SVFD is very happy to welcome 14 new Firefighters to the SVFD Team.  Recruit training began Tuesday, September 3 at the Fire Training Center.  The Fire Academy will run for 15 weeks with the recruits participating in additional training throughout their first year. Two recruits will receive an additional 200 hours of training to attain their National Registry EMT certification.

Selection of the 14 recruits was a long process that started with a pool of over 600 applicants. Of those applicants, 217 met the written test and physical fitness standards.  The top 72 were then interviewed by a Fire Department panel to choose the 14 which were hired.

Group Photo of the Recruit Class 2019 2

This is a long and intensive academy that is starting a little later in the year then typical. These recruits will encounter a tougher training environment with the upcoming fall and winter months.

Training will include:

  • Ladder confidence and familiarity
  • Hose handling
  • Health and fitness education
  • Wildland fire fighting
  • Forcible entry
  • EMS
  • Fire behavior
  • Search and victim removal
  • Fire and Life Safety
  • Hazardous materials training
  • Vehicle extrication
  • And more

All recruits will have to pass exams throughout the training on skills learned.  After graduation, crews will be rotated through different station assignments and will be on probation for 1 year.

We wish them a very successful academy!


About SVFD
Spokane Valley Fire Department serves the City of Spokane Valley, City of Liberty Lake, City of Millwood and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Spokane County with a combined population of 125,000 across 75 square miles. SVFD firefighters and paramedics responded to more than 17,280 emergency calls in 2017. Established in 1940, SVFD is an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, one of only a handful in Washington State.


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