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Frank Soto Jr.
Fire 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. 2021 was his 25th year “on the job!”
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. Chief 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 ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES (INTERIM)
Division Chief Jeff Bordwell is currently acting as interim Deputy Chief of Administrative Services.
DEPUTY CHIEF OF OPERATIONS (Interim)
Division Chief of Training, Andy Rorie, is currently acting as interim Deputy Chief of Operations.
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.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Angela Golden has served as Director of Finance with Spokane Valley Fire Department since July 2014. She has over 25 years of experience in government service. She began her career with Spokane County in 1995. She worked at the City of Spokane for over 17 years. Most of those years were spent working directly with the Fire Department and other public safety departments, such as Police, Municipal Court, and Probation. Angela Golden has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Eastern Washington University. She has served in volunteer positions such as on the Washington Finance Officers Association Board from 2015 to 2017 as Conference Chair and as a member of the Supervisory Committee for the Spokane Firefighters Credit Union from 2016 to 2021.
Golden provides strategic leadership for SVFD’s finance and accounting functions. She oversees a wide range of finance functions, including Accounting, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Budget and Payroll. She is also responsible for all finance systems and policies/procedures.
COMMUNITY AFFAIRS DIRECTOR
Community Affairs Director Julie Happy is a seasoned Communications, Public Education, and Marketing professional. She has spent her professional life working in Public Education, Public Relations, and Marketing, bringing a human and customer service approach to a variety of industries including government. Her passion is to share the professional work others do tirelessly every day, and often without notice, through a creative approach and a demonstration of application of community values. Getting people excited about the cool things happening in their community and sharing difficult information in a relatable and personal format continues that passion. Her work at the Spokane Valley Fire Department demonstrates that interest of taking government process and language and creating community interest through common language and shared understanding. Looking at providing that key information from a community relevancy standpoint that allows people to care, be involved, or be in “the know,” is a key driver in Julie’s approach to communicating information to the Spokane community. For her, it is all about understanding the community needs and creating shared understanding that the work being done meets those needs.
Outside the office, Julie is an avid reader, an eternal academic, and a lover of pets. She has an adventurous heart, loves to travel, loves culture, celebrates difference, and often puts herself in uncomfortable situations to learn, grow, and develop a new understanding of herself and the world at large.
DIRECTOR oF HUMAN RESOURCES (INTERIM)
Human Resources Assistant Tina Sheldon is currently acting as the interim Director of Human Resources
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR
Joseph Yacker has served the Spokane Valley Fire Department as Information Technology Director since March 2017. He began employment with the Spokane Valley Fire Department as a Systems Analyst in June 2004 and has 30 years of experience in various technological fields, including web and software development, geographic information systems, database management, networking, virtualization, planning, architecture, and project management. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from the University of Washington.
As Information Technology Director, Joseph leads the Information Technology team as they ensure consistent, reliable, and secure technology operations, identify, and respond to the technological needs of the department, expand the use of technology in ways that contributes to the department’s mission and values, and provide a high level of personalized support. Joseph values professionalism, hard work, integrity, and teamwork, and he strives to always learn and grow.
Away from the office, Joseph enjoys music, the good company of friends and family, and enjoying the beauty and splendor of the natural world.