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About the Ambulance Service Board

On May 19, 2008, a group of Participating Local Governments (PLGs) comprised of Spokane Valley Fire Department, Spokane County Fire Protection Districts 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 13, and the Cities of Airway Heights, Cheney and Medical Lake entered into to an Interlocal Agreement pursuant to the provisions of the Washington State Interlocal Cooperation Act (Chapter 39.34, RCW).

The PLGs determined that it was in the best interests of the public safety, health and welfare of their respective citizens and constituents to enter into the Agreement to develop a process by which they may, through joint action, grant an ambulance service contract to a single provider. The single provider was to serve the needs of the public for ambulance service and respond to medical ground ambulance service requests originating within the combined designated geographical areas of the PLGs.

This Agreement aims to:

  • Gain the advantages of consistency of ground medical ambulance service, economies of scale and centralized disaster response planning and direction
  • Develop and recommend for adoption by signees a contract (Ambulance Service Contract) for emergency ground medical ambulance services within the designated combined geographical area of the PLGs
  • Gain the advantages of uniform regulatory and administrative oversight over ground medical ambulance services as provided through the Ambulance Service Contract
  • Provide a process for other adjacent jurisdictions within Spokane County to become participants (PLGs) in the Agreement.

The Ambulance Service Board (ASB) comprised of eight (8) representatives of member jurisdictions was created to manage the Ambulance Service Contract. The ASB is responsible for developing and overseeing the general administration, policy development, direction and oversight to the Administering PLG’s and Contract Administrator (Spokane Valley Fire Department).

Current Ambulance Service Board members

  • Chairperson: Fire Chief Tom Jenkins – Cheney Fire Department
  • Board Members: Fire Chief Frank Soto, Jr. – SVFD; Fire Chief Mitch Metzger –  AHFD; Fire Chief Cody Rohrbach – SCFD 3; Division Chief Gino Palomino – SCFD 4; Fire Chief Lonnie Rash – SCFD 8; Fire Chief Jack Cates – SCFD 9; Fire Chief Ken Johnson – SCFD 10

Ambulance Service Board Meetings

Meetings occur the second Wednesday of every other month and are held at the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

12/14/22: Agenda, Approved Minutes

10/12/22: Agenda, Approved Minutes

08/10/22: Meeting Cancelled

06/08/22: Agenda, Approved Minutes

05/17/22: Agenda, Approved Minutes

04/20/22: Meeting Rescheduled

02/09/22: Agenda, Approved Minutes

12/08/21: Agenda, Approved Minutes

10/13/21: Agenda, Approved Minutes

08/11/21: Meeting Cancelled

06/09/21: ASB Meeting Regular Agenda & Special Meeting, Approved Minutes

04/14/21: ASB Meeting Regular Agenda & Special Meeting, Approved Minutes

02/10/21: Meeting Cancelled

Ambulance Service Contract Administrator

 The Spokane Valley Fire Department Deputy Chief of Operations is the Contract Administrator and conducts ongoing Ambulance Service Contract administration and   oversight, including performance criteria compliance, in accordance with policy and direction of the Ambulance Service Board. The Contract Administrator utilizes data   provided by the Combined Communications Center (CCC), the ambulance provider and other resources for the administration and oversight of the Ambulance Service   Contract.

  • Budget — The Contract Administrator develops and submits an annual budget to the Ambulance Service Board for its approval in accordance with Section 11.
  • Point-of-Contact — The Contract Administrator serves as the initial point of contact by all parties for Ambulance Service Contract issues and concerns.
  • Records — The Contract Administrator is responsible for managing and storing all data, books and records related to contract administration, including but not limited to complaints, fines and penalties. This includes maintenance of all confidential information as may be required by law or direction of the Board.
  • Public Information Requests  — The Contract Administrator responds to public information requests for records in accordance with state law and approved policy.


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Commissioner Patrick Burch

Board Member Since: July 18, 2016
Current term expires: December 31, 2025

Commissioner Burch was appointed to the Board of Fire Commissioners in July 2016 to fill an unexpired term and has served continuously since that time. He became a volunteer member of the Department’s CERT Team in 2008 and later served as a team leader/member of Fire Corps.

“I admire the Spokane Valley Fire Department’s focus on continuous improvement. Our dedication to the community, fiscal responsibility and the fact that we are one of the few accredited fire departments in the State of Washington all make SVFD great!”

Note: As the individual appointed to this non-partisan position, Commissioner Burch was elected by voters in November 2017.

Commissioner Mike Kester

Board Member Since: January 1, 2020
Current six year term expires: December 31, 2025

Commissioner Mike Kester was elected to the Board of Fire Commissioners in November, 2019.

Commissioner Kester grew up in the Spokane area and has a deep appreciation for just how fortunate we all are to live in this beautiful area. He believes that being involved in this community is not something to take lightly.

His background includes joining the United States Coast Guard (U.S.C.G) after high school and serving on a port firefighting boat doing search and rescue in Portland, Oregon.  After the Coast Guard, he attended the University of Montana earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Resource Management.  He then went on to work for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, serving in their Parks Department.

Spokane was the next step in his career. He  went to work for the Burlington Santa Fe Railroad and the next 22 years was spent as a conductor moving freight. Commissioner Kester  retired in 2010 after a workplace injury and now,  he and his wife enjoy making meals for World War II Veterans, helping out at the YMCA ,and providing meals for those in need.

“In the 25 years of being a resident of the Spokane Valley the professionalism of the SVFD has inspired me to take an active part in bettering our community. We have one of the best fire departments in the whole Pacific Northwest. My wife and I have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. I have dedicated my life to keeping them safe.  I want to apply that dedication to our community.  Keeping us all safe is a goal we should all aspire to in one way or another. Communication within the department and with the public is, and always will be one of my primary goals.”

Commissioner John Guarisco

Board Member since: August 27, 2018
Current six year term expires: December 31, 2027

Commissioner Guarisco was appointed to the Board of Fire Commissioners in August 2018 to fill an unexpired term and has served continuously since that time. Commissioner Guarisco founded Marjoni Marketing in 2004 and in 2010 merged with MDI marketing. He then pursued Real Estate, earning his license and now, currently serves the greater Spokane area as a licensed Realtor. He has long been active in the community and has won numerous awards during his career including the Volunteer of the Year (2014) and the Community Caring Award (2010) from the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.  He is a member of the Greater Spokane Valley Rotary Club and holds an AA degree from Spokane Falls Community College.

Note: As the individual appointed to this non-partisan position, Commissioner Guarisco was elected by voters in November 2019.

Commissioner Bill Anderson

Board Member since: January 1, 2000
Current six year term expires: December 31, 2023

Commissioner Anderson served our community as a Spokane Valley Fire Department firefighter for 29 years. Throughout his career, he worked as a firefighter, dispatcher and engineer before he was promoted and became an officer. He was Station Captain of Millwood Station 2 when he retired in 1999. During his years as firefighter, he was an active leader of Spokane Valley Firefighters Local 876 and served as a trustee on the Washington State Council of Firefighters for 25 years.

“It’s important to me that we continue the good service we’ve always given the people. We’ve accomplished a lot and are pulling in the same direction to get better. I’m very proud of the Spokane Valley Fire Department.”

Commissioner Brian Asmus

Board Member Since: June 14, 2021
Current term expires: 

Commissioner Brian Asmus was appointed to the Spokane Valley Fire Department Board of Fire Commissioners in 2021.

Commissioner Asmus is the former Liberty Lake Police Chief and current Director of Safety and Security at Central Valley School District (CVSD).

“Brian Asmus brings extensive Public Safety leadership experience, and a long history of being actively engaged in his community to his new role as a SVFD Commissioner,” said SVFD Fire Chief, Bryan Collins. “During his time as a Police Chief, Brian interacted with SVFD firefighters and administrators on a regular basis, making him very familiar with our structure, standing within our communities, as well as with many of our current SVFD board members and personnel. Brian’s experience working and collaborating on regional issues aligns nicely with SVFD’s philosophy and will help us continue to be a catalyst for local and regional excellence and innovation.”