Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the board for Volunteer Firefighters’ web site. This statement establishes how the Board will handle information the Board learns from you from your visit. Please be assured the Board for Volunteer Firefighters is committed to protecting your privacy when visiting our web site and when conducting business with our agency. The Board is further directed to safeguard users’ privacy under Executive Order 11-03 concerning public records privacy protections. Please keep in mind, however, that some official business conducted within our agency is governed by Washington’s open public records law and is subject to disclosure.

Our policy. We will collect no personal information about you when you visit our web site unless you choose to give that information to us through an e-mail message or postcard. If you are conducting business with the Board for Volunteer Firefighters, we will ask for only the information needed to complete the transaction or required by law.

Information is not collected and stored automatically. When you access our web site, no information that identifies you personally is automatically collected. We do not use cookies* to track individual user visits.

*A "cookie" is a small text file placed on your computer’s hard drive at the direction of the host server of the web site you are visiting. The file contains information about your visit to that site.

Information on this web site is considered public information. Because the content on this web site is considered public information, it may be copied, downloaded, or distributed unless otherwise specified. We request that you give appropriate byline/photo/image credits.

Use of lists of individuals (including address, phone or e-mail) provided on this site for commercial purposes is prohibited under RCW 42.17.260(9).

If you send us personal information. You do not have to give us personal information to visit our web site. Visitors to the Board’s web site may decline participation in any activity that asks for personal (or any) information, such as surveys, e-mail or electronic postcards. If you send us an electronic mail message, your e-mail address will normally be included as part of the message. You also may be sending us personal information (for example, your name, street address, or telephone number). Your e-mail address is NOT automatically forwarded with electronic postcards.

In all instances, we use the information you send us only to reply to your message or to help us get the information or service you requested. As with written correspondence, we are required to save a copy of all e-mails sent to this office for a period of time. We do not, however, extract or compile personal information from e-mails sent to us unless it is needed to complete or respond to your request. We do not create individual profiles from the information you provide, nor do we collect information for commercial marketing.

Conducting Official Business. When you are conducting official business with the Board for Volunteer Firefighters, it is important to remember that some of the information you submit is considered public record and is subject to disclosure.

Only authorized employees have access to personal information. Access is password-protected. Personal data in the Board’s possession is maintained and used in ways that respect individual privacy. The Board has provided training to its employees about the importance of protecting personal information and has adopted a Public Records Request Policy.

For more information about open public records, visit the Office of the Attorney General’s web site at The general statute governing open public records - RCW 42.17.250 - .348 can be found on the state Code Reviser’s web site at

Correction of Personally Identifiable Information. You may review any personal information we collect about you. If you find factual errors in your personally identifiable information, you may correct them by sending us a written request that credibly shows the error. We will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, please contact us.

Links to Other Sites. The Board for Volunteer Firefighters’ web site contains links to other sites outside of our control. These include links to web sites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses. Additionally, we link to a private web site, which provides free software needed to view certain types of files on our site. When you link to another site, you are no longer on the Board for Volunteer Firefighters web site, and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. We encourage you to be aware of and read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information.

Disclaimer. Neither the State of Washington, nor any agency, officer, nor employee of the State of Washington warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published by this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his or her own risk.

Questions? If you have questions, comments or concerns regarding our privacy statement, please contact the agency’s Privacy Protection Contact:

Brigette K. Smith Executive Secretary
Board for Volunteer Firefighters
PO Box 114
Olympia, WA 98507
Telephone: (360)753-7318
Fax: (360) 586-1987