Fire Chief Lonnie Rash and Division Chief Marty Long were featured speakers at the Glenrose Association 's annual meeting in April. The Chiefs shared messages about how the fire district is meeting the continuing growth needs in the area, and what homeowners can do to protect their family and property from wildfire during the spring and summer fire season.
If you would like a visit from District 8 at your community event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 509-926-6699.
In honor of the women and men whose diligence and professionalism keep our citizens and community safe, the Board of Fire Commissioners declared, by Proclamation, April 10-16, 2022, to be National Telecommunicator Week in Spokane County Fire District 8.
A sincere "Thank You" to all Spokane Regional Emergency Communication and City of Spokane Dispatch professionals who perform their jobs every day with compassion and understanding!
Welcome to SCFD8 Pierce!
Spokane County Fire District 8 is honored and proud to introduce our new therapy dog, Pierce, to our community. Pierce’s handler and owner is SCFD 8’s own Chaplain Aaron McNally. Chaplain McNally is training Pierce to become a first responder therapy dog. When asked why he wanted to incorporate a therapy dog program into the chaplain program at SCFD8 Chaplain NcNally said:
“In 2017, two of my children experienced a traumatic incident. In the following weeks as they returned to school a therapy dog was present to provide comfort and emotional support. The Therapy K9 Handler shared how successful the dogs are providing comfort and emotional support to those who have experienced traumatic events. As I walked away from that conversation I thought this would be a great opportunity for first responders. So, over the last four years and doing extensive research, I found an agency called First Responder Therapy Dogs, located in Santa Rosa, California. As I continued the research I made an inquiry with a local dog breeder. The breeder, after hearing about my research for a therapy dog, made a generous donation to this program by donating Pierce. Pierce was born in July of 2021 and we acquired him in August. Pierce is a second generation miniature golden-doodle.
In October, the Therapy Dog program was presented, approved and funded by SCFD8. Pierce started training in December for basic obedience as well as therapy. He is on track to complete training in the Spring of 2022 and start two certifications in July.
The goal is to have Pierce certified with First Responder Therapy Dogs and in service by August. He will be available and accompany me as I visit firefighters and respond to chaplain calls.”
We wish Aaron and Pierce good luck with their training and looking forward to the day Pierce is out in the field helping first responders through difficult situations or events.
BoFC Meeting Notice
The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their next regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 6:00 pm. at Station 82, 12100 E Palouse Hwy; and, electronically on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3712607781. Meeting ID: 371 260 7781
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Cooking is the number one cause of home fires.
To learn what you can do to help protect your home and family from a kitchen fire visit ameriburn.org
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!
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!
Fire Prevention Week
The 2021 FPW campaign focused on, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” 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.
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 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.