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  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 17:37 | Kirstina Weaver (Administrator)

    2021 Elections – It’s time to begin the nomination process for several WSAFM Board positions.  Being on the Board of Directors is a rewarding and educational experience that allows you to support initiatives that resonate with you, expand your network of professional connections, and involves you in state and national issues and processes that help shape fire and life safety within our communities. 

    WSAFM bylaws outline that the term of office for Director positions is 2 years, while the 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents and President positions are elected annually.  Elections are held each year and nominees are required to be published to the WSAFM membership at least 30 days prior to the annual business meeting held at the Fire Prevention Institute.

    For 2021, the following positions are up for election:

    President – David Kokot (Spokane Fire Department).  David is the incumbent in this position and is seeking reelection.

    1st Vice President – Tom Maloney (Marysville Fire District RFA).  Tom is the incumbent in this position and is seeking reelection.

    2nd Vice President – The incumbent in this position is NOT seeking reelection.  Traci Harvey (Spokane Valley Fire Department) is currently a Board member and is seeking election to this position.

    Director Position #1 – Mike Messer (Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue).  Mike is the incumbent in this position and is seeking reelection.

    Director Position #3 – Karen Grove(Seattle Fire Department).  Karen is the incumbent in this position and is seeking reelection.

    Director Position #5 – Robert Ferrell(WSRB).  Robert is the incumbent in this position and is seeking reelection.

    Director Position #7 – The incumbent is this position is NOT seeking reelection.

    Any WSAFM member wishing to be nominated for one of these positions must provide to the Elections / Awards Committee proof of membership, a letter of support from their employer, and a statement of intent for consideration.  This information can be sent to jon.dunaway@ci.longview.wa.us.  The deadline to have this into the committee is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 15th, 2021.  If you would like to know more about the duties of the Board, you can call me at (360) 442-5538 and I’d be glad to discuss this with you.

  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021 17:43 | Karen Grove (Administrator)

    Section 319 of the 2018 Washington State Fire Code establishes new provisions for mobile food preparation vehicles or “food trucks”.  Section 105.6 provides for permits for these vehicles. 

    To respond to these new code sections, several jurisdictions have created a standard food truck inspection checklist and agreed to recognize inspections conducted by other participating jurisdictions .  Some participating jurisdictions are also offering a discount on the food truck permit if another agency performs the required inspection.  Local jurisdictions retain the sole right to permit and revoke food truck permits within their boundaries, and to conduct additional inspections within their boundaries.  The program’s intent is to streamline the inspection requirements as a customer service to food trucks that operate in multiple locations, and to provide a best practice checklist and opportunity for efficiencies to local Fire Marshals and fire agencies. 

    To join the group of participating jurisdictions and accept valid inspections conducted by another participating jurisdiction, please contact past WSAFM Board Member Anjela Barton at abarton@rentonrfa.org , or current WSAFM Board Member Karen Grove at karen.grove@seattle.gov .   Any fire agency in Washington is welcome to join. Whether or not you accept reciprocal inspections, you are welcome to download and use the checklist, which has also been translated into top tier languages.

    Materials for download:

  • Thursday, July 15, 2021 17:53 | Karen Grove (Administrator)

    Mobile Fueling – New 2018 Code Provisions and Resources for AHJs

    The 2018 Fire Code establishes permitting for “on demand mobile fueling”, a newer service where cars are refueled at their parking location. Section 5707 of the 2018 Fire Code sets out a permitting structure that includes: an “operator” permit for the company offering the service, a “vehicle” permit for each truck dispensing gas, and a “site” permit for locations where mobile fueling is allowed to occur.  

    If your agency intends to permit mobile fueling, you may be interested in downloading WSAFM’s standard permit conditions for mobile on demand fueling operators, vehicles, and sites.  WSAFM created these in conjunction with industry stakeholders, partner agencies, and the Fire Code TAG.  AHJs may download and use these templates in their permitting program.  The conditions align with the 2018 Washington State code including SBCC amendments that took effect July 10, 2021.  

    Effective July 10, 2021, the 2018 Washington State Fire Code now allows fire departments to accept “operator” and “truck” permits issued by other Washington State fire departments who meet the code standards, instead of issuing their own permit. To date, WSAFM has learned that the Seattle Fire Department is issuing operator and vehicle permits and performing truck inspections that other AHJs may opt to recognize.  As required under the new 2018 code, Seattle is maintaining a list of current mobile fueling permit holders for your reference.  We will continue to update this post with additional issuing jurisdictions for reference.

    Local jurisdictions continue to have sole authority for mobile fueling site permits.

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