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:

Jack Day $200
John Turner $200
George Moody $200
Chris Morrill $155
Ted and Mary Sholdra $150
Evelyn Ferguson $105
Bobby Hooper $100
Rodney Donelan $100
Robert Swartout $100
Ed Henderson $100
James Goodreau $55
Dave Peery $55



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 an attempt to enlighten you of the issues that are addressed during our monthly meetings we have decided to post the minutes of the previous month’s meeting in the Newsletter. We want to assure those who can’t attend the meetings for whatever reason that we continue to report and debate all the various subjects that are of concern to our members. If you would like to bring something to our attention that you would like us to discuss or report on don’t hesitate to contact us by letter, phone or e-mail. In the same vein, if you have a question or need a clarification on anything that is outlined in one of the three pension systems, Prior Act, LEOFF I or LEOFF II, please contact us. We often receive questions on a funeral benefit, disability retirement, surviving spouse benefit or a COLA (cost of living increase). I usually answer these questions during the monthly meeting. If I am unsure I turn to our eastside correspondent, Ray Sanderson, who is very knowledgeable and a member of the Yakima Pension Board, Danny Downs, President of the LEOFF II Education Association or attorney Joe Fischnaller who is well versed on all three systems. Joe has tried many retirement or pension lawsuits and has as many Attorney General Opinions on file as the RFFOW. At this point I have to think of former RFFOW President John Richmond and Arnie Roundtree who was a member of the former State Pension Board, both now deceased, for taking me under their wings in 1962 as a new executive board member of the Seattle Firefighters Union Local 27.

Vice President Jim Fossos, Chair of the Audit Committee, completed the RFFOW audit and gave his report at the April meeting. To continue with my remarks in the April Newsletter concerning the financial stability of the RFFOW, I will discuss with the Directors at the Director’s meeting on May 7, 2014 the possibility of suspending the June Newsletter. Currently we don’t have a July Newsletter and we don’t have membership meetings in June, July or August. Members are away on vacation during the summer, there are few meetings scheduled and things are usually pretty quiet in the halls of the legislature. The cost of the Newsletter is about $900.00 per mailing so the cancellation would be a significant savings. If you don’t receive a June Newsletter you will know why. I don’t want to alarm you. We are not having a financial emergency! We have sufficient funds! As I said last month, we are spending more each month than we are taking in. We have to look to the future to increase our revenue, reduce our expenses and decide the amount of money we want to maintain in the General Fund. We have received comments from a few members that they would be in support of a dues increase. We can’t or should not reduce the large expenses and any reduction in the small expenses, i.e., discontinuing the two monthly meeting door prizes would only reduce the dues by about five cents a month. The door prizes may not be a large incentive for anyone to attend the meetings but the drawing does add a little excitement and serves as a small reward to those members who travel to attend the meeting. A larger number of LEOFF II retirees are beginning to join. We had two LEOFF II members who joined last month. Keep in mind, if there is ever a LEOFF III retirement system defined contribution or otherwise, the RFFOW would at some point have a majority of LEOFF II members.

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


The RFFOW Board of Directors decided not to have a June newsletter. This will help cut printing and mailing costs. The next newsletter will be August 2014.



September RFFOW Meeting

On September 10th, 2014
11 AM; Luther Memorial Church Greenwood Ave N & N 132nd Street Seattle, WA


May Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

The International City/County Management Association’s January/February 2014 PM Magazine has a lengthy article by Elizabeth Kellar and Joshua Franzel titled “Retirement: Why the Next Generation Needs a Plan”. (http://icma.org/en/icma/home).

It’s the year 2043 and Cheryl, a 60-year-old public works employee with 30 years of service, has just reviewed her retirement savings with a financial adviser. She is surprised that she will need to work several more years to reach her retirement income goals. “My father retired from city government after 25 years and had a comfortable retirement,” she said ruefully. “What happened?”

To understand why Cheryl fell short of her retirement goals, it is instructive to look at the widespread changes that have been made to retirement plans in recent years.

To get pension funding on track, 45 states and countless local governments enacted major changes to their retirement plans from 2009 to 2012, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. While the most common change was to increase employee and/or employer contributions, many governments made changes in the plan design, especially for new hires.

(For May 2014 pension report, click here)


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Stephen King passed away on 4/28/14

William Humberg passed away on 4/30/14

Robert Herold passed away on 5/3/14

James Wolfe passed away on 5/13/14

Richard “Dick” Harris passed away on May 30, 2014. Dick spent nearly 30 years working for the Yakima Fire Department where he retired as a Lieutenant and Fire Inspector.

Retired Captain Andrew David passed away on 5/29/14

Floyd S. Keller Age 83, passed away on May 18, 2014. Floyd worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Tacoma and after retiring, he continued to work in fire service as a Deputy Fire Marshal for Pierce County.

Robert "Bob" Nice passed away on June 2nd, 2014. A tribute to Bob's life and legacy will be held on June 11th at 3:00 PM, Graham Emmanuel Baptist Church, 22316 - 106th Ave E in Graham. The family requests donations be made to the Firefighters' Burn Center in lieu of flowers.

Joseph Kane passed away on June 27, 2014. Joe worked as a Seattle Fire Fighter/Fire Lieutenant.

Donny Roberts passed away on July 5th, 2014. Donny was a Tacoma Firefighter for 30 years. He was 71.



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