Welcome Spring! In this edition of the Fire 8 Flyer, Chief Nielsen tells you about our Support Services Volunteers and the very important roles they play in the operations of the Fire District.
Wildfire season is just around the corner and we hope you will find the programs and resources in Neighborhood Wildfire Prevention Requires Knowledge, Resources, Energy, and YOU helpful as you work to make your home and property safe from wildfire.
There are several events listed in this newsletter, however, as a precaution for our community and our members, the Valleyford Yard & Garden Debris Collection Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 4th, and the Stop the Bleed class scheduled for May 16th have been cancelled. SCFD8's Fire Service Day on Saturday May 9th may also be cancelled - please watch for updates.
If you live in one of our rural areas and have not yet requested an address sign, you may do so by sending us this Address Sign Request Form.
2020 Debris Collection Day - Cancelled
SCFD8's annual spring Debris Collection Day has been cancelled.
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.
BoFC Meeting Notice
The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their next regular monthly meeting on:
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
at 6:00 pm
This meeting will be conducted electronically:
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://zoom.us/j/8893240636
Or, join by phone; dial by your location:
+1 253 215 8782 US (Washington)
+1 346 248 7799 US
+1 669 900 6833 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 312 626 6799 US
+1 929 205 6099 US
Meeting ID: 889 324 0636
Board of Fire Commissioners meeting agendas and minutes
SCFD8 Receives Management Excellence Award
The Washington Fire Commissioners Association awarded Spokane County Fire District 8's leadership managment team with 3rd place in Washington State for the Management Excellence Award Program for category "A" class fire departments on October 25th during their fall conference in Marysville, Washington.
Spokane County Fire District 8 participated against fire departments with budgets greater than $4,000,000. The Management Excellence Award is based on multiple criteria including:
- Administrative and Operational Management
- Public Services
- Public Education
- Financial Management
We are honored to have received the Managment Excellence Award four years in a row: 1st place in 2016; 1st place in 2017; 2nd place in 2018; and 3rd place in 2019.
WFCA New Secretary/Treasurer
Congratulations to our own Fire Commissioner Lee C. Boling on his election as the new Washington Fire Commissioners Association (WFCA) Secretary/Treasurer.
Commissioner Boling (pictured second from left) was sworn in along with other elected officers during the WFCA annual conference in Marysville, Washington, on October 25th.
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/
Fill the Boot
SCFD8 members will spend a Saturday this June filling their boots for Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks to you, nearly $6,700 was raised in 2019 to help families, friends and neighbors in our area who are battling Muscular Dystrophy.
To learn more about MDA and what you can do to help visit www.mda.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.