Chief Bryan Collins joined the Spokane Valley Fire Department on March 1, 2013.
He brought more than 27 years of experience in the fire service and retired in 2012 from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District in San Ramon, California, where he had held the position of Assistant Fire Chief for three years just prior to retirement.
Chief Collins has a bachelor’s degree in Vocational Education/Occupational Studies and holds a master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration, both from California State University-Long Beach. He also completed the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy.
Deputy Chief of Operations
Tim O’Brien joined Spokane Valley Fire Department in July 2015 in the role of Deputy Chief of Operations. He is responsible for supervision of the department’s six emergency response Battalion Chiefs and day to day operational activities necessary to deliver fire, rescue and emergency medical services. Additional primary responsibilities include oversight of the Training Division, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division and participation in regional operational initiatives.
Deputy Chief O’Brien is a 26-year fire service veteran from Reno, Nevada. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from University of Oregon and an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science from Truckee Meadows Community College. He is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.
Deputy Chief of Support Services and Professional Development
Bruce Kroon (pronounced Krone) joined the Spokane Valley Fire Department in April 2016 to replace the retiring Deputy Chief of Support Services and Professional Development.
Deputy Chief Kroon brings 25 years of fire service experience to SVFD. He most recently work as a shift Battalion Chief with the Bellevue (WA) Fire Department where he held a variety of positions over his 20 years with BFD including Firefighter, Lieutenant, Community Liaison Officer Lieutenant, Captain, EMS Captain and Training Chief. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a Master of Public Administration, both from the University of Washington. He is a 2011 graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.