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FIREFIGHTER TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE HIGHLIGHTS

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

September 2018 Meeting:

1. General findings are listed here. Use these reports as resources for your fire department to avoid L&I findings and/or fines for noncompliance. Review the “Dirty Dozen” pamphlet on the WFCA web site for a list of most common findings issued by L&I during fire service inspections. Use this pamphlet as a handy reference during inspection/walk around of your facilities and equipment.
a. Light fixtures in close proximity to workers must have guards installed to ensure bulbs do not get broken subjecting workers to falling glass and debris.
b. Free access to electrical panels must be maintained. Storing material in front of electrical breaker panels prevents prompt access during an emergency.

2. Firefighter roles are diversifying and expanding into new situations and hazard areas. If you are considering an expanded role with new potential hazards, train and equip your personnel with appropriate PPE before implementing any new policy.
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.