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:



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

As required by our by-laws Article IV Section 3 I announced at our October meeting that nominations are open for 2019 election of officers.

Five positions are open for election:

• Vice President James Fossos

• Director Jim Fisher

• Director Jim Adsley

• Director Alan Stanford

• Director Curt Vandver

I am pleased to report that all the incumbents have agreed to serve another two-year term.

We reported in the minutes of the October meeting that the regular November meeting was cancelled due to Thanksgiving being the next day, Thursday November 22, 2018. Normally the election of officers is held at the November meeting. Because the annual Holiday Christmas Luncheon is considered our December meeting the election of officers will be on the January meeting agenda.

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


Some dates to remember:

RFFOW Annual Christmas Luncheon Friday December 7th. Get your reservations in ASAP.

Annual Retired Firefighters Breakfast Tuesday December 11th, at Denny's in Edmonds 9:30am.



January RFFOW Meeting

On January 16, 2019
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


November Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

In 2018, one-quarter of all state and local government employees – approximately 5 million workers – were not covered by Social Security on their current job. The Social Security Act of 1935 excluded all state and local government employees from coverage because of constitutional ambiguity over the federal government’s authority to impose FICA taxes on public employers and because these employees were already covered by defined benefit pensions (Internal Revenue Service, 2014). Beginning in the 1950s, a series of amendments allowed government employers to enroll certain employees in Social Security, and by 1991, most state and local government employees were covered by the program. Today, government employees are permitted to remain outside of Social Security only if they are enrolled in a retirement plan that meets federal regulations for sufficiently generous benefits.

The legal requirements for benefit generosity are specified in the Employment Tax Regulations. Defined benefit pensions – the dominant benefit structure in the state and local sector – must provide members with an annuity, commencing on or before the Social Security full retirement age (67 for workers born after 1959), of equal value to the Primary Insurance Amount (PIA) that the member would have received at age 67 had he participated in Social Security. To help public plans determine whether they are in compliance with the regulations, the government has established “Safe Harbor” parameters intended to generate a benefit equal to that provided by Social Security for a typical uncovered public employee. Legally, state and local pensions that meet the Safe Harbor requirements comply with the Employment Tax Regulations.

(For November 2018 pension report, click here)


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Retired Seattle Firefighter Philip Sacco passed away on 10/12/2018. The family will be having a private service.

Mickey Beauclair spouse of retired Seattle Battalion Chief Don Beauclair passed away on 10/20/2018.

Quentin Darby Retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 10/25/2018.

Stanley Brunsvold, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 10/11/18.

Sandy Tonseth passed away November 11th , after a 6-year battle with ovarian cancer. She is survived by husband Ed--a retired Seattle firefighter--Sons Brandon (Becca) and Devin (Mattie), grandchildren Owen, Ella, Jackson, and Charlotte. She is loved by all who knew her. Artistically talented, Sandy attended the UW and later became an international buyer for Nordstrom. A celebration of Sandy’s life will be held on December 8th , 2 PM, at West Valley Church, 3212 S. 288 th St., Auburn, WA 98001. Memorials to Seattle Milk Fund.

Harry Babcock, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 11/12/2018. No further information is available at this time.

Gloria Gray, widow of deceased Seattle Firefighter Alan Gray, passed away on 11/29/2018

Marcia Elayne Grier, wife of retired Seattle Firefighter Tom Grier, passed away  11/10/18 at home in  Shoreline Washington her memorial service was  26th at Evergreen Washelli Aurora Ave.



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