Contributions to the Legislative Fund can be made at any time, with a separate check made payable to:

RFFOW Legislative Fund 9134 207th Place SW , Edmonds, WA 98026.


Thank you to the following members who sent separate donation checks.

We would also like to thank all the members who make a $3.00 contribution when paying their annual dues via check or by payroll deduction. Your contribution allows our voice to be heard and is very much appreciated!! We only list the amount if the donation is above $25.00:

George Tibeau $100

Ervin Fleming $43



Whether you're Prior Act, LEOFF I, LEOFF II, Federal or Private, the Retired Firefighters of Washington is for YOU!

The Retired Firefighters of Washington is the only politically active organization dedicated to, and representing, the interest of all retired firefighters of Washington State and their families. Countless hours are spent in Olympia, on behalf of retired firefighters, working with our state's Representatives to maintain, secure, and improve our pensions as they apply to the retired firefighters, their families and surviving spouses.

In addition to this serious work, The RFFOW provides a means for retired firefighters and their spouses to keep in touch with each other, pass along information and have some fun! We have monthly meetings, held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except June, July & August) where members have the opportunity to not only meet old friends, but to hear the latest regarding pension issues.

So, if you're not already a member of the Retired Firefighters of Washington, we encourage you to join. There is strength in numbers. We are already a powerfull voice in Olympia but the greater the numbers the louder the voice to be heard.

To join, just print and fill out a membership application. Print and fill out this payroll deduction form if you are already a member and want to pay dues via payroll deduction.

Mail Applications to:
Retired Firefighters of Washington
9134 - 20
7th Place SW
Edmonds, WA 98026

Questions? (425) 775-9080 info@rffow.org


President’s Message

By Richard C. Warbrouck

Our Directors had a meeting on September 4, 2018 with representatives from the Seattle Retired Police Officers and the retired Snohomish County Deputy Sheriff’s Associations. We discussed:

• The development of a State Law Enforcement Officers Political Association and will schedule a meeting with the Washington State Retired Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers Association, WSRDSPO. The WSRDSPO is already a state association and may be more social than political with their current dues structure.

• Opening up the Retired Firefighters of Washington to all law enforcement officers.

• We would have to amend our by-laws to allow these officers to join and hold office, restructure our board of directors, establish districts and other changes.

• We would first have to have a recommendation from our board, a vote at a regular meeting and possibly a referendum vote of our membership to make this change.

• The inclusion of both LEOFF I and LEOFF II firefighters and law enforcement officers.

• The name of the new organization would be similar to Retired Fire and Law Enforcement Officers of Washington, RFLEOOW.

• A mail out to all LEOFF I members, 7300 or to all LEOFF I and LEOFF II members, 12,300.

(For more of the President's Message, click here)






October RFFOW Meeting

On October 17, 2018
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


September Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

The National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems has released a publication entitled Economic Loss: The Hidden Cost of Prevailing Pension Reforms. Public pensions are under constant attack by those who would like to dismantle them and replace them with do-it-yourself defined contribution plans. Opponents, having little or no understanding of how public pensions are funded, promote misleading information about rate-of-return assumptions and huge unfunded liabilities to convince policymakers to dismantle public pensions. Some states are taking actions that are chipping away at public pensions without realizing the economic damage their actions will inflict on their states and our country’s economic future. The purpose of this study is to explore the following questions:

• How are public pensions funded?

• How much economic damage will occur in 2025 if the dismantling of public pensions continues?

• What can we do to address funding issues without dismantling public pensions?

(For September 2018 pension report, click here)


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Lila Gilbert, widow of retired Seattle Firefighter Lewis Gilbert, passed away on 6/30/2018.

Michael Gale retired Seattle Lt. passed away on 7/18/2018. There are no services planned at this time.

Joseph Kraus retired Seattle Firefighter and dear friend to President Warbrouck, Director John Kinsella and many others, passed away on 7/23/2018. No services are planned.

Gerald Haughian retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 7/24/2018. No information on survives at this time.

Tom Szalay, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 8/11/2018

Leonard Leach retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 8/18/2018.

Peter Chudecke retired Seattle Battalion Chief passed away on 7/7/2018. No services planned.

Robert Mills Jr. retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 8/23/2018.

Sidney (Sid) Gill Retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 8/29/2018.

Richard Byrd Retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 9/8/2018.

Richard Zwaller, retired Seattle Battalion Chief, passed away on 9/13/2018. The service is family only.



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