Spokane Valley Fire Department’s Volunteer Chaplain, Ken McNaughton, provides a ministry of support designed to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Department personnel and their families, as well as the needs of the victims, patients and families the Department serves.
Chaplain McNaughton brings comfort, crisis-oriented counseling, and a consoling nature to those experiencing crisis and loss. He connects those who are grieving with the spiritual support of their own faith or their specific support network. The Chaplain is on call 24/7, and ministers to all freely regardless of race, religion, creed or gender. He responds to severe emergency medical calls, multi-casualty incidents, major fire calls and injured firefighters or police officers. When on scene, one of his primary roles is to connect those he is serving with the resources they need such as the Red Cross or the family’s clergy of choice.
A fire service veteran, Chaplain McNaughton spent 22 years working with Colfax (WA) Fire & Rescue before he retired in 2007. He joined SVFD in May 2015 to fill the vacant volunteer role of Department Chaplain. Since his retirement he has volunteered his time as a Fire Chaplain for several Fire Departments.