This is a summary of the Officers' Association  activities back to 2004.  The Association is doing exceptional work consistent with our mission of Officer Development. We support of a variety of leadership efforts throughout the organization. Membership is at an all-time high of 231. We continue to act on members’ requests for training and social functions.  Email requests to james.hilliard@seattle.gov


2019 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • 2019: SFDOA Library/Video Library serving all SFD members
  • April 26-27: Workshop: First Responder Sleep Recovery, Jacqueline & Sean Toomey, 80 participants
  • May 4: Opening Day Battle of the Brave Police/Fire Crew Race: Team Seattle Fire Sponsorship
  • May 15: Seattle Fire Department Awards Luncheon Co-Sponsorship w/ Rotary Club
  • September 8-9: Seminar: Facts Not Fear, James Johnson / Ben Schultz, 102 participants
  • October 4: Breakfast at McCoy's Firehouse co-sponsor with L27 following National Fallen Firefighters Ceremony
  • October 9: Seminar: Living Well in Retirement, John Becknell, 30 participants
  • October 24: BLEVE - Presentation of 10 retirement awards

2018 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • 2018: SFDOA Library/Video Library serving all SFD members
  • March 7-8: Seminar: 25 To Survive, Dan Shaw / Doug Mitchell, 164 participants
  • May 5: Opening Day Battle of the Brave Police/Fire Crew Race: Team Seattle Fire Sponsorship
  • May 16: Seattle Fire Department Awards Luncheon Co-Sponsorship w/ Rotary Club
  • September 20: Recruit Class 62 Reunion Party - 25 Years
  • October 5: Breakfast at McCoy's Firehouse co-sponsor with L27 following National Fallen Firefighters Ceremony
  • November 14-15: Seminar: RED FLAGS Recognize & Survive, Sandy Lasa / Mike Lombardo, 152 participants
  • December 6: BLEVE - Presentation of 10 retirement awards

2017 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • 2017: Promotional Item to each member: Challenge Coin
  • 2017: SFDOA Library now open to all SFD members
  • February 23-24: Seminar: The Basics - No Exceptions Leadership for the Company Officer - Hoevelmann, 95 participants
  • March 14-15: Seminar: The Art of Reading Buildings - John Mittendorf & Dave Dodson, 240 participants
  • May 6: Opening Day Battle of the Brave Police/Fire Crew Race: Team Seattle Fire Sponsorship
  • May 10: Seattle Fire Department Awards Luncheon Co-Sponsorship w/ Rotary Club
  • August thru October: Good 2 Go Combat Fitness Clinics, 25 participants
  • October 2-3: Seminar: Handlines: From Rig to Seat of Fire - Dennis LeGear, 230 participants
  • October 6: Breakfast at McCoy's Firehouse co-sponsor with L27 following National Fallen Firefighters Ceremony
  • October 12-13: Workshop: Saving Those Who Save Others - Jeff Dill, 105 participants
  • October Fire Instructor 1 & 2 Certification Training, 51 participants
  • December 7: BLEVE - Presentation of 11 retirement awards

2016 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • March 8: Seminar: Fire Service Leadership - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Anthony Kastros, 55 participants
  • March 9: Seminar: Team Building For Maximum Results!, Anthony Kastros, 50 participants
  • May 7: Opening Day Battle of the Brave Police/Fire Crew Race: Team Seattle Fire Sponsorship
  • May 18: Seattle Fire Department Awards Luncheon Co-Sponsorship w/ Rotary Club
  • July 23-30: Camp Blaze Sponsorship
  • September 13-16, October 11-14: Fire Instructor 1 Certification Training for up to 50 participants
  • October 7: Breakfast at McCoy's Firehouse co-sponsor with L27 following National Fallen Firefighters Ceremony
  • October 1 & 15: H.O.T. "Good to Go" Combat Fitness Clinics
  • November 4: BLEVE - Presentation of 13 retirement awards
  • Go to Calendar of Events Page for list of pending events and activities

2015 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • March 12-13: Seminar: Step up and Lead, Frank Viscuso, 125 participants
  • August 16-17: Bellevue Firefighter Combat Challenge, 7 participants
  • September: Library expanded to 100+ books
  • September 23-24: Seminar: Fully Involved Leadership, Mark vonAppen, 150 participants
  • October: BLEVE - 14 retirement awards
  • October: Fire Conference Stipend Pilot Program launched
  • December: Seattle Fire Department 125th Anniversary Edition Yearbooks: delivered to every company and division

2014 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • August 16-17: Seattle Firefighter Combat Challenge, 20 participants
  • October 23: FDNY Pipes & Drums at the Showbox SODO
  • October 24: Lake Union Cruise with FDNY Pipes & Drums, 160 participants
  • October: BLEVE - 6 retirement award presentations

2013 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • July: Established SFDOA Library, 40 books available to members
  • August: Delivery of SFDOA Padfolios to each member
  • August 23-24: Everett Firefighter Combat Challenge,  5 participants
  • September: From Tragedy to Triumph Seminar
  • September 11, 13, 20, 23: Live Fire Training at North Bend, 100 participants
  • October: BLEVE - 6 retirement award presentations
  • November: Steve Kerber, NIST Studies Seminar

2012 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • January 28-29: When the Mule Won’t Do Forcible Entry Training at JTF, 48 participants
  • September 22: In the Realm of Risk Seminar with KCTOA, 45 participants
  • October 25: BLEVE – 7 retirement awards presented to SFDOA members
  • November 17-18: The Nozzle Forward Training with Aaron Fields, 60 participants

2011 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • January: Launched SFDOA Website
  • January: Delivered SFD Yearbook gift to each Company Library
  • February 5: Northwest Ergomania Indoor Rowing Championship, SFD Team registration, 14 SFD participants
  • February: Continued Pilot Leadership Development Training Program at JTF, 24 SFD participants
  • May 12-13: Good to Go Firefighter Fitness Pilot Training Program at JTF, 80 participants
  • May-August: Live Fire Training at North Bend: 4 days (5/4, 5/6, 6/17, 8/9), 100 participants
  • May: Delivered SFDOA coffee mugs, 4 to each company
  • June 11: First Annual Battle of the Bravest Combat Fitness Relay Challenge Charity Event, 30 Participants
  • August: Birt Memorial Phone Booth, Station 2
  • September 2: Lake Union Evening Cruise 9/2, 75 participants
  • October 28: BLEVE – 8 retirement awards presented to SFDOA members

2010 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • SFD Yearbook: Administrative support and a gift yearbook ordered for each Company Library
  • January: Northwest Ergomania Indoor Rowing Championship, Team registration… 12 SFD participants
  • January 23: Rapid Decision Making and Incident Command seminar at JTF with Gary Klein…  120+ SFD participants
  • March 10: Inspired to Lead Women’s Leadership Seminar for Seattle Police & Fire at Boeing Hall, 45 SFD participants
  • May 1-2: EMS Scene Safety & Awareness 2-day seminar for EMS & Law Enforcement at WA Justice Training Center, Burien - tactics and skills in the presence of dangerous or threatening patients, 24 SFD participants
  • September 11: IAFF Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony at Colorado Springs… SFDOA President in attendance to honor our fallen brother and past SFDOA President, Dave Jacobs.
  • October27, 29: MCO Live Fire Training at North Bend Fire Training Facility, 60 SFD participants
  • October 29: BLEVE  - 5 retirement awards presented to SFDOA members
  • November 4: Memorial Service for our fallen brother and SFDOA member Jesse Youngs at Lake Union Naval Reserve… 400+ SFD members in attendance
  • November: Pilot Leadership Development Training Program at JTF, 24 SFD participants

2009 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • January 31: Northwest Ergomania Indoor Rowing Championship, team registration… 11 SFD participants

  • February: Firefighting Operations in High-Rise and Standpipe Equipped Buildings seminar at JTF with David McGrail… 220+ SFD participants
  • April: Firefighting Operations McGrail textbook – 12 promotional copies to BCs, Leadership Group We occasionally purchase a limited set of books for the BC Libraries where all SFD members will have access to them.  We then urge the Fire Chief to purchase a set of these books for all Company Libraries.
  • July: Firefighter Combat Challenge at North Bend, team registration… 23-SFD members participating
  • September: EMS Scene Safety & Awareness 2-day seminar for EMS & Law Enforcement at SPD Athletic Center with focus on tactics and skills in the presence of dangerous or threatening patients, 24 SFD members in attendance.
  • October 2: Multi-Family Residential Fires seminar at JTF with John Norman… 220+ SFD members in attendance
  • October: Delivery of Firefit Combat Fitness Tower* at JTF
  • November 13: BLEVE - 5 retirement awards presented to SFDOA members
  • December 3: Memorial Service for our fallen brother and past SFDOA President Dave Jacobs at Lake Union Naval Reserve… 400+ SFD members in attendance


*Regarding the purchase of the Combat Fitness Training Tower:

Purchase of the tower and related equipment ($40,000+) was made possible through combined efforts:

  • $20,000 contribution from SFD
  • $10,000 grant from The Fireman’s Fund
  • $2,500 contribution from L27
  • $10,000 contribution from SFDOA Board of Trustees. This contribution came directly from the members of the Board who agreed to waive their stipend payments for 2 ½ years.  SFDOA general activity funds were not used for this purchase. Access to this equipment for uniformed members will begin next spring with an organized training program. The Association has supported the Combat Fitness Program for its proven leadership in firefighter fitness. 

  • 2016 UPDATE::  FYI, The Board continues to operate stipend-free.  This means that all of the work we do is on a volunteer basis, and 100% of your dues goes directly towards SFDOA Mission directed activities.

2008 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • February: Northwest Ergomania Indoor Rowing Championship, Team registration… 11 SFD participants
  • February 8: Memorial Service for our fallen brother Jim Scragg at Lake Union Naval Reserve... 400+ SFD members in attendance
  • June 27: Crew Resource Management seminar with Dennis Rubin
  • July 11-12: 3rd Seattle Firefighter Combat Challenge at Pioneer Square Fire Festival, team registration... 37 SFD participants
  • July Book Distribution: Hard Work by Sharkey & Davis.  12 promotional copies to BCs, Leadership Group We occasionally purchase a limited set of books for the BC Libraries where all SFD members will have access to them.  We then urge the Fire Chief to purchase a set of these books for all Company Libraries.
  • August 29: Friday Night Cruise Lake Union... 80 participants
  • September 24-25: Fireground Strategies seminar with Anthony Avillo
  • October: BLEVE - retirement awards presented to SFDOA members

2007 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • DVD Distribution: Pride and Ownership by Lasky.  12 promotional copies to BCs, Leadership Group
  • DVD Distribution: And the Beat Goes On by Goldfedder.  12 promotional copies to BCs, Leadership Group
  • July 7: 2nd Seattle Firefighter Combat Challenge at Pioneer Square Fire Festival , team registration... 56 SFD participants
  • November 26: Leadership Challenges for Chief Officers seminar
  • October: BLEVE - retirement awards presented to SFDOA members

2006 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • Joint Training Center opens, providing venue for seminar series
  • Promotional item: golf shirts
  • Quarterly Breakfast Meetings
  • July 8: Inaugural Seattle Firefighter Combat Challenge at Pioneer Square Fire Festival, team registration... 37 SFD participants
  • August 11: Friday Night Cruise Lake Union... 80 participants
  • September 11: 9/11 Memorial Breakfast at McCoy's Firehouse.  100 participants
  • October: BLEVE - retirement awards presented to SFDOA members

2005 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • Monthly Breakfast Meetings at various locations including Salty's, Museum of Flight... 30-75 average attendance.
  • Pilot SFDOA Mentoring Initiative.  84 participants, 42 mentor/mentee pairings for structured mentor program
  • Seattle Way Leadership Self - Evaluation
  • Instructor 1 Certification Training.  60 participants
  • October: BLEVE - retirement awards presented to SFDOA members
  • Launched SFDOA Challenge (12 members completed challenge):
    • Complete the following SFDOA mission - directed objectives in 2005:
      • Attend 3 Breakfast Club Meetings
      • Participate in the Mentoring Initiative
      • Attend any outside training opportunity
      • Obtain State Instructor 1 Certification

2004 SFDOA Sponsored Activities:

  • Monthly Breakfast Meetings at various locations including Salty's, Museum of Flight... 30-75 average attendance.
  • October: BLEVE - retirement awards presented to SFDOA members
  • December: Holiday Party at Edgewater Hotel.  150 participants
  • SFDOA Membership: 150


Progress Report

Seattle Fire Department Officers' Association