The FIIRE Initiative is a program 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) Initiative.
The FIIRE Initiative is currently in its second year as a pilot program. The program will continue in 2024. Fire departments must engage for at least one year when they sign onto the initiative. Fire Departments who participate in the FIIRE Initiative 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.
Who is eligible?
- Fire departments who purchase workers’ compensation insurance through the State Fund with reported hours in risk class 6904 (salaried firefighters of cities or towns).
- The account is in good standing as outlined in WAC 296-17-31004.
How do I participate?
- Year Two FIIRE Pilot enrollment is now closed. The sign-up period for the 2024 FIIRE Initiative will begin in the fall of 2023. Get email notification when the next FIIRE enrollment period is open.
- Information for current participants can be found on the FIIRE participant information page.
For additional information, please contact us at: FIIRE@lni.wa.gov