Fire 8 Flyer - Winter Edition

In our Winter 2022 edition of the Fire 8 Flyer, Chief Rash shares information on our upcoming February 14, 2023, Maintenance and Operations levy request and the important services it will allow us to maintain.

You will also read about two of our favorite friends: Pierce, the District 8 therapy dog, and the return of Santa Claus to many of our District 8 neighborhoods. Both Pierce and Santa spread comfort and cheer this holiday season!

If you have questions about the items in this newsletter, or the services we provide, please contact us at or 509-926-6699.

Happy Holidays!


Santa's Annual Visit

We are so excited to share that Santa Claus will be arriving this December to ride along with your District 8 firefighters as they visit many neighborhoods in our area. Listen and watch for him from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on these days:

  • December 9th
  • December 10th
  • December 10th
  • December 10th
  • December 11th
  • December 11th
  • December 12th
  • December 15th
  • December 16th
  • December 17th
  • December 18th

    Santa will attempt to ride down as many streets as possible in the neighborhoods shown; however, not every street on the maps can be visited. Follow Santa's route on Glympse as he travels through Fire District 8.
  • Happy Holidays!



    Can I Burn?

    The type of natural vegetation you wish to burn and where you live determines whether or not you can burn and what rules apply. The only material that may be burned in Washington state is natural vegetation, and only under specific program requirements. Three types of outdoor burning are allowed: (1) residental yard and garden debris, (2) silvicultural (forest) debris, and (3) recreational fires. SCFD8, together with our partners at Spokane Regional Clear Air Agency, and Washington Department of Natural Resource, have created this informative Can I Burn video to help you determine if and what you may burn.


    Winter Safety Tips

    Hello Winter!

    The cold weather is upon us; to help prepare for winter the National Weather Service offers these winter weather safety tips:

    Winter Weather Safety

    Stay safe and warm this winter season!


    BoFC Meeting Notice

    The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their next regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at 6:00 pm. at Station 82, 12100 E Palouse Hwy; and, electronically on Zoom at Meeting ID: 371 260 7781

    Board of Fire Commissioners meeting agendas and minutes


    Fire 8 Flyer 75th Anniversary Edition

    In this, our 75th year as a fire district, we look back at a portion of the history that has brought us to this point, and we look forward with those who will be our future.

    Throughout the years so many have contributed to the successes of Fire District 8 - from the people who first formed the District in 1947 - to the new members who have recently joined.

    In this Special 75th Anniversary edition of the Fire 8 Flyer, we take a look at how the District started, and we meet four new members who will be a part of the future of this agency. Through all 75 years of service, the volunteer, fulltime, part-time, and resident members of SCFD8 have remained committed to providing the highest quality of service to our community.

    Thank you for being a part of these 75 Years!


    National Night Out

    SCFD8 members attended the National Night Out event in Bella Vista on August 2nd. This has become an annual tradition that we look forward to, and an opportunity to answer questions from our commuity as well as share fire and injury prevention information with our neighbors. We also provide safety tips with the neighborhood kids as they tour the fire engine.

    Thank you for welcoming us - we'll see you again next year!

    Recruits Graduate

    SCFD8's newest full-time members, Robert Kaiser, Alek Holmstrom, Ethan Dreves, and Brian Jamieson recently graduated from a 12-week recruit academy program in North Bend. During the academy the recruits completed comprehensive training in all aspects of basic firefighting to meet Washington State certifications and Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Mazardous Materials Awareness/Operations.

    Pictured left to right: Commissioner Lee Boling, Fire Chief Lonnie Rash, Robert Kaiser, Alek Holmstrom, Ethan Dreves, and Brian Jaimeson, and recruit academy instructor, Brad Mertens.

    Great Job & Congratulations!


    Fire Prevention Week 2022

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week. During the week of October 9th, firefighters provided lifesaving public education to children, adults, and teachers in an effort to drastically decrease fire fatalities. Today's homes burn faster than ever before. From the time a smoke alarm first sounds you may have as little as two minutes or less to safely escape a home fire.

    With this year's Fire Prevention Week theme, "Fire won't wait. Plan your escape." firefighters will share a message on simple but important actions you can take to keep yourself and those around you safe from home fires. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Draw a floor plan and mark two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.

    Visit to learn more steps you can take to protect your family and your home from fire.

    Be like Sparky and remember - Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape!


    EMS Awards Presented

    Spokane County Fire District is honored to have been selected by the Spokane County EMS & Trauma Care Council as the 2021 EMS Agency of the Year.

    SCFD8's Medical Services Officer, Tom Chavez, along with Spokane Fire Department's Mike Lopez and Kasey Austin were recipients of the EMS Hero awards, and Dr. Michael Metcalf was recognized for his years of dedicated service as SCFD8's Physician Advisor.

    Great Work & Thank You for your service to our community!


    Wildfire Preparedness

    There are steps you can take now to prepare your home from wildire.

    What are the primary threats to homes during a wildfire?

    Research around home destruction versus home survival in wildfires point to embers and small flames as the main way that the majority of homes ignite in wildfires. Embers are burning pieces of airborne wood and/or vegetation that can be carried more than a mile through the wind can cause spot fires and ignite homes, debris and other objects.
    There are methods for homeowners to prepare their homes to withstand ember attacks and minimize the likelihood of flames or surface fire touching the home or any attachments. Experiments, models and post-fire studies have shown homes ignite due to the condition of the home and everything around it, up to 200’ from the foundation. This is called the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ).

    Learn more about how wildfires spread and ignite home in our online course Understanding the Wildfire Threat to Homes. An overview of fire history, fire basics, and how homes burn.

    Click on this link for more information on protecting your property.

    Please contact Spokane County Fire District 8 at (509) 926-6699 or email us at if you have questions on protecting your home from wildfires.

    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!


    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


    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.


    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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