Contributions to the Legislative Fund can be made at any time, with a separate check made payable to:

RFFOW Legislative Fund 9134 207th Place SW , Edmonds, WA 98026.


Thank you to the following members who sent separate donation checks.

We would also like to thank all the members who make a $3.00 contribution when paying their annual dues via check or by payroll deduction. Your contribution allows our voice to be heard and is very much appreciated!! We only list the amount if the donation is above $25.00:

Randall Christensen $200.00 In memory of good fried Gary Medica SFD

Myrtle McLean $100.00 In memory of husband Chuck McLean SFD

Hanne Wickstrum $100.00



Whether you're Prior Act, LEOFF I, LEOFF II, Federal or Private, the Retired Firefighters of Washington is for YOU!

The Retired Firefighters of Washington is the only politically active organization dedicated to, and representing, the interest of all retired firefighters of Washington State and their families. Countless hours are spent in Olympia, on behalf of retired firefighters, working with our state's Representatives to maintain, secure, and improve our pensions as they apply to the retired firefighters, their families and surviving spouses.

In addition to this serious work, The RFFOW provides a means for retired firefighters and their spouses to keep in touch with each other, pass along information and have some fun! We have monthly meetings, held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except June, July & August) where members have the opportunity to not only meet old friends, but to hear the latest regarding pension issues.

So, if you're not already a member of the Retired Firefighters of Washington, we encourage you to join. There is strength in numbers. We are already a powerfull voice in Olympia but the greater the numbers the louder the voice to be heard.

To join, just print and fill out a membership application. Print and fill out this payroll deduction form if you are already a member and want to pay dues via payroll deduction.

Mail Applications to:
Retired Firefighters of Washington
9134 - 20
7th Place SW
Edmonds, WA 98026

Questions? (425) 775-9080 info@rffow.org


President’s Message

By Richard C. Warbrouck

In accordance with Article 4 Section 3 of our by-laws I want to announce that nominations are open for the November election. There are five positions open, Vice President and four Director positions. The election is for a two-year term. The election will be at the General Meeting on November 11, 2015. If you would be willing to serve, have any questions or know of a member whom you would like to nominate, please contact us at 425-775-9080, e-mail info@rffow.org or contact Pat Bartlow at 206-523-0325, e-mail kbartlow@earthlink.net.

I was disappointed when notified that Director Randy Plain, retired from Tacoma FD would not be running for re-election to the board. In his fashion of writing articulate and well thought out letters he explained his reasons and personal commitments that lead to his decision. He was very complimentary to me, the Directors and the membership. He stressed the importance of the RFFOW and the need to continue in a professional manner. Randy has been an outstanding Director, his contributions are too numerous to mention. He has been an active member of our Legislative Committee and has attended many meetings in Olympia. He has been attentive and resourceful. His departure is truly our loss. We want to extend our appreciation for his service and wish him and his family the very best in the future.

(For more of the President's Message, click here)



Mark your calendar
Wednesday December 9th, 2015
RFFOW Annual Christmas Luncheon
11am Social Hour
Lunch 12:30pm

West Seattle Golf Course Clubhouse Banquet Room 4470 35th Ave SW

Tickets: $25.00 /per person
No host bar
Holiday Buffet - Honey ham, carved turkey breast, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, stuffing, Green bean casserole, candied yams, dinner rolls & assorted desserts, coffee and tea.
Ground floor, ample parking, door prize, raffle and auction.
Please make your reservations as soon as possible. We will only be able to accommodate 120 guests. We will not be able to except payments at the door.
Please send a check for $25.00 per person: RFFOW 9134 207th Pl SW Edmonds, WA 98026
We must have reservations by 12/1/15

Next meeting is:
Wednesday October 14th
Calvary Christian Assembly
6801 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Lower level from parking lot

Thank you!



October RFFOW Meeting

On October 14th, 2015
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


October Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

The following is a short overview of statewide public pensions in Washington State. This does not include any prior act local public pensions. This information comes directly from the Department of Retirement Systems

Here in Washington there are eight state-administered public retirement systems for state and local government employees, with 15 different plans within those systems. These systems serve nearly 700,000 current and former public employees. The retirement benefits they earn result in more than $3.4 billion in payments each year, most of which is distributed within the state.

(For October 2015 pension report, click here)


Click Here
to download the Personal Information Packet



Barry Sousley SFD passed away 8/28/15.

Richard Ramar SFD passed away 9/7/15.

Beverly Hudson, wife of retired Seattle Firefighter Jim Hudson, passed away 9/6/15.

Eastside Fire & Rescue veteran Firefighter Michael Raymond VanDenBergh (after a valiant and inspiring five-year fight) died of duty-related cancer(s) on September 13, 2015. Mike was 47 years old. The "Line of Duty" firefighter death is the first for the area served by EF&R. Mike joined the City of Issaquah Fire Department in April, 1995, as a volunteer firefighter, then hired as a career firefighter in September, 1997. Mike served most of his career in Issaquah, filling roles as an EMT, firefighter, driver, Hazardous Materials Technician, and acting officer. Mike leaves behind his wife, two children, a loving extended family, many devoted friends, and a legion of workmates who will miss his wit, enthusiasm, expertise, and loyalty.

Retired Captain Thomas Godby passed away on 9/24/2015. Services will be held in Missouri.



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