Firefighter Health

Proactive risk management and the implementation of best practices. 

About the Pilot Model Framework

Fire departments across Washington State have the opportunity to participate in a new safety initiative program: the Firefighter Injury and Illness Reduction (FIIRE) Initiative. The Initiative seeks to reduce the incidents of firefighter injury and illnesses through proactive risk management and implementation of best practices. 

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) launched a pilot program of the FIIRE Initiative on July 1, 2021. The total duration of the pilot will be from July 2021 through June 2023. Departments will have the ability to engage from one to two years in the pilot program. The pilot will help both L&I and participating departments engage in the FIIRE Initiative process while continuing to develop guidance to establish a long term FIIRE Initiative model. 

The Washington Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative (WFSHC) will work in tandem with the FIIRE Initiative pilot program to relay program information, address any FIIRE Initiative pilot program questions and concerns, and provide feedback. The departments are in turn expected to attend collaborative meetings to receive pilot program information, engage with other participating departments, share their progress in the pilot program, as well as, provide feedback on the WFSHC and the pilot program. 

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Expectations

Participants

Pilot program participants (Fire Departments) are required to attend/participate in FFHSC as part of FIIRE Initiative program participation 

Meeting Locations

Meeting host: L&I (in-person and virtual) 

Virtual: Zoom or other online meeting platform via L&I

Length of Meeting: Two hours (90min for relaying Initiative information; 30min for Q&A/feedback) 

Frequency

Monthly during Quarter 1  

Quarterly after Quarter 1 (coincides with pilot program requirement schedule) 

 

Meeting and attendance requirements: 

  • Participating departments must identify a primary and secondary representative to the FFHSC. 
    • The primary representative must attend quarterly collaborative meetings to satisfy program requirements. If the primary representative is unable to attend, the secondary representative must attend in their stead. 
    • The representative(s) shall be a firefighter who is responsible in part or in full for the health & safety or the training of the department. 
    • The department representative(s) is allowed to miss one meeting (a meeting that is not noted as optional). The missed meeting cannot be the Pre-Launch Meeting in June or the meeting in July at the start of the pilot program. 
  • A note taker from L&I must be selected that is NOT an active meeting participant.