It’s hard to believe, but 2017 is quickly coming to a close. We here at SVFD are wrapping up outstanding projects and planning is in full swing for 2018. This year has been very gratifying with some significant accomplishments that will have a lasting impact on the citizens we serve, here in the greater Spokane Valley.
- Fire Protection Class Rating – Early in the year, we learned that after years of hard work and planning, the homeowners and businesses within the cities served by SVFD would see their Fire Insurance Premium lowered from a Class 3 rating down to a Class 2. This new Class 2 rating has the potential to save money on the fire insurance portion of homeowner and business policies. This rating is among the lowest in the State of Washington. Only four other fire departments in the state have received a Class 2 rating and they are all west of the Cascades.
- Project RISK – Our Community Risk Reduction initiative, Project RISK, has been a primary focus during this past year. Project RISK is aimed at reducing fire and medical emergencies in our community through proactive, targeted outreach and education. The Department installed over 1,300 free smoke detectors in homes within our service area in conjunction with hundreds of free Home Fire Safety Visits. The program has been very well-received within the community and we look forward to expanding and growing as we move into 2018.
- Regional Communications – SVFD has been involved in a regional initiative to create an “integrated regional communications center” which will lead to a more efficient and effective emergency communications system that is sustainable well into the future. The project is expected to continue throughout 2018 with early implementation in the first part of 2019.
- 2018 Budget – This fall was busy as we worked with the SVFD Board of Commissioners to establish and approve the 2018 budget. The budget was approved by the Board in November and contains funding for modest growth in some programs and some measured Capital spending. The approved budget allows for the continued excellent service and programs that the citizens of the greater Spokane Valley have learned to expect and deserve.|
- Liberty Lake Station #3 – Lastly, we completed our fire station relocation project in Liberty Lake. The beautiful new fire station opened on December 4 with a ribbon cutting ceremony which was headed up by our wonderful partners at the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and officials from the City of Liberty Lake. The eight month project not only looks fantastic and provides our firefighters with a state-of-the-art facility for delivering emergency services, but it also came in ahead of schedule and under budget! This is an exceptional accomplishment by everyone involved including the architects, builders and SVFD staff, all of which spent many hours seeing to the project’s successful completion.
These are just a few of the highlights from your Fire Department as we wrap up the year 2017. I look forward to the coming year and many more accomplishments as we continue to provide a great value to our communities.
I wish you a safe and very happy holiday season and as always thank you for your continued support!
Bryan Collins, Fire Chief