Spokane Valley Fire Department
Scott Whitaker was promoted to Captain during a ceremony held on May 2 in front of an audience of several dozen family, friends and colleagues. Scott’s wife Corinna pinned his new badge while their sons Travis, Trevor and Trenton stood by proudly.
In his remarks, Fire Chief Collins applauded Scott’s notable awards and achievements since joining SVFD on March 1, 2007. Scott has twice been recognized with Distinguished Service Awards and has also received a Community Service Award for his work to launch the successful annual Department Open House event. Scott leads the B-Shift crew at Otis Orchards Station 4.
“Scott works hard and trains hard,” said Chief Collins. “With his drive, desire and high energy, Scott is going to do great things as a company officer.”
SVFD and Rogue Heart Media have been honored with a SPARK 2016 Award of Merit for the Fire Ops 101 "Feel the Heat" Video. The award was presented by the Spokane Regional MARCOM Association on April 20. Check out our award-winning video.
Fire Ops 101 provided a realistic day-in-the-life firefighting experience for sixteen elected officials, journalists, business and community leaders on May 30, 2015. Learn more about Fire Ops 101.
SVFD welcomed our community to a special celebration at Liberty Lake Station #3. On Saturday, April 16 at 1:00 pm, firefighters and community members participated in a "Push In' of new Engine 3 into the bay of Liberty Lake Station #3, located at 2218 N. Harvard Road. The event included brief remarks, refreshments and photo opportunities!
Three SVFD units and two units from Spokane County Fire District 8 (SCFD 8) participated in "Mayday" operations drills together on March 18 at our Training Tower. The night drill incorporated incident command, rapid intervention crew activation, firefighter drags, rules of air management, and application of the rescue air kit.
Regional training planning meetings have resulted in a shared set of training topics for 2016, as well as quarterly themes and regional drills. These drills often include crews from SVFD, SCFD 8 and Spokane Fire Department in support of automatic aid as well as Spokane County Fire District 9 and neighboring agencies.
Six amazing SVFD firefighters were among the approximately 1,900 firefighters who accepted the 25th annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge in Seattle on March 5 to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Each firefighter was timed as they ran up 69 stories (1,311 steps) of the Columbia Center office building in full gear and on air with their SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus). The winning team is based on the times of the fastest three members. Although SVFD didn't win this year, we have won numerous times in the past.
Most importantly, our awesome team has raised $7,140 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Thank you and congratulations to Shane Wharton (team captain), Paul Haller, Brad Huffman, Joe Kopp, Josh Loftin and Dan Ward.
Chief Collins presented Outstanding Citizen Awards to Holt Ayles, Boe Hooley and Chris Hawkins of Spokane County Water District #3 during the Board of Fire Commissioners meeting on February 22.
The three were traveling along University Road on January 18 when they spotted smoke coming from an attached garage of a small home in the 1600 block of Glenn Road shortly after 10:30 a.m. They stopped, quickly alerted the residents and called 9-1-1. They then grabbed a fire extinguisher from their work truck and started fighting the fire until SVFD crews arrived.
"They took extraordinary action to prevent the spread of fire to the home and notify the residents of the fire." said Chief Collins. "We are proud to honor these outstanding citizens."
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Mission: The Spokane Valley Fire Department prepares for and responds
to emergencies protecting people, property, and the environment through a progressive
and responsible approach to planning, education, and hazard prevention with a professionally
trained, dedicated, and compassionate workforce.