Fire Danger Burn Restriction
All unauthorized open burning and unauthorized recreational fires are discontinued in the unincorporated areas of Spokane County.
For further information, please see this Notice from Spokane County.
Summer 2017 Newsletter
There is so much for us to share with you this summer - read all about it in the 2017 Summer edition of the Fire 8 Flyer.
Your fire district is creating a new Strategic Plan and we would like your input. Please take a few minutes to complete this on-line survey. Your feedback is truly what guides this organization.
A single ember from a mile away can spark a fire - learn how to "Be Ember Aware" and protect your home and property. You can also find out how to sign up for the newly upgraded Alert Spokane system, and what the 1, 2, 3 Evacuation Levels mean so that you can be ready in the event of an emergency. Our doors will be open and we hope you will attend the first annual Open House at Station 84 on September 13th.
Enjoy our beautiful summer sun and stay safe!
BoFC Meeting Notice
The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their next regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Station 84, 4410 S Bates Rd, Spokane Valley, Washington, beginning at 6:00 pm.
The public is welcome to attend.
BoFC meeting agendas and minutes are available here.
District 8 welcomed fourteen new members during Recruit Academy Graduation 2017-1 and 2017-2 on June 13th. Family and friends joined in the celebration as the District's new Part-Time firefighters, Support Services members, Resident Volunteers and Volunteer Firefighters were sworn in. Welcome to the District 8 family: Matthew Mueller, Derek Phillips, Scott Ross, Christian Schad, Dan Staton, Andrew Woll, Eric Choker, Jaedon Crouch, Jordan Friedman, Patrick Hammersley, Mason McCuddin, Mark Paxton, Jonathan Sells, and Elliott Tenner. Also participating in recruit academy were new District 11 members: Ben Connor, Tyler Connor, and Tosh McIntire.
Special recognition was presented to class Valedictorian, Jordan Friedman; Most Improved, Patrick Hammersley and Elliott Tenner; and Most Inspirational, Tyler Connor.
To see a portion of what it takes to become a firefighter, see Chief Hatley's Recruit Academy presentation.
Fill the Boot 2017
Thank you to all who helped SCFD8 members Fill the Boot on Saturday, June 10th. Because of you, $7,706 was raised to help families, friends and neighbors in our area who are battling Muscular Dystrophy.
From SCFD8 & Local 3711, Thank You for your generous donations!
To learn more about MDA and what you can do to help visit www.mda.org
Annual Inspection Time
SCFD8 chiefs conducted annual company inspections June 6th, 7th, & 8th at all District facilities. Inspections included personnel, lockers, PPE, stations, apparatus and company records. All members routinely work together to ensure the stations and apparatus are ready and prepared for duty.
Great Job District 8!
Fire Chief Tony Nielsen (left) is pictured with SCFD8 Chaplains, Lt. Dave Simboli (center) and Aaron McNally (right) after they successfully graduated from the National Police & Fire Chaplain Academy in April.
We are so grateful for these two amazing men that do so much for those we serve, as well as for our own team members! (Photo: Richard Slover)
Save a Life with PulsePoint
Did you know your smartphone can help you save a life? PulsePoint, a free smartphone App in Spokane County, enables subscribers who are CPR trained to be alerted to a sudden cardiac arrest at the same time emergency responders are notified. Registered users will be notified when a sudden cardiac arrest has occurred in a public place within their vicinity. PulsePoint will give the citizen responder mapping directions, notify them of any automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in the area, and provide radio traffic of the emergency responders. Early CPR is the key if a sudden cardiac arrest victim is to survive. When a person goes into sudden cardiac arrest, their heart, brain, and other vital organs no longer receive oxygen. Researchers have found that without early CPR within the first 3 to 5 minutes, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival are dramatically reduced. The free PulsePoint app can be found in the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
Learn how you can help save a life with this message from SCFD8 Fire Chief Tony Nielsen and Spokane County Medical Program Director, Dr. James Nania: PulsePoint video
- Find the app on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
- Install the app.
- Choose agency and alert options.
- Learn about other features.
You only need to be willing to do “Hands-Only” CPR. According to the American Heart Association, Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR in the first minutes of sudden cardiac arrest. Subscribers can also view active fire and emergency medical incidents and monitor emergency radio traffic. http://pulsepoint.org/
Now that grilling season is in full force, please take a few minutes to review these important safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). When you fire up your grill, protect yourself and your guests from a fire or burn injuries by remembering to:
• Only use your grill outside;
• Keep it away from siding and deck rails;
• Keep a 3-foot safe zone around your grill;
• Open your gas grill before lighting;
• Keep an eye on your grill fire pit and patio torches.
• Clean your grill after each use to remove grease;
• Place cooled coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid;
Fire Prevention Week October 8 - 14, 2017
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the differene between escaping safely from a fire or having a life end in tragedy. That is why this year's Fire Prevention Week theme: "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out" is so important. SCFD8 members will visit local elementary schools in October to show why everyone needs to have an escape plan, and they will share these important messages:
- Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, visit www.nfpa.org
Fire Service Day Open House
Thank you to all who stopped by Station 81 on May 13th for our 5th Annual Fire Service Day Open House. There were tours of the fire station and fire trucks, fire attack demonstrations, lessons on CPR, and many of our community partners were on hand to share information about their agencies. Dozens of kids took the junior firefighter challenge, became junior firefighters and met Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog.
We look forward to seeing you again at our summer Open Houses: July 13th at Station 85, 3324 S Linke Rd; and September 13th at Station 84, 4410 S Bates Rd.
2016 EMS Award Winners
We are happy to announce that Spokane County EMS & Trauma Care Council has chosen several SCFD8 members to receive 2016 EMS Awards.
Award recipients are: MSO Tom Chavez, ALS Responder; Division Chief Chris Wyrobek, Safety; Firefighter Doug Archer, Outstanding Lifetime Service; Dr. Mike Metcalf, Outstanding Lifetime Service; and, Spokane County Fire District 8, EMS Agency.
Chief Tony Nielsen said, "I am very proud to see our agency so well represented - and more importantly - to the see the great work of our folks recognized".
An awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 10:30 am at the Spokane Fire Training Center.
Congratulations to this year's award recipients - great work!
Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service
On June 4, 2017, ten brave firefighters from Washington State were honored for their service and the sacrifice they made for their communities during the Washington State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.
Spokane County Fire District 8 Volunteer Firefighter, Charles "Doug" Archer, is one of those brave firefighters who died in the line of duty and was honor on the Washington State Capitol Rotunda. FF Archer served our community unselfishy as a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT for more than 30 years.
Thank you, and Godspeed FF Archer...
National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Individuals and groups of all ages participated in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 6th. To learn what activities you can take part in order to make your community safer from the impacts of future and past wildfires visit Preparedness Day 2017.
2017 Yard Debris Collection Day #2
SCFD8's fall Yard Debris Collection Day will be held Saturday, September 16, at Station 81, 6117 S Palouse Highway. This is a great opportunity to dispose of natural residential yard and garden debris and prepare for fall and winter winter. Pine needles, leaves, shrub prunings, and small branches are acceptable; branches larger than 3" x 6' in size, stumps, root balls, soil, lumber, trash, or commercial loads cannot be accepted. This free event will begin at 10:00 am and end at 2:00 pm (or earlier if all containers reach capacity).
SCFD8 Award Recipients
SCFD8 Members gathered on a very snowy evening last February to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of our members in the previous year. The following people were recognized for their outstanding contributions in 2016: Ryan Hodge, Firefighter of the Year, West Battalion; Doug Archer, Firefighter of the Year, East Battalion; Konner Forshag, Resident Firefighter of the Year; Zach Searle, Recruit Firefighter of the Year; Jeff McCormick, Part-Time Firefighter of the Year, Kris Cress, Career Firefighter of the Year; Chris Hoagland, EMS Provider of the Year; Bruce Ellison, Distinguished Service Award; and Tony Nielsen, Commissioners Award.
Chief Nielsen presented the Fire Chief Commendation to the SCFD8's Chaplains Aaron McNally and Dave Simboli for their work on the District's Chaplaincy Program.
And finally, the following SCFD8 members were recognized and thanked for their manyyears of service: Doug Archer, 30 years of service; Vince Eubanks, 25 years of service; Jeff Higgins, 20 years of service; Derrick Kern, 20 years of serivce; Bob Lundy, 20 years of service; Adam Villard, 15 years of service; Nate Hawley, 10 years of service; James Joss, 10 years of service; Jason Tellinghusen, 10 years of service; Drew Parker, 10 years of service; Pete Grove, 10 years of service; Joe St. John, 10 years of service; Doug Presta, 5 years of service; James Smock, 5 years of service; Seth Feist, 5 years of service; Allen Brazington, 5 years of service; and, Jason Wilkins, 5 years of service.
Thank you Chief Hatley for capturing the year with your 2016 Year in Review.
photos by Richard Slover
New Fulltime Members
SCFD8 welcomed two fulltime members to the agency on January 10th. Chief Nielsen administered the Oath of Office to Firefighter/EMT Zach Searle and Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Carrier during the Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting. Both Searle and Carrier were formerly part-time members of the District and graduated from the regional recruit school, where FF Searle was chosen as class Valedictorian.
Congratulations, Zach and Matt! We are happy you are able to serve the community fulltime!
Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips
Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.
Keep your family safe by practicing these important Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association.
Toys for Tots
Thank you to all who help support SCFD8 Firefighters and Paramedics at the annual Toys for Tots drive.
With your generosity, $4,800 in toys and money was collected for this worthy organization.
District 8 Receives Management Excellence Award
The Washington State Fire Commissioners Association awarded Spokane County Fire District 8’s leadership and management team with first place in Washington State for the Management Excellence Award Program for category “A” class fire departments during their fall conference in Yakima on October 28th. SCFD8 participated against fire departments with budgets greater than $4,000,000 and received first place in the State of Washington.
The Management Excellence Award is based on multiple criteria including: Governance; Administratve and Operational Management; Public Services; Public Education; Financial Management; and Leadership.
An independent selection committee reviews and compares the criteria to other similarly sized organizations in Washington State and selects the winner. The purpose of the Management Excellence Award Program is to provide a means of sharing information, innovative ideas and the variety of activities taking place throughout the state of Washington; to give recognition to those in the fire service that have demonstrated progressive achievement; and, to benefit all fire districts and regional fire authorities, regardless of size, location, budget, or number of personnel.
“We are very humbled and honored to have been chosen for this award. It just reinforces my belief that we have a great organization providing exceptional emergency services and value to the public,” said Fire Chief Tony Nielsen.
SCFD8 Volunteer Firefighter Saves a Life at Football Game
Volunteer Firefighter Patrick Perry was honored with the District's Lifesaving Award at the October Board of Fire Commissioners meeting for his actions on September 3, 2016.
Upon leaving the WSU vs. EWU football game in Pullman, Firefighter Perry noticed the car in front of him had stopped with a collapsed occupant. Firefighter Perry immediately ran to the patient to assist with CPR and patient care. Pullman Fire paramedics arrived and provided advanced life support and transport to the hospital. According to Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston, this patient was discharged from the hospital neurologically intact after receiving an implantable AED and is going through rehab in Moscow, ID. Without the timely response and quick actions of Firefighter Perry, this person may not have survived. Pictured (L) FF Patrick Perry, (R) Chief Tony Nielsen
Firefighter Perry's actions are a great example of the type of responders we have at Fire District 8 and the importance of knowing CPR. If you are interested in learning CPR, please see SCFD8 Free CPR Classes.
SCFD8 Goes Pink
SCFD8 members showed their support in the fight against breast cancer by wearing pink on their uniforms during the month of October. Cancer affects thousands of people each year - and many are healthy today thanks to early detection and improved treatments. Become informed and learn how you can help save your life and the lives of your loved ones.
Visit the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Awareness website.
SCFD8 Welcomes New Firefighter/Paramedics
Five new Firefighter/Paramedics are now stationed around the District and ready to bring advanced lifesaving care to your side within minutes. All five completed an intense fourteen-week recruit academy and were officially sworn in during the regular Board of Fire Commissioners meeting on September 13th. Division Chief of Training, Tom Hatley, is pictured with the new members as they present an American flag to the District. L to R are: Chief Hatley, Megan Williams, Dane Ziegler, Brad Mertens, Brandon Ricci, and Cory Miles. Welcome to the District 8 family!
SCFD8 Fire Lieutenants
On June 14th, Fire Chief Tony Nielsen administered the Lieutenant Oath of Office to five new District 8 Fire Lieutenants:
Lt. Nate Hawley, Lt. Jason Wilkins, Lt. Kris Cress, Lt. James Smock, and Lt. Adam Villard.
Lt. Shane Jenkins was sworn in during the Board of Fire Commissioners meeting on July 12th.
Defending Your Home and Property
Studies show that as many as 80% of homes lost to wildfire may have been saved if brush around the homes were cleared and defensible space created around structures. Washington State Department of Natural Resources is currently offering Small Fund Grants of up to $1500 to assist Firewise Communities, their designated representative, and prespective Firewise Communities reduce the risk and effects of wildfire in wildland-urban interface areas. To learn more and see if your community is eligible visit DNR Defending Your Home and Property.
Do You Have Working Smoke Alarms?
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke alarms are essential to home fire safety and should be properly maintained. To promote fire safety in your home, remember to:
Put smoke alarms on every floor of your home, including every bedroom and the hallway outside of each sleeping area;
• Test smoke alarms monthly;
• Change the smoke alarm battery at least once per year;
• Replace smoke alarms that are more than ten years old; and
• Develop a home fire escape plan so that everyone knows two ways out and knows a safe place to meet. Practice your plan twice per year.
To learn more about fire escape planning, check out this USFA public service announcement.
Burn Awareness Week
Burn awareness week is observed nationwide during the first full week in February and is meant to bring awareness to fire safety and burn prevention. The focus this year is on how to prevent scald injuries. Over 450,000 burn injuries occur each year in the United States that are serious enough to require medical treatment. Between 2007 and 2013, the proportion of burn center admissions due to scald burns increased from 29.8% to 33.7%.Join us in the fight to prevent severe burn and scald injuries! For more information please view this link from splashflash.org.
Make fire safety a priority on your "to do" list.
Plan ahead with these Escape Planning Safety Tips.
Wood Heating Reminders
It is wood heating season for many in our region and with the current, widespread power outages, even more people are using wood burning fireplaces and wood stoves to keep warm. To be safe and protect our air, Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency is providing these wood heating reminders:
- Make sure your chimney is clean and safe for wood burning. Certified chimney sweeps can be found online and in the phone book.
- Keep combustibles a safe distance away from your fireplace or wood stove.
- Burn only dry firewood or manufactured logs/pellets. Burning trash and other items is prohibited and can damage your wood burning device, lead to creosote build-up in your chimney, and produce toxic air pollutants.
- When burning, be sure to allow enough air to the fire to fully burn and not smolder.
- Avoid burning wood from the recent windstorm. This is "green" or "wet" wood and therefore provides little heat value and more creosote build-up in your chimney, which can be dangerous. Windstorm debris may be taken to local transfer stations and the Waste-to-Energy facility, or it may be split, stacked and covered to fully dry for next heating season.
Cold, clear and calm weather conditions are in the forecast for the next several days, which means there may be a build-up of wood smoke. If wood is not your only source of heat, consider cutting back on burning so that those who are relying on wood heat due to lack of power can stay warm and our air quality does not suffer too much.
For more information on wood heating, please visit www.spokanecleanair.org/wood-heating.
Don't Wait. Communicate.
Make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets.
Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. To learn more visit ready.gov.
Defend Your Home from Wildfire
It’s important that land owners take the steps necessary to prevent catastrophic wildfire damage to their homes and property. The most important element to lowering wildfire risk is the creation and management of defensible space. Defensible space is the area between your home and an oncoming wildfire where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat which provides an opportunity for firefighters to defend your home. The exact size of your defensible space varies by slope & vegetation type and can be determined during a wildfire risk assessment.
To schedule a defensible space risk assessment of your home site, or if you have questions about protecting your home from a wildfire, contact Division Chief Marty Long at 509-926-6699 extension 805, cell phone 509-370-0170, or email@example.com.
For more information on Defensible Space and Safety Tips visit these agencies:
|Department of Natural Resources||Ready Set Go||Firewise||FEMA|
Call 811 Before You Dig
Know what’s below – call 811 before you dig. You may be surprised just how much is going on underground. Gas, electric, and other utility lines are just about everywhere.
- Call before you dig to locate underground utilities before launching a project. For your own protection, state law requires you to call at least two working days before you start digging.
- Do you know where your utilities are? In all Washington counties call 811 or 800-424-5555, or visit www.callbeforeyoudig.org
Anytime you smell or hear a gas leak, take these precautions:
- Don’t smoke, light matches, turn your electrical switches on or off, use the telephone, or do anything else that might create a spark.
- Evacuate everyone in the area and keep others away.
- Call Avista Utilities at 800-227-9187. www.avistautilities.com/safety/naturalgas/Pages/default.aspx