Welcome to Spokane County Fire District 8

Seventy years ago, a group of concerned citizens met in a small home in the Glenrose community and formed Spokane County Fire District 8. After lengthy deliberation, the group agreed upon the type of fire protection they wanted for their community, elected its first fire commissioners, and purchased its first fire engine. As we celebrate 70 years of service we realize a lot has changed since 1947, but the direction and support of our citizens in our growing community remains essential to our delivery of effective and efficient fire and medical services.

Spokane County Fire District 8 provides a full range of services that include fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire prevention, education and investigation, and associated support and maintenance services to our 20,694 citizens in a 110 square mile area in south Spokane County. SCFD8 members responded to 3,215 incidents in 2017 from the District's four fire stations located in the Moran, Valleyford, Ponderosa, and Saltese areas. Each station is staffed twenty-four hours a day with a combination of career, part-time, and volunteer and resident volunteer personnel.

Spokane County Fire District 8 operates under the State of Washington laws and codes governing fire departments by direction of a three-person Board of Fire Commissioners: Andy Rorie; Lee Boling, and Greg Hesse.

SCFD8 Improves Insurance Protection Class Rating

After an extensive review of Fire District 8's firefighting capabilities, water supply, emergency communications and fire safety control, the Washington Survey & Rating Bureau (WSRB) has upgraded the Fire District's rating from a Protection Class 5 to a Protection Class 4. The new rating will be effective May 1, 2018.

Fire Chief Tony Nielsen said, "This is exciting news for Fire District 8 and our citizens. Thanks to the support of our citizens, we've spent the last four years making significant service improvements that now may also result in lower fire insurance costs for our residents and businesses. I encourage residents of our community to contact their insurance agents to see if this new rating will affect their insurance premiums."


SCFD 8 Receives Management Excellence Award

For the second year in a row, Spokane County Fire District 8 is honored to receive the 1st Place Management Excellence Award (MEA) presented by the Washington Fire Commissioners Association during their fall conference in Spokane.

WFCA designed the Management Excellence Program to provide recognition to fire districts and regional fire authorities for their outstanding leadership, innovative ideas, and progressive achievements. SCFD8 participated against fire departments with budgets greater than $4,000,000, and received first place in Washington State. The MEA is based on multiple criteria including governance, administrative and operational management, public services, public education, financial management, and leadership. All award recipients are chosen by members of an independent selection committee who conduct a review and comparison of criteria for similarly sized fire organizations in the state of Washington.

Fire Chief Tony Nielsen said, “We are very honored to be recognized with this award.  Thanks to the support of our citizens, Spokane County Fire District 8 was able to make significant strides in improving service and member wellness in the past year, so this award just reinforces my belief that we have a great organization providing exceptional emergency services and value to south Spokane County”.



The next regular
Board of Fire Commissioners
meeting is scheduled for:

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
6:00 p.m.

Station 82
12100 E Palouse Hwy
Valleyford, WA

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