Summer 2019 Newsletter
Were you aware that Fire District 8 has negotiated automatic aid agreements with the Spokane Fire Department and Spokane Valley Fire Department? In the summer 2019 edition of the Fire 8 Flyer, Chief Nielsen shares the important benefits we all receive when neighboring fire agencies work together through automatic aid.
With the arrival of summer and much warmer weather we know that wildfires will be increasingly common in the Spokane area. Now is the time to think about your home's ignition zone and create a noncombustible zone around your house.
Stroke is the sixth leading cause of death in Spokane County. We want you to to be able to recognize the sudden symptoms of a stroke. Don't wait to call 911 - stroke is always an emergency!
Read more on these topics, as well as how to sign up for ALERT Spokane in our summer 2019 edition of the Fire 8 Flyer.
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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
- 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/
BoFC Meeting Notice
The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their next regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Station 84, 4410 S Bates Rd, Spokane Valley, Washington, beginning at 6:00 pm.
The public is welcome to attend.
BoFC meeting agendas and minutes are available here.
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 www.mda.org
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 call 509-926-6699, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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:
Washington State; and Kootenai and Bonner counties in Idaho.)
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! toysfortots.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.