The FIIRE Pilot Program is two year program safety initiative for employers of professional firefighters to reduce incidence of firefighter occupational injuries and illnesses through proactive risk management and implementation of best practices according to RCW 51.04.170. L&I partnered with representatives from the Washington Fire Chiefs (WFC) and the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF) to develop the Firefighter Injury and Illness Reduction (FIIRE) Pilot Program.

The FIIRE Pilot Program will last two years, but fire departments must engage for at least one year. Fire Departments who participate in the FIIRE Pilot Program will receive a discount on their workers’ compensation insurance premiums for risk class 6904 and are eligible to apply for grant funding to purchase additional equipment and other gear to implement the best practices.

The FIIRE Pilot Program kicks off with a FIIRE Pilot Review Quarter. The FIIRE Pilot Review Quarter is an opportunity to learn about the program before committing to a full year.

Program eligibility

  • Purchase workers’ compensation insurance through the State Fund with reported hours in risk class 6904 (salaried firefighters of cities or towns) and the account must maintain good standing as outlined in WAC 296-17-31004.

Enrollment Dates

Year One FIIRE Pilot – October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022

Year Two FIIRE Pilot – October 2, 2022 to September 30, 2023 – Sign up TBD

For additional information, please contact us at: FIIRE@lni.wa.gov

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FIIRE Program Elements and Timeline

FIIRE Pilot Program Requirements – Year One

Fire Departments that participate in the FIIRE Pilot Program Year One will be eligible for a premium rate reduction of 10% for risk class 6904 during Pilot Year One.

Fire Departments that did not participate in the Pilot Review Quarter prior to Year One enrollment must review their Fire Department's worker’s compensation costs and assess their safety and health programs using the Vulnerability Assessment Program (VAP) survey.

During Pilot Year One, all participating Fire Departments commit to:

Letter of Intent
  • Make a decision regarding participation in the FIIRE Pilot Program in coordination with the department’s fire chief, designated union official, and jurisdictional authority.
    • Decision to participate in Year One of the FIIRE Pilot Program:
      • Submit a Letter of Intent signed by the department’s fire chief, designated union official, and jurisdictional authority.
      • Submit an Application and sign a Memorandum of Participation
    • Decision to not participate in Year One of the FIIRE Pilot Program:
      • Submit letter declining participation, including information on the basis for decision
Self-assessment
  • Assess the Fire Department's safety and health programs using the Vulnerability Assessment Program (VAP) survey results and refine the Accident Prevention Program (APP) and other policies and procedures.
Strengthen safety committee
  • Strengthen safety committees by participating in L&I provided proactive risk management training to improve the ways in which hazards are assessed and mitigated.
  • Optimize safety committee activities based on training, including applying proactive risk management principles to hazard identification, incident investigations, and injury/near-miss reporting.
Safety Improvement Plan
  • Develop and implement a tailored Safety Improvement Plan (SIP) that integrates self-assessment results, risk management training, and safety and health best practices to address carcinogen exposures and musculoskeletal disorders such as those related to patient transport and equipment handling.
  • Actively monitor and adjust the SIP for effectiveness.
Return to Work Programs
  • Develop plans to incorporate Return to Work, including consideration of the Stay at Work incentive program, to improve outcomes for injured fire fighters and mitigate time-loss costs to the department.
Firefighter Safety and Health Collaborative
  • Participate in the Firefighter Safety and Health Collaborative.
Quarterly Reporting
  • Submit three quarterly progress reports and an end of year report to L&I.

Timeline

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SH - Partnerships - FIIRE Timeline

How to Join

FIIRE Pilot Year One is now closed

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Resources

In an effort to keep the firefighter industry safe and working, we are providing the following resources:

      For more assistance, attend a virtual Safety & Health workshop, or contact DOSH Consultation for free assistance with building your APP, risk management, and other safety & health needs.