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Chief 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 OPERATIONS
Deputy 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.
DEPUTY CHIEF OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
Frank Soto Jr.
Deputy Chief Soto began his career in 1996 with the Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During his time with AFD he enjoyed a diverse career in all divisions (Haz-Mat, TRT, Paramedicine, and Wildland) including executive leadership, management, and instruction. In 2018, Chief Soto retired from AFD and joined the Rural Metro Fire Department in Tucson, Arizona where he worked as both the Assistant Chief of Operations and Administration. This is his 25th year “on the job!”
Deputy Chief Soto holds a Master of Public Administration from Anna Maria College, as well as multiple Incident Command System (ICS) certifications, including Blue Card IC and Fire Officer IV (Proboard). Additionally, he has completed many specialized leadership-training courses, including the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program; the Naval Postgraduate School’s Executive Leaders Program; and Texas A&M University’s Fire Service Chief Executive Officer Program. DC Soto is also designated as a Chief Fire Officer and Chief EMS Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
He believes strongly in being active and involved in our community, ensuring department diversity and safety, and working in collaboration with other agencies, elected officials, and stakeholders to ensure that we meet the needs of our citizens.
DEPUTY CHIEF OF FIRE PREVENTION
Deputy Chief Rogers has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology, Fire Protection, and Safety. Additionally, he possesses a master’s degree in Leadership and Management through Western Governor’s University.
Deputy Chief Greg Rogers has served as the Fire Marshal of Fire Prevention with Spokane Valley Fire Department since 2015. While leading the division, several employee performance measurements and division performance outcomes have been implemented. Managing the Prevention division has allowed the opportunity to create and foster public and private partnerships throughout the community for the SVFD. These partnerships have allowed for the development of a sustainable CRR program model, like no other in the state. Innovative thinking, skills, and partnerships have allowed the Fire Prevention Division to create more funding opportunities and programs. The SVFD Fire Prevention Division has become an example for other departments across the country.
DC Rogers is Internationally known for visionary community risk reduction and creative data solutions for decision-making and service delivery. As an Executive in the fire service, his focus is to make a meaningful difference in the industry through dedication to continuous self and organizational improvement through building coalitions and relationships with an emphasis on being results-driven and orientated, empowering, developing, and motivating people through business, associations, and volunteer organizations.
DC Rogers Serves in Executive roles such as: fire service representative on the Washington State Fire Service Leadership Forum, Past-President of the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals, vice-Chair of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire and Life Safety Section, and as Commissioner for the Commission on Professional Credentialing for the Center of Public Safety Excellence and the Washington Youth Soccer Association Board. These roles have helped DC Rogers create understanding on how to balance competing needs, to develop a proactive problem-solving approach, and to make those difficult leadership decisions.
His personal vision is to serve and lead a balanced life, by doing the right thing, at the right time, the right way, always relying upon good character. To make a meaningful difference in the Fire Prevention industry through dedication to continuous self and organizational improvement.