As we welcome warmer weather we are also very aware that in our area wildfire season has already arrived. In the 2021 Spring/Summer edition of the Fire 8 Flyer you will find information on wildfire and the steps you can take to help reduce risk to your home and property.
We hope you’ve had an opportunity to visit with our new Fire Chief, Lonnie Rash. If you have suggestions for Chief Rash on how we can better serve our community, or questions regarding the August Levy Lid Lift, please contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org,or by phone at 509-370-9801.
Enjoy summer and Stay Safe!
BoFC Meeting Notice
The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their next regular monthly meeting on July 13, 2021,
at 6:00 pm. at Station 81, 6117 S Palouse Hwy; and, electronically on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3712607781.
Meeting ID: 371 260 7781
Board of Fire Commissioners meeting agendas and minutes
Burn Ban in Place
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued a ban on all Rule and Permit burns in our area. Campfires are allowed in approved, designated campgrounds only. Most fires aren caused by people conducting debris burns and failing to completely extinguish their piles, or not monitoring them appropriately with a water source available and ready to douse flames that grow large or escape the burn area.
Warming temperatures have dried grasses, and grassy areas are now experiencing numerous wildfires started by outdoor debris burns. In the Northeast region, 100 wildfires have been started in 2021, including 46 since April 1. Of those 100 wildfires, 62 have been caused by people burning debris outdoors and failing to completely extinguish them. These escaped burns have burned over 217 acres this year.Daily updates on burn restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on the Fire Danger and Outdoor Burning risk map at https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/ and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels map https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/ifpl/.
Thank You Chief Nielsen
Thank you Fire Chief Tony Nielsen for your 35+ years of dedication to the fire service.
When visitors stop by Station 82 they will forever see the Nielsen Way street sign at its entrance. As one of the most influential and long-term members of Fire District 8, we recognize the impact that Chief Nielsen has made in the community and to the members of the organization, the county, and the state of Washington.
"Nielsen Way" is not only an entry sign, but it's a mindset that has permeated through District 8... Kindness, Undertanding, and Professionalism.
We thank you for your leadership, your commitment, and your kindness - we wish you well, Chief Nielsen, in your retirement!
ALERT Spokane is the program behind the public alert and warning messages that are disseminated throughout the greater Spokane area. The mass notification system called CodeRED, can distribute emergency notifications via landline, cellular phone and/or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones. It can also notify via text, TTD, TTY and email. You may receive an alert message if emergency response personnel need to notify specific areas about high-risk situations. Register for ALERT Spokane today at https://www.spokanecounty.org/3007/Alert-Spokane.
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%.
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/
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.