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:

Rosemary King in memory of husband Jim King $1,500

Jack Day $1,000

Ronald Wold $200

Mona Landers in memory of husband Bill Landers $100

Herbert Koth $100

William Hoppe $100

Ken Kingman $50



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

I received an invitation from Kenny Stewart, President of Local 27, as a past President of Local 27, to attend the opening ceremony of the 54th IAFF Convention here in downtown Seattle. This is also the 100th year anniversary of the IAFF and also the 100 year anniversary of Seattle Firefighters Union Local 27. I just returned from the opening ceremony. It was spectacular and very professional. IAFF President Harold Schaiberger gave a very informative and inspiring State of the Union report.

As a past President of Local 27 I can’t imagine the amount of work and planning that went into this event. I want to extend my congratulations to President Stewart and the staff of Local 27 for all their hard work, attention to detail and courtesy. These efforts have not gone unnoticed.

(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


August Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

From the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems comes a 2018 study titled “Unintended Consequences: How Scaling Back Public Pensions Puts Government Revenues at Risk”.

Unintended consequences often flow from policy actions that are made with short-term pressures in mind. There is a real risk that reducing or even dismantling public pension benefits will ultimately backfire. In this installment of ongoing research on the impact of public pensions on the U.S. economy, NCPERS set out to quantify that risk.

The question we asked is this: How does the payment of defined pension benefits and the investment of pension assets impact state and local economies and revenue generation? It is common sense that consumer spending and investment grow the economy, which in turn grows tax revenues. We hear this all the time in the context of tax cuts. Yet opponents of public pensions seem to believe that pension spending and investment do not grow the economy. True, the pension money comes from taxpayers, but it should be understood that it is part of the compensation of workers providing public services. If these services were privatized, they would cost taxpayers more. The goal of private companies is to make profit. The goal of a public service is to ensure the public good. Pensions play an important role in the recruitment and retention of a quality public workforce to ensure our collective good.

(For August 2018 pension report, click here)


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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. A service will be held on August 18th, at 1:00 pm, at Whiskey Creek Beach Park at 1385 Whiskey Creek Beach Rd Port Angeles WA 98363.

Gordon Kinsman retired Tacoma Fire Department passed away on July 2, a Celebration of Life was held July 6th in Tacoma.

Sandra Synstad, wife of retired Seattle Firefighter Robert Synstad, died this morning. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Rose of Lima Parrish at 11 AM, Friday July 13th. 460 N 5th St Cheney, WA 99004

Sharon Rebar, wife of retired Tacoma Fire Captain Mike Rebar, passed away on June 28. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 21, from 1-4 pm at the Tacoma Firefighters Union Hall.

Cora Sevilles, widow of retired Seattle Firefighter George Sevilles, passed away on 5/28/2018.

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



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