Welcome to our new 2016 Recruit Academy!Monday, May 16, 2016
Thirteen new recruits have begun the next step on their path toward becoming firefighters as members of the 2016-1 Recruit Academy. They were selected from a field of 71 candidates. SVFD's 13 recruits will join recruits from Spokane Fire Department and Spokane County Fire District 8 to complete the regional fire recruit academy which runs through August 12, 2016.
Our new recruits are: David Bair, Andrew Cataldo, Nicholas Fertakis, Walker Gillispie, Jeremy Kish, Matthew Kovich, Noah Martinez, Thomas Miller, Scott Niebuhr, Joshua Ptak, Alex Rihn, Montana Sturges and Jeremy Whisman! Welcome and Congratulations!
Scott Whitaker Promoted to CaptainMonday, May 02, 2016
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 Honored for Fire Ops 101 VideoMonday, April 25, 2016
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.
Community Helped "Push In" New Engine 3 on April 16Monday, April 11, 2016
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!read more ...
Caution Urged for Spokane River EnthusiastsThursday, April 07, 2016
Kayakers, canoeists, fishermen and rafters are urged to use extreme caution around the Spokane River, which is running high, swift and very cold. For those who venture out on the water, life jackets are essential.
Washington and Idaho are experiencing near record temperatures. According to Andy Brown of the National Weather Services, temperatures across the Inland Northwest will be their warmest this season over the next few days - in the 70s and 80s.read more ...
SVFD and Fire District 8 Participate in Mayday Drills Tuesday, March 22, 2016
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.
Firefighter Stairclimb Raises $ to Fight Blood CancerWednesday, March 09, 2016
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.