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:

Thomas McNerney $303

Steve Burwash $300

Robert McLauchlan $200

Jim Hudson $200

Richard Colombi $200

Barbara Beers $150

Chuck Sangder $100

Dennis Harwood $100

Joseph Roozen $100

Joseph Burns $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

A few weeks ago the Seattle Firefighters Union Local 27 celebrated their Centennial Year, 100 year Birthday. Local 27 was organized in 1918 the same year that the IAFF was organized. Local 27 celebrated by hosting an open house in the recently remodeled union office building.

The IAFF is celebrating its Centennial 100 year birthday this year 2018 at the 54Th IAFF Convention here in Seattle hosted by the Seattle Firefighters Union Local 27. The convention will be called to order on Monday August 6, 2018 for 5 days ending on Friday August 10, 2018. The host hotels are the Westin Hotel and the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle. There will be several events scheduled for the spouses and children of the delegates (registered firefighters). I am sure the union will need some volunteers to assist with the logistics. Stay tuned if you would like to participate. We will post the dates and times when volunteers are needed.

(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




May RFFOW Meeting

On May 16, 2018
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


April Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

A new case study examines the impacts of the 2012 actions of the Town of Palm Beach, Florida, to close its existing defined benefit (DB) pension systems for employees, including police officers and firefighters. The new “combined” retirement plans offered dramatically lower DB pension benefits and new individual 401(k)-style defined contribution (DC) retirement accounts. Shortly thereafter, the town experienced a high rate of retirements and unprecedented early departures of experienced police officers and firefighters to neighboring towns that offered better pensions. Now understaffed, the town faced increased costs to pay overtime hours and train replacements for more than 100 public safety workers who departed during a four-year period after the pension changes. Following this large, swift exodus of public safety employees, the town reconsidered the changes. In 2016, the Town Council voted to abandon the DC plans and to improve the pension plan for police officers and firefighters. These findings are contained in new research case study from the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS), Retirement Reform Lessons: The Experience of Palm Beach Public Safety Pensions.

“This case study serves as a cautionary tale to public sector employers considering changes to their employee retirement plans,” says Diane Oakley, report author and NIRS executive director. “The town learned the hard way that pension plans - provided to nearly all police officers and firefighters across the country - help keep experienced public safety workers on the job protecting our communities. The Palm Beach saga was a painful and costly lesson that pensions are a critical workforce management tool to recruit, retain and retire public employees,” Oakley said. Research finds that public workers place a high value on retirement benefits, even more so than private sector workers. For public safety workers, pensions are highly valued because they also offer death and disability benefits, and because the risks and physical demands associated with their jobs can shorten their years in the workforce. “Perhaps the most compelling data point in the case study is that a total of 53 mid-career police officers and firefighters left their jobs before retirement after the Town Council voted to change the pension plan,” Oakley explained. “Previously, just two mid-career public safety workers left their jobs before reaching retirement. Faced with unprecedented departures and large overtime and training costs, the town moved to unscramble the egg and restore the pension plan,” Oakley said. This case study supplements past NIRS research examining retirement plans in Alaska, Michigan and West Virginia where a shift from DB pensions to 401(k)-style individual accounts caused pension plan costs to skyrocket. The new case study also can be considered alongside recent NIRS research that examines the employee recruitment and retention impacts of pensions.

(For April 2018 pension report, click here)


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Herbert Collingridge retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 3/7/2018.

Bette Dunn, widow of retired Seattle Firefighter Jack Dunn, passed away on 3/10/2018.

Roberta Hay widow of retired Tacoma Training Chief Otis Hay (former director of the RFFOW) passed away on March 22. She was 92.

Bernice Welch, widow of retired Seattle firefighter John Welch, passed away on 3/25/2018.

Ronald Tate retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 4/1/2018. Viewing will be from 11:00 to 12:00 on 4/11/2018 with Services following at 12:00 at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, 11220 Aurora Ave N, Seattle.



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