Welcome to Spokane County Fire District 8
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 19,900 citizens in a 110 square mile area in south Spokane County. SCFD8 members responded to 2,776 incidents in 2015 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 Chuck Vyverberg, Chair.
In Response to the Recent Fires
You are invited to attend a very important post-fire meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 p m, at the Freeman High School Multi-purpose Room.
Information will be presented on the next steps in regard to natural resources and farming infrastructure. Representatives from SCFD8, SCFD3, Natural Resources Conservation Services, DNR, Spokane County Noxious Weed Board, Spokane Conservation District, and WSU Spokane County Extension will be there to answer your questions and discuss potential funding to help rehab your land. Your participation will help to assess the community's needs in order to seek cost-share funding from the legislature to make rehabilitation efforts financially possible. We hope to see you at this important meeting. For additional information, please see this flyer, Spokane Conservation District Workshop.
Effective July 29, 2016, outdoor recreational fires and open burning are restricted in Spokane County Fire District 8's response area. Unauthorized open burning and unauthorized recreational fires are ordered discontinued until further notice. To learn more on what types of recreational burning devices are allowed, see this Notice.
Did you know that Paramedics are now stationed throughout District 8 and are ready to bring advanced lifesaving care to your side within minutes? SCFD8 also now has two Volunteer Chaplains who are available to provide on-scene support when they are needed. Also, if you live in one of our many rural communities we would like to help make your rural address more visible.
To read about these topics see the Fall 2016 Edition of the Fire 8 Flyer.
How will you be notified if there’s an emergency in your neighborhood? Through ALERT Spokane – a Spokane County emergency notification system! ALERT Spokane is used to inform citizens about emergencies in their area. The ALERT Spokane system can be activated by law enforcement, fire service, and water districts, etc. Once activated, a recorded message is sent to landline telephones with information about the emergency and what actions to take. For example, if there’s a wildfire in your area, you might be told to evacuate, or you might receive a boil order from your drinking water provider.
If you rely on a cell phone or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone, you will not receive an emergency message from ALERT Spokane – unless you register your cell phone in the system. It’s easy to do. Just go to www.alertspokane.org and enter your information. You can register more than one cell phone number and also request email notification. Stay informed – stay safe – register with ALERT Spokane!
How do we know if we are successful in implementing performance measures, the strategic plan, and delivering effective and efficient services? We use FireStat, a process that requires review of performance measures and strategic plan projects. FireStat provides an opportunity for us to assess progress on strategic projects and if necessary, redirect our efforts. Look for the FireStat icon link on the this page to track our progress.
We are constantly seeking ways to improve our service to you. If SCFD8 firefighters and paramedics have responded to an emergency for you or one of your family members, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts on the service you received by completing our Customer Satisfaction Survey.
We welcome your feedback and comments.