Seattle Fire Fighters Union, IAFF Local 27

Crosscut: The Seattle Fire Department is understaffed. Why?

By David Kroman

While the Seattle Fire Department may have escaped the pressures that federally mandated reform has brought to city police, newly confirmed Fire Chief Harold Scoggins will be faced with a number of pressing questions. The biggest one: What should he do about the department's 83 vacancies as Seattle grows and its economy improves?

With a fraction of the attention - and, arguably, expectations - heaped on the appointment of Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole, the Seattle City Council confirmed Scoggins Monday.

Scoggins has enjoyed a long career as a firefighter, most recently as the chief of the Glendale Fire Department outside of Los Angeles. At just under 200,000, Glendale is less than a third the population of Seattle. In the region's dry and hilly climate, Glendale faces the constant threat of brush and mountain fires. But what Seattle lacks in brush fires, it makes up for in growth. "More people are going to mean more responses," Scoggins told Crosscut. "The rising call load is pretty significant."

In 2010, the Seattle Fire Department received about 77,000 calls. In 2014, that number was up nearly 15 percent to 89,000. That increase is due in part to Seattle's rising population, but also, says Scoggins, to Seattle's aging and more accident-prone demographic.

But during that same five-year span, the fire department's workforce got slammed with a perfect storm of retirements and budget cuts, and now Scoggins will have to work to match his department's capacity to the city's need.

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LODD Driver/Engineer John M. Orf, April 26, 2015

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Driver/Engineer John M. Orf of IAFF Local 2665 - Professional Fire Fighters of Eastern Missouri. Brother Orf, 55, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from leukemia. The Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Stygar Funeral Home, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Saint Peters, Missouri 63304, (636) 936-1300. Firefighter Walk thru will be at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will follow Visitation. Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 2665, 115 McMenamy Road, Saint Peters, MO 63376-1515.

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It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Fire Fighter/Paramedic Brenda Lee Bauer of IAFF Local 1803 - Reading, Pennsylvania. Sister Bauer, 57, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from lung cancer. A Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home Inc., 25 East Main Street Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania 17972, (570) 385-3381. The Celebration of Life Memorial Service will follow at 10:30 the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 1803, 950 Weiser Street, Reading, PA 19601-2031 or emailed to

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FDIC 2015 Drone Video: Live Fire: First Due

At this year's FDIC International, Eric Straus of Chicago Fire Wire ( captured drone footage from some of the hands-on training sites, including "Live Fire: First Due" in Boone County.

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Legislation to Renew Zadroga Act Introduced in Congress

After nearly a decade long fight to stand by first responders who answered the call of duty on September 11, Congress finally fulfilled its moral obligation in late 2010 and provided our 9/11 heroes with the health care and financial compensation they deserved by passing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.


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Thunderclap: International Workers' Day!

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers' Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don't realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as "American" as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

At its national convention in Chicago, held in 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (which later became the American Federation of Labor), proclaimed that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labor from and after May 1, 1886." The following year, the FOTLU, backed by many Knights of Labor locals, reiterated their proclamation stating that it would be supported by strikes and demonstrations.

On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike.

May Day is an official holiday in 66 countries and unofficially celebrated in many more, but rarely is it recognized in this country where it began.


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2015 M. Kenneth Hoefner Scholarship Application

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Are you doing your part?

Brothers and Sisters,
Local 27 is fully engaged in the political process to protect and support you, your family, and public safety. Our American democratic process relies on citizens and organizations for elections and for governance. Local 27 informs and supports candidates and elected officials on all issues related to fire fighters and public safety including: health and safety, training, equipment, department policies, compensation, benefits, retirement, staffing, response times, service levels, hazards, etc.
Local 27, the WSCFF, and the IAFF rely on your voluntary financial contributions to fund these efforts.
Many members already do their part and contribute, but many still do not.
If you have not yet signed up for the Local 27 SAFEPAC or the WSCFF Fastpac, or the IAFF Firepac, please follow the link below to get started now. Thank you.

Kenny Stuart
Seattle Fire Fighters Union
IAFF Local 27


Local 27 Political Action Volunteer Form


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