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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As you may have heard, the state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is fining the City of Pullman for the fire department's rescue of several citizens during the April floods. Those rescued include an infant and someone who was having a diabetic episode. The fire department used the resources available, went outside the box and did their jobs to ensure the safety of the citizens they serve. They should be commended, not fined.

What do you think? I'd like to hear from you. You may think this is a no-brainer (as do I), but it seems L&I lacks the common sense to see the reality of this situation. Please take a moment to take my ONE QUESTION survey. I'll use the results when I write a letter to the head of L&I and Gov. Inslee. I'm appalled and embarrassed that our state government would seek to fine our first responders doing their jobs during an emergency situation.

This is a critical issue. Do we want our firemen and women, and other first responders looking over their shoulders during emergency situations, thinking they could be fined if they used this technique or that piece of equipment? Or do we want them free to do anything within their power to save lives? I believe our firefighters are well-trained, well-equipped, and well-able to assess their safety and those they're rescuing.

I thank you for taking the time to read this. And please, again, take my ONE QUESTION survey. As always, if there's anything I can do for you – from a state government perspective – please let me know.


Joe Schmick

State Representative Joe Schmick, 9th Legislative District
426B Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7844 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000