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WFCA Committees

The following is a list of WFCA committees and other WFCA appointments outlining the function and current membership of each.

BUDGET: Standing committee responsible for outlining and detailing the financial needs of the association on an annual basis (with regular review) and presenting at the October Board meeting a budget proposal for the following year.

  • Chair: Brad Lothspeich (Clark 6)
  • Bill Anderson (Spokane Valley Fire Department)
  • Dan Rankin (West Pierce Fire & Rescue)
  • Steve Slater (Southeast Thurston Fire Authority)
  • Chuck Vyverberg (Spokane 8)

BYLAWS & RESOLUTIONS: Standing committee which receives all recommendations from the membership that are sent to the WFCA office; processes member resolutions for the annual meeting. Reports to the Board and membership annually.

  • Chair: Tom McGarry (Spokane 9)
  • Larry Kibbee (Skagit 13)
  • Ron Shuck (Franklin 3)
  • Jonathan Sprouffske (Southeast Thurston Fire Authority)
  • Dick West (Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue)

CONFERENCE HOST: Committee that represents the local area for the annual conference; responsible for securing some speakers and presenters.

  • Chair: Les Riel (Yakima 4)

EDUCATION: Committee that researches membership needs of continuing education programs and makes recommendations to the Board; responsible for recommending curriculum for both the Saturday Seminar Series and conference educational programs.

  • Chair: Les Riel (Yakima 4)
  • Lee Boling (Spokane 8)
  • Mike Creighton (Mason 3)
  • Ed Egan (East Pierce Fire & Rescue)
  • Milt Harper (South Bay Fire Dept)
  • Meredith Hutchins (Thurston 13)
  • Robert Muhleman (Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue)
  • Adam Rosenlund (Graham Fire & Rescue)
  • Roy Waugh (Snohomish 7)

ENHANCED 911 ADVISORY: The Statewide Enhanced 911 Advisory Committee was established by the Legislature in 1991 to specifically give advice and provide assistance to the state enhanced 911 coordinator who has rule making authority. It allows the various factions (counties, 911 centers, telephone carriers, regulatory agencies, fire, law enforcement, and the public) to collaborate to assure that the most effective E911 service is provided statewide.

  • WFCA Representative: Judy Wilson (Lacey Fire District 3)
  • WFCA Alternate: Vacant

EXECUTIVE: This committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Board and overseeing the day-to-day activities of the WFCA. Specific responsibilities are outlined in Section II of the Policies as Established by the Board of Directors and Article 7 of the WFCA Constitution and Bylaws.

  • Chair: Gerry Gustafson (Graham Fire & Rescue)
  • David Ellingson (Poulsbo Fire Department)
  • Brad Lothspeich (Clark 6)

FIRE SERVICE LEADERSHIP FORUM: Originally a subcommittee of the Fire Protection Policy Board (which was disbanded by the Legislature in 2010), the Forum consists of several statewide fire service organizations whose purpose is to discuss issues and work together on common goals.

  • Chair: Dale Mitchell (East Pierce Fire & Rescue)
  • Jack Hensley (Spokane 4)

FIREFIGHTER TECHNICAL REVIEW (L & I): Created in statute, the WFCA holds two of several positions on this committee which are appointed by the Director of the Department of Labor & Industries. The committee provides technical assistance to L&I when an inspection or investigation of an emergency response situation reveals potential violations of firefighter safety or health standards.

  • David Ellingson (Poulsbo Fire Department)
  • Richard Small (Thurston 8)

HEALTH CARE (officially known as the Insurance Rate Stabilization Reserve Account, or IRSRA Committee): Appointed by the WFCA Board, the primary functions of the IRSRA, or Health Care Committee are management, investment and security of the reserve funds generated by the WFCA from the statewide health care contract for fire districts. Currently, the Health Care Committee also serves as the Insurance Committee, whose task is to pursue and investigate various insurance matters pertinent to the operation of the WFCA and fire service programs and report findings to the Board.

  • Chair: Jack Hensley (Spokane 4)
  • Gene Carmody (Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue)
  • Ken Eakin (Yakima 12)
  • Jim Farrell (Mountain View Fire and Rescue)
  • Brad Langdell (Walla Walla 5)

LEGISLATIVE: Committee that reviews the legislative needs of the WFCA and its membership and monitors interim proposals. The legislative chair works directly with the executive secretary during session on day-to-day legislative activity. One committee member is appointed from each region of the state.

  • Chair & Region 7 Representative: Dale Mitchell (East Pierce Fire & Rescue)
  • Region 1 Representative: Jack Hensley (Spokane 4)
  • Region 2 Representative: Todd Blackman (Franklin 3)
  • Region 3 Representative: Mike Moore (Grant 10)
  • Region 4 Representative: Brian Carlson (Kittitas 1)
  • Region 5 Representative: Richard Schrock (Snohomish 1)
  • Region 6 Representative: Dominic Barrera (North Highline Fire District)
  • Region 8 Representative: Richard Johnson (Clark 10)
  • Region 9 Representative: Gerald Preuss (South Kitsap Fire & Rescue)

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ELECTED FIRE OFFICIALS (NAEFO): An association whose purpose is to help elected fire officials with local and national issues.

  • WFCA Representative: Gerry Gustafson (Graham Fire & Rescue)

NOMINATING: Standing committee responsible for presenting nominees for Officer and Board positions to the membership. A WFCA past president serves as chair; members of the committee consist of at least five active members of the association representing a majority of regions. 

2017 Committee:

  • Chair: Jim Farrell
  • Member TBD
  • Member TBD
  • Member TBD
  • Member TBD

PARLIAMENTARIAN:

  • Brian Snure

SERGEANT AT ARMS:

  • Jerry Bragg

The majority of committee members are selected by the WFCA President and most terms are effective January 1 through December 31 of each year. If you are interested in committee membership, please contact the WFCA office at wfca@wfca.wa.gov.