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FIREFIGHTER TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE HIGHLIGHTS

Submitted by David Ellingson, WFCA Representative to the L&I Firefighter Technical Review Committee 

November 2018 Meeting:

1. Be aware that many facilities have battery room for power backup. Batteries will sometimes short out internally causing the battery to overheat and generate acid odors. Ensure proper PPE is used in hazardous areas like this.

2. Over exertion, even in a training environment, can lead to dehydration and heat stress. Ensure your teams stay hydrated.

3. FYI – When it comes to diving safety, OSHA is responsible for the first three miles from shore. After that, the Coast Guard has responsibility out to the 12-mile limit.

4. When considering a repair or remodel of a facility, ensure there is no asbestos present. This is especially true in older structures where you may find asbestos in flooring, wall plaster, ceilings and siding materials. If asbestos is present, abatement by a qualified contractor must be performed as part of the work package.

5. This is a reminder! When fighting fires in IDLH areas or areas with the potential to become an IDLH area, respirators must be used.

Click here to view past Firefighter Technical Review Committee meeting highlights.


WORKERS' COMPENSATION PREMIUM ESTIMATOR FOR PRELIMINARY 2018 RATES

Labor & Industries has developed an Excel Spreadsheet to use as a tool to help fire districts estimate their workers’ compensation premium costs in 2018. It includes the preliminary experience factor for each fire district. After entering estimated hours for the upcoming year, the spreadsheet will calculate total premiums, showing the employee and employer portion.

FOR A COPY OF AN ESTIMATOR THAT INCLUDES AN EMPLOYEE PORTION, CLICK HERE.

Please note that these rates are preliminary.

The public is invited to comment on L&I's proposed rates at public hearings around the state in October. The final rate decision will be announced by early December. Complete information is online at www.Lni.wa.gov/Rates.

Click here for detailed information regarding how to use this tool to estimate your 2018 premiums.


$24 MILLION IN COPs HELP FUND EQUIPMENT FOR MUNICIPALITIES

Submitted by Leo Marquez, Outreach Coordinator, Washington State Treasurer's Office

Washington’s Office of the State Treasurer (OST) successfully sold almost $24 million in Certificates of Participation (COPs) on September 12, 2017. The offering attracted 12 different bidders with Morgan Stanley & Co, LLC (Morgan Stanley) offering the lowest bid.

The COPs will help finance equipment needed by 18 local governments across Washington. Morgan Stanley bought $23,890,000 Series 2017B COPs, bidding 1.396718% on the certificates; this was .028899 less than the second lowest bidder - Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. After resizing, the total cost of financing the Series 2017B COPs will be $24,180,000. The COPs will reach final maturity on July 1st, 2027. The sale’s closing will be finalized on September 28th.

These COPs will be used to finance many different local projects. For example, in Kittitas County the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District will purchase three more school buses with their COP proceeds.

Washington Treasurer Duane Davidson remarked, “As a former Benton County Treasurer I’m well aware how COP financing can save local governments money. The Treasurer’s Office COP program can be a great option to get low cost financing for local capital projects. We want more local governments to consider this as they review their capital financing options.”

COPs are certificates issued by OST as a way for school districts, fire districts, cities and other local municipalities to finance equipment and real estate at a low rate. The state issues the certificates using the state’s credit rating, and the local groups who want to finance their equipment make the repayment. By using the financing power of OST, local districts get a fixed low cost rate, likely considerably lower than what they would pay if they were financing this equipment or real estate on their own.

You may contact Leo Marquez, Outreach Coordinator, Office of the State Treasurer, at 360.902.9034, or visit the Washington State Treasurer's Office online at www.tre.wa.gov/


UPDATED RECORDS RETENTION SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE

Submitted by Washington State Archives

The Local Records Committee (LRC) approved the Local Government Common Records Retention Schedule (CORE) v. 4.0 at its May 18, 2017 meeting. The CORE 4.0 takes effect immediately and may be accessed online by clicking the following link:  CORE

A detailed Summary of Changes has been posted for your reference, and the online database will be updated as well. Do not hesitate to contact Washington State Archives with any questions you may have relating to the management of your agency’s records. Just send an email to: recordsmanagement@sos.wa.gov


MRSC ROSTERS

Save Money and Staff Time on Your Public Works Rosters

Cities, Counties and special purpose districts can use MRSC Rosters to maintain their individual Small Works, Consultant, and Vendor rosters to make the roster contracting process easier. Join MRSC Rosters to save your agency money and time; click here for more information.