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Commissioner Takes Oath

Commissioner and Board Chair, Greg Hesse, administered the Oath of Office to Lee Boling at the regular Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting on December 14th.

Commissioner Boling was elected to serve a six-year term last November - his 5th term in office serving the citizens of Fire District 8.

Thank you Commissioner Boling!

 

Chaplain NcNally - Here for Us All!

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!

 

Winter Fire 8 Flyer

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!

 

BoFC Meeting Notice

The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their next regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at 6:00 pm. at Station 82, 12100 EPalouse 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

 

2021 Fire Prevention Week

This year’s FPW campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” works to educate everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action.

Fire Prevention Week was October 3rd - 9th, but you can visit www.nfpa.org anytime to learn more on steps you can take to protect your family and your home.

Be like Sparky - Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!

 

 

ALERT Spokane

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

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.

 

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