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 21,724 citizens in a 110 square mile area in south Spokane County. SCFD8 members responded to 3,195 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, 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.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Santa Claus is coming to town! Listen and watch for Santa as he rides though your neighborhood this December with your District 8 firefighters. He'll be passing out candy canes and greeting children of all ages.
Follow Santa's route on Glympse and on our News link.
Happy Holidays from all of us at SCFD8!
SCFD8 Receives 2018 Management Excellence Award
The Washington Fire Commissioners Association awarded Spokane County Fire District 8's leadership and management team with 2nd Place in Washington State for Management Excellence in category "A" class fire departments during their annual conference in Yakima on October 26th.
WFCA designed the Management Excellence Program (MEA) 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 has placed 1st or 2nd for the last three consecutive years.
The Management Excellence Award Program provides a means of sharing information, innovative ideas and the variety of activities taking place throughout the state of Washington. In addition, the program provides recognition to those in the fire service who have demonstrated progressive achievement. MEA is a benefit to all fire districts and regional fire authorities in the state, regardless of size, location, budget, or number of personnel.
Fire Chief Tony Nielsen said, “We are humbled to have been selected for this award. When you have strong citizen support and great members you can really create a high performing organization."
Put the Freeze on Winter Fires
Heating, holiday decorations, winter storms and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months. Home fire occur more in winter than in any other season, and half of all home heating fires occur in the months of December, January, and February. As you stay cozy and warm this winter season, be fire smart!
•Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away as possible from your home.
•Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
•Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year.
•Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearby buildings.
•Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, or space heaters.
•Plug only one heat-producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
NFPA and the US Fire Administration are teaming up to help reduce your risk to winter fires and other hazards, including carbon monoxise and electrical fires. For more information visit www.nfpa.org/winter