For the past eight years, Lori Sullivan has volunteered her time and talent to support firefighters and the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
A member of SVFD’s Fire Corps, Sullivan helps lead a team of community volunteers who perform blood pressure checks, install smoke alarms in homes, assist with community events, conduct door-to-door welfare checks during extreme weather and much, much more.
“One thing I really like about being a Fire Corps volunteer is when I’m at an Open House and people come up to me and tell me how our firefighters responded to them and how kind they were,” Sullivan explained. “Or how an informational handout we gave them saved a loved one.”
Sullivan first became a SVFD volunteer after completing the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course in 2008. She and fellow volunteer Patrick Burch served as team leaders for many years. In January 2016 when the CERT volunteer program transitioned to Fire Corps to better support firefighters and the organization, Sullivan didn’t miss a beat. She embraced the chance to continue serving the community and firefighters.
“I’ve enjoyed helping SVFD with open houses, wellness checks during the heatwave and of course Windstorm 2015,” Sullivan said. “It was great to know that as our teams watched over downed power lines that night until utility crews arrived, the firefighters were able to respond to those who needed their help.”
In addition to volunteering their time, Fire Corps members gain an understanding of fire and emergency services and become better prepared to handle their own emergencies as well as those of their neighbors. Fire Corps members also act as advocates for fire and emergency services in the community.
Sullivan has been a Spokane Valley resident for more than 25 years. She has a successful career in the health care profession and a grown son who is a US Marine Corps veteran and an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
“It has always been a pleasure to work with Lori. She is a natural leader who cares about serving our community, the Spokane Valley Fire Department and her fellow team members,” said Patrick Burch, now a SVFD Fire Commissioner. “Lori is respected by all who have worked with her. She is dependable, trustworthy and always willing to go the extra mile. When I moved on from my role as one of the team leaders to become a Fire Commissioner, Lori made this transition easy. I know the Fire Corps is in good hands.”