SCFD8 Fall Newsletter

Each year we receive a number of inquiries regarding outdoor burning - and while burning responsibility is the best way to prevent unwanted wildfires - where you live determines whether or not you can burn and what rules apply. Read Call Before You Burn in the Fall 2019 edition of the Fire 8 Flyer to learn what materials you can burn and where to find additional burning regulations.

We all know the importance of having a working smoke alarm in our home, but you may be surprised to learn how many smoke alarms you need and where to install them. You will find helpful guidance in the article Installing and Maintaining Smoke Alarms.

Do you have a disaster plan? Disaster Preparedness: Talk With Your Family and Start Planning Today offers suggestions to get you started on a creating disaster plan for your home and family.

If you haven't already spotted them on the road, look for two new fire engines serving the Moran Prairie and Saltese/Linke Road neighborhoods. In A Message from the Chief, Chief Nielsen shares the importance of maintaining efficient, reliable apparatus and equipment.

We hope you will find the information in the Fall 2019 edition of the Fire 8 Flyer useful. If you would like to receive our newsletter electronically, send your name, address, and email to

Enjoy autumn & stay safe!


BoFC Meeting Notice


The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their next regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Station 82, 12100 E Palouse Hwy, Valleyford, Washington, beginning at 6:00 pm.

The public is welcome to attend.

BoFC meeting agendas and minutes are available here.



Station 84 Open House

September is National Preparedness Month and that was also the theme for Station 84's Open House on September 11th.

Station 84 is your neighbor in the Ponderosa located at 4410 S. Bates Road. Thanks to all who had the opportunity to stop by to meet your local firefighters and paramedics, tour the station, see the fire trucks, and learn the importance of preparing children and teenagers before a possible emergency or disaster event happens.

We'll see you again next year!



SCFD8 Membership

Our team of dedicated members is growing! Chief Nielsen administered the Oath of Office to Firefighter/EMTs Lindsey McKahan and Joe Zarazua during the Board of Fire Commissioners meeting at Station 84 on July 9th (pictured left). Both McKahan and Zarazua have been hard at work since completing their academy training in June. They presented the District with a custom challenge coin display case (pictured center).

Maintenance Technician, Gabe Gerhart, was welcomed at the commissioners meeting and presented with a challenge coin by Chief Nielsen (pictured right). Gabe is a great asset to the District and we are delighted that he has joined the team.


FTE Recruit Class Graduation

Congratulations to Joe and Lindsey, our newest career firefighter/EMT's, on their recent graduation from Spokane Regional Recruit Academy Class 2019-1. This academy consisted of recruits from Spokane County Fire Districts 3, 8, and 9, as well as the Cities of Cheney and Pullman. Also, a big THANK YOU to lead instructors, Lt. Bault and Chief Hatley for their tireless efforts to provide the best training possible every day.

Well done to all recruits and welcome!


Linke-Saltese Station 85 Open House

Thanks to all who visited Station 85 on Saturday, July 13th for our annual Open House.

Station 85 is your neighbor in the Saltese - If you were unable to attend this year we invite you to stop in next year to meet your local firefighters and paramedics and tour the station. Kids can try their skills at the Junior Firefighter Challenge and meet Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog. We'll offer a Stop the Bleed demonstration, and our partners from Department of Natural Resources and AMR will be on hand.

We'll see you at Station 85 July 2020!


SCFD8's Leadership Spokane Graduate

Congratulations to our very own Division Chief Marty Long (Left) on his graduation from Leadership Spokane on June 13th at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 

The Leadership program is an intensive, 10-month commitment to personal growth, professional development and community service. Participants gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a citizen-leader and explore the tenets of servant leadership. At the same time, they develop a broad knowledge of the Spokane community and key issues facing the region. This knowledge is put into practice throughout the program through site visits and community service activities. Finally, participants build a strong local network while also learning to create a personal leadership vision and a plan to achieve it.

Way to go, Marty and thank you for your commitment to leadership excellence for Fire District 8!


Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Class 2019-1

Seven new SCFD8 members took the Firefighter Oath of Office at the Board of Fire Commissioners meeting on June 11th. All seven completed a nine-week training academy and were recognized for their accomplishment with family, friends and members of the District in attendance.

Seth Peterson earned class Valedictorian; Joe Schweiger was chosen Most Inspriational; and Stina Clother was awarded Most Improved.

Pictured left to right: Firefighter Robert Holder, Firefighter Joe Schweiger, Resident Firefighter Spencer Batt, Firefighter Blake Norman-Baxter, Firefighter Janelle Britton, Firefighter Stina Clother, and Resident Firefighter Seth Peterson.

Congratulations and welcome to the District 8 family!


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.


Fill the Boot 2019

SCFD8 members spent their day at 57th and Regal on Saturday, June 1st filling their boots for Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks to you, nearly $6,700 was raised to help families, friends and neighbors in our area who are battling Muscular Dystrophy.

From SCFD8 & Local 3711, Thank You for your generous donations!

To learn more about MDA and what you can do to help visit


Fire Service Day Open House

We look forwarding to seeing you again in 2020 at our 8th annual Moran Prairie Fire Service Day Open House.

With 500 hot dogs served, we think this year's event was a huge success!

If you were able to stop by Station 81 on May 11th you had the opportunity to watch fire attack demonstrations, visit the many vendor booths, tour the station and Life Flight's helicopter, and meet many of your local firefighters and paramedics.

We live and work in a great community and we thank you for your support!

07/13/19 mark your calendar for Station 85's Open House.

09/11/19 mark your calendar for Station 84's Open House


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.

Our next Stop the Bleed classe will be Saturday, August 10th, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Station 81, 6117 S. Palouse Highway. Please register at


Spring Debris Collection Day

Wow, what a turnout! Thanks to all who came to Station 82 on April 13th with their winter yard and garden debris during SCFD8's annual Debris Collection Day.

District 8 members were up bright and early ready to unload trucks and trailers full of brush, pine needles, and branches - and by the end of the day - four large containers were filled.

Our hope is that this annual event helps our neighbors prepare their homes for summer by eliminating the dry materials around their property that may catch on fire.

We especially thank and appreciate those SCFD8 members who volunteered their Saturday for this worthwhile community event!



SCFD8 Award Recipients

SCFD8 gathered on February 1st to the celebrate the achievements and successes of our members in 2018. The following people were recognized for their outstanding contributions: Shane Jenkins, Career Firefighter of the Year; Megan Williams, EMS Provider of the Year; Todd Ullrich, East Battalion Firefighter of the Year; Joe St. John, West Battalion Firefighter of the Year; Jonathan Sells, Resident Firefighter of the Year; Joseph Zarazua, Part-time Firefighter of the Year; Blaine Holman, Recruit Firefighter of the Year; Jennifer Raudebaugh, Recruit Firefighter of the Year; Jeff Wainwright, Fire Chief's Commendation; Kris Cress, Fire Chief's Commendation; Jake Hedben, Distinguished Service; and, Mason McCuddin, Commissioners Award.

The following SCFD8 members were recognized for their years of service with Fire District 8: Oleg Gordey, 5 Years of Service; Damian Meyer, 5 Years of Service; Andy Rorie, 5 Years of Service; Zachary Searle, 5 Years of Service; Emil Derkach, 5 Years of Service; Jeff Sevigney, 10 Years of Service; Michael Metcalf, 10 Years of Service; Tom Chavez, 10 Years of Service; Bill Curley, 10 Years of Service; Shayne Hanson, 10 Years of Service; Pete Flatt, 15 Years of Service; Tony Nielsen, 15 Years of Service; Steve Bailey, 20 Years of Service; Kathleen Lundy, 20 Years of Service; and Ron Cato, 25 Years of Service.

Thank you Chief Hatley for once again capturing the year with your 2018 Year in Review.



SCFD8 Receives 2018 Management Excellence Award

The Washington Fire Commissioners Association awarded Spokane County Fire District 8's leadership and management team with 2nd Place in Washington State for Management Excellence in category "A" class fire departments during their annual conference in Yakima on October 26th.

WFCA designed the Management Excellence Program (MEA) to provide recognition to fire districts and regional fire authorities for their outstanding leadership, innovative ideas, and progressive achievements. SCFD8 participated against fire departments with budgets greater than $4,000,000, and has placed 1st or 2nd for the last three consecutive years.

The Management Excellence Award Program provides a means of sharing information, innovative ideas and the variety of activities taking place throughout the state of Washington. In addition, the program provides recognition to those in the fire service who have demonstrated progressive achievement. MEA is a benefit to all fire districts and regional fire authorities in the state, regardless of size, location, budget, or number of personnel.

Fire Chief Tony Nielsen said, “We are humbled to have been selected for this award. When you have strong citizen support and great members you can really create a high performing organization."


Commissioner Lee Boling: 20 Years of Service

At the Washington Fire Commissioners Association annual conference in October, Commissioner Lee Boling was recognized for his 20 Years of Service as a Fire District 8 Fire Commissioner. 

Commissioner Boling began his service with District 8 in 1984 as a Volunteer Firefighter and Fire Investigator.  He was elected and has served as Fire Commissioner from 1994 – 1999, 2004-2009, 2010-2015, and he began serving his fourth six-year term in 2016.

Commissioner Boling brings a number of years of experience to the Board through his work as a trooper and sergeant with the Washington State Patrol, and with the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

Thank you, Commissioner Boling, for your dedication to the fire service and to our community!


Best Places to Work Inland Northwest

Spokane County Fire District 8 was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work Inland Northwest. The Journal of Business and Best Companies Group created the third annual list of the Best Places to Work Inland Northwest.

This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the Inland Northwest, benefiting the region’s economy, workforce, and businesses. The list is made up of 35 companies. Spokane County Fire District 8 has been named one of this year’s Best Places to Work Inland Northwest.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity
  • Be a publicly or privately held business
  • Have a facility in the Inland Northwest region (Spokane, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties in 
       Washington State; and Kootenai and Bonner counties in Idaho.)
  • Have a minimum of 15 full-time or part-time employees working in the Inland Northwest
  • Be in business a minimum of 1 year

    Companies from across the region entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work Inland Northwest. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

    The list-making companies will be honored at an awards ceremony on September 26, 2018, at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane.  The rankings will be published in the September 27 issue of the Journal of Business.



    SCFD8 Improves Insurance Protection Class Rating

    After an extensive review of Fire District 8's firefighting capabilities, water supply, emergency communications and fire safety control, the Washington Survey & Rating Bureau (WSRB) has upgraded the Fire District's rating from a Protection Class 5 to a Protection Class 4. The rating will be effective May 1, 2018.

    Fire Chief Tony Nielsen said, "This is exciting news for Fire District 8 and our citizens. Thanks to the support of our citizens, we've spent the last four years making significant service improvements that now may also result in lower fire insurance costs for our residents and businesses. I encourage residents of our community to contact their insurance agents to see if this new rating will affect their insurance premiums."


    Toys for Tots

    Thank you to all that joined SCFD8 members at Albertsons, near Highway 27 and 32nd, in Spokane Valley last December. Our local community generously donated many new, unwrapped toys totaling $7,000 for children in our community and helped to bring joy to hundreds of kids in our area.

    Since 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has collected and distributed toys to children providing a message of hope and assisting them in becoming responsible, productive, and patrotic citizens.

    Thank you for your support!


    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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