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Oct 28, 2019

SVFD Fire Protection Engineer (FPE) Traci Harvey has been named as the Member of the Year for the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals (WSAFM).

FPE Harvey has worked in the construction industry as a Fire Protection Engineer for 18 years and is licensed in Washington and Idaho. She came to the SVFD after working as a consultant in the private sector for ten years.  She joined the Spokane Valley Fire Department in July of 2007 as their first Fire Protection Engineer. Since that time, she has proven herself as an invaluable resource by reviewing countless plans and providing information to contractors and citizens as well as other SVFD employees.  Her wealth of knowledge regarding plan review enables her to ensure that new construction meets all current guidelines. New commercial properties in Spokane Valley Fire Department’s jurisdiction are designed to be as safe as possible from the very beginning.

Fire Protection Engineer Traci Harvey

As the first holder of the position with SVFD, FPE Harvey was instrumental in forming the basis of the Engineering Department within the Prevention Bureau.  She is responsible for reviewing construction plans and associated life safety systems to ensure compliance with the International Fire Code within SVFD district boundaries.  She was the chair of the Inland Empire Fire and Life Safety Council from 2010 to 2015.  She started working with the State Codes during the 2012 code cycle presenting several WAC proposals including removing Lockdown procedures from the IFC; adding annual maintenance requirements for medical gas systems and updating portable classroom requirements for sprinklers and fire alarm systems.  FPE Harvey became a member of the Fire Code Technical Advisory Group during the 2015 code cycle and has most recently participated in the national hearing process for the 2018 IFC edition in 2016. In 2018, Harvey authored a Toxics Proposal being sponsored by the Spokane Valley Fire Department and Washington State Association of Fire Marshals as part of the code changes for the 2021 edition of the International Fire Code.  As the author, FPE Harvey was able to attend the final action hearings held in Richmond, Virginia.  The adoption of this proposal would increase the amount of toxics for certain types of facilities which would have a positive impact on small business.  Harvey was also able to work with the Fire Code TAG recommending this proposal for inclusion into the Washington Amended Code at the public hearings in Spokane Valley and Olympia in 2018. FPE Harvey has been instrumental providing local businesses the background on the codes being enforced so that they have a better understanding of the requirements or advising them to move ahead (or wait) based on future codes; whichever path would provide the most benefit.  FPE Traci Harvey’s work and ability to provide additional information and education to our citizens is a valuable service within our district and our state.

FPE Harvey’s background in the fire industry has been an asset to her jurisdiction and the state in general.  During her time at Spokane Valley Fire Department, she has proven herself effective in managing, team leading, budget managing, and leading in fire prevention activities.  Her professionalism and leadership in the fire industry have been recognized at many levels of government and by the private sector.  Her collaborative approach has helped build a stronger relationship between firefighters and developers. She has a reputation for high-level work output, for completing assignments on time, and for readily accepting leadership or other roles as needed to get the job done.  The broad basis of knowledge and experience that FPE Harvey brings is a benefit to all areas of the fire service.  Her thorough technical and historical knowledge of the fire service, combined with excellent listening and “people” skills is a valuable asset.

Spokane Valley Fire Department is honored by this award given to Fire Protection Engineer Traci Harvey.


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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.”