You’re invited to the STRONGER FAMILIES: FIRST RESPONDER OXYGEN Couples Retreat, where you can savor some moments together, recharge, get expert input, and rekindle your love during these challenging times.

This retreat includes one night at the Bellevue Hyatt, 2 mid-day meals, and several sessions from the OXYGEN Program, a national program that has served over 60,000 from our US Military & First Responder families.

This is a great opportunity to get away together and gain some tools to make your relationship stronger!


  • 17-18 September 2022
  • Saturday 9:00 am – Sun 3:00 pm (8:30am event check-in)
  • $150.00 per couple (refundable up to 7 days prior to event)
  • Hotel Room for 1 night (Saturday night) – you are welcome to book your own Friday night stay using the Stronger Families event rate, just contact [email protected]
  • 2 mid day meals provided
  • Course Material
  • OXYGEN Seminar
  • Optional in-person, confidential coaching on site at no cost to you (space is limited, first come, first served)

Questions? Email the event coordinator: [email protected]



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Heroes welcome.

Come out to T-Mobile Park with your friends, family and colleagues for the annual Firefighters Day to celebrate our Washington State firefighters! Enjoy a day of Mariners baseball plus, claim a limited-edition Firefighters Appreciation Day Mariners-themed item when you purchase through this special offer!

Purchase Includes:
  • Tickets to Sunday, July 24 game vs. Houston Astros.
  • Specially priced $34 Main Level or $20 View Level tickets when you purchase through this special offer.
  • Limited-edition Firefighters Appreciation Day Mariners-themed item.

Deadline to purchase: Friday, July 22 – 5:00p.m.



When: June 19th

Where: Juanita Beach Park

*Some of the details are still being worked out, but please mark your calendar and join us in celebrating Mark.


Here is a link to the full obituary and event details:

Mark Vernon Anderson’s Memorial Website | Ever Loved

There has been a slight delay on the Union Apparel Store.  Being that the company we use is a smaller, local shop, they are currently overwhelmed with under-staffing and this being their busy season.  We are working with Risan Athletic to get a store up and running as soon as possible.

Sorry for the delay.  We will keep you all posted here, as well as at our upcoming meeting in April.



Local 2545 Summer camping trip at Camp Saturna, July 18-21.

Here is a powerpoint that gives a quick overview of the plans for the 2022 Local 2545 Camping Trip:

Camp Saturna

Also, here is a quick survey that will help the Local with logistics for this event. We would love to have everyone who plans to attend fill this out as soon as possible.

Camping Trip Survey 2022


It is with sadness that we inform you all that former Kirkland Fire Chief, Bob Ely, passed away the night of September 15, 2021.

Betty said that Chief Ely had been battling cancer and died with family by his side.

Chief Ely (#1) was the first hired career member for the City of Kirkland Fire Department in 1969. He served as Chief for 19 years retiring in 1988. Bob led the consolidation of the Kirkland Fire Department, the Houghton Fire Department and Fire District #41 in 1972 into the Greater Kirkland Department of Fire Services.

Thank you, Chief Ely, for setting the tone for our fire department and future generations of Kirkland firefighters.

IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery

The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is a one-of-a-kind addiction treatment facility specializing in PTSD for IAFF members – and IAFF members only – who are struggling with addiction, PTSD other related behavioral health challenges to receive the help they need in taking the first steps toward recovery. It is a safe haven for members to talk with other members who have faced or overcome similar challenges.

Care for your unique needs

If you’re struggling with post-traumatic stress along with co-occurring depression, anxiety or substance abuse disorders, you need treatment from professionals who understand the fire service culture and the unique pressures of your job. The IAFF Center of Excellence connects you to best-practice, evidence-based therapies delivered by clinicians who understand the types of trauma you experience on a day-to-day basis.

Completely confidential treatment

Center staff cannot discuss your treatment with anyone — your fire department, family or friends — unless given explicit permission by you. This applies before, during and after your stay at the IAFF Center of Excellence.

Our Partner: Advanced Recovery Systems

With seven treatment centers across the United States, the continuum of care provided by Advanced Recovery Systems is unsurpassed. The IAFF has partnered with Advanced Recovery Systems to provide members with specialized treatment for the everyday stressors that trigger PTSD, behavioral health disorders and substance abuse.


13400 Edgemeade Rd
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
(301) 327-1955