Seattle Fire Fighters Union, IAFF Local 27

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Brothers and Sisters,

The 2018 IAFF Centennial Convention held during the week of August 6th was a rousing success.

Local 27 bid for and won the honor and opportunity to host the 2018 IAFF Centennial Convention back in 2014 and we began planning and preparing for it immediately.

3,108 IAFF members and their families from across the US and Canada met in downtown Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center to conduct the business of our Union and to celebrate 100 years of unity. In addition to the business sessions during the week, Local 27 hosted several events for delegates including a Lake Union cruise for our sponsors aboard the Virginia V, a welcome reception underneath the Space Needle and in the MoPop, and a pub crawl. We also provided transportation, assisted delegates and guests throughout the week, and sold thousands of t-shirts, hats, coins and other items at the Local 27 booth. We also created a Centennial Book to recognize our sponsors, highlight Local 27, the Seattle Fire Department, and the City of Seattle and to commemorate 100 years of unity and success. 

I want to thank everyone who contributed to this historic event. Thank you to our Local 27 Staff, Joanna, Opal, and Tina who were rock stars and worked tirelessly to make everything happen. Thank you to the many Local 27 members who volunteered and contributed in a variety of ways to support this event and their Union. Thank you to the Local 27 Executive Board for stepping up to this challenge in addition to their regular workload. 

Thank you to our many sponsors listed below, Galen Thomaier and the Last Resort Fire Department for displaying their fire engine at the Convention Center and Steve Skylstad and Engine 33 for displaying Engine 33 at the Convention Center and ensuring it was clean and polished. Thank you to Chief Scoggins for speaking and for his tremendous support and thank you to Mayor Jenny Durkan for speaking and supporting the event. 

And thank you to the IAFF and Staff for all of their hard work holding this convention. GP Harold Schaitberger and GST Ed Kelly are strong and sophisticated leaders and we are fortunate for their dedicated service. 


Our Union is strong, and our goals are worthy. The road ahead will continue to present challenges, but we are ready and we are prepared. As General Secretary-Treasurer Ed “Edzo” Kelly said during his speech, “Our mission as a Union does not have a destination. It is a journey that our Union leaders have been entrusted to lead.”

Thank you:

Joanna Kerber

Opal Borts

Tina Clere

Adam Jones

Tony Savelli

Theresa Purtell

Martin Del Toro

Ted Marshall

Dallas Baker

Gina Baker

Tammy Miller

Lee Kerber

Roger Bianchi

Becky Bianchi

Karen Dahl

Paul Melkers

Lisa Melkers

Pete Aldassy
Erica Hall

Steve Baer

Mark Ochman

Matt Jung

Tien Tran

Shelly Fawcett

Nick Fawcett

Juliann Sorenson

Kurt Plunkett

Eric Hill

Felton Tate

Tyler Sell

Steve Amoroso

Cora McManus

Will Suarez

Timm Ryan

Steven Heublein

Adam Bracchi

Katie Campbell

Brad Bourgette

Jasper Bourgette

Enzo Bourgette

Eric Gochnour

Chris Dockter

Chris Gilbert

JP Wirth

Doug Baier

Orion Baker

Steve Lowe

AJ Gamino

Dave Faires

Caesar Cypher

Mike Milam

Bill Dennis

Jon Goins

Ian Condon

Alex Yoseph

Fire Station 2

Fire Station 5

Fire Station 10

Fire Station 25


Seattle Firefighter Pipes and Drums

Walter Kilgore Honor Guard

Port of Seattle Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 1257

American Life Incorporated

Cal Pro Fire

FF Air Coalition/ Rescue Air

Jameson (Pernod-Ricard)


MLK Labor

Vimly/ BSI

DiMartino Associates

MBM Insurance


Fremont Brewing

The Confectional

SFD Officers Association


Airlift Northwest

Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound

Don Bell, CPA

Joint Council of Teamsters #28

Medic One

Retired FF of WA

Municipal Emergency Services

OR State FF Council

Seattle Police Officers' Guild

Urban Visions



Torrone Law LLC

Lost Lake Café and Lounge


McCoy's Firehouse Bar & Grill

IAFF Financial Corp

Nant Health

McLendon's Hardware

Dimitrou's Jazz Alley


Essential Bakery

Café Ladro

Seattle Fire Boat Duwamish

Laborers Local 1239

Emmal Skalbania & Vinnedge

Seattle Hotel Association

Seattle Restaurant Alliance

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

Service Printing

Sound Apparel

Teamsters Local Union 117

Int'l Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19

Black Raven

Teamsters Local 174



Kenny Stuart
Seattle Fire Fighters Union, IAFF Local 27
Ladder Co. 8
Seattle Fire Department
“Do right, fear not.”


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