Fire Chief

Bryan Collins

bryan-collinsChief 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 Administrative Services and Professional Development

Tim O’Brien

tim-obrienTim O’Brien joined Spokane Valley Fire Department in July 2015 in the role of Deputy Chief. He brought 26 years of fire service experience from Reno, Nevada.

He is responsible for supervision of the department’s support services including the Division Chief of Administrative Services, fleet maintenance, facilities and information systems. Additional primary responsibilities include oversight of the Department’s professional development programs and Accreditation process.

Deputy Chief O’Brien 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 Operations

Shawn Arold

Battalion Chief Shawn AroldDeputy Chief Arold is responsible for supervision of the department’s six emergency response Battalion Chiefs, Division Chief of EMS and the Division Chief of Training. The combined efforts of the team are responsible for the day to day operational activities necessary to deliver fire, rescue and emergency medical services. Additional responsibilities include program analysis, project management and development of strategies to provide continuous improvement.

Deputy Chief Arold began his career with SVFD as a firefighter in March 1994. During his career, Chief Arold has held a variety of positions including Lieutenant, Captain, Training Captain, Division Chief of Training and Division Chief of Operations.

Deputy Chief Arold holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science Management.


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