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:

Chris Morrill $300

Ken Carroll $200

Jim B. Hudson $200

Phillip E. Palmer $200

Charles Wright, Jr $100



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 regular May meeting on May 16, 2018 will be our last meeting before our summer break. The next regular meeting will be on September 19, 2018. I will not be able to chair the May meeting as I will be out of town. Vice President Jim Fossos will chair the meeting in my absence.

Now that the 2018 legislative session is over we know that there was no attempt to merge the LEOFF I Retirement System. We also know that there was no open discussion in regards to a merger. That is not to say that there will never be another attempt to merge the LEOFF I system. Nor should we predict a merger, each and every legislative session has a scare tactic to raise money. Any well managed organization should have adequate funds to finance their legislative program during the legislative session. If something as severe as a merger bill was passed we would have the time and ability to solicit funds from each organization and member of the LEOFF I System to fund a legal battle all the way to the US Supreme Court. This of course would not take place in the next week or ten days, it would take months if not years. This is what we did in 2000 when there was a threat to terminate the LEOFF I Retirement System. Various groups got together and formed the LEOFF I Coalition to solicit donations from groups and individual members who didn’t belong to a retiree organization. Needless to say, we were very successful and I believe the Coalition still has some of those original donations. The only funds we would need on day one would be to file an i junction and to start the legal process through the courts.

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



You may have received a letter or email from the Department of Retirement Systems in Olympia regarding W-4P (IRS withholding). This only applies to those members who are on a service pension retirement and want to change their IRS withholding due to the changes in the Federal IRS tax code.

Those on a disability pension can disregard this completely.

Richard Warbrouck President RFFOW




September RFFOW Meeting

On September 19, 2018
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


May Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

THE REAL REASON THE INVESTOR CLASS HATES PENSIONS, by David Webber, a law professor at Boston University. No issue in America today better illustrates the divergent interests of working Americans and the 1 percent than pension reform. Substantial empirical evidence shows that America’s favored retirement vehicle — the 401(k), recently renounced by its own inventors — is grossly inadequate and will leave tens of millions of Americans with insufficient retirement assets. And yet states and cities are busy converting traditional pensions into these failing 401(k)s or equivalents, to the great benefit of money managers and the finance class.

Advocates of pension “reform” — which really means cutting or eliminating traditional pension funds — will tell you that such funds are a big drain on state and local budgets, since, as defined-benefit programs, they are obligated to pay workers a defined amount in their retirement. But that’s largely a question of political priorities; underfunded pensions are the result of, well, decades of underfunding pensions. The real reason for the attack on pensions goes deeper, and exposes the great and growing rift between America’s economic elite and everyone else.

(For May 2018 pension report, click here)


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Ronald Tate retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 4/1/2018.

Donald Hamilton, retired Bellevue firefighter passed away 4/11/18.

Randolph Ruwe, retired Seattle Paramedic, passed away on 4/27/18.

Sandrea Wheeler, widow of retired Seattle Paramedic Henry Wheeler, passed away after a 2 year battle with cancer on 4/27/18.

Raymond Millie, Retired Tacoma Firefighter, passed away on 4/29/18.

Regina “Reggie” Roberts, wife of Bill Roberts retired Tacoma Fire Department and former director of the RFFOW, passed away 5/3/18 after a long illness.

Elaine King, widow of retired firefighter Ralph King, passed away on 2/17/2018.

Laurann Radosevich, widow of retired Lt. John Radosevich, passed away on 5/19/2018.

Ruth Taylor, widow of deceased Battalion Chief James Taylor, passed away on 5/14/18.

Rex Johnson, L27 Ret. Passed away on June 6th in Port Angeles/Joyce. Apparently from an unwitnessed heart attack. Rex retired as the regular driver for L12 at station 28 on C shift. The family said that no plans have been made but they are thinking of having something in August.



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