Oath of Office
looks a little different for now

Five members of the District were administered the Oath of Office virtually at the regular Board of Fire Commissioners meeting on February 9th.

Fire Chief Lonnie Rash was sworn in by Board Chair Greg Hesse; Assistant Chief Chris Wyrobek was sworn in by Chief Lonnie Rash, as was Division Chief Jason Wilkins, Lt. Drew Parker, and Firefighters Chris Rodgers and Joseph Sweiger.

It's an exciting time at District 8 and we look forward to the day when we can gather in person for badge pinnings with family and friends.



Thank You Chief Nielsen

Thank you Fire Chief Tony Nielsen for your 35+ years of dedication to the fire service.

When visitors stop by Station 82 they will forever see the Nielsen Way street sign at its entrance. As one of the most influential and long-term members of Fire District 8, we recognize the impact that Chief Nielsen has made in the community and to the members of the organization, the county, and the state of Washington.

"Nielsen Way" is not only an entry sign, but it's a mindset that has permeated through District 8... Kindness, Undertanding, and Professionalism.

We thank you for your leadership, your commitment, and your kindness - we wish you well, Chief Nielsen, in your retirement!


BoFC Meeting Notice

Workshop: March 3, 2021, 6:00 pm

The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their next regular monthly meeting on:

March 9, 2021
at 6:00 pm

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

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Fall/Winter 2020 Fire 8 Flyer

This has been quite a year - but we want you to know we are still open, still working, and still here for you! SCFD8 firefighters and paramedics have risen to this latest challenge by implementing additional safety measures for your protection and health, as well as theirs.

Our Fall/Winter edition of the Fire 8 Flyer is full of information - from Fire Chief Tony Nielsen's Chiefs Message, to how you can contact us if you visit a fire station, safety in the kitchen, and an update on Santa's 2020 neighborhood visit.

We hope you and your family are safe, healthy, and happy this winter! Fall/Winter edition of the Fire 8 Flyer


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.



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


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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