February 19, 2014 Chuck Duffy, State Fire Marshal Washington State Patrol PO Box 42600 Olympia, WA 98504-2600 State Fire Marshal Duffy: This document is my summary of the after action investigation into the incident that occurred on October 25
, 2013 at the Fire Training Academy aircraft rescue and firefighting (AARF) prop. I appreciate the opportunity to assist your office in this investigation. In my role as a Battalion Chief for my department, and over my twenty nine year career, I have been involved with after action reviews in various roles. During my time as Training Chief for my department I was responsible for researching and conducting after action reviews. The scope of this investigation centered primarily on the actions of the crews while engaged in AARF training on October 25
. Introduction: In 1997 a consortium of aircraft firefighting agencies entered into an agreement with the state of Washington for the development, management, and use of an aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) training facility located adjacent to the Washington State Fire Training Academy (WSFTA) at North Bend. The facility has been used on an annual basis since that time. The inter-local agreement signed by all parties identifies the State, through the lead agency of the Washington State Patrol (WSP) as responsible for maintenance, scheduling, and instructor development among other responsibilities.