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 23,917 citizens in a 110 square mile area in south Spokane County.
SCFD8 members responded to 4,186 calls for service in 2021 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 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.
Welcome to SCFD8 Pierce!
Spokane County Fire District 8 is honored and proud to introduce our new therapy dog, Pierce, to our community. Pierce’s handler and owner is SCFD 8’s own Chaplain Aaron McNally. Chaplain McNally is training Pierce to become a first responder therapy dog. When asked why he wanted to incorporate a therapy dog program into the chaplain program at SCFD8 Chaplain NcNally said:
“In 2017, two of my children experienced a traumatic incident. In the following weeks as they returned to school a therapy dog was present to provide comfort and emotional support. The Therapy K9 Handler shared how successful the dogs are providing comfort and emotional support to those who have experienced traumatic events. As I walked away from that conversation I thought this would be a great opportunity for first responders. So, over the last four years and doing extensive research, I found an agency called First Responder Therapy Dogs, located in Santa Rosa, California. As I continued the research I made an inquiry with a local dog breeder. The breeder, after hearing about my research for a therapy dog, made a generous donation to this program by donating Pierce. Pierce was born in July of 2021 and we acquired him in August. Pierce is a second generation miniature golden-doodle.
In October, the Therapy Dog program was presented, approved and funded by SCFD8. Pierce started training in December for basic obedience as well as therapy. He is on track to complete training in the Spring of 2022 and start two certifications in July.
The goal is to have Pierce certified with First Responder Therapy Dogs and in service by August. He will be available and accompany me as I visit firefighters and respond to chaplain calls.”
We wish Aaron and Pierce good luck with their training and looking forward to the day Pierce is out in the field helping first responders through difficult situations or events.
First Responder Therapy Dogs; the certifying agency https://firstrespondertherapydogs.org/
Legacy Canine Boarding and Training, LLC: find them on Facebook and Instagram
Emergency situations are often times stressful for all of those involved, and that is one of the many reasons we are thankful to have Chaplain Aaron McNally by our side.
Chaplain McNally provides on-scene, non-denominational support in an effort to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our citizens, as well as District 8 personnel and their families. He also serves as a liaison between those is a crisis situation and resources that are available to help them.
We are proud to share this article with you. Thank You Chaplain McNally!
From a devastating wildland fire season, to COVID-19 and an increase in calls for service, 2021 has been a busy year for your first responders. Chief Rash shares some of the challenges and some of the successes that we have experienced in the past year in the Winter edition of the Fire 8 Flyer.
Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, how to safely heat your home, and the importance of "Close Before You Doze" - this quarter's newsletter is packed full of important information.
And lastly, we invite you and your family to listen and watch as Santa Claus once again returns to neighborhoods throughout our community this December.
To all of you in the community we care for and serve, Happy Holidays and have a safe and healthy new year!