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FIREFIGHTER TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE HIGHLIGHTS

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

August 2019 Meeting:

1. Comprehensive and functioning safety programs at fire departments are critical to saving the lives of firefighters and they are required to be documented. This month, an inspection revealed scant evidence of a safety program at this fire department. Findings included:
a. No respiratory protection plan.
b. No respirator fit testing was being conducted.
c. No medical evaluations were being performed.
d. There was no chemical hazard communication plan.
e. No written hazard exposure plan for blood borne pathogens.

2. Take the opportunity to ensure your safety plan is up to date and meets the WAC 296-305 requirements to avoid L&I findings and ensure firefighter safety. Review the Dirty Dozen pamphlet for a list of most common findings issued by L&I during fire service inspections. Encourage employees to use this pamphlet as a handy reference during inspection/walk around of your facilities and equipment. Click here to view past Firefighter Technical Review Committee meeting highlights.


WORKERS' COMPENSATION PREMIUM ESTIMATOR FOR 2019 RATES

Labor & Industries has developed an Excel Spreadsheet to use as a tool to help fire districts estimate their workers’ compensation premium costs. Click here for the 2019 version. It includes the preliminary experience factor for each fire district. For further information, visit www.Lni.wa.gov/Rates.


$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.