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Spokane Valley, Wash. –  The Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) has officially hired 16 new Firefighters. The new recruits begin their Fire Academy this week, Wednesday, February 1, 6 a.m.


“This new recruit academy will help SVFD move closer to being fully staffed and able to meet the increasing demands for our services.  With emergency incidents reaching over 23,000 in 2022 and our fire district population growing by 9%, these new Firefighters are crucial to maintaining our high quality of service for our citizens.”Spokane Valley Fire Chief Frank Soto Jr.

Recruits from around the region, will go through an intense 18-week academy, where they will be pushed to the limits physically and mentally. The academy will be split into 3 stages (crawl, walk, run), which will equip and prepare them for a career in the fire service. They will be tested regularly throughout their training for textbook knowledge, apparatus knowledge, physical fitness, and firefighting skill level.

“We teach them from day one, how to problem solve. That is what we do. We show up and solve problems. In high stress moments you fall back on your training, and we want our people ready for that, and to expect that.” – SVFD Captain Shawn Pichette

Training over the 18 weeks will include:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) wear and confidence
  • Radio communication
  • Hose handling
  • Ladders
  • Health and fitness education
  • Wildland fire fighting
  • Forcible entry
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Fire behavior
  • Firefighter survivability
  • Search and victim removal
  • Fire and life safety
  • Hazardous materials (Haz-Mat) awareness and operations
  • Vehicle extrication
  • Night operations
  • And more

All recruits must pass exams throughout the training on skills learned. After graduation, our newest firefighters will be rotated through different station assignments and will be on probation for 1 year.

This will be the first of two recruit academies scheduled for 2023, with the second set for later this summer.

SVFD would like to welcome our new recruits and wish them a very successful Fire Academy!


SVFD is able to hire new Firefighters with funding provided by the Maintenance and Operations Levy voted on every 4 years.



About Spokane Valley Fire Department
The Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) serves a population of 136,000+ over 75-square miles, including the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, and Millwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas. In 2022, our cross-trained Firefighter/EMTs and Firefighter/Paramedics responded to more than 23,200 emergency calls.


Established in 1940, SVFD is committed to pursuing excellence and is distinguished as an accredited agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), and by SVFD’s Class 2 fire insurance rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau


Connect with SVFD at: spokanevalleyfire.com. For department news, safety information, and timely updates, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.