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Bryan Collins

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.


Shawn Arold

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.


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.


Greg Rogers

Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Greg Rogers

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.

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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. Commissioner Burch is co-owner and Business Manager of Neurotherapy Northwest. 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.”