Burn Ban in Effect
Hot, dry conditions mean increased fire risk. Rule and permitted burn restrictions are in place for much of Washington State, including our area - the Foothills RFDA. No rule or permitted burning is allowed until further notice.
In addition, effective July 20, 2020, and until further notice, recreational fires are not allowed within District 8's response area. This restriction includes all outdoor fires without a chimney, including backyard fire pits or campfires using firewood or charcoal.
For additional information see this Notice.
We hope everyone will Stay Safe while enjoying our northwest summer!
Summer 2020 Fire 8 Flyer
As a cost-saving measure, we are distributing the Summer 2020 edition of the Fire 8 Flyer electronically. We encourage you to share this newsletter with friends, family and your neighbors. If you are not already on our electronic mailing list please contact us at email@example.com and let us know you would like to receive future newsletters electronically.
We hope you find the information in this Summer 2020 edition of the Fire 8 Flyer helpful.
Occupant Load Calculator
As we all move forward re-opening our community in phases you may find this Occupant Load Calculator created by Fire Inspection 360 beneficial to your business. Simply enter the Function of your business, along with the Length & Width of the space and the calculator willl determine what your Occupancy Load is at 25%, 50%, and 100%.
BoFC Meeting Notice
The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their next regular monthly meeting on:
September 8, 2020
at 6:00 pm
All persons wishing to observe or participate in the meeting may do so via Zoom: Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android Device at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3712607781
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The weather is warmer and summer is here - are you Wildfire Ready?
Visit wildlandfirersg.org for helpful tips.
SCFD8 Members Recognized
Congratulations to the following SCFD8 members who were recognized for their outstanding contributions in 2019: Zach Searle, Career Firefighter of the Year; Jack Collins, EMS Provider of the Year; Chris Rodgers, East Battalion Firefighter of the Year; Bob Lundy, West Battalion Firefighter of the Year; Spencer Batt, Resident Firefighter of the Year; Ethan Dreves, Part-time Firefighter of the Year; Janelle Britton, Recruit Firefighter of the Year; Tom Hatley, Fire Chief's Commendation; Shane Harris, Distinguished Service; and, Ron Cato, Commissioners Award.
The following SCFD8 members were recognized for their years of service: Aaron McNally, 5 Years of Service; Jeff McCormick, 5 Years of Service; Sherry Urban, 5 Years of Service; Dane Ziegler, 5 Years of Service; Amanda Austin, 10 Years of Service; Tom Hatley, 10 Years of Service; James Parker, 10 Years of Service; David Cleary, 15 Years of Service; Jacob Hebden, 15 Years of Service; Kristen Parker, 15 Years of Service; Todd Ullrich, 25 Years of Service; Jeffrey Wainwright, 25 Years of Service; Todd Wood, 25 Years of Service; Lee Boling, 30 Years of Service; Bruce Ellison, 30 Years of Service; and, John Westerman, 45 Years of Service.
Special recognition was also presented to Tom Hatley for his leadership and dedicated service as the District's Division Chief of Training. 2019 Year in Review.
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/
Stop the Bleed
Stop the Bleed is a national program intended to encourage people in our communties to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency - before professional help arrives.
Fire District 8 members provide Stop the Bleed classes quarterly. We encourage you to sign up for one of our free classes and learn to stop life-threatening bleeding caused by everyday emergencies.
Please register at bleedingcontrol.org.
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.