be surprised to learn how much Washington’s union fire fighters contribute to their local communities when they are off-duty, in ways people might not expect, such as raising funds for cancer research and Muscular Dystrophy, sending kids to camp who have suffered burn injuries, following up on people they previously helped on an emergency call, or providing warm coats to local kids when the weather turns cold.
On the website, visitors can select the county where they live, and they will see local stories about what union fire fighters are doing to serve their communities. Website visitors will also find frequently asked questions of the fire service, information on local events, important safety and education tips, articles to keep residents safe and prevent accidents, as well as information about Washington’s fire service and union information.
“We think one of the best ways to educate the public about union fire fighters and the Washington fire service is to show by example the good work fire fighters do, both on- and off-the clock,” Lawson said.
The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF) represents Washington’s professional union fire fighters. The WSCFF has 126 affiliated local fire fighter unions statewide and more than 8,000 affiliated members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). The IAFF is the AFL-CIO affiliated labor union representing more than 280,000 professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel in the United States and Canada. IAFF members are the largest providers of pre-hospital emergency medical care in the United States.